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2020 AOC Elections - Association of Old Crows

The 2020 AOC Board of Directors elections open October 1 and the AOC needs you to do your part! Your participation is critical. Please exercise your right to vote for your AOC Board of Directors representatives.

You can familiarize yourself with the candidates below, by clicking on their name. This information describes the candidates’ backgrounds, leadership styles and contributions to the AOC. The 2020 Nominating Committee carefully considered the impressive nominations it received before selecting this year’s candidates. The slate of candidates was subsequently approved by the AOC Board of Directors. We are grateful to all of those who participated in this process and applaud those willing to submit their names for consideration.

Thank you for your continued support of AOC. Let your voice be heard by casting your vote for the new leaders of your association!

To check what region your chapter is in CLICK HERE

Board of Directors Positions Open:

At-Large Director (All members can vote for 2)

  • Vince Battaglia
  • Joe Koesters
  • Gary Lyke
  • Jeff Malone
  • Steve Oatman
  • Greg Patschke
  • Charles Quintero
  • Mike Ryan
  • Daljit Singh
  • Steve Tourangeau

Northeastern Region Director (Only Northeastern Region members can vote for the candidates below, region members can vote for 1)

  • Nino Amoroso
  • Tuhin Das
  • Myles Murphy
  • Melinda Tourangeau

Southern Region Director (Only Southern Region members can vote for the candidates below, region members can vote for 1)

  • Karen Brigance

International Region II Director (Only International Region II members can vote for the candidates below, region members can vote for 1)

  • Jurgen Opfer
  • Lee Kar Heng
2020 Online Voting Instructions

Beginning October 1, 2020, AOC members can visit the AOC homepage, www.crows.org, where they will see election information and a link to Elections On-Line, the independent vendor conducting this year’s online election. You will receive an email with login instructions shortly before the elections start. The web- site will direct you to your ballot, where you can make your selections. Your AOC dues must be current as of September 20th in order to vote. As with past AOC elections, your ballot is secret.

Elections On-Line will hold all completed ballots, tabulate them and send the results to the AOC when the election is complete. Once you have cast your online vote, Elections On-Line will send you an email confirming that they have received your completed ballot.

Paper Ballots

For those AOC members who cannot vote online, the AOC has provided a paper ballot below. Members may cut out the paper ballot, mark it – including your member number (avail- able on the front label of your JED) and your name and contact information – and mail it back to the AOC. Paper ballots must be postmarked after October 1, 2020, and before October 31, 2020, and be addressed to: AOC – 2020 Ballot 1555 King St 5th Floor Alexandria, VA 22314

Campaign Rules

Please Remember -- Campaigning or electioneering on behalf of any candidate for AOC International office, with or without their knowledge or consent, is prohibited.


 

At-Large Director Candidates


A qualified aerospace professional with a 30+year record of aerospace business development and operational accomplishments. Success in directing industrial defense organizations in the design and development of military technologies and systems. Proven experience in leading both large and small, domestic and offshore companies. Significant leadership roles providing technical and business management for military defense and commercial technologies. Directed and participated in new business initiatives, product development, production and product support functions. Hands-on responsibilities in building successful enterprises as well as directing programs and restructuring organizations including merger, acquisition and divestiture activities. Proven corporate and program management skills including: technical, business, people and risk assessment skills with responsibility for facilities and human resource planning, acquisition and retention. Currently providing consulting services to small and large size enterprises. The Professional experiences complemented by a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, a master's degree in physics with a major in mathematics and an executive M.B.A.

Joe Koesters has been a manager and engineer for the ftjr Force Research Laborato.n/ Sensors Directorate for more than 33 years. He has served in a variety of assignments including branch chief, tech advisor, and program manager. He is currently the Deputy Division Chief for the Spectrum Warfare Division.

