Colonel Keith Roessig is currently the Deputy Science and Technology Advisor to the United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM). He leads the International Science and Technology (S&T) engagement program to strengthen defense partnerships through S&T. Additionally, Col Roessig provides advice in scientific matters and evaluates S&T solutions to warfighter requirements.
Col Roessig entered the Air Force as a graduate of the ROTC program of the University of California, Davis. After completing an educational delay program at the University of Notre Dame, he worked at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Munitions Directorate developing weapons against deeply buried and hardened targets. He then served as an exchange officer in Freiburg, Germany, conducting advanced energetic materials testing before being competitively selected for the Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB, California. Upon becoming a Flight Test Engineer, he was assigned to the 46th Test Squadron at Eglin AFB, Florida, where he engaged in testing defensive countermeasure systems and tactical datalinks. He was competitively selected from there to become a Political Affairs Strategist and attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Following graduation, he became Director of Test Operations for the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards AFB, CA, where he led a 140-member team in conducting developmental flight test for the Joint Strike Fighter. In 2012, he took command of the 846th Test Squadron at Holloman AFB, New Mexico, including the Holloman High Speed Test Track. After completing Senior Developmental Training as an Air Force Fellow in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s System Design & Management program, Col Roessig returned to the Joint Strike Fighter Program as the International Airworthiness Lead at the F-35 Joint Program Office in Arlington, Virginia. While at the F-35 JPO, Col Roessig deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation RESOLUTE SUPPORT. After his deployment, he was assigned to the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center as the Deputy Director for Engineering and then the Chief of the Test Operations Division in the Arnold Engineering Development Complex. There he directed operations of the nation’s largest aerospace ground test & evaluation complex. Prior to assuming his current position, he was the Vice Commander, Air Force Test Center, leading a 31 billion dollar enterprise of more than 18,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel to provide development test and evaluation of experimental and research manned and unmanned air, space and cyber systems in addition to operation of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School.