CRESTVIEW, Fla., June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Aerospace Integration Corporation
(AIC) announced the formation of the company's Board of Advisors. The Board
will be responsible for expanding and facilitating AIC's long-range strategic
development and strengthening the company's existing relationships within the
U.S. Special Operations Command. Noted for their distinguished military
careers, the members of the AIC Board of Advisors include: General Charles
Holland, USAF (Ret.), Colonel William Grimes, USAF (Ret.) and Captain Jack
Menendez, USN (Ret.).
These distinguished and decorated veterans bring diverse experience to
AIC. Their collective backgrounds reflect the full spectrum of operations,
planning and systems-development expertise, which will be extremely valuable
in supporting the SOF customer.
General Charles Holland, prior to his retirement in 2003, was Commander,
U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.
In this position, he was responsible for all of America's active duty and
reserve Special Operations Forces (SOF). Holland, a command pilot with more
than 5,000 flying hours and over 100 combat missions, began his commissioned
service in the U.S. Air Force in 1968 following his graduation from the U.S.
Air Force Academy in Colorado. During his distinguished career, he held
various command positions throughout the United States and abroad.
When asked about his new role with AIC, Holland said, "I am pleased to be
working with AIC. The company's reputation for service excellence is well
known and I hope to bring a continued focus as it supports the missions and
needs of our Special Operations Forces operating around the globe."
Colonel William Grimes began his distinguished career in the U.S. Air
Force in 1959 and served in multiple roles throughout the U.S. Grimes also
achieved the aeronautical distinction of Master-Navigator with more than 5,500
flying hours in reconnaissance aircraft. Prior to his retirement, Grimes was
the Chief of the Special Projects Division at the Aeronautical Systems Center,
Reconnaissance SPO at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.
Captain Jack Menendez first entered service in the U.S. Naval Reserve in
1976 as a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He entered active
duty in 1979 and subsequently graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL
training in 1982. During his distinguished service in U.S. Naval Special
Warfare programs, Menendez conducted SEAL Team training, commanded SEAL
platoons and participated in special warfare task units around the globe,
including operations in Afghanistan in 2002. He served in major staff
assignments, most notably in the Special Operations Division, Joint Chiefs of
Staff at the Pentagon, and just prior to his retirement as Chief of the
Special Programs Assessment Division at USSOCOM.
When asked about the significance of the new Board, AIC founder and CEO
George Gonzalez said, "AIC was established to support the SOF warfighter and
the company essentially operates as an extension of the SOF mission. The
knowledge, experience and strategic vision these men bring to AIC will ensure
that we continue to evolve with our customer, to build our capabilities and
invest in our customers' success. General Holland, Colonel Grimes and Captain
Menendez are some of the best in the SOF business and represent critical
strategic assets for AIC."
AIC is a pace-setting systems design and integration company that delivers
quick-response, concept-to-combat solutions for U.S. Special Operations
Forces. Specializing in aircraft systems design, technology innovation and
total systems integration for SOF mission platforms, the company has become
SOF's integrator of choice by combining the flexibility of a small company,
the capability of a large company and a culture that mirrors and embodies the
customer's missions and goals. Founded in 1997, AIC has extensive, documented
performance success in delivering turn-key systems integration for every major
platform in the special operations fleet. The company maintains permanent
operations in nine states including Corporate Headquarters and Airborne
Systems Division Aircraft Modification Complex in Crestview, Florida; Army
Aviation Division in Huntsville, Alabama; Ground Systems Division in New
Jersey; and customer liaison offices in Arkansas, Georgia, North and South
Carolina, Texas, and Washington (state). For more information, visit
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