Mark Hering is the Contractor Aircrew Project Manager (CAPM) for the CASS Professional Services Corp (CPS) contract with the U.S. Forest Service providing large airtanker support to wildfire operations throughout the United States. In addition to managing the C-130H large airtanker program for the US Forest Service, Mark spent the last two years flying right seat in the USFS’s C-130 and has over eighty retardant drops throughout the Western United States.
Prior to joining CASS in 2016, Colonel Hering retired from the Air Force with almost 30 years of service. His long and distinguished career culminated as Deputy Support Group Commander for Headquarters AIRCOM, the NATO headquarters in Germany where Mark filled one of six General Officer positions (as a Colonel) within the 500-person headquarters. Prior to his NATO assignment, Mark served as Chief of Staff & Deputy Director for Operations for Headquarters U.S. Air Force in Europe & Africa. Mark has additional staff tours serving as a Joint Exercise Planner at Headquarters Pacific Command, and an acquisition assignment with Air Mobility Command converting operational requirements into the procurement of military aircraft and logistical support equipment.
Mark has extensive operational experience within the Mobility community and has been flying the C-130 since 1990. He spent five years as a Weapons School Instructor, initially as a cadre instructor, then Director of Operations, and finally two years as Commander of the U.S Air Force Weapons School C-130 Division. Mark also served as Commander of the 374th Operations Group in Yokota Japan, the only airlift group in the Western Pacific region.
Mark was commissioned through the ROTC program at Manhattan College and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in New York City. Mark also has a degree in Engineering Science from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Mark has two Masters Degrees—a Master in Business Administration from University of Phoenix and a Master in Strategy & Joint Campaign Planning from National Defense University, Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia
Mark is a Command Pilot with over 3,700 flying hours in the C-130H, C-130E, C-12, UH-1, T-37 & T-38 aircraft. He is a distinguished graduate from the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, C-130 Weapons Instructor Course. His major awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and multiple Air Medals, Aerial Achievement Medals and Humanitarian Service Medals.
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