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Richard P. Packard

RICHARD PACKARD is the President of CASS Professional Services. He leads CPS's efforts to ensure our US client's needs are met on time such as our current contract with the United Sates Forest Service, operating their first HC-130H aircraft in aerial firefighting role. His team has also been involved with test and evaluation and certification programs.

Rick has been an integral part of the CASS team since its inception more than 10 years ago. He is the company's Empowered Official to handle our State Department International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) program.


Rick's previous experience was with Adacel Systems Inc. integrating cutting-edge, voice recognition systems into modern military and civil flight decks. Before that he was with ARINC Engineering Services as a liaison between the Department of Defense and the Federal Aviation Administration coordinating the technical, operational and programmatic aspects of the respective GPS ground based augmentation systems.

He retired from active duty as a Colonel in the US Air Force in 2001 after 27 years of service. Rick spent most of his career as an Air Force pilot flying the KC-135, KC-10 and the C-21 and has over 4600 hours of flying time. He had command of two squadrons, a Group and was the Commander of the Air Force Flight Standards Agency when he retired. He has numerous awards and decorations to include the Legion of Merit and the Air Medal.

Rick has a Master of Business Administration, Management degree, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Master of Arts, National Security and Strategic Studies, from the Naval War College and a Bachelor of Science degree, Chemical Engineering, from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He is also a graduate of various other military schools and forums to include the Air War College and the Naval War College.

He is a member of the Airlift/Tanker Association, Air Traffic Control Association, Society for International Affairs, the Army Aviation Association of America and various other aviation and military professional organizations.

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