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Ravi Chaudhary
Ravi Chaudhary is the Executive Director for Regions and Center Operations (ARC-2) at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In this role he is responsible for leadership, oversight and execution of aviation operations in 9 different regions located nationwide. He is also responsible for providing Department of Transportation and FAA-wide services in the areas of operations, safety, policy, corporate and congressional outreach, emergency readiness, facilities management, and centralized support for the National Aerospace System.

Ravi Chaudhary is a former Air Force officer, having completed 21 years of service at the Air Force District of Washington, Andrews AFB, Maryland. He is a C-17 Pilot and has completed a variety of command, operational, engineering, and senior staff assignments in the Air Force. Ravi has also served at the Pentagon as a Speechwriter and Strategic Planner in the Secretary of the Air Force Executive Action Group and Deputy Chief of Staff for Air Force Strategic Plans and Programs.

On May 6, 2014, Chaudhary was appointed by President Barack Obama as a member of the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. In this role, he advises the President on executive branch efforts to improve economic and community development, public and private sector collaboration, health, education and veterans support for the AAPI community.

Mr. Chaudhary holds a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Academy, M.A. in Operational Arts and Science from Air University, and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from St. Mary's University as a NASA graduate fellow. He has published numerous articles in Future Strategy, Aircraft Design, Business Transformation, and Space Operations. Mr. Chaudhary is currently conducting research in Executive Leadership and Innovation in the Georgetown University Doctor of Liberal Studies program.

Chaudhary holds FAA commercial, multi-engine, and instrument pilot certificates and has logged over 3000 hours as a pilot and flight test engineer (760 combat hours) and multiple deployments since Sept 11, 2001.

Entries by Ravi Chaudhary

The Pentagon's Forgotten Weapon Against Extremist Ideology: American Exemplarism

(6) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 4:45 PM

Sikh Americans March in Annual Parade (Photo courtesy of Kamal Kalsi).

This spring, Sikh Soldiers serving in the United States Military re-enacted a historic regiment and marched in New York City at the annual Sikh parade. Their right to march was made possible...

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In Columbia Heights, Minnesota, Students Stand Tall in the Fight Against Bigotry and Hatred

(2) Comments | Posted September 20, 2015 | 5:56 PM

In the Minneapolis suburb of Columbia Heights, Minnesota, a community is reeling. Last week, their school board cast a vote that retained Grant Nichols, a member who came under scrutiny for allegedly posting derogatory comments against Muslims on his Facebook page. The event also prompted a school visit from Minnesota...

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For Iraq Veteran Saif Khan, Supporting Veterans Means Action

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 10:58 PM

On the Fourth of July weekend, Americans everywhere will gather to celebrate the birth of our nation with a traditional fireworks display, a nice barbecue, or by spending time with family and friends. The Fourth of July is also a time to honor the patriotism and dedication of our military...

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A Jeffersonian Approach to Innovation: Blending Science, the Arts, and Cultural Understanding in the Information Age

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 11:14 AM

*Image by Charis Tsevis, Smithsonian Magazine, October 2012

Thomas Jefferson is known as a true innovator in American history. He authored the Declaration of Independence, brokered the Louisiana Purchase, and was a principal advocate for religious freedom in the early days of our republic....

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Steven Spielberg's Lincoln Unveils the 'Mathematics' of Breaking Gridlock in Washington

(2) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 12:29 PM

The release of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln may have been intentionally delayed until after the presidential election. However its debut has unintentionally arrived in time to impact an event of equal political importance. As our nation's impending fiscal cliff edges closer to reality, Spielberg's film serves as a grim reminder that...

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For Air Force Academy Cadets, Faith Traditions Spark Innovation

(11) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 8:25 AM

At the Air Force Academy, the subject of religion has always been the proverbial elephant in the room. Yet, instead of ignoring the elephant, a group of cadets decided to welcome it by holding the first-ever Hindu Ganesh prayer at the USAF Academy.

For the cadets, faith traditions continue to...

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Pentagon Rolls Out the Red Carpet to Inspire Tomorrow's Innovators with the Air Force STEM 2020 Challenge

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 8:22 PM

Ms. Mariam Cocker, from Eleanor Roosvelt High School in Maryland, takes the controls of an F-35 simulator, instructed by a Lockheed Martin Fighter Demonstration Center rep

The 317th Recruiting Squadron, based at Joint Base Andrews, Md., recently started a program to inspire...

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Decision Point: U.S. Air Force Airmen Trace the Footsteps of General Washington, Take an Oath of Service

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2012 | 6:10 PM

On a cool, spring morning in Annapolis, Md., Capt. Darren Long, U.S. Air Force, leads a small detail of Airmen in the rotunda of the historic Maryland State Capitol. Captain Long gathered the detail in order to conduct the time-honored tradition of renewing enlistments for members of his squadron. For...

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Celebrating the Spirit of the Red Tails With My Fellow Service Members

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 11:42 AM

Our lives are made up of moments, some more memorable than others. Yet some events cast such a deep imprint on us that they can't help but shape who we are. One such event occurred recently, when I had the honor of attending a special red-carpet screening of the movie...

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In Uncertain Times, America Looks to Its Service Members for Inspiration

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 2:29 PM

I recently read an article in the Harvard Business Review titled "Why Inspiration Matters," by Scott Kaufman. In this business-oriented article he writes: "Inspiration awakens us to new possibilities by allowing us to transcend our ordinary experiences and limitations. Inspiration propels a person from apathy to possibility, and transforms the...

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Launching the First Hindu Military Chaplaincy

(16) Comments | Posted June 6, 2011 | 11:14 AM

It is a great day for America and the democratic principles we've sworn to defend as service members. The Department of Defense has recently established the first Hindu Military Chaplain program in American history. Army Captain Pratima Dharm, who currently works as a Chaplain Clinician at Walter Reed Medical Center...

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Hindu Air Force Officer Reflects: Before You Reach for Hate, Remember the Falcons

(60) Comments | Posted December 28, 2010 | 6:06 PM

Few would disagree that religion is one of the more provocative issues of our time. In America, religious ideology influences our political views, divides the masses and shapes our national agenda. Some suggest that the divisive forces of religion are too great to overcome and conflict is an inevitable by-product...

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For Indian Americans, Honoring Veteran's Day Signifies Service, Patriotism

(5) Comments | Posted November 11, 2010 | 5:46 PM

This Veteran's Day, we will take time to honor those who have served in the U.S. Military in times of conflict and recognize their sacrifices. It is a day where we put aside our differences, political or otherwise -- a time to remember those service members and their families who...

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