Captain Erik Etz named new DoD liaison for The Florida High Tech Corridor CouncilThe Florida High Tech Corridor Council announced its newest Department of Defense liaison, Captain Erik Etz, USN, commanding officer of the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) and Naval Support Activity (NSA) Orlando.

Etz replaces Captain Wes Naylor, USN, who retired as the outgoing commanding officer of NAWCTSD and NSA Orlando after 27 years of service. Etz’s expertise in strategy, simulation and training technology, and software will help guide The Corridor as it grows high tech industry and innovation through partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce and entrepreneurship.

Etz joined the NAWCTSD leadership team in April 2014, after serving as director of test and evaluation of the F-35 stealth fighter plane at the Naval Air Warfare Center’s largest flight test organization in Maryland. He previously led the team responsible for development of sensor and software technology that provides the warfighting capabilities of the F-35 aircraft.

A graduate of the US Navy Test Pilot School, Etz has logged more than 3,500 flight hours in over 35 types of aircraft. He has completed several test pilot and overseas tours, including F/A-18 combat missions in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. His numerous decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, awarded to members of the military who distinguish themselves by heroic or meritorious achievement or service.

Etz was commissioned through the Naval ROTC program upon earning a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

About The Florida High Tech Corridor Council

The Florida High Tech Corridor Council is an economic development initiative of the University of Central Florida (UCF), the University of South Florida (USF) and the University of Florida (UF). The mission of The Corridor is to grow high tech industry and innovation through partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce and entrepreneurship.

A partnership involving more than 25 local and regional economic development organizations (EDOs), 14 state colleges and 12 CareerSource boards, The Corridor is co-chaired by the presidents of UCF, USF and UF. The Corridor includes the presidents of two state colleges, the president of the Florida Institute of Technology, and representatives of high tech industry.

The unique partnership has resulted in a strategic approach to high tech economic development that supports matching funds research, marketing, workforce development and entrepreneurship; leveraging governmental, EDO, and corporate budgets on a regional rather than local basis.

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