DANA HESSHEIMER is a Senior Technical Advisor of Consolidated Air Support Systems, LLC (CASS).
Dana retired from the Air Force in 2020 after 31 years of service. He is a decorated combat veteran, flying missions starting with Desert Storm, ending with Operation Enduring Freedom, and all conflicts in between. During his career he flew the RC-135, KC-135, MQ-1, and MQ-9. He accumulated over 4,500 flight hours. He holds a FAA type rating on the B-707/B-720. Dana stood up the first Air National Guard unit to fly unmanned aircraft in 2005. He went on to command a group and wing. Among his other assignments, he served as Interim Director, HQ Air Force A-3, Current Operations. He finished his career as the Director of the Joint Staff, California National Guard.
He was instrumental in getting the first unmanned aircraft to support Domestic Operations (DOMOPS) in 2013 as a Wing Commander. He went on to become a Dual Status Commander for disasters in the state of California. This lead to a cohesive relationship with civilian agencies. He has extensive knowledge of Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR), Close Air Support (CAS), Air Refueling Operations, and support of DOMOPS.
He achieved a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Masters Degree in Management and Leadership from Liberty University. He graduated from several military schools including Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, Air War College, and Senior Leadership Officer Course. He also attended the General and Flag Officer Homeland Security Executive Seminar at Harvard Kennedy School.
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