Mr. Matt Bannon, Director of Business Development

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., (April 1, 2012) ATAC (Airborne Tactical Advantage Company), the U.S. leader in outsourced tactical airborne services for 16 years, is proud to announce the naming of Scott "Brillo" Stacy as the Chief Operating Officer (COO). A retired Colonel with over 24 years of service with the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard and Mr. Stacy left as a Command pilot with over 4,000 flight hours. A graduate of the USAF Fighter Weapons Instructor Course, he served with the 422 Test and Evaluation Squadron, the USAF Fighter Weapons School F-15 Division. Upon transfer to the Air National Guard he was commander of the 125th Maintenance Group and retired as the 125th Fighter Wing Commander. Mr. Stacy joined ATAC in 2008 and in addition to flying the F-21 Kfir, has been ATAC's USAF Program Manager and Director of Business Development prior to moving in to the Chief Operating Officer position. Stacy takes the reigns of the COO position at a difficult time after ATAC suffered the loss of Carroll "Lex" LeFon and his aircraft in a tragic accident at NAS Fallon in what the NTSB has described as a result of rapidly changing and severe weather. The addition of a highly experienced USAF leader demonstrates ATAC's continued growth to achieve ATAC's vision "To be the recognized industry leader for tactical aviation training to US and allied militaries worldwide, delivering cost-effective, and continually advancing capabilities".

Operating since 1996, ATAC provides a fleet of more than 20 high performance tactical aircraft to the U.S. military in support of training missions, saving more than $80 million in annual training costs, or $400 million over the contract. ATAC's cost effective contribution to advanced airborne training to the US Navy is greater in flying hours to that of an F/A-18 fighter squadron with over 25,000 total flight hours. The ability of the Navy to focus on fighter tactics with aircraft and aircrew while preserving combat assets is critical; and ATAC's ability to save money while reducing risk is of value to Naval leadership. ATAC is the only civilian tactical airborne services provider approved to train at the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and the Navy Strike Air Warfare Center, and also is the only civilian entity approved to fly against U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors. ATAC also supports the USAF European theater with airborne training as well. The company is headquartered in Virginia with offices flying bases in California, Hawaii, Japan and Germany.