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Mr. Geoffrey Downer

Mr. Geoffrey Downer

Program Executive Officer, PEO Rotary Wing (RW), U.S. Special Operations Command

Appointed to the Senior Executive Service in August 2019, Geoffrey R. Downer currently serves as the Director Special Programs (Aviation), U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) with duty station at Fort Eustis, Virginia. In this position, Mr. Downer is responsible for the development, acquisition, modernization, fielding and sustainment of the U.S. Army's Special Operations classified and unclassified fleet of uniquely configured aviation vehicles. The objective of these low density, high demand classified and unclassified aviation enablers, is to provide the capability necessary for the U.S. Army Special Operations Forces to execute their mission to find, fix and finish targets of interest anywhere in the world, under hostile conditions, in the most extreme operational environments and conditions for the war on terrorism. Mr. Downer also serves on the Army's Aviation General Officer Steering Committee. 


Jan 2019 - Aug 2019: Acting AMCOM Director Special Programs (Aviation), Fort Eustis, VA Mar 2013 - Jan 2019: Deputy Director Special Programs, Aviation Integration Directorate (AID), Fort Eustis, VA 

May 2006 - Mar 2013: Program Manager, Advance Aviation Assessment (AAA) Program Office, Fort Eustis, VA 

Jun 2003 - May 2006: Program Manager, (Classified) Aviation Integration Directorate (AID), Fort Eustis, VA 

Apr 1997 - Jun 2003: Program Manager, SP2100 Aviation Integration Directorate (AID), Fort Eustis, VA 

Jun 1995 - Apr 1997: Deputy Program Manager, SP1600 Integrated Aviation Systems 21 Working Group (IAS21WG), Fort Eustis, VA 

Oct 1984 - Jun 1995 Project Engineer, Integrated Aviation Systems 21 Working Group (IAS21WG), Fort Eustis, VA 

Jun 1983 - Oct 1984 Structural Engineer, Applied Technology Laboratory (ATL), Fort Eustis VA 


Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic & State University, Jun 1983 


Graduate of the Defense Acquisition University Program Management Course, 1996 


Applied Technology Laboratory Commander's Award, Technical Achievement, 1992 


Army Acquisition Corps 

Army Aviation Association of America American Helicopter Society 


  • We are extremely excited USSOCOM selected GSOF to co-sponsor its newly envisioned “SOF Week” in 2023. SOF Week will be a national convention for U.S. SOF and include a more diverse slate of programs, to include professional development sessions, operator-driven discussions, and family-focused conversations. In 2020, GSOF was designated as a National Military Association by the U.S. Department of Defense, and we look forward to working with USSOCOM to make “SOF Week” an impactful event.
    Stuart Bradin
    President and CEO, GSOF


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