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DIRECTORS


John Zentner   JOHN ZENTNER
Director of Business Development
John "JJ" Zentner is a retired Colonel with 23 years of service in the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and over 2500 flight hours as a Weapon Systems Officer (WSO), primarily in the F-15E Strike Eagle. He is a Graduate of both the USAF F-15E Weapons Instructor Course and the USAF School of Advanced Airpower Studies (SAAS). Mr. Zentner's operational flying background includes assignment to units in U.S. Air Forces Europe (USAFE), Air Combat Command (ACC) and Pacific Air Forces (PACAF). His combat and combat support experience includes Operations Desert Shield/Storm, Provide Comfort II, Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom.
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  DENNIS RIEKE
Director of Maintenance
Dennis "Chim-Chim" Rieke is a retired Navy Commander with over 23 years of service as a Naval Aviator and later, a NASA Research Test Pilot before joining ATAC. He has accumulated over 4,000 flight hours in various Tactical and Test Aircraft and is a graduate of the United States Navy TOPGUN Adversary Course. His operational experience includes multiple Aircraft Carrier deployments and combat operations flying the F-14A in support of Operations Deny Flight over Bosnia-Herzegovina and Southern watch over Iraq. His Adversary Instructor experience includes tours in four separate Navy Adversary Squadrons with extensive flight time in both the F-5N and FA-18A. As a NASA Research Test Pilot he was responsible for aircraft modifications, test flights and Airworthiness Certifications and was the Chief of Maintenance for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Aircraft Office, accountable for seven unique and heavily modified type and model of aircraft.
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Ronald Waltman   RONALD WALTMAN
Director of Quality Control
Ron Waltman is a retired United States Army Sergeant Major with 24 years of service in Army Aviation. He has been employed with ATAC since 2013. Ron offers a diverse background from serving in positions from line mechanic and progressing to Sergeant Major with assignments crossing multiple airframes to include the UH-60A/L/M, CH-47D/F, AH-64A/D, UH-1, OH-58, and the AH-1S. These assignments included multiple contingency operations in Panama, Iraq, and additional overseas locations. Ron served with the 3d Infantry Division's 3d Combat Aviation Brigade (3d CAB) where he was responsible for the division's Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Company supporting 110 aircraft in a forward deployed direct combat role.
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Richard Muss   RICHARD MUSSELMAN
Director of Aircraft Acquisition
Rich Musselman is a retired United States Air Force, Chief Master Sergeant with 24 years of service and has been associated with the ATAC Maintenance Team since 2003. A distinguished graduate of the Air Force Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, recipient of the Tactical Air Command Maintenance Professional of the Year and Pacific Air Force Maintenance Professional of the Year. His career spanned across three major commands in support of the maintenance efforts of A – E models of the F-15 Fighting Eagle and culminated as the Chief Enlisted Manager of the 94th Fighter Squadron, Langley AFB. He has supported numerous contingencies to include Operations Desert Storm, Southern, and Northern Watch in which he deployed on five separate occasions with four different fighter squadrons while stationed at Seymour Johnson AFB, NC, Kadena AB, Japan and Langley AFB, VA. Rich has a degree in Aerospace Technology and graduated with distinction from all enlisted levels of Air Force Professional Military Education courses.
 
  STEVE JAMES
Director of Navy Programs
Steve "Manson" James is a retired US Navy Captain with over 24 years of service. He completed numerous tours in FA-18 Hornet and Super Hornet squadrons, and graduated from the Navy Fighter Weapons School and Air Interdiction Mission Commander course. A career Naval Aviator with over 4,000 hours, he commanded Strike Fighter Squadron 115 (VFA-115) at Naval Air Station Lemoore, CA. Following command, he attended the Naval War College, earning a Master's degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. His joint tour was with US Joint Forces Command as the Deputy Director of the Joint Deployment Training Center.
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Richard Zins   RICHARD ZINS
Director of West Coast Operations
Rich "Miggs" Zins is ATAC's Director of Business Development and has been with ATAC since 2011. A retired Naval Aviator with over 21 years of active duty service, Miggs has over 5000 tactical flight hours and 1100 arrested landings, mostly in the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet. Mr. Zins commanded Strike Fighter Squadron Eighty Seven and directed the Navy's F/A-18 Integrated Test Team at Patuxent River, MD. He made 4 combat cruises with VFA-87, VFA-151 and CVW-2 staff, with shore tours at VX-23 as an F/A-18 and T-45 Experimental Test Pilot.
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James Reed   JAMES REED
Director of East Coast Operations
James "Sleepy" Reed joined the ATAC team in January 2008. He has taken a lead role in helping to develop new business opportunities with the US Marine Corps as well as helping in the expansion of ATAC Air-to-ground training capability areas. Since earning his wings of gold as a USMC Naval Aviator in 1989, he has accumulated more than 2,700 flight hours during 21 years of flying high performance jet aircraft with over 2400 hours in the FA-18A-D while deploying onboard an Aircraft Carrier (USS Theodore Roosevelt) and land based operations in support of numerous tours overseas, to include Operations Deny Flight, Southern Watch, and Iraqi Freedom.
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  JOHN PAGANELLI
Director of Pacific Operations
John "Pags" Paganelli is a retired Navy Commander with 25 years of service as a Naval Aviator. Pags is a combat veteran with over 4500 tactical flight hours, 8 carrier deployments, and more than 950 arrested landings. He served in 5 Fleet fighter squadrons and accumulated over 3500 hours in all Type Models of the FA-18 Hornet and Super Hornet. Pags was the former AIRBOSS of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) and Executive Officer of VFA-192 and VX-23. He began his Naval career with VF-143 flying the F-14 Tomcat and later transitioned to FA-18 Hornets. He completed multiple operational flying tours on the East Coast and in Japan as part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces. Pags is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and was a highly decorated combat strike leader. Additionally, Pags was a Flight Officer with United Airlines before becoming a full time pilot with ATAC in 2013. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot rating, CFI, CFII, and is currently type rated in the MK-58 Hawker Hunter supporting all military training requirements in Hawaii and the Western Pacific.
 
  MASTERSON
Director of Western Pacific Operations
 
Matt Bannon   MATT BANNON
Director of Marketing
Matt "Race" Bannon is a retired Lieutenant Colonel with over 22 years of service with the U.S. Navy (USN) and U.S. Air Force (USAF) combined. A Command Pilot with over 6,000 flight hours across a multitude of aircraft from the Navy and Air Force, he is a Graduate of the USN TOPGUN Adversary Course. His operational tours include multiple deployments flying F-14A aircraft in VF-33 from the USS America supporting Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm flying over 30 combat missions. He was the Chief of Standardization for the VF-101, the F-14 Fleet Replacement Squadron flying F-14A, F-14B and T-34C aircraft. He later returned to fly the F-14D in VF-213 supporting Southern Watch from the deck of the USS Kitty Hawk accruing over 500 total carrier arrested landings and over 2,500 hours in the F-14 Tomcat.
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