Keast, Dennis D.

Work Experience

2002-Present: Fairview North, Inc. Rino Group, Ltd., Mio, MI

Owner – Board Member – Secretary of the Corporations

1969-2001: United Airlines, Chicago, IL

Airline Pilot

• Captain 727, DC-8, B-757, B-767, and B-777

• Responsible for auditing pilot schedules monthly for legality

• Responsible for training new First and Second Officers for line operations in both domestic and international markets

1982-2000: United States Air Force Reserve, Chicago, IL

Deputy Liaison Officer Commander

• Managed 10 USAF Academy Liaison Officers/Admissions Counselors

• Responsible for the evaluation of over 100-150 High School Juniors yearly for possible appointment to the Air Force Academy

• Implemented training course for new Liaison Officers which resulted in a 50% reduction in the time it took them to become mission ready

• Awards and Decorations: Distinguished Flying Cross with one oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with 6 oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Service award, Meritorious Service Award with one device as well as 12 other awards and decorations

• Retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel

1969-1974: Air National Guard, Chicago, IL; Pittsburgh, PA; Battle Creek, MI

Commander Simulator Training Division

• Managed 22 Officers and enlisted men assigned to the Simulator Training Division

Provided in-flight refueling for 12 Fighter units stationed in the Midwest and during European deployments numerous units in England, Holland, Germany, Spain, and Italy
• Standardization Evaluation Pilot responsible for the training of new pilots and the annual evaluation of all pilots in the Group
Group Training Officer and Convoy Commander
• Provided initial and annual training to all FAC’s (Forward Air Controllers) and ROMADS (Radio Operators Mechanics and Drivers)
• Provided target information to airborne units from concealed ground locations
• Responsible for the orderly and timely movement of the entire Group to our summer training site in Alpena, MI

1966-1967: 472nd Tactical Airlift Squadron, South Vietnam
Wing Tactical Operations Officer and Pay Officer
Squadron Safety, Security, and Mortuary Officer
• Responsible for the scheduling of all Tactical Operations for the Wing
• Responsible for the supply of all Special Forces units in South Vietnam I and II Corp as well as other selected units
• Pay Officer for Wing personnel and for the Officers and Enlisted men in the Wing’s 6 Squadrons
• Responsible for the security of the 472nd TAS personnel and equipment while stationed at Phu Cat, Pleiku and DaNang, South Vietnam
• Responsible for the shipment and burial of any 472nd TAS personnel killed in action

1980-1984: Downers Grove Tire Company, Downers Grove, IL
President
• Responsible for administration and operations control of the company
• Managed 9 employees and arranged daily work schedules

Education

1958-1960: Mott Junior College, Flint, MI
1965-1969: Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH • BA, Business Administration
• Courses taken by correspondence and in residency
1974: Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
1978: Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Maxwell AFB, AL
1979: Defense Strategy Seminar, Fort McNair, Washington, DC

Extracurricular Sctivities

President of local homeowners association, member of our Church Council, and volunteer for the Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and the Boy Scouts during their annual fund drives.

Interests and Activities

Sports, running, computers, music, cruising, and aviation

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