Whistle-Blowing: An Unyielding Duty

Discover how leaders can harness the energy and positive contributions of potential whistle-blowers. Colonel Tom Rempfer, U.S. Air Force (Ret.) shares his personal experience as a successful and unyielding whistle-blower. Too often, whistle-blower situations result in agency reprisals, problems for those who do the retaliating, and potential embarrassment for the institution. Rempfer demonstrates how government and military professionals can properly address whistle-blowers, and maybe even avoid creating them. (Recorded February 18, 2020, at the Alumni Professional Exchange (APEX) Continuing Education Workshop in Monterey, CA.)

About the Speaker

Colonel (select) Tom Rempfer, USAF retired, ended his USAF career flying, instructing and evaluating counter-terrorism missions for the 2nd Special Operations Squadron in the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper. Past US Air Force flying assignments include duty as an F-16 flight lead, F-117 instructor pilot, C-130 aircraft commander and A-10 forward air controller, with total flight time of over 3500 hours of combat support and over 5,000 hours in total time. He served a special duty tour as the pilot member for the Air Force Chief of Staff’s Cyberspace Task Force, which created the strategic path for the standup of the Air Force Cyber Command. He is a distinguished graduate of the USAF Academy and USAF Pilot Training, and in his civilian career Tom has flown the ATR-42, DC-10, MD-80, A-300, B-737, B-757, B-767, B-777 and B-787 for American Airlines. He completed a master’s degree through the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security and received the program’s Outstanding Thesis Award.

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