(RETIRED) Vice Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory
U.S. Air Force
Colonel Roger M. "RV" Vincent is the Vice Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He assists the commander in accomplishing AFRL's mission of leading the discovery, development, and integration of warfighting technologies for our air, space, and cyberspace force. He plays a key role in directing the Air Force's $2.1 billion science and technology program and an additional $2.3 billion in externally funded research and development. He is also responsible for a government workforce of approximately 6,000 people in the laboratory's nine component technology directorates, and 711th Human Performance Wing.
Colonel Vincent is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and the Air Force Institute of Technology. He has more than 2600 flight hours in 29 aircraft types with 166 combat hours in the F-15C during Operation DESERT STORM. Colonel Vincent served as an instructor pilot and an evaluator pilot at Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training. After graduating from the Air Force Test Pilot School, he served as an experimental test pilot developing today's precision guided munitions. His staff assignments include Chief of Special Programs, Directorate for Force Structure, Resources and Assessment (J8) Joint Staff and Director, Air Force Special Programs, Assistant Secretary of the AF (Acquisition.) Colonel Vincent holds a Department of Defense Acquisition Corps Level III Certification in Test and is a graduate of the Senior Acquisition Course at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Prior to assuming his current position, Colonel Vincent commanded the Space Innovation and Development Center (SIDC), Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.