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79: From Police Officer to F-16 Fighter Pilot and Beyond – with Lee “Tip” Wight

In this episode, we have a special guest, “Tip” Wight, a remarkable individual with a diverse background in law enforcement, military service, and corporate leadership. Join us as we dive into Tip’s journey, starting from his humble beginnings as a police officer in Oklahoma to his impressive career flying fighter jets in the Air Force.


Tip shares the inspiration behind his decision to transition from law enforcement to the military and the incredible experiences he had as an F-16 pilot, commanding units in Germany and even flying combat missions in Iraq. But the story doesn’t end there. Tip’s transition out of active duty proved to be a challenging yet transformative time in his life. He takes us through the process of finding his next career path, which ultimately led him back to his passion for law enforcement.

Through a cold call to the DC Chief of Police, Tip embarked on a new journey, establishing an intelligence fusion center and making a significant impact in the field. We’ll also explore Tip’s transition into the corporate world, where he utilized his skills and knowledge gained from his previous roles to provide government personnel services for a top defense contractor. And we’ll discuss his current position as the director of capture at a mid-tier company, where he continues to make a difference in the government sector.

Get ready to be inspired by Tip Wight’s incredible journey of adaptability, resilience, and unwavering commitment to serving others.

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01:09 – 09:08 I really tend to be at work a lot.

09:09 – 14:08 I had oversight of the DoD Commissary and DoD education.

14:09 – 20:18 I don’t do politics, I do governance.

20:19 – 26:28 I’m a big fan of how we do business.

26:29 – 38:52 Career progression – from the Army to the Pentagon and beyond.

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Gene spent nearly 25 years in uniform, serving in six ships and more than ten duty stations, and visiting over 50 countries serving as a US Navy Surface Warfare Officer and retiring as a Captain. In corporate, he led legislative affairs for a large international defense company from the Washington, DC office. In doing so, Gene gained a detailed understanding of the defense industrial base and supply chains of myriad platforms, systems and capabilities. Then in 2013, he took the leap to start his own business, Capitol Integration. Since then Gene has helped scores of companies improve their federal positions.

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