About National Aerospace Solutions

Respecting the Mission | NAS Leadership | Vision, Values, and Covenants
 

Respecting the Mission

NAS is led by Bechtel – a privately held, family-run, global engineering, project management, and government services company with 117 years of service to national security and commercial customers around the world. Bechtel operates through four global business units that specialize in infrastructure; mining and metals; nuclear, security and environmental; and oil, gas, and chemicals. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents. Today, the company's 58,000 colleagues team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 40 countries.

Key projects include the Hoover Dam, the Channel Tunnel, the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll, and the consolidation of Bettis and Knolls Atomic Power Laboratories into the Naval Nuclear Laboratory.

Other team members:

  • Sierra Lobo Inc., a small, minority-owned enterprise based in Ohio, with additional offices in Alabama, California, Florida, and Virginia. Sierra Lobo provides advanced engineering, research and development, and superior test evaluation services that support NASA and DoD research and technology development efforts. Founded in 1993, Sierra Lobo today employs approximately 700 people, and has a Technology Development and Engineering Center (TDEC) and operations office in Milan, Ohio.
  • GP Strategies Corporation, a member of the current AEDC operations contractor team, is a global performance improvement solutions provider of training, eLearning solutions, and management consulting and engineering services. GP Strategies' solutions improve the effectiveness of organizations by delivering innovative and superior training, consulting and business improvement services customized to meet the specific needs of its clients. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, manufacturing, process and energy industries, and other commercial and government customers.

Teaming subcontractors:

  • nLogic Inc., a proven control systems hardware and software provider with customers including U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Special Operations, U.S. General Services Administration, Missile Defense Agency, Defense Commissary Agency, NASA, and U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Chugach Federal Solutions Inc., Established in 1972 under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), Chugach strives to fulfill its mission through developing operational businesses that provide wide-ranging services for federal and commercial clients including facilities management and maintenance, construction, technical and IT, oil and gas and education services.

NAS is a limited liability company established for the sole purpose of meeting AEDC's objectives for Test Operations and Sustainment.

GP Strategies Corporation

Sierra Lobo

Bechtel Inc.

Chugach Federal Solutions Inc.

nLogic Inc.

NAS Leadership

Chair, NAS Board of Managers: Mr. Brian Sheridan
Brian Sheridan, a Bechtel principal vice president, is chair of the NAS Board of Managers. The Board is composed of senior executives of NAS member companies, ensuring availability of parent company resources and application of best practices. Sheridan joined Bechtel in 2001 following service at the U. S. Department of Defense. He has served in leadership roles at the Nevada Test Site and is now general manager of Bechtel’s Defense and Security business line.

