Mr. Frank Vann

A pioneer in infrared optical sensors, Mr. Frank Vann was inducted into the U.S. Air, Space, and Missile Defense Distinguished Civilian Wall of Honor as a part of a reception during the 4th Annual Space and Missile Defense Conference held at the Von Braun Center, on Tuesday, the twenty-first of August, 2001.  Assisting in the induction ceremony were U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (Alabama) and Lieutenant General Joseph M. Cosumano, Jr., Commander of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command.

Mr. Vann served as Program Manager (PM) for collecting missile defense data using infrared optical sensors.  He was responsible for breakthroughs including Beryllium Mirrors and silicon long-wave infrared detector focal plane arrays.

Mr. Vann was the 23rd member of the U.S. Air, Space, and Missile Defense Distinguished Civilian Wall of Honor.