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Kirtland FCU Board of Directors Welcomes New Member

By Ashleigh, K-Staff

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On October 26, 2020, the Kirtland Federal Credit Union Board of Directors appointed Terry Franks to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of former board member Ray Wick.
 
Franks comes to the Board of Directors following 10 years of service on the Kirtland FCU Supervisory Committee, including eight years as its chairman. Franks has strong background in the energy sector and is the Deputy Division Chief for Mission Planning and Support (RDM), Directed Energy Directorate with the Air Force Research Laboratory, where he leads seven eclectic branches: technology transfer and education outreach; directory security; foreign disclosure; site intelligence; environmental and technology testing; wargaming and simulation of directed energy (DE) concepts; and strategic planning for future DE programs.

Franks has held a number of positions within the Air Force including being Chief of Staff of the Directed Energy (DE) Directorate; Special Advisor on Science & Technology to the US NATO Ambassador; Division Chief, Student Operations at Air Command and Staff College; Division Chief of High Energy Sources Division in Phillips Research Lab. He was also an Advisor for DE with the NM Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, NM.
 
His education includes a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear/Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wyoming and a master’s degree in Research and Development and Systems Management from the University of Southern California.
 
Franks has volunteered his time with organizations including Folds of Honor, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (Gondola Club and International Welcoming Committee), the NM Ethics in Business Awards Program, and was a founding officer of the Directed Energy Professional Society in Albuquerque.

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