Joe previously served on the AOC BoD from 2012-2018 and would like the opportunity to serve again on the Board. His previous experience as Treasurer (4 yrs) and Governance Chair (1 yr) combined with his experience as an AF civil serv ant give him a unique blend of AOC corporate • knowledge, experience, and collaboration partnerships that will serve the AOC welln moving forward.

As a Director, Joe would advocate three focus areas for the AOC BoD. The first is to maintain a strong financial posture for the organization including positive budget margins and long term infrastructure (people and facilities) financial planning. The second is to re-energize senior level EW advocacy in the US govt given recent changes in positions. The final focus area would be to reinstate a spirit of camaraderie and community within the AOC - a balance between electronic communications and face to face interactions.

Lieutenant Colonel Gary M. Lyke, USA, currently serves as the Operations Branch Chief at the Joint Electromagnetic Preparedness for Advanced Combat (JEPAC) at Nellis AFB, NV. Prior to his joint assignment, he served as the Military Deputy and Chief of Operations, TCM-EW, Cyber Center of Excellence; the Chief of Cyberspace Electromagnetic Activities for the US Army Pacific (USARPAC); and as the Division Electronic Warfare Officer for the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks and 1st Armored Division in Iraq.

He was commissioned as a Field Artillery officer in the United States Army upon graduation from the University of South Alabama in 1997. He holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri – Science and Technology.

Lieutenant Colonel Lyke became an AOC member shortly after joining the Electronic Warfare Community in 2009. Since joining, he has served as an appointed director on the board, assisted in establishing two chapters and a scholarship program, assisted in the coordination of the annual AOC STEM exhibit, and participated in various AOC committees. As a former President of the Diamond Head Roost, he assisted in the development and sponsoring of 4 AOC PACOM conferences. Gary currently serves on the AOC Board of Governors

His goals as an At-Large Director include but are not limited to:

  • Partner programs with industry and academic institutions,
  • Outreach to middle and high schools to encourage STEM, and
  • Support to partner associations such as AFCEA and TechNet

I am an experienced national security professional, having worked in the Australian Army, the private sector, the public sector and academia. During my military service, I was intimately involved in the adoption of Information Operations (IO) by the Australian Defence Force (ADF). This included drafting the ADF’s first joint IO doctrine, redesign of the ADF’s joint IO staff course, and designing the ADF’s architecture for strategic IO. I currently teach a Masters-level IO unit in the School of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of New South Wales (Canberra), and I have published extensively on IO and related topics. I am currently Vice President of the Australian Chapter and was the Director for the Chapter’s 2016 and 2018 conventions and 2019 symposium.

I am standing for election as an At-Large Director in order to enhance the AOC’s engagement in the IO field. IO is becoming an increasingly important element of warfighting, and it is therefore critical that the AOC position itself to contribute to developments in this field. I am of the view that the highly successful Hawaii IO conference series – which entails collaboration between the local Chapter and a geographic combatant command – is a model that might be applied elsewhere (both within the US and internationally). More generally, I think it is vital that the AOC increase the effort that it devotes to the IO field. And given my experience, expertise and achievements I believe that I am ideally situated to support the AOC in achieving this outcome.

I am running for the AOC Board of Directors following a 31 year career in the US Army where I served as an Enlisted Military Police Officer and as an Officer in the Field Artillery, and an Electronic Warfare Officer, and where I started my career as a Private/E-1 and retired as a Colonel/O-6. My extensive experience and background during peacetime and combat will enable me to assist the AOC with its efforts to expand the membership and the focus of efforts across all of the services. As one of the senior Electronic Warfare and officers in the US Army I continuously focused on increasing the personnel, readiness and material capability within the US Army Operational and Tactical formations. As a member of the AOC Board of Directors I will bring that same determination and focus on increasing the visibility and importance of EW across the services drawing on real world combat and peacetime experience to assist in achieving the AOCs overarching goals regarding all of the services EW capabilities. Simultaneously, based on my background and experience I believe that I would add a crucial element to the AOC Board overall with regards to the US Army and ground Electronic Warfare that while not missing on the board, it is clearly underrepresented.

