Navy STARS Operational Support Facility (OSF) Lead Adaptation and Automation Specialist
- 10 Years
- Information Technology Specialist. Adaptation and Automation Team Lead for all Dept. of Defense (DOD) Standard Terminal Automation Replacement Systems (STARS) automation/adaptation efforts.
- Directs and coordinates the work of a team of adaptation specialist in all automation/adaptation collection and data entry efforts such as researching, obtaining and documenting STARS adaptation requirements. Oversee the manual inputs of adaptation and automation information into the STARS Database Management Software computer terminal. Reviews work products of team members and accepts, amends, or rejects such work. Reviews reports and official correspondence prepared by specialists and technicians and assures that they are technically correct and conform to standards.
- Represents NAVAIR and the Navy as the expert consultant on matters pertaining to resources required for shore-based STARS software adaptation, operation and support.
- Interface and participate in various National Airspace System (NAS) Modernization efforts. Keep abreast of present and future airspace policies and requirements. Participate in numerous DoD and FAA national high level telephone conferences dealing with STARS program management and automation criteria.
- Oversee and conduct site-surveys to assess Air Traffic Control airspace and requirements for upcoming STARS installations. Participate in "on-site" installations efforts including loading and grooming the software. Provide post-installation support as required including future software upgrades.
- Participate in the National STARS Adaptation Improvement Workshops and National STARS Radar Gap Analysis Workshops.
- Maintain and trouble shoot various STARS LAN/WAN network equipment. Utilize various computer programming and editing software including UNIX, DOS, Oracle and SQL.
- Researched, created, and published US Navy Operational Support Facility Site Adaptation Guide.
• Design, develop, test and document various automation processes.
- Evaluate the latest state-of-the-art software and hardware tools to support air traffic control.
- Develops technical criteria for providing quality assurance tests to assess and expand the capabilities of STARS system software and adaptation.
- Participates in FAA functional and operational tests to evaluate performance and reliability of adapted software with new software releases.
- Acts as a mentor, shares technical expertise of ATC systems and provides guidance necessary for the junior grade personnel to properly manage, update and verify shore based ATC systems.
11/1997 to 01/2001. US Navy ATC Representative to the FAA; NAVREP Eastern / New
- Represented Navy interests in domestic and international air
traffic control system planning relating to current and future
- Provided liaison with other U.S. Government agencies,
FAA equivalent agencies in Canada, Europe, the International
Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), special interest groups from
commercial, business and general aviation, and the general
- Participated in numerous national and international forums.
An active member of the Eastern and New England Regions'
National Airspace Redesign teams, New York Oceanic Capacity
Enhancement Task Force, NATO Air Services Coordination Committee
Working Party # 90 (Air Traffic, Phraseology, Airspace),
Regional and State Aviation Director's Conference, and FAA
Eastern and New England Regional Management Teams.
- Discussed and developed resolutions for implementation of
new technology initiatives such as Free Flight, Reduced Vertical
Separation Minimums (RVSM), Global Positioning Systems (GPS),
Communication Navigation Surveillance and Air Traffic Management
(CNS/ATM), National Airspace Redesign and Capacity Enhancement
Task Forces (CETF), Controller to Pilot Data Link Communications
(CPDLC), Required Navigational Performance (RNP), and Automated
Dependent Surveillance (ADS).
- Envisioned and created the first-ever "Standard
Operating Procedures Guide" for the Navy Representative billet.
- Recognized as an outstanding communicator and highly
sought after aviation technical expert.
07/1995 to 11/1997. Leading Chief, Air Traffic Control
Division, Keflavik, Iceland.
- Supervised training, development and administration of 33
military air traffic controllers. Provided direct liaison
between host Icelandic controllers and NATO activities.
Participated in numerous military and Icelandic planning
conferences for various special aviation operations. Qualified
Operations Duty Officer.
- Supervised Airfield Operations assets including Public
Works Engineering, Crash Crew, Ground Electronics & Maintenance,
Navigational Aid Technicians, Airfield improvement projects,
Flight Check procedures, incident reporting, and FAA interface.
- Manager, Keflavik Navy Flying Club. Through creative
management and operating techniques, revitalized a financially
destitute flying club. Brought monitory assets from $3000
in-the-red to over $9000 in-the-black. Received "Outstanding"
grade from the military's Morale, Welfare and Recreation
- Awarded for "sustained superior performance."
Nominated for National Military Family Association's VIP Award
03/1990 to 06/1995; Leading Chief, Air Traffic Control
Division; US Navy, Air Traffic Control Division, Mayport, FL .
- Supervised 39 military air traffic controllers. Facility
Watch Supervisor qualified on all operating positions including
air traffic control tower, terminal radar approach control,
radar ground controlled approach, and base operations.
- Manager (2 years), Control Tower Chief (1 year),
simultaneously the Radar Chief and Base Operations Chief (1
year), and ATC Training Chief (1 year).
- Awarded for negotiating and implementing a letter of
agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration that
established Mayport's first "radar approach control" procedures.
This agreement tripled the stations' scope of air traffic
control authority, vastly improving aviation customer service
- Initiated, organized, and published the stations'
first ATC Facility Training Manual which directly reduced
overall controller qualification training time by 35 percent.
03/1987 to 03/1990.Training Supervisor
& Branch Manager, US Navy, Air Traffic Control Facility, USNS
- Responsible for the development, implementation, updating,
and tracking of the professional training program of 44 assigned
- Facility Watch Supervisor qualified on all operating
positions including combined Air Route Traffic Control Center
and Radar Approach Control (CERAP), Air Traffic Control Tower,
and Base Operations.
- Awarded for the development and implementation of an
in-depth training program which decreased overall qualification
time by 50 percent and increased qualifications over 200
- Awarded as Tower Branch Manager for ensuring
uninterrupted, incident free air traffic control operations
during massive multi-million dollar airfield construction and
- Received Bermuda's "Air Traffic Controller of the
Year, 1988" award for overall outstanding ATC accomplishments.
- Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois; Bachelor in Education, Training and Development , 1991; 4.0 out of 4 Point GPA; 128 Semester Hours.
- City College of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Associate in General Studies , 1989; 4.0 out of 4 Point GPA; 64 Semester Hours.
- Federal Aviation Administration "Airspace and Procedures" School. 3 weeks. Completed 1998.
- US Navy Carrier Air Traffic Control School. 6 weeks. Completed 1983
- US Navy Advanced Radar Air Traffic Control School. 6 weeks. Completed 1979
- US Navy Basic Air Traffic Control School. 4 Months. Completed 1977.
- DAWIA (Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act), Level II Certification (Information Technology, 04-08)
- DAWIA Level 1 Certification (Information Technology, 08-05)
- DAWIA ACQ 201A Web Course, July 2006.
- DAWIA ACQ 201B, Defense Acquisition University,
- DAWIA SAM 201, Defense Acquisition University, Nov 2007.
- DAWIA CLE 025, CLE 003, Web courses. Nov
- NAVAIR White Belt; NAVAIR Yellow Belt;
Lean Six Sigma training.
- FAA designated "Control Tower Operator"
license at 4 Control Towers.
- FAA designated "Radar Approach Control" license at 2 Radar
Air Traffic Control Facilities.
- FAA designated "Enroute Air Traffic
- FAA licensed "Pilot" since 1980.
- FAA licensed "Advanced Ground Instructor"
Professional Ratings , Awards, and Recognitions
3 Navy Commendation Medals. Various dates.
3 Navy Achievement Medals. Various dates.
Various military medals and ribbons.
- Certified Toast Master. V.P. of Education, Toast
Master Club 2001, Bedford, MA.