Leadership

Our legacy of success rests on the shoulders of the entire OARS team. Our expertise and drive are integral to every mission we serve.

CDR Chris ‘Swede’ Sorensen, USN (Ret.)

Director, Operations

A Bradley University graduate, Chris served as a Naval Flight Officer in the U.S. Navy for nearly 30 years, on both Active Duty and as a Reservist. During that time, Chris was involved in Maritime Patrol and Carrier Air Wing, as well as planning/directing CENTCOM Joint Air Strike Operations. From 2009 through 2016, Chris supported Marine Corps pre-deployment training as TTECG Air Operations Coordinator. He now serves as OARS’ Director of Operations.


Bill Schaefer

Chairman of the Board and Interim President

LCDR Ryan ‘Murf’ Murphy, USN (Ret.)

Senior Vice President, Operations and Finance

Col Tony 'Ripper' Nerad, USMC (Ret.)

Director of Marine Corps Programs

Lt Col John G. Pugh, USAF (Ret.)

Senior Director of Flight Operations

CDR Chris ‘Swede’ Sorensen, USN (Ret.)

Director, Operations

Libby Vertz

Director of Communications

Karen Roberts

Director of Business Management

LT John 'Big' Banitt

Chief Pilot

MSgt Ken McNamara, USAF (Ret.)

Chief Flight Engineer