Don is a native of New York and holds a Meteorology Degree from the State University of New York College at Oneonta and Master’s degrees in Procurement and Acquisition Management and National Security Strategy. In 2014, he was recognized by SUNY Oneonta as a Distinguished Alumni for his accomplishments in the field of meteorology and the US Military.
Don started his career in the United States Air Force. During his 24-year career, he earned non-rated crewmember wings for over 300 hours as an airborne meteorologist. He served as Air Force One Weather Officer for President H.W. Bush and led several large weather operations centers focused on providing mission critical weather services to Air Force and Army operations. Don led the Chairman, Joint Chief of Staff’s Afghanistan military policy and strategy from 2002-2004. In 2007, he culminated a distinguished career as Base Commander at Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan, where he led 1,500 coalition forces and Kyrgyz contractors in staging military personnel in and out of Afghanistan and supporting air refueling combat missions fighting the Taliban. Don retired as a Colonel in 2008 and is the holder of the Defense Superior Service Medal and Bronze Star.
Don also served four years in the US Government Senior Executive Service as the Director for Science and Technology at the National Weather Service. At Weather Service, his proudest accomplishment was the fielding of the WSR-88D Dual Polarization upgrade to 122 sites in the United States. This $50M acquisition came in on-time and within budget, while significantly upgrading the Nation’s Doppler Radar capability. Don also spent two years as a Vice President at Unisys Corporation, where he led the growth of the Navy business and jumpstarted the migration of the Department of Interior financial applications into a commercial cloud.
A positive force for innovation within the military, civilian government and private sectors, he holds numerous awards for designing, planning and executing military operations and business solutions in some of the most complex environments in both the public and private sector.