Mr. Hauf began his formal education with a certificate in electronics at the United States Air Force Technical School, Chanute AFB, IL. At Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, NY, Mr. Hauf received a certificate in Electrical Service Technology and Associates in Occupational Studies Degrees in Air Conditioning and Electrical Service Technologies. Mr. Hauf received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology and a Masters of Science Degree in Advanced Technology at the SUNY College of Technology at Utica / Rome.

Continuing his education in the fire related field, Mr. Hauf received training certificates in Fire Behavior / Arson Awareness and Principles of Fire Investigation from the NYS Academy of Fire Science, Montour Falls, NY. Mr. Hauf is a NYS Certified Fire Investigator, Level 1.

Mr. Hauf brings to FFA abundant practical, electrical experience. He has completed a multitude of investigations involving air conditioning and refrigeration systems, commercial and residential heating systems, large and small appliances for both residential and commercial use, power systems and alarm systems. Mr. Hauf has also conducted over 300 fire lightning, HVAC and other loss investigations, and has testified in court and depositions. Mr. Hauf has performed forensic services in NY, PA, CT and VT.

In addition, while attending college in 1996 – 1999, Mr. Hauf worked at Eastern Star Home campus in Oriskany, NY, where he was responsible for electrical and HVAC repairs and installation. He repaired and installed plumbing, maintained and repaired kitchen equipment, emergency generators, fire alarms, security alarms and grounds’ equipment.

Mr. Hauf’s time spent at the 416 Civil Eng. Squadron, USAF, Griffiss AFB, Rome, NY, was as an Industrial Electronics and Controls Mechanic. His duties included installing, troubleshooting, repairing, modifying, aligning, calibrating, programming and testing fire alarm and security alarm systems, UPS’s, AC motor speed control drives, traffic lights, energy monitoring systems, electronic HVAC controls, and pneumatic HVAC control systems. He also certified and planned equipment installations to technical specification using references and standards. He was the Assistant Shop Supervisor of the control shop supervising a staff of 10 electronics mechanics.

While in the 485 Electronics Installations Squadron, USAF, Griffiss AFB, Rome, NY, Mr. Hauf was the Lead Electronics Mechanic. He supervised workers in the installation, alignment, fabrication, modification, troubleshooting, repairing and/or testing of electronic systems–most of great complexity. This included multi-complex radar systems in the radar approach control system and the joint surveillance system. He troubleshot complex electronic systems characterized by unusual circuit elements with problems caused by the use of novel engineering approaches and the lack of developed documentation. Other duties were validating technical data and test programs and teaming with engineers to establish maintenance procedures.

While at the 1917 Communication Squadron, Mr. Hauf was the Work Center Supervisor with complete responsibility for the installation, modification, calibration, overhaul, repair and preventative maintenance of all meteorological equipment at Westover AFB, MA, and Barnes AFB, MA.

For his service in the USAF, Pease AFB, NH, Gary was a Weather Equipment Repair Technician, reaching the rank of Sergeant. He installed, aligned, tested, troubleshot and repaired all of the equipment necessary to operate a weather station. This included radar, runway range computers, and equipment measuring wind, visibility, cloud height, and magnetic flux.

Mr. Hauf’s licenses include a 1994 CFC/HCFC Refrigerants Processing Certificate from the Environmental Protection Agency. He is also MACS Certified for the Processing of Refrigerants in motor vehicles.