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Daniel Heires

DANIEL HEIRES is a Managing Partner of Consolidated Air Support Systems, LLC (CASS), and serves as Chief Executive of its subsidiaries, CASS Professional Services Corp. (CPS); and Allied Defense Services International.

Dan has had an aviation career spanning four decades with world-wide operational experience in both the civilian and military fields including every facet of operations from Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) to long range power projection and humanitarian relief. His unique perspective on the dichotomy of problems faced by the civilian and military sectors led to his founding of the Consolidated Air Support Systems and its subsidiaries as conduits for mutually beneficial solutions for both the public and private sectors.

In the last decade, Dan and the senior partners of CASS have led several initiatives. These include producing the USAF Sponsored Reserve Executable Model under contract to HAF/XPX, supporting the USAF congressionally mandated review of contracted air refueling options, supporting the Defense Intelligence Agency under a classified contract, and playing a leading role in Northrup Grumman and Airbus's 2008 successful bid for KC-X. More recently, Dan and the senior partners have focused on forging advanced defense capabilities for use in countering climate change driven wildfires. As part of that effort, CASS served as primary contractor for the ground up establishment of the US Forest Services' HC-130H firefighting fleet safely executing thousands of airdrops to protect the lives and property of our citizens at home. As wildfires ravage the West, CASS and it's partners continue to focus on night firefighting capabilities.

Under specific US Governmental and ITAR authorization, Dan lead the CASS partners in assisting Airbus Defense & Space in the design, development, and test of the KC-30A/Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) to include the design, development and delivery of a full spectrum weapon system grade Flight Training Unit (FTU). The creation of this full spectrum training system includes ground, simulator, and in-flight training of close US Allied/Coalition flight crews from basic initial qualification to final instructor/evaluator qualification to include all intergovernmental approvals and tasks associated with the deployment of local support teams (LST) to Allied nations to ensure achievement and sustainment of desired mission capabilities.

As an FAA Certificated Airline Transport Pilot, he holds type ratings on the B-707/B-720, B-727, B-737, B-747-100/200, B-747-400, B-757, B-767, B-777, B-787, and A-319/320/321. He has served as an FAA designated Line Check Airman and as a pilot representative and senior system scheduler.

Dan started his career with the Strategic Air Command in the 1980's and is a decorated combat veteran with 10 major operational deployments and has served with every major Combatant Command both Global and Regional. He is a veteran commander of several operations groups across the globe that included Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR), Long Range Strike/Interdiction & Close Air Support (CAS) as well as Air Refueling/Mobility operations. He also commanded NATO's largest Air Tanker Expeditionary Group during Operational Unified Protector. He served as a fully qualified and mission ready Standards and Evaluation/Instructor Pilot on the KC-135R for over 2 decades.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Systems and Industrial Engineering, graduating with Honors and Distinction, has a Masters of Arts in National Security Studies, and is an honors graduate of several military schools including Air Command and Staff College, Air War College and Advanced Joint Professional Military Education, and Combined Forces Air Component Commanders Course.

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