Col. Dave Kovach (Ret.) has served as Telos Corporation’s director of identity management and secure networks business development since 2005. Prior to his work with Telos, Col. Kovach served a 34-year career in the US Air Force. He earned a B.S. and commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1975 and worked in the communications-computer systems field his entire career, serving in positions at every level of operation. He commanded communications units six times in his career, from a remote detachment to two communications group command assignments. He has served in joint-service units, on the Air Staff, at the Air Force Military Personnel Center, and three times in combat communications units.
As the theater Director of Communications, Col. Kovach played a key leadership role in architecting and constructing the US Central Command Air Forces Combined Air Operations Center in Saudi Arabia, and led the deployment of communications personnel to 25 locations in the Persian Gulf region during Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM.
In his final assignment, Col. Kovach commanded the AF Communications Agency at Scott Air Force Base. As commander, he oversaw the efforts of 700 military, Air Force civilian and DoD contractor personnel that provided Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capabilities to a communications network enterprise of 700,000 clients. Col. Kovach was inducted into Air Force Cyberspace Operations and Support Hall of Fame in 2014.