Image of the Air Force wings with the museum name underneath

Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
FREE Admission & Parking

Special presentation focuses on USAF's mission to help create Afghan air power

  • Published
  • By Sarah Swan
  • National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force kicks off its 2014 Wings & Things Guest Lecture Series with a special presentation on part of the U.S. Air Force's mission in the Middle East.

Col. Robert A. Strasser and Lt. Col. Tay W. Johannes will present "The U.S. Air Force's Mission to Help Create Afghan Air Power" at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21 in the museum's Carney Auditorium. They will discuss their own experiences in building the Afghan Air Force, including resources, organizational interactions, mission objectives and how historical events have influenced decision making.

Strasser is B-2 system program manager and chief of the B-2 Division, Fighters and Bombers Directorate for the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is responsible for the planning, acquisition and sustainment of the most capable bomber aircraft in U.S. history, the B-2 Spirit. After commissioning in 1991 from the U.S. Air Force Academy with an undergraduate degree in chemistry, Strasser earned his pilot wings in 1992. A senior instructor pilot with more than 2,700 flight hours, he served in various leadership positions at both the squadron and group levels. He also has extensive flight experience in multiple joint operations, including Northern and Southern Watch, Allied Force and Noble Eagle.

Johannes has been an assistant professor of engineering management at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) since 2010, and he deployed to Afghanistan as military advisor to the Afghan Air Force Civil Engineer in 2010-2011. He received his Ph.D. in engineering management from The George Washington University, and his research areas include mathematical modeling, geographic information systems, emergency and risk communications, contingency military engineering, and energy. Johannes is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers, the Military Officers Association of America and Sigma Iota Epsilon (Management Honor Society).

For more information or handicapped seating arrangements during the lecture, contact the museum's Special Events Division at (937) 255-1743. Filming or videotaping the lecture is prohibited.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking are free. For more information about the museum, visit

NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, please contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at (937) 255-1743.

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, please contact Sarah Swan at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1283.