October 16, 2020: Dr. Troy Meink recently became the new Principal Deputy Director for the National Reconnaissance Office. He succeeds former Principal Deputy Director Frank Calvelli, who retired. Dr. Meink entered the Air Force in 1988 through the ROTC program at South Dakota State University, and began his Air Force career as a KC-135 Tanker Navigator and Instructor. He had various assignments while serving, to include operations and training, systems engineering, research and development and program management of major defense acquisition programs. Dr. Meink was assigned to the Department of the Air Force as the Undersecretary of the Air Force for Space and the Director, Executive Agent for Space Staff in Washington, D.C. He then served as the Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Systems and Resource Analyses. Prior to this position, Dr. Meink served as Director, Geospatial Intelligence Systems Acquisition (GEOINT) at the National Reconnaissance Office. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from South Dakota State University, a M.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from The Ohio State University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from The Ohio State University.