Col Greg “Patch” Patschke, USAF (Ret.), has nearly 30 years in the electronic warfare field. He brings a unique perspective having worked on EW efforts for each service. During his 25 years in the Air Force as a career electronic warfare officer (EWO), he contributed to EW in multiple capacities: EW operations as B-52 EWO, test and evaluation of EW systems, Commander of the 36th Electronic Warfare Squadron, Combatant Command EW planner, USAF EW Requirements on the Air Staff, and lastly, a Brigade EWO for the Army during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Before he retired, he held the position of the Director for the Joint Electromagnetic Preparedness for Advanced Combat (JEPAC), USSTRATCOM. This joint EW unit was responsible for the advancement of EW by conducting operational assessments to determine vulnerabilities/capability gaps, develop mitigation strategies, validate the solution, and then migrate the solution to a service or Combatant Command. In this capacity, he engaged EW experts within government, academia, and industry to solve the tough EW issues. After retiring from the USAF, Greg worked multiple EW programs for Lockheed Martin and L3/Harris. He is currently the General Manager for Keysight Technologies where is leads all company Radar, Electronic Warfare, and Space Programs. He was on the BoD from 2017-2020 and served on the EXCOM as the treasurer. Greg is an active AOC symposium presenter and received AOC Leadership Awards in 2014 and 2015.

I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity in my 40 year career to have attended great schools like MIT and UPenn. I have had tremendous opportunity to learn from the best, at places like Lockheed Martin (legacy RCA), Harris (legacy ITT), Northrop Grumman (legacy Westinghouse), SRI International, and now the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. JHU-APL has really kindled in me the desire to do more to educate young engineers about EW, and to expand the representation of Hispanics in AOC leadership. I want to help provide outreach to under-represented groups, and help guide people into the great engineering field of EW. I love the work AOC does in providing webinars, and I want to help expand that into adjacent areas, that help young engineers understand the fundamentals that lead into these technology areas.

I have been an Army EW professional for most of my career. In the early and mid-90's I worked special laser-based Electro-Optic Countermeasure programs which were my first introduction to Electronic Warfare. Through the late 90's and beyond, I held several leadership positions in PEO Intelligence, Electronic Warfare & Sensors. Beginning in 2003, I had the privilege to serve as the first CREW Product Director in charge of fielding life-saving ECM jammers. From 2008 to 2017, I served as the senior civilian in PM EW & Cyber where I helped architect the rebuilding of Army Cyber Electromagnetic Activity (GEMA) capabilities which had severely declined since the end of the Cold War. I understand the value Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations and its game-changing effects. Today, I continue to work those challenges as an EW professional in the Defense Industry.

If elected to the AOC BoD, I promise to continue pursuit of initiatives that are in the best interest of the Association. My focus will be on the AOC membership and it's three primary tenets: Advocacy, Education, and Support. Advocacy is critical in helping to influence policy, laws and budgets with respect to electromagnetic spectrum superiority. In terms of Education, I plan to push for a sustainable global AOC STEM program using digital media and web technology. For Support, we need to continue to cultivate our membership by attracting young professionals, and increase outreach to our US and International chapters.

A vote for me is a vote for the future.

1. Air Marshal Daljit Singh was commissioned in the Fighter stream of the Indian Air Force (IAF), in June 1976. During his illustrious career of 38 years in the Air Force, the Air Mshl has flown more than 3400 hours on fighters, including the Gnat, Hunter, MiG 21, Jaguar, Su 30 and the Mirage 2000. He commanded a Mirage 2000 squadron and a major Fighter Base. He formulated EW operational Doctrine, tactics and training schedules for the IAF, and operationalized EW suite on board the Mirage Fleet. As Director EW Range, he organized an International EW Seminar and evaluated EW systems of diverse origins. At Air Headquarters, he has held key staff appointments of Director EW Operations, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Air Defense) and Director General (Air Operations). He retired in October 2014 as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of an Operational Command.