General Manager: Ms. Cynthia Rivera
Cynthia Rivera, a Bechtel principal vice president, has been with the company since 1996. She joins NAS after leading Kwajalein Range Services LLC as president and general manager, the Bechtel-led company that manages and operates the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Deputy General Manager: Maj. Gen. Wilbert D. (Doug) Pearson, USAF (ret.)
Major General Doug Pearson, USAF (ret.), brings 34 years of military and 10 years of civilian aerospace industry experience to the NAS team. Among many assignments, he commanded the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California and served as director of operations for Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Pearson retired from the Air Force with more than 4,100 flight hours including 364 combat hours.
Integrated Resources Director: Mr. Ben Souther
Ben Souther will lead Integrated Resources for the NAS team. This encompasses Labor Relations, Quality Assurance, Work Control, Acquisitions, Project Management, Engineering, Project Controls, and Safety, Health, and Environment. Ben most recently served as chief of staff to the president of Bechtel National, Inc. He brings 18 years of operations and business management experience for government and commercial customers, including as vice president and deputy site manager at Kwajalein Range Services.
Mission Execution Director: Mr. Rod Cregier
Rod Cregier serves as the Mission Execution Director for National Aerospace Systems at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex. Cregier spent 30 years in the Air Force and retired in 2015 as a colonel. After graduating from the United States Air Force Academy, he attended pilot training and flew the F-15C as well as multiple other aircraft. His next assignments focused on developmental and operational testing of the F-117A and its associated weapons. Cregier also spent three years as the F-35 Program Director at Edwards AFB, CA. Cregier was responsible for all Edwards-based support to the F-35 test program, including both the Integrated Test Force and the Joint Operational Test Team.
Business Services Director: Mr. Mike Lugo
Mike Lugo brings 40 years of experience in regulatory compliance, engineering, and operations of large, complex facilities including programs for the Department of Energy and in commercial nuclear power. He will oversee Prime Contracts, Security, Human Resources, Training, Finance, External Affairs and Communications, Office and Administrative Services, and Information Services and Technology.
Base Operations & Support Director: Mr. Ronnie Skipworth
Ronnie Skipworth oversees the Utilities, Facilities and Services, Capital Projects and Work Control areas for NAS at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC). He brings 29 years of AEDC experience with prior assignments in utilities, design/project management, plant operations and maintenance, planning/scheduling and testing. Ronnie hired into AEDC as a test installation engineer and later became a system engineer before he entered the management arena. Prior to his employment at AEDC, Ronnie worked for Milliken and Company in LaGrange Ga.
NAS Technical Director: Dr. Woodrow Whitlow
Dr. Woodrow Whitlow, Jr. is the Technical Director for National Aerospace Solutions. Before joining the NAS team, Dr. Whitlow was an Executive in Residence in the Cleveland State University Washkewicz College of Engineering. He collaborated with the Dean of Engineering to implement strategies to strengthen the college, increase enrollment in engineering disciplines and raise retention rates. He also served as Associate Administrator for the Mission Support Directorate at NASA Headquarters. The directorate had a budget of $3.8 billion. Prior to the job with NASA, Dr. Whitlow was the director of the Glenn Research Center, responsible for managing an annual budget of $750 million and overseeing a workforce of approximately 1,680 civil service employees, supported by about 1,580 contractors.

 

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Vision, Values, and Covenants

Vision: NAS will be integral to the success of AEDC, the U. S. Air Force's premier aerospace testing facilities, while applying the highest standards of ethics, innovation, safety, security, and quality to daily operations.


Values:

  • Ethics. We are uncompromising in our integrity, honesty, and fairness.
  • Safety & Health. We are relentless in keeping people safe from harm, and we provide a safe and healthy work environment.
  • Security. We are disciplined and vigilant in protecting sensitive AEDC information and ensuring system integrity to support and national security and our customers.
  • Excellence. We thrive on challenge, accomplishment, and mission success.
  • Quality. We are passionate about doing our work right the first time.
  • People. We have a mission-focused, inclusive workforce who have a diverse skill set, are committed to success, demonstrate innovation and have a can do attitude.
  • Culture. Our team is proud of our diversity, inclusiveness, and collaborative work environment. We are proud of what we do and how we do it.
  • Relationships. We build positive, long-term business relationships through trust, respect, and collaboration.
  • Innovation. We overcome challenges through creativity, perseverance, technology, and flexibility. We actively seek to continually improve.
  • Sustainability. We plan and act for the long term benefit of our communities and our environment.


Covenants:

  • Demonstrate Integrity. Exercise the highest level of professional and ethical behavior.
  • Are Respectful. Treat people with respect and dignity. Listen actively. Communicate in a timely and forthright manner. Never undermine colleagues.
  • Collaborate. Ask for and welcome help; offer and give it freely. Mutually resolve disagreements in good faith.
  • Earn Trust. Make commitments responsibly and always keep our word. Are candid while building shared understanding.
  • Deliver. Set high aspirations, plan responsibly, and honor all commitments.
  • Learn It, Do It, Share It. Are innovative. Seek, share, and build upon experiences and lessons learned.
  • Live Our Culture. Embrace, embody, and actively promote our Values & Covenants.

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