OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTOR AWARD – Colonel Karl Rozelsky, USAF and Captain Bob Dishman, USN
Col Karl Rozelsky, USAF
Colonel Karl M. Rozelsky is currently serving as the System Program Director for the RQ-4 Global Hawk, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, as of May 2010. This is the systems program office for the $13B Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft System, developing and delivering high altitude/long endurance intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities for the U.S. military and its allies.
Col Rozelsky and CAPT Dishman teamed together to create an environment where future UAS generations of the Air Force's Global Hawk (RQ-4) and the Navy's BAMS (MQ-4C) will share many common assemblies and features. These assemblies and features include operations and support; communications; autonomous sense and avoid; propulsion; ground systems; and the majority of airframe systems.
The MQ-4C program is one of the first unmanned air systems in DoD inventory to emphasize the use of Open Systems Architecture. This OSA is designed to further facilitate growth and more quickly respond to future warfighter requirements. The OAS will more cost effectively allow for the exchange of various payloads on the system as needed by the Warfighter.
Captain Bob Dishman, USN
As program manager for Naval Air Systems Command's Persistent Maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Office in Patuxent River, Md., from 2007 to 2011, Capt. Bob Dishman led initiatives to meet the Navy's requirements for persistent maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.
He was responsible for the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) Unmanned Aircraft System, the BAMS-Demonstrator (currently deployed in support of warfighters’ requirements), coordinating the Navy’s airspace integration efforts across all groups of unmanned aircraft systems and various international efforts.
Dishman was recently assigned as the deputy to the Program Executive Officer for Air ASW, Assault and Special Mission Programs.