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     Date Submitted:27-08-2014
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     Current job:Chief, Space Environment Branch; Chief, Operations Support Branch; Denver Mission Director
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:US only
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsSpace Environment; Launch Operations; Operations Support; Operations Center Manager; Space Weather; Systems Engineer
    CV

    AVAILABLE: 8 SEPTEMBER 2014

    SECURITY CLEARANCE: TS/SCI with SSBI and CI Scope Polygraph

    SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
    Atmospheric/Space Weather, Operations Support, and Space Launch Operations Subject Matter Expert

    • Leadership Experience
    • Intelligence Operations
    • Seasoned Professional
    • Personnel Management
    • Operations Management
    • Resource Protection & Prioritization
    • Strategic Level Planning Experience
    • Complex Problem Solver
    • Tactical & Combat Operations
    • Experienced Trainer & Evaluator
    • Critical Operation Support

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    UNITED STATES AIR FORCE – Various Locations

    Branch Manager, Space Envir. & Operations Support / Mission Director – Aurora, CO, 2011-Present

    Branch Manager, Space Environment: Integrates current and forecast atmospheric and space weather into operations and training for National Reconnaissance Office missions, facilities, and personnel.

    • Analyze space environmental data and evaluate phenomena for vulnerabilities and threats to $15 billion in national reconnaissance satellites and correlate impacts to mission sustainment.

    • Create procedures and direct processes to fuse terrestrial and solar weather effects and intelligence information to support national policy makers and deployed war-fighters.

    • Provide terrestrial and space weather information, watches, warnings, alerts, and advisories to leadership and operations personnel to enhance resource protection and health and safety.

    • Observe, analyze, and interpret satellite, model, and ground-based particle, magnetic, and electromagnetic data to develop specific and focused terrestrial and space weather forecasts that highlight impacts to leaders and operators to facilitate effective mitigation actions.

    • Research space environmental data and evaluate energetic particle and geomagnetic activity events that facilitate development of forecast techniques to improve accuracy.

    • Manage team, brief staff, and provide training, direction, and focus to enhance execution and ensure efficient use of geophysical and atmospheric data for intelligence operations.

    Mission Director, Instructor & Evaluator: Leads 175-member multi-agency and multi-service operation crew providing mission support to national leaders, Combatant Commanders, and warfighters worldwide.

    • Oversees health and safety of 3,900 personnel, equipment, security, and $18 billion in assets.

    • Monitor space and terrestrial environment forecasts; evaluate and oversee operational response for solar weather alerts and warnings to enable effective mitigation response for national assets.

    • Ensures critical mission system availability to conduct operations and directs and prioritizes 24/7 Echelon 1/Echelon 2 system support.

    • Supervises ground system operational readiness, directs alternate operating procedures, and ensures performance to meet scheduled mission operations.

    • Initial lead for all emergency situations as the Crisis Response Team Leader. Decreases response time, ensures personnel accountability, and provides transition to back-up operations.

    • Communicates with national intelligence agencies on critical system outages, provides mitigation actions, and impacts to scheduled tasks.

    Branch Manager, Operations Support: Oversees multi-agency mission operations support and drives collaboration for key interfaces and infrastructure facilitating continuous intelligence operations.

    • Oversees personnel and system changes for 17 work sections, improves mission sustainment, and reduces impacts to the ground system’s operational base-line.

    • Ensures operational configuration management; plans and oversees critical system power distribution, ensures redundancy is operationally configured, and links power to mission support.

    • Lead exercise support for a 60-member Division. Ensure strategic and operational requirements are met and infuse space and terrestrial weather requirements into training objectives to improve job qualification standards.

    • Manages training program for nine mission certified positions; analyzes and evaluates requirements; ensures training on new operational systems for key operations support personnel.

    Manager, Satellite Operations – Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI, 2010-2011

    • Led 9-person satellite operations team in executing the Pacific Air Force Commander’s daily tropical cyclone reconnaissance executive agency duties.

    • Provided tropical cyclone position and intensity estimates enabling Joint Typhoon Warning Center to advise, alert, and warn on 90% of tropical cyclones world-wide.

    • Oversaw system readiness, communicated with multiple satellite data providers during outages, and ensured critical information availability for system operations.

    • Developed alternate operating techniques and leveraged research studies to improve satellite based tropical cyclone position and intensity analysis.

    Operations Branch Manager – Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI, 2008-2010

    • Led a 53-member operations team supporting 59 Department of Defense (DOD) installations 24/7 and provided weather data to safeguard $80 billion in assets across the US Pacific Command.

    • Led production, as Lead Forecaster, of meteorological products in support of local and regional operations. Analyzed and interpreted space, radar, model, and ground-based data to develop forecasts, watches, warnings, advisories, and aviation and high altitude hazard forecasts.

    • Coordinated steady-state and contingency requirements integral in shaping effective operational plans and procedures. Managed the synchronized execution for regional weather operations.

    • Supervised weather operations readiness, training and evaluation, and mission execution; organized team to ensure functional oversight and Airmen development.

    Section Manager, Launch Operations/Instructor & Evaluator – Vandenberg AFB, CA, 2004-2007

    • Launch Operations Manager and Launch Weather Officer, Instructor and Evaluator. Directly supported 24 diverse DOD and commercial space lift and ballistic missile launches on the Western Range. Implemented life-cycle terrestrial and space weather support for eight space lift and three missile launch programs covering generation, execution, and recovery operations.

    • Optimized accuracy and use of 272 weather sensors to include wind profilers and towers, radar, and surface observing systems to provide critical test and launch operations oversight.

    • Managed complex program specific launch weather requirements; tracked 17 unique programs and ensured accuracy of all operations directives and operations requirement documents.

    • Trained and evaluated mission ready weather crews; 100% success on 400+ support requests.

    • Coordinated weather operations for ground-to-space optical turbulence test to determine and characterize atmospheric affects; captured critical data for airborne laser program.

    • Provided critical weather services to support launch complex hazardous material operations. Analyzed/evaluated environmental data; supported range personnel w/ toxic dispersion forecasts.

    • Led 15-person teams during high operations tempo; made on-console “Go/No-Go” launch calls; 100% success rate on 5 launches in 71 days and employed $788 million in operational assets.

    • Developed a 3-day forecast integrating daily range operations and weather over a 99,099 acre range. Provided operational impacts; increased resource protection for $3.8 billion in assets.

    • Conducted a space weather watch; monitored and evaluated proton and electron particle measurements, determined impacts to launch operations, and advised launch program leaders.

    Additional United States Air Force Professional Experience --- detail available upon request

    EDUCATION

    Masters of Aeronautical Science, with Space Studies Specialization, with Distinction – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, (April 2009)

    Bachelor of Science, Geoscience/Operational Meteorology – Mississippi State University, (Dec 2001)

    Professional Training and Awards – Certified Denver Mission Director, Certified Launch Weather Officer, Operational Meteorology Certificate, Mississippi State University, and numerous training courses
     


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