Mission Support Director
Walter Bishop is the Mission Support Director for NAS where he oversees Asset Health Assurance; Design and Manufacturing; Engineering and Functional Management; Instrumentation, Data, and Controls; and Technology Innovations Branches for the Test Operations and Sustainment contract at Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC). He has almost 40 years of experience at AEDC.
Prior to his current role, Walter served as the Deputy Mission Support Director, closely overseeing test operations and sustainment operations. He also previously served as the Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Functional Manager and managed the functional aspects of wage employees, craft supervisors, planners, schedulers and O&M Specialists, approximately 750 employees at Arnold AFB in Tennessee, Tunnel 9 in Maryland, and National Full-scale Aerodynamics Complex in California. He was responsible for resolving labor management issues and supporting labor management negotiations in Tennessee and California. From 2017-2019, Walter acted as Chief of Staff for NAS.
Walter holds two Bachelor of Science Engineering degrees with post-graduate work in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee Space Institute. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Tennessee, a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional, and holds one U.S. patent.