Air Force software chief to retire

Air Force software chief to retire

Robert Frye, executive director of the Standard Systems Group, plans to retire in September.

He has spent more than three decades with the Air Force, in both active-duty and civil service positions. Since 1995, Frye has headed the 2,400-person Standard Systems Group at the Gunter Annex Maxwell of Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala.

As the service's chief software shop, SSG acquires, develops and maintains combat support information systems for the Air Force and the Defense Department.

The group, under Frye, helped the Air Force build its Internet portal in less than 60 days. He was also instrumental in helping build a secret portal for the service in the days after the Sept. 11 attacks. That portal took 65 hours to come online.

Frye joined the service in 1969. He worked in many systems design positions in active duty before joining the Air Force Reserve and taking a civilian post with the service. Before he took over the helm at SSG, Frye was director of the Communications-Computer Systems Directorate at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.

Frye said he plans to stay in Montgomery and start a consulting business.

Frank P. Weber, deputy director for logistics and business operations for the U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., will replace Frye at SSG.

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