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Telos’ Dave Kovach Inducted into the Air Force Cyberspace Operations and Support Hall of Fame
|By Business Wire
|May 7, 2014 10:19 AM EDT
At a ceremony held last night at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, retired
Air Force Col. Dave Kovach was honored for a lifetime of service as he
was inducted into the Air Force Cyberspace Operations and Support Hall
of Fame, located at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
Col. Kovach was nominated for the honor by the communications directors
of Air Mobility Command, Air Force Central Command and Air Force Special
Operations Command, who stated in the nomination, “Dave Kovach’s wartime
leadership and unprecedented contributions set the stage for over ten
years of continuous, successful combat in the Southwest Asian theater…
his career record of performance, and his mentorship to those junior to
him, now in senior positions, has left a living legacy in the DNA of the
Air Force’s cyberspace force.”
“Dave has an unquenchable passion for the continuous improvement of the
communications technologies that support our military’s mission
readiness,” said Telos CEO John Wood. “It’s gratifying to see him
honored in the Hall of Fame and to know that he continues, now in the
private sector, to contribute to the advancement of his craft.” Kovach
is Telos Corporation’s vice president, strategic capture.
Telos board member and retired Air Force Maj. Gen. John Maluda echoed
Mr. Wood’s endorsement. “I had the privilege of observing firsthand the
commitment and energy that Dave brought to military service,” he said.
“He cares deeply about those who fill those roles today, and is
determined to advance their mission by equipping them with the best
tools and information possible.”
The Air Force Communications and Information Hall of Fame, now known as
the Cyberspace Operations and Support Hall of Fame, was established in
1999 to honor those individuals who made significant contributions to
the Air Force and the communications career field. Each year new members
are inducted into the Hall of Fame, men and women who are recognized as
“visionaries who guided the Air Force toward a technological and
information-enabled future. Their dedication, vision, patriotism, and
honor established a proud legacy on which we continue to build today's
This is not the first time Col. Kovach’s contributions have been
acknowledged by his peers. In 2005, upon his retirement from the
service, he was inducted into Hall of Honor by the Air Force
Communications and Air Traffic Control Association, an Air Force
Col. Kovach served a 34-year career in the US Air Force. He earned a BS
degree and commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1975 and worked
in the communications-computer systems field his entire career, serving
in positions at every level of operation. He commanded communications
units six times in his career, from a remote detachment to two
communications group command assignments. He has served in joint-service
units, on the Air Staff, at the Air Force Military Personnel Center, and
three times in combat communications units. As the theater Director of
Communications, Col. Kovach played a key leadership role in architecting
and constructing the US Central Command Air Forces Combined Air
Operations Center in Saudi Arabia and led the deployment of
communications personnel to 25 locations in the Persian Gulf region
during Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. In his final
assignment, Col. Kovach commanded the AF Communications Agency at Scott
Air Force Base. As commander, he oversaw the efforts of 700 military,
Air Force civilian and contractor personnel that provided Command,
Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
capabilities to a communications network enterprise of 700,000 clients.
Col. Kovach also serves as executive vice president of the Alamo Chapter
of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA),
a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing knowledge through the
exploration of issues in information technology, communications, and
electronics for the defense, homeland security and intelligence
communities. In 2013, the chapter’s AACE conference, for which Col.
Kovach is largely responsible, attracted nearly 1200 cyber and
communications professionals to discuss the technological impacts on the
future of DoD operations.
About Telos Corporation
Telos Corporation is an information technology leader that delivers
solutions that empower and protect the world’s most security-conscious
enterprises. The company empowers customers with secure solutions that
leverage mobile communication and real-time collaboration and protect
their critical operational and tactical systems so they can safely
conduct their global missions. Telos offers cybersecurity
and information assurance solutions and services, secure
network solutions, mission
management and defense capabilities, secure
communications, and identity
and access solutions. The company serves military, intelligence and
civilian agencies of the federal government, allied nations, and
commercial organizations around the world. For more information,
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