National Guard using Reaper drone to fight wildfires

first_imgTech. Sgt.Gregory Solman/California National Guard(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) — As wildfires rage across the state, about 1,000 California National Guard soldiers are supporting response efforts, providing unique military capabilities to contain the fires.Massive wildfires, including the Mendocino Complex Fire and Carr Fire, currently cover about 760,000 acres of California — the size of the state of Rhode Island or 60 times the size of the island of Manhattan, California National Guard officials said on Wednesday.Guardsmen are using 22 aircraft to help civil authorities fight the fires, including the MQ-9 Reaper, a remotely piloted drone that can fly up to 24 hours each day.The Reaper maps the behavior of a fire in real time, recording thermal imagery that can be analyzed and shared with California Fire chiefs.While it can’t fly during certain wind conditions, the Reaper isn’