|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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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 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
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.
Mike has been an EW professional for most of his Government/Industry career. He worked on electro-optic countermeasure programs in the ‘90s, and stood up PM CREW during OIF/OEF in the 2000’s fielding tens of thousands of life-saving RCIED jammers that still operate effectively today. After Senior Service College, Mike led PM Electronic Warfare and Cyber as its senior civilian and architected the rebuilding of Army CEMA capabilities which had severely declined since the end of the Cold War. He held several key leadership positions in PEO Intelligence, Electronic Warfare & Sensors (PEO IEW&S) throughout his career and understands the value Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations and its game-changing effects. Today, he continues to work those challenges as an EW professional in the Defense Industry. Mike’s AOC experience makes him the ideal candidate having served as the APG Susquehanna Chapter President, AOC At-Large Board of Director, AOC Northeastern Regional Director and is currently on the AOC EXCOM as the Director of Strategy. He stood up the popular CEMA Conference in 2015 which continues today as an AOC staple event. If elected, his focus will be on AOC’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. For Education, he plans to push for EW certified professionals and a sustainable global STEM program. For Support, he will focus on membership needs, increase outreach and support to our chapters, and focus on attracting young professionals that will be our 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.