LtCol (ret) Warren "Bum" Rapp

Business Development Director, NAASIC
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LtCol (ret) Warren Rapp retired from the Nevada Air National Guard after serving in military for 26 years. He started off his career as a Marine pilot for ten years, then switched to the Nevada Air Guard for the last 16 years. He flew helicopters, fixed wing aircraft as an instructor in Navy Flight School, C-130s for the Nevada Air Guard, and finally unmanned aircraft at Creech AFB in Southern Nevada.

Highlights in LtCol Rapp's career include:

  • Being a flight instructor in Navy Flight School-Corpus Christi Texas
  • Completion of C-130 Aircraft Commanders Flight School-Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Commander of Airport Security Troops at Reno Tahoe IAP (2001-2002)
  • Director of Logistics for the NV Air National Guard
  • Commander of the 232nd Operations Squadron at Creech AFB from 2008-2014

LtCol Rapp also served on Governor Sandoval's committee for UAS economic development for Nevada, acting as a military technology advisor for Northern Nevada.

Upon retirement, LtCol (ret) Rapp accepted a position with the Nevada Institute for Unmanned Systems (NIAS) and was tasked with setting up FAA UAV testing operations in Northern Nevada.

In September 2014, LtCol Rapp (ret) was selected as the new Business Director for the University of Nevada Reno's Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center (NAASIC). This center will seek to establish local, state, and international business collaborations in the development of advanced autonomous systems. Robotics, UAVs, and advanced manufacturing will be the focus of business development.

Lieutenant Colonel Rapp was born in Clovis, New Mexico in 1967 but considers himself a Northern Nevada local as he attended Roy Gomm Elementary School, Swope Middle School, and graduated from Reno High School in 1985. LtCol Rapp attended Brigham Young University on an athletic scholarship for soccer from 1985-1990. Rapp's family lineage dates back to the late 1940s in Nevada, and he proudly boasts his parents were married in Hawthorne in 1956. He is currently married to his wife Kim, along with their four children, Jared, Brandon, McKenzie and Alexis.