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Dale Wright is NATCA's Safety and Technology Director, as well as a recently retired Air Traffic Controller. After entering the U.S. Air Force in 1975, he began his ATC career at Berlin Center in Germany before later relocating to England AFB in Louisiana. Joining the FAA in 1983, Dale spent 17 years serving at Charlotte and Atlanta facilities before joining NATCA as ARS Liaison and JPDO Liaison in Washington, D.C. from 2000-2004. After returning to his hometown of Charlotte for 2 more years of ATC duties, Dale retired in September 2007 after 32 years of loyal government service and took over the director position he holds today. Dale has served a variety of regional and national level committees including chairman of the National Finance Committee. In addition to his significant union roles and his history of ATC experience, Dale is an instrument-rated pilot and aircraft owner. He is also currently serving the aviation industry as an FAA Runway Safety Council co-lead.