Donald J. Wetekam is Chairman, AAR Airlift and Vice President, Government and Defense Business Development.
In this role he is responsible for strengthening AAR’s presence in government and defense markets as well as managing legislative engagement activities.
Mr. Wetekam joined AAR in 2007 and led the company’s MRO operations encompassing four aircraft maintenance centers and a landing gear overhaul center that provides quality service for leading domestic and international airlines as well the U.S. military. He assumed his current role in June 2010.
Prior to joining AAR, Mr. Wetekam served 34 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Lieutenant General after his final assignment as Deputy Chief of Staff for Installations and Logistics in Washington, DC. Prior to that he commanded the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Georgia and held several key leadership positions in aircraft maintenance and supply chain management.
He holds a bachelor of science degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a master of engineering administration from the University of Utah, and a master of national resource management from the National Defense University. Mr. Wetekam serves as a member of the Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority, a Senior Fellow Emeritus with the Institute for Defense and Business in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Chairman of the National Board of Advisors for the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins Georgia, the nation’s fourth largest aviation museum.
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