Title: Engineering Executive, Retired Military Officer
Location: Marietta, Georgia, United States
Colonel C. David DePriest, Engineering Executive and Retired Military Service, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in electro-optics and logistics.
From an early age, Mr. DePriest was fascinated with airplanes and wanted to join the Air Force to become a pilot. When he enlisted, he wasn’t able to become a pilot, but instead was became an officer, which ended up being one of the highlights of his career. During the Vietnam War, he was trained as a navigator for B-52’s carrying nuclear weapons. He put his skills to use to navigate during flights near the North Pole, where magnetic compass’ no longer work. He served in the military from 1959 to his retirement with the ranking of colonel in 1991. In 1992, he utilized the skills and experience gained from this esteemed military career to be the manager of the Warner Robins Applications Department. After this position, he became the president of DePriest Associates, from 1997 until his retirement in 2015.
Mr. DePriest earned a BSEE with distinction from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1974. A year later, he received a Master of Science from the institute in electro-optics. He became a certified professional logistician (CPL) through the Society of Logistics Engineers. In his career, he received a Decorated Meritorious Service Medal with Two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, an Air Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, a Distinguished Flying Cross and a Legion of Merit. In 2019, he was awarded the Life Masters Rank in by the American Contract Bridge League. He maintained professional affiliation with the IEEE, the Society of Logistics Engineers, the Air Force Association, MENSA, Rotary International, the Association of Old Crows, Tau Beta Pi and the American Contract Bridge League.
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