Heitkamp retires from Standard Systems Group

Heitkamp retires from Standard Systems Group

Kenneth Heitkamp, the veteran technical director of the Air Force's Standard Systems Group at Gunter Annex of Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, retired Tuesday after more than 37 years of government service.

As technical director, Heitkamp was responsible for overall technical direction of the Air Force standard combat support information systems that support missions at more than 200 locations in the United States and overseas.

Heitkamp also served as director of the Air Force Information Technology Commodity Council, which develops enterprisewide buying strategies. In that role, Heitkamp helped the council make its first PC commodity buy last August, saving up to 50 percent over schedule contract prices.

He joined the Air Force in 1966, working at the Logistics Command's computer center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. For more than five years, Heitkamp directed SSG's 900-worker Software Factory, which is responsible for systems and software engineering, independent testing, software development and maintenance, centralized help desk services and the Air Force Network Operations Center.

Heitkamp and his wife, Marilyn, plan to remain in Alabama.

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