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Holly Ridings appointed Chief Flight Director, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Sept. 20, 2018: Holly Ridings was appointed as the Chief Flight Director at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, by NASA Director of Flight Operations Brian Kelly. Ridings is the first woman to lead the group, which directs human spaceflight missions from the Mission Control Center at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Ridings succeeds Norm Knight, who held the position since 2012. Knight has been assigned as the Deputy Director of Flight Operations. In her new position, Ridings is charged with managing the group of thirty-two active Flight Directors and Flight Directors-In-Training who oversee human spaceflight missions involving the International Space Station, including integrating American-made commercial crew spacecraft into the fleet of vehicles servicing the orbiting laboratory, and Orion spacecraft missions to the Moon and beyond. Ridings, a native of Amarillo, Texas, received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University in 1996. She joined NASA in 1998 as a Flight Controller at the Thermal Operations group. She was selected as a Flight Director in 2005. Since then, she has worked as the Lead Flight Director for several missions, including International Space Station mission Expedition 16 in 2007 and 2008; Space Shuttle Program mission STS-127 in 2009; and the first SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft mission to the space station in 2012. NASA is an independent federal government agency.

Al Pisani hired as President, Mission Essential

Sept. 20, 2018: Al Pisani has been hired as the President of Mission Essential. Pisani previously worked for Serco Inc. as a Senior Vice President, Corporate Development; he spent nearly five years as a Senior Vice President at TASC, leading its Intelligence group; and he held several leadership positions at Northrop Grumman, overseeing business development in the civilian sector and working at the company’s Homeland Security Program Management Office. In his new position, Pisani succeeds Sunil Ramchand, who led the company for the past three years. Mission Essential is based in Herndon, Virginia.

Charlie Bethel appointed as Georgia State Supreme Court Judge

Sept. 20, 2018: Charlie Bethel was appointed as a Georgia State Supreme Court Judge by Gov. Nathan Deal on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. Bethel succeeds P. Harris Hines, who retired. Bethel was most recently a Georgia State Court of Appeals Judge. Bethel was previously a Georgia State Senator, representing District 54; a Dalton Alderman; the director of corporate affairs at J&J Industries; and a Legal Clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Charles A. Pannell, Jr., for the Northern District of Georgia. Bethel received a bachelor’s degree from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia, and a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. Christian A. Coomer, of Cartersville, has been appointed to succeed Bethel on the Georgia Court of Appeals. Coomer represents the District 14 at the Georgia House of Representatives, where he is currently the Majority Whip. He is a solo practitioner at Christian A. Coomer, Attorney at Law, LLC. Coomer is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and he is a part-time Air Force Judge Advocate currently assigned to the Joint Force Headquarters of the Georgia National Guard. Coomer received a bachelor’s degree from Lee University and a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law.

Gene Morabito hired as President, Chenega's Security International subdiary

Sept. 20, 2018: Gene Morabito has been hired as the President of Chenega’s Security International subsidiary. Company officials said Morabito is charged with leading the expansion of the physical and electronic security systems segment within the federal government sector. Morabito is an ASIS International certified physical security and protection professional. Morabito previously held senior leadership positions at Akal Security, Coastal International Security and Honeywell’s Technology Solutions division. Chenega Security International is one of the eight companies of Chenega’s Security Strategic business unit located in Chantilly, Virginia.

Arthur Elkins to retire as EPA Inspector General on October 12

Sept. 20, 2018: Arthur A. Elkins, Jr., the Inspector General for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announced on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, that he plans to retire on October 12, 2018. Elkins has been the Inspector General for the EPA and the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board since June 25, 2010. Elkins was previously the Associate General Counsel at the EPA’s Office of General Counsel; the Chief Legal Officer and the General Counsel for the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency; the Counsel to the Inspector General at the National Science Foundation (NSF); and the Counsel at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Hearings and Appeals. Elkins has accepted a new position outside of the federal government. Charles J. Sheehan, who is currently the EPA’s Deputy Inspector General, has been appointed to succeed Elkins as the Acting Inspector General. Sheehan has worked for the EPA’s Office of the Inspector General since April, 2012. Sheehan was previously a Judge at the EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board; a Regional Counsel for EPA Region 6; a General Counsel at the U.S.-Mexico Border Environment Cooperation Commission; and a Trial Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, mostly at the Environment and Natural Resources Division. The EPA and the NSF are independent federal government agencies.

Michael Haney hired as Chief Information Officer, SOS International

Sept. 20, 2018: Michael Haney has been hired as the Chief Information Officer at SOS International. Haney has nearly thirty years of technology experience in the aerospace, defense and government services fields, SOSi officials announced on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. Haney was prevously the Senior Director of Enterprise Systems Delivery at Booz Allen Hamilton. During the last ten years, Haney led that company’s efforts to design, develop and maintain information technology platforms. In that position, Heney supervised more than 150 employees and managed the development of integrated commercial off-the-shelf systems and applications.

John Whitley confirmed as U.S. Army Assistant Secretary for Financial Management, Comptroller

Sept. 20, 2018: John E. Whitley was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, Sept. 18. 2018, at the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army for Financial Management and Comptroller. Whitley, of Virginia, is currently a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses and Center for Naval Analysis, and the Research Director at the Crime Prevention Research Center. Whitley was previously a Health Care Analyst at the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission and an adjunct professor at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University. Whitley was also previously the Director of Program Analysis and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Whitley graduated from Virginia Tech and the University of Chicago.