The Bio Bit

Just so you know that I really am a fairly competent person and have been around the block more than once. . .

Once-upon-a-time: Junior Rocket Scientist

Worked at the Manned Spacecraft Center, Houston, Texas, as an engineering co-op student for a total of fifteen months – five three-month stints. Was offered a job upon graduation from the University of Detroit, a Jesuit institution, but was on my way to the Air Force for pilot training. “Hi ya, fly boy!” and all that was more appealing at the time.

Academic History:

University of Detroit High School (Jesuit preparatory)
Four-year Honor Key, Latin-Scientific course of studies
1957 to 1961

University of Detroit
Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering, summa cum laude
Completed five-year engineering course in four years
1961 to 1965

Harvard University
Graduate School of Business Administration
MBA, second-year honors
January, 1971 to May, 1972

Military Service:

Commissioned, Regular Officer
United States Air Force
10 October 1965

Undergraduate Pilot Training
Commander’s Trophy, top pilot Class 67C
Williams AFB, Arizona
October, 1965 to October, 1966

USAF Combat Survival School
Fairchild AFB, Spokane, Washington
November, 1966

F-4 Conversion Course
Class 67L Outstanding Pilot
Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona
December, 1966 to April, 1967

Pilot, F-4, 8th TFS, 49th TFW
Spangdahlem AB, Germany & Holloman AFB, New Mexico
June, 1967 to July, 1969

USAF Forward Air Controller (FAC) School
Eglin AFB, Ft. Walton Beach, Florida
August, 1969

Air Liaison Officer & Forward Air Controller (ALO/FAC)
603rd Direct Air Support Squadron (DASS)
Osan AB & Camp Casey, 7th U.S. Army Division, Korea
Attached to the 28th Division, Republic of Korea (ROK) Army
September, 1969 to September, 1970

Honorably Discharged
Rank of Captain
15 September 1970


Vice-President and then President of Sevakis Industries
Founded 1950 by Frank D. Sevakis, Father
First-tier supplier of precision-machined prototype and production cast-metal parts to the automotive, diesel engine, farm implement and heavy-duty automatic transmission industries.
June, 1972 to March, 1997

Time really flies when you’re havin’ fun!

Or contemplating the universe. . .


6 Responses to The Bio Bit

  1. Lou Peoples says:

    Dennis – Great website and fascinating data. You must spend a lot of time to keep this up. It is wonderful of you to provide data in a more “digestible” form.

    Happy Thanksgiving.


  2. Dennis Sevakis says:

    Good to hear from you, Tom.

    Do you remember the “air show” we Air Force fly boys put on for the troops at the small airfield across the road from Camp Casey? That was a hoot! Got my butt chewed for that one.

    Have a great New Year.


  3. I was an enlisted AF Sgt in the 603 DASS at Osan, detached to Camp Red Cloud 1969-1971. I worked with a Capt. William Mangun. Great duty ..sometimes tricky … great. Now I am involved with Homeland Security and I am a 2nd Lt. in the Civil Air Patrol …see me on Face Book.

  4. Jesse P. (Marty) Martinez says:


    I was with the 603 direct air support squadron at camp Red Cloud 1970- 1971 I worked in the communications/sorties/radio operations. I remember the deployments with Army units, the joint exercises, and goimg to a small isolated one shack Air Force runway (don’t remember the location) to check out our Cessna’s.

    Made the best of our situation, since we were not at a Air Force base.

    Thanks for your time.

    Jesse P. (Marty) Martinez USAF 1969-1973

    • Dennis Sevakis says:

      And thank you for your service, Marty!

      Do you ever run into Capt. Gary Hurlbut? He was billeted at Camp Casey and worked with the U.S. Army at Camp Hovey. He and I were also in the 8th TFS together. Hurlbut’s the one on the radio in the picture of me standing by the jeep. We were working a live fire exercise at the time. Fun!


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