Ronnie Chronister is the senior vice president of Weapons Technology and Manufacturing for the Dynetics Group where he is responsible for providing strategic and day-to-day oversight of weapon modernization and national defense programs and end-to-end systems for manufacturing operations. Previously, Chronister was the senior vice president of Business Operations and the director of Army and Missile Defense Programs for Dynetics.
Chronister has 32 years' experience in Army missile, space, and aviation programs, having served in a variety of senior-level Army positions. These include deputy to the commander, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command; deputy to the commanding general, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command; executive director, Integrated Materiel Management Center, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command; and a variety of positions in the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center.
He served as the senior civilian in each of these organizations that were comprised of workforces up to 11,000 personnel and budgets in excess of $4 billion annually with responsibilities that included the operation, capability development, and materiel development of all Army space and missile defense systems, as well as the lifecycle management, sustainment, foreign military sales, and all facets of engineering from research to sustainment engineering of all Army aviation and missile systems.
Chronister has been recognized for his leadership and technical abilities with such honors as induction into the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame and selection as a Distinguished Engineering Fellow, University of Alabama.
His awards include Presidential Distinguished Rank Award, Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service (2012, 2014), Secretary of the Army Diversity and Leadership Award, and Secretary of the Army Small Business Award.
Chronister holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Alabama and a master's degree in program management from the Naval Postgraduate School where he graduated with distinction.