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Randy Rowland

IT Professional

Biography

Randy Rowland has been working with IT systems for over fourteen years. His background includes Help Desk Technician, IT Support Manager, Network and Computer Systems Administrator, and Information Security Specialist. He currently leads a team of twenty-eight as a Training and Development Manager for the Department of Defense.

In his spare time, he reads about cybersecurity issues, experiments with emerging software. He also likes to test things out in his home server and network lab. When time permits, he enjoys writing small programs for the Android operating system.

Interests

  • Cybersecurity
  • Programming/Secure Coding
  • Penetration Testing

Education

  • BS, Cybersecurity, 2022

    Southern New Hampshire University

  • BS, Computer Science, 2017

    American Sentinel University

  • AAS, Information Systems, 2014

    Community College of the Air Force

Skills

Android

User/Developer

Linux

CompTIA Linux+/LPIC-1 Certified

FreeBSD

Git

RaspberryPi

Windows

Desktop/Server Editions

Scripting

BASH

Programming

Java, C++, Python

Networking

CompTIA Network+ Certified

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Training and Development Manager

United States Air Force

Aug 2018 – Present Tucson, AZ
  • Leads a 36 member team - automated training reports saving over 300 hours/year
  • Analyzed training needs - developed new training programs and improved existing programs
  • Conferred with management to identify training needs based on projected changes
  • Ensured training goals met for 186 personnel
 
 
 
 
 

Flight Operations Resource Manager

United States Air Force

Aug 2017 – Aug 2018 Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Led 14 member team - Synchronized operations with South Korean Air Force
  • Tracked daily flight requirements - maximized airspace utilization
  • Guided US Air Force’s $171 million flying program - enabled over 21,000 flights
  • Organized 46 working groups between 9 US agencies and South Korea
 
 
 
 
 

Procurement Manager

United States Air Force

Aug 2015 – Jul 2017 Warner Robins, GA
Developing and coordinating program acquisition planning, support documentation and program rating. Responsible for managing quality assurance and logistic support, providing recommendations of best practices involved in acquisition program management and identifying potential improvement for processes used in the internal acquisition program. Assessing progress of assigned projects or programs and keeping records of schedules, cost estimates and performance supportability, providing input during source selection, monitoring contractor’s acquisition development up to production and deployment, planning and coordinating activities of logistics, data management and other activities of functional specialists, evaluating program progress, reviewing progress of contractors, taking actions to approve contracts, budgets, terms and other conditions related to the contractor, and ensuring maintenance of documentation.
 
 
 
 
 

Education and Development Manager

United States Air Force

Feb 2014 – Aug 2015 Warner Robins, GA
Analyze training needs to develop new training programs or modify and improve existing programs. Evaluate instructor performance and the effectiveness of training programs, providing recommendations for improvement. Plan, develop, and provide training and staff development programs, using knowledge of the effectiveness of methods such as classroom training, demonstrations, on-the-job training, meetings, conferences, and workshops. Confer with management and conduct surveys to identify training needs based on projected production processes, changes, and other factors.
 
 
 
 
 

Quality Assurance Supervisor

United States Air Force

Mar 2011 – Feb 2014 Warner Robins, GA
Analyze training needs to develop new training programs or modify and improve existing programs. Evaluate instructor performance and the effectiveness of training programs, providing recommendations for improvement. Plan, develop, and provide training and staff development programs, using knowledge of the effectiveness of methods such as classroom training, demonstrations, on-the-job training, meetings, conferences, and workshops. Confer with management and conduct surveys to identify training needs based on projected production processes, changes, and other factors.
 
 
 
 
 

Cost Estimator & Purchasing Agent

United States Air Force

Feb 2008 – Mar 2011 Warner Robins, GA
Analyze training needs to develop new training programs or modify and improve existing programs. Evaluate instructor performance and the effectiveness of training programs, providing recommendations for improvement. Plan, develop, and provide training and staff development programs, using knowledge of the effectiveness of methods such as classroom training, demonstrations, on-the-job training, meetings, conferences, and workshops. Confer with management and conduct surveys to identify training needs based on projected production processes, changes, and other factors.
 
 
 
 
 

Network and Computer Systems Administrator

United States Air Force

Jan 2006 – Jul 2017 Warner Robins, GA
Maintain and administer computer networks and related computing environments including computer hardware, systems software, applications software, and all configurations. Diagnose, troubleshoot, and resolve hardware, software, or other network and system problems, and replace defective components when necessary. Operate master consoles to monitor the performance of computer systems and networks, and to coordinate computer network access and use
 
 
 
 
 

Student

United States Air Force

Jun 2005 – Dec 2005 San Antonio, TX
Learn military and leadership principles. Complete technical school geared towards maintaining, troubleshooting, and fixing IT systems. Covered electronic principles, networks, data links, radios, software, and hardware.
 
 
 
 
 

Crew Member

McDonald’s Corporation

Apr 2001 – Jun 2005 Rapid City, SD
  • Ensured proper storage and handling of food.
  • Adaptable to pressure, responsible, organized and hardworking
  • Teamwork: Able to cope with different people and solving problems
  • Maintained equipment such as oven and grill in proper condition

Certifications

Linux+

Linux+ certification demonstrates technical competency and provides a broad awareness of Linux operating systems. Professionals who have achieved the Linux+ certification exhibit all-important knowledge of installation, operation, administration, and troubleshooting services.
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LPIC-1: System Administrator

The LPIC-1 will validate the candidate’s ability to perform maintenance tasks on the command line, install and configure a computer running Linux and configure basic networking.
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Linux Network Professional

Earners of the CompTIA Linux Network Professional (CLNP) certification are Linux network professionals that are able to provide hands-on support and to monitor critical internal and client systems.
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Network+

Earners of the CompTIA Network+ certification have the skills needed to troubleshoot, configure, and manage enterprise networks.
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Recent Posts

Pandora Radio on Android ROMs

Installing Pandora on Android ROMs that do not have Google Play Services

Working with upstream repos

Shows how to pull updates from upstream repos while making changes to your down stream repo

Rebasing vs Merging Repos

Shows the differences between merging branches and rebase a branch onto another

Git flow

Describes how you should use Git flow and branching to manage your repositories

Why I Decided to Build a Website

After trying out Wordpress, Blogger, and a few other website builders. I have decided to build a website using Hugo and automating it with Github and Netlify.

Projects

Pyxis

A native Pandora Radio client for Android

Drink of the Day

My first Android application designed for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

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