2. He has been awarded with Presidential Awards for devotion to duty and professionalism of the exceptional order.

3. The Air Marshal has been regularly participating in International EW and AD Seminars.

4. As AOC member the Air Marshal visualizes greater regional cooperation in the Indo-Pacific Oceanic Region to spread the operational art and technological road map of the EW systems.

Steve “Tango” Tourangeau, (USAF Ret) serves as Sponsorship Chair and Immediate Past President of the Granite State Roost. His membership in AOC spans over 30 years, spawned by his assignment as an F-4 EWO in 1985. At EWO school he earned the DO Trophy, graduating top in his class. Tango’s recognized EW expertise led to his selection as wing project officer and test navigator/EWO for Airlift Defensive Systems and Special Operations EW modifications to the C-141 fleet. Following that assignment he transitioned to the 33d Flight Test Squadron as Air Mobility Command’s EW flight test director. Here, Tango’s passion for the mission and his commitment to EW dramatically improved mission effectiveness and survivability of AMC aircraft and crews.

Upon retirement in 2004 Tango took a position with MacAulay Brown (MacB), serving nine years as Director of EW Programs. Here he influenced and shaped compelling EW/EMS trends for HQ USAF, MAJCOMs and AF Materiel Command. Tango then took a position at BAE Systems managing business development with the research, development, and acquisition communities at Wright Patterson AFB. Drawing from his experience at MacB and BAE, Tango and his wife Melinda founded Warrior Support Solutions, women-owned, veteran-owned, small consulting business providing EW/EMS Subject Matter Expertise to the DoD, Industry and Academia.

With operational experience at the tactical, operational and strategic levels and in the development, acquisition and testing of EW technologies, as well as both large and small business experience, Tango has a unique perspective on the entirety of providing EMS capabilities necessary to support the current and future warfighter.

As an AOC International Board member, Tango will continue to champion the criticality of EMS Operations in current and future conflicts and advocate for necessary capabilities for our warfighters. By improving communication, collaboration and coordination with all chapters and the general membership, the AOC will have tremendous influence on our future warfighters' ability to dominate the EMS.


Northeastern Region Director Candidates


In his over 30 years of involvement with the AOC Mr. Amoroso has been the chairperson of various activities and committees, including chairing symposia at the chapter, national, and international level. Mr. Amoroso has over 42 years of both operational and procurement government and industry experience within the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), information operations, and electronic warfare communities where he has spearheaded new initiatives and directed the procurement of Air Force, joint systems, special operations capabilities, counter-narcotics centers, coalition, command and control networks, aerial ground surveillance systems, and the rapid acquisition of critical technologies. He has had government and corporate responsibility for the planning, identification, and execution of programs within the C4ISR area. He has held government leadership positions up to the system program office and division level. Mr Amoroso has also represented corporate organizations to senior government and industry. Focus areas including the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Intelligence Community, Battle Management, Aerial Ground Surveillance Systems, Battle Control Systems, International C4ISR programs, and Homeland Security (HLS). Mr. Amoroso holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Catholic University of America and a Master of Science degree from the University of Southern California. He is also a graduate of the Air War College, Federal Executive Institute, and programs within the Defense Intelligence College and Defense Acquisition University. In addition to military and civil service awards, he has also recived other awards including the Gershanoff Silver Medal for Electronic Warfare and Information Operations

TO SERVE Northeastern chapters by enhancing communications, advocating EW/EMSO, and create realistic goals for regional success. Being elected will also give me a platform to inspire Young-Crows and work with EW veterans for creating learning/networking opportunities to support the next-generation.

