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TriVector Expands UAS Operations to Washington, DC Area

on Tuesday, 10 May 2011.

TriVector Expands UAS Operations to Washington, DC Area

TriVector Services, Inc., has expanded their Unmanned Aircraft Systems operations into the Washington, DC area. TriVector currently provides engineering and program management support services to the UAS Program Office within the National and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), located in Silver Spring, MD.

Retired Rear Admiral Philip Kenul is joining TriVector as Senior Vice President of Aviation and Operations. Admiral Kenul has several decades of experience with NOAA ranging from overseeing the maintenance of NOAA aircraft fleet, to leading NOAA's Homeland Security Program office, to managing the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center, as well as the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations Centers. He also served as Deputy Chief for the Military Operations Branch of the Naval Research Laboratory, overseeing and coordinating the planning, logistics and execution of global oceanographic data collection. Admiral Kenul is a qualified P-3 pilot and has flown numerous hurricane monitoring missions. He received a B.A. in Biology from State University of New York at Cortland, and a M.S. in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Retired U.S. Navy Commander John "J.C." Coffey joins TriVector as Vice President of Unmanned Systems. Commander Coffey finished his Naval career as the Chief Staff Officer and Director of Military Operations at the Naval Research Laboratory, and has logged over 4,500 flight hours in numerous aircraft including flying P-3s during hurricane monitoring missions. Commander Coffey is a commissioned member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels and is authorized to wear the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Metorious Unit Commendation (two awards), as well as various other unit, service, and campaign decorations. Coffey earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Notre Dame, and an M.B.A. from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a member of the Acquisition Professional Community and is Level III certified in Systems Engineering, Test & Evaluation and Program Management.

"We are extremely excited to have Admiral Kenul and Commander Coffey as leaders at TriVector, and to have them as part of our TriVector family. It is a privilege to have them on our team," said Dr. Joey Shelton, Chief Technical Officer.