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Shalimar, FL (May 12, 2016)
Torch Technologies is pleased to announce that Mr. Sam Burkett will join Torch to lead the company’s Florida Business Unit and serve as Program Manager for the recently awarded $186M OASIS Technical and Management Advisory Services (TMAS) Armament Task Order. Torch currently serves Air Force customers through two other contracts at Eglin in AFRL and the 96TW.
Mr. Burkett was the General Manager in charge of the TEAS contract at Eglin for more than 12 years, and has been working Eglin-related programs since 1982. He has over 35 years of experience in the defense industry spanning numerous roles in scientific and engineering services and engineering program management.
Mr. Burkett received a BS in Computer Science and Statistics from the University of Southern Mississippi, a MS in Business Management from Troy University, a MS in Systems Engineering from the University of West Florida, and post-graduate studies in Systems Engineering at the University of Florida.
Mr. Burkett serves on the board of directors for Partners for Stennis, Fort Walton Beach Chamber Military Affairs, Children in Crisis, CareerSource Florida State Employment, and the All Sports Association. He also serves as a chairman of the Economic Development Council’s Eglin Defense Support Initiative, and as an executive board member for the Gulf Coast Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Torch President John Watson stated, "We are very excited to welcome Sam to Torch. His technical leadership, commitment to customer service, and history of community outreach are consistent with our company’s core attributes. Having Sam join our leadership team will bring a tremendous depth of knowledge and capability to Torch as we support our Air Force customers."