I have been a proud Young-Crow for 7 years and work for one of the most disruptive EW technology companies where I am the head of Global Business Development and Marketing. In 2014, I was elected as the youngest AOC chapter President. Over the last decade of my career, I have served 10 non-profit organizations, which have positively impacted members, military, charity foundations, entrepreneurs, as well as supported women-empowerment groups. By 2016, I revitalized the Maple Leaf chapter and created programs that generated new revenues of $100,000. This was a result of a new partnership with the local University and bringing in Dave Adamy to teach Canadian military the EW-101. In addition, I led a series of well attended AOC lunch 'n' learns, socials and the annual gala.

Leveraging my AOC experience, I can design strategic multi-chapter partnerships that benefit AOC members by giving them high-profile networking, and professional-development opportunities. For example, I signed a charter with the DC Capitol Club in 2015 that led to increased collaboration. As a direct result, I co-host the annual EW Industry Day at the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC after the annual symposium. This attracts over 100-attendees from DoD, DND, industry/academia.

I have been a member of the AOC since 1989 during which time I have worked in the EW industry and served in the USAF. I had the honor to serve with the 913th AW at Willow Grove Air Reserve, PA and the 512th AW at Dover Air Force Base, DE. I retired at the rank Colonel. I was vice president of the AOC Garden State Chapter for 2 years, then president for 5 years, and learned from other board members how to run an outstanding chapter. The Garden State Chapter did great things for the local community by teaching EW seminars, promoting STEM activities, funding a scholarship for local ROTC students, while also helping the Fisher House Foundation and disabled veterans in need. When I was president, the chapter was selected as Medium Chapter of Year 2018 and 2019. If elected Northeast Director, I would like to “Pay Forward” what I have learned in industry, as a military officer, and as AOC chapter president to help other chapters succeed. As a past chapter president, I have the experience to understand chapter challenges. I also have an excellent relationship with the staff at AOC National. I desire to work with local chapters and AOC National to develop a winning vision and strategy for the AOC for the future. I would love the opportunity to carry the mission and goals of AOC National to all the Northeast chapters while communicating the goals and needs of individual chapters back to AOC National.

Mrs. Tourangeau, a USAF ROTC graduate of Georgia Tech, served as a program manager and research engineer at AFRL for the nation’s SDI’s laser programs. She completed her master’s in electrical engineering at AFIT, majoring in electro-optics and semiconductor physics. After active duty, she transferred to the USAF Reserves as Hanscom AFB and went to work for Raytheon developing the terminal track algorithm for an infrared seeker head for the BAT munition.

Mrs. Tourangeau worked as a Program Manager at BAE Systems, where she led several electro-optic and signal intelligence programs. She worked on three EW programs that are flying in theatre today: USQ-113 Communications Jammer and ICAP III (Radar Receiver Upgrade) both on the EA-6B and antenna pods for the EA-18G. She also was involved in seeing 2000 D-CREW systems get deployed in theatre to mitigate the threat of IEDs.

Mrs. Tourangeau currently serves as President of Warrior Support Solutions. She authors research, studies, and analyses in Electronic Warfare for the DoD.

As an AOC board member, Mrs. Tourangeau will contribute her time and talent to help strategize and program manage the AOC’s key initiatives in STEM, Education, Career and Professional Development, the JED, webinars, chapters and membership. She will devote her passion and advanced knowledge of EW systems to achieve goals set by the board and the AOC executive staff. Mrs. Tourangeau is a team player and works in concert with all board and executive members to collaborate, mediate, and find a solution that will work for everyone.


Southern Region Candidates


Ms. Karen Brigance is currently the Chief Engineer for Electronic Warfare and Software at Mercer Engineering Research Center (MERC). MERC provides critical engineering support to both Air Force and Navy weapon systems spanning the entire spectrum of EW to include Radio Frequency (RF), Electro-Optical (EO) and Infrared (IR). Ms. Brigance retired from civilian service January 2019 as the Chief Engineer for the Electronic Warfare and Common Avionics Systems Program Office at Robins Air Force Base. She was responsible for providing comprehensive, full life-cycle system engineering support consisting of development, test, production, fielding, sustainment, reprogramming, mission data, and consultation to ensure war-fighting MAJCOMS have the capabilities they require.

Ms. Brigance began her career in the Electronic Warfare Directorate in 1982. In January 1990 she began work in Detachment 8, 2762 Logistics Squadron as the program manager for a $500M SIGINT program. In February 1999 she became the Exploitation Division Chief in the U-2 Management Directorate providing worldwide support to the U-2 Dragon Lady’s associated ground processing stations, airborne sensors and data links. In December 2003 she was promoted as Avionics/Electronics Engineering Division Chief for the Engineering Directorate providing functional management and advocacy for over 750 electronics engineers working across Robins AFB. In 2006 Ms. Brigance moved to the 752 Combat Sustainment Group as Chief Engineer for Common Avionics. She transitioned to position of Squadron Director when the common avionics group became part of the Air Force Global Logistics Center as the 407th Supply Chain Management Squadron. In June 2010 Ms. Brigance was transferred to the chief engineer position for USAF Electronic Warfare from which she retired.

Ms. Brigance completed two terms as president of the Dixie Crow Chapter of the Association of Old Crows (AOC), served as current past president for four years, and Chairperson for four Dixie Crow EW/IO Technical Symposiums. She has served as Southern Regional Director on the AOC Board of Directors for three years. Ms. Brigance was Chair for the Audit and Inspection Committee and an active member of the Membership and Awards committees for one year.


 

International Region II Candidates


Jurgen works for Fujitsu as the Chief Engineer and Design Authority in a C4ISR modernisation program for Australia’s Military and National Security organistions.

He joined the Association of Old Crows in 1986, and was elected to the Australian board of directors in 2006, elected as the Vice President in 2013, and through to 2016. In 2017 he was elected as President and again in 2018. He has continued his participation in AOC events and advocates for the AOC.

He is a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers and a member of the IEEE.

Jurgen is a member of the International Cyber Threat Task Force (ICTTF) and a participating member of the Standards Australia Committee IT-012-04 Data Security Techniques.

He is an accomplished author and presenter, having written numerous training manuals, course materials and three technical books.

In September 2011 Jurgen wrote the Feature Article on Terrorism, for the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 Edition of Security Solutions Magazine. He then wrote on Corruption and Arms Trafficking in their 75th issue. He later wrote a feature article, on the Security implications of Social Networking.

He wrote the lead article on Cyber warfare for the Cyber special edition for Australian Defence Magazine and presented a paper on “The Overlap between Electronic Warfare and Information Warfare” at the ADM Cyber Security Summit.

He has presented papers on Cyber Warfare at several AOC conventions and a modified version at the inaugural Cyber security seminar for the Institute of Engineers Australia.

I am Kar Heng, the Founding President of the AOC Singapore Chapter. I am an Engineerpreneur, it means I practise Engineering and I run my own business. I travel widely to present internationally, and I am aware of the lack of AOC outreach in many Asian countries. I desire to induce the local experts to start up a local of their own, for sharing, for better friendship and extended peace. My region is currently strong disruption due to the raise of China and the drift of Taiwan, Being a Regional Director as a Singaporean, I am able to take my strategic position to breach the East and West. As an Asian, it is easy for me to outreach to the countries that still do not have an AOC local chapter.

I want to take up the challenge to increase the no. of AOC Chapters in this Region to 50% more than the current figure.

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With over 13,000 members internationally, the Association of Old Crows is an organization for individuals who have common interests in Electronic Warfare (EW), Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Operations, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA), Information Operations (IO), and other information related capabilities. The Association of Old Crows provides a means of connecting members and organizations nationally and internationally across government, defense, industry, and academia to promote the exchange of ideas and information, and provides a platform to recognize advances and contributions in these fields.