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Robert Corsi, Jr.


Corsi graduated from WVU in 1975 with a master’s degree in industrial engineering. His professional career spans 45 years with the United States Air Force both in an active duty and civilian capacity where he is now a member of the Senior Executive Service.

Corsi currently serves as the assistant deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He serves as principal assistant to the Air Force deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services.

As part of his duties, he is responsible for comprehensive plans and policies covering all life cycles of military and civilian personnel management, including military and civilian end strength management, education and training, compensation and resource allocation, and the delivery of fully-qualified, ready Airmen for the Joint warfighter while also meeting all the needs of Airmen and their families. He oversees the execution and programming of the manpower, personnel and services portfolio with an annual $40.9 billion personnel budget for 660,000 military and civilian total force Airmen.

He was commissioned upon graduation from Manhattan College in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. During the next 28 years, he served in a wide variety of positions of increasing responsibility at wing, major command, and Air Force headquarters levels.

Corsi has held positions of design engineer and chief of engineering, At the staff level, he has been responsible for training, research, development and logistics manpower. He also served as the military assistant to the deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for military manpower and personnel. He was assigned as the chief, manpower requirements division, Headquarters Strategic Air Command. He then became the chief, manpower programs division, Headquarters, Air Force and served in several manpower and organization positions until his retirement.

Corsi entered the Senior Executive Service in July 1998, following retirement from active duty in the rank of colonel. Prior to assuming his current position, Corsi served as the deputy administrative assistant to the secretary of the Air Force and as the deputy director, manpower and organization. He assumed his current position in October 2011.

He is a registered professional engineer in both Delaware and Virginia and is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers. He is also a senior member of both the Institute of Industrial Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has been a member of the Visiting Committee of Industrial & Systems Management since 2014 and was inducted to the Academy of Industrial Engineers in 2015.

He was elected to the Board of the Senior Executive Association in 2014 and will serve a three-year term guiding the association to advise on all aspects of policy and development for the 8,000 plus members of the Senior Executive Service, federal-wide.

Corsi has received two Presidential Rank Awards recognizing his performance among the top 5 percent of all of the members of the Senior Executive Service, federal-wide. In addition, he is a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus and has led a home building effort for the last 15 years in the heart of Appalachia, responsible for the fund raising and construction of 16 homes for some of the poorest families in our country who receive a complete home at no cost to the family.