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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0100
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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:00:00 +0100
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Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:33:00 +0100
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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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    Active SECRET Security Clearance

    SATELLITE COMMUNICATION ENGINEERING/MANAGEMENT
    Solutions-orientated Satellite Communication maintenance and operations lead with over 15 years of experience developing complex satellite infrastructures for industry leaders. Strong project management skills, with proven ability to direct large-scale projects and deliver critical project milestones on time while exceeding expectations. Hands-on Engineering Manager with an Active Secret Security Clearance. Skilled in providing effective leadership in fast-paced, mission critical environments. Able to lead and motivate teams. Outstanding presentation and communication skills.

    EDUCATION
    Bowie State University, City, State: 2005
    Master of Public Administration (M.P.A)
    University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY: 1997
    Bachelor of Arts – Administration of Justice and Sociology
     

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    Rome Research Corporation * Landstuhl, Germany * 2004 - Present
    Satellite Communication Lead Technician and Maintenance Supervisor
    - Responsible for managing the overall facility Operations and Maintenance areas including circuit actions, satellite access planning, preventive and corrective maintenance as well as communications engineering.
    - Ensure top productivity by assigning and managing staff to provide Operation and Maintenance augmentation support for DSCS and Teleport Satellite Communications equipment.
    - Provide critical circuit actions support and contingency mission planning in support of deployed Warfighters.
    - Coordinate Technical Service Order implementations and test each with requestors and DISA Provisioning.
    - Provide Subject Matter Expert Analysis to resolve Electro-Magnetic Interference.
    - Create numerous engineering solutions to facilitate system upgrades and greatly improve system efficiency.
    - Implement policies in accordance with Concepts of Operations, Joint Integrated Support Plans, Strategic Directives and DISA Circulars.
    - Developed, trained and supervised a team of engineers focused on productivity and teamwork
    - Augment SATCOM training of assigned Government personnel in the maintenance and operations of the Landstuhl DSCS Media Gateway Facility.
    - Conduct system acceptance testing resulting in the commissioning of the Teleport, KA-STARS, and Regional Hub Node Systems.
    - Manage all operations and maintenance functions with the commercial Teleport, DKET terminals, and Digital Video Broadcast Return Channel Satellite System.
    - Create and document Standard Operating Procedures for the Operation and Maintenance of Teleport and DKET.
    - Employ Spectrum Analyzers, Scalar Network Analyzers, Power Meters, Oscilloscopes, and Multi-meters to isolate and repair faulty Communications Equipment.

    Data Path * Mannheim Germany * 2004
    Satellite Facility Manager - OPMAS-E contract
    - Operated and maintained C-Band Satellite Communications equipment associated with OPMAS-E contract in support of Balkan missions.
    - Operated and configured DMD-10 modems, RSC-10 switch, SFC-42 Down Converter, SFC-6400 Up Converter, ARMA-C500 Solid State Power Amplifier, Model 70V Antenna Control Unit, and TimePlex ATM cell exchange configurations.
    - Operated and configured PROMINA node using a level 2 access.
    - Utilized TMDE to troubleshoot equipment, circuits, and links in accordance with local operating procedures.
    - Performed crypto-updates and OTARS in accordance with established standards and COMSEC handling procedures.
    - Utilized Remedy trouble ticket reporting to track and report outages and HAZCON.

    US Army * DSCS Station Landsthul, Germany * 1999 - 2004
    Satellite Maintainer Operator
    - Operated and maintained a Defense Satellite Communications Systems Station (DSCS) equipment and its related subsystems, utilizing a variety of TMDE and hand tools located in a Defense Satellite Communication Station.
    - Operated, configured, characterized and maintained electronic equipment and its associated mechanical components, and related equipment to include: analog to digital converters, IDNX, multiplexers and de-multiplexers, spread spectrum modems, modulators and demodulators, fiber optic modems to include ATM, up/down frequency converters, transmitters, high voltage power supplies, wave guide combiners and splitters, cesium beam frequency standard timing oscillators, precise timing distribution systems, COMSEC devices, handling for and proper use of COMSEC key mat, antenna systems with servo-motors.
    - Responded to trouble calls and electronic alarm systems by creating trouble ticket reports.
    - Troubleshot complex electronic systems by interpreting technical data.
    - Repaired and replaced electronic or mechanical components required to return equipment to an operational state.
    - Completed preventative maintenance as scheduled while revising procedures and inspecting equipment for shortcomings.
    - Submitted documentation for modification and redesign of electronic equipment.
    - Ensured technical documentation was accurate up to the latest fielded changes.
    - Conducted day to day site operations, performing operational and quality control tests on circuits, systems, and trunks in accordance with established standards.
    - Provided service and responded to operational direction from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Network Control Elements.
    - Prepared routine, periodic and demand reports reflecting system activations, changes and deactivations.

    TECHNICAL SKILLS
    Operating Systems:
    - Windows XP/Vista/7
    Hardware:
    - Heavy Terminals, VSAT, Antenna Control Units, Servo-Control Units, High Power Amplifiers, Low Noise Amplifiers, Up and Downconverters, FDMA and TDMA Modems, .
    Tools:
    - Scalar Network Analyzer, Signal Generators, Power Meters, Spectrum Analyzers, Oscilloscopes, Multi-meters, Digital and Layer 3 Fireberd Test Sets.
    Networking:
    - LAN/WAN, T1, Fiber OC, Sonet, ATM, TCP/IP, routing and stitches, routers, hubs.
    Applications:
    - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Maxview, ILC, Promina, Linkway, i-Direct, Teleport Monitor and Control.

    ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS
    TRAINING
    CERTIFICATIONS
    AWARDS
    - Regional Hube Node Linkway 9.2 Firmware Upgrade Course 10/2013
    - Regional Hub Node KA-Band Upgrade Course 7/2011
    - IT Networking and Cisco Routing Course 10/2010
    - Joint Communications System Element Defense Information System Network Tactical Edge Course 1/2009
    - i-Direct Installation Operation and Maintenance Course 8/2008
    - Teleport Generation II Systems Training Course 10/2008
    - Linkway IP Modem: 40 Hours 06/2007
    - L-Band Inter-Facility Link Course 06/2007
    - Teleport C/Ku L-Band Upgrade Operator and Maintainer Course 5/2007
    - Teleport Monitor and Control System Administrator Course 12/2005
    - Red Cross CPR Instructor Course 11/2005. Active Authorized Provider
    - VIASAT Limited Motion Antenna Control Course 9/2005
    - AN/FSC78C Modernization Course 8/2005
    - Conoga Perkins UCS 1000&2370 Fiber Optic Modem Course 06/2005
    - Teleport C and Ku-Band Maintainer and Operator Course 11/2004
    - SATCOM Systems Operator/ Maintainer United States Army Signal Center, Fort Gordon, GA, Credit Hours: 1320 Quarter Hours, 03/1998.
    - Certificate in Public Management Bowie State University 05/2005
    - CompTIA Security + Dec 6, 2011
    - Army Accommodation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal
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