Dietsch was commissioned out of AFROTC at Miami of Ohio in 1966. He served in various positions in aircraft maintenance, munitions, supply and logistics, including Command of four aircraft maintenance squadrons (an MMS, an EMS, A CRS, and an AGS), two tours as a wing Deputy Commander for Maintenance, staff tours at HQ Tactical Air Command and the Air Force Logistics Management Center, Chief of both the Resource Management Division and the Commodities Production Division at OC-ALC, and DCS Logistics at 13th Air Force. Dietsch served in Vietnam, Thailand and several other locations in Indochina during the Vietnam conflict. He attended the Squadron Officer’s School in 1971, the Armed Forces Staff College in 1979, and the Air War College in 1982. He retired as a Colonel in 1992.
His military decorations include the Air Force Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster.
After his retirement Dietsch held a position as Senior Principal Analyst at ARINC Research Corporation where he was responsible for managing three engineering research and development projects targeted at improving the technology used in depot engine maintenance processes. He subsequently worked for Lockheed Martin Logistics Management Company as on-site contract and program manager for the aircraft maintenance contract at the 64th Flying Training Wing from December 1993 until the closure of Reese AFB, TX in 1996. In 1997 he became the Director of DOD programs for the company in Arlington, Texas, managing nine maintenance and logistics contracts for the USAF, US Army, German Air Force, and NASA. During this period he also spent 8 months at Sheppard AFB managing the aircraft maintenance contract at the 80th Flying Training Wing at Sheppard AFB. In 1998 Dave became an independent consultant and now assists several companies in pursuing aircraft maintenance and logistics business in support of USAF and other services initiatives to privatize non-combat logistics functions. He also does safety-related leadership training for industrial and commercial companies worldwide.’
Consultant experience for Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, Lear Siegler Services, EG&G, DynCorp, CSC, Bell Helicopter Textron, L3, Raytheon, and American Eurocopter . In addition, he works as a fleet safety instructor for such customers as ExxonMobil, BP, Shell, Chevron Texaco, JB Hunt, Dow Chemical, FEDEX, and the US Department of State.
He and his wife Connie, have two adult daughters. They reside in Arlington, Texas.
Master, Public Administration, Golden Gate University
Bachelor, American Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs, Miami University
Board / Community / Associations:
Air Force Associations, Vice Chairman of the Board, Field Operations
Air Force Association, State President for Texas
Arlington, Texas Salvation Army
Dallas Cowboys Organization
Fort Worth Star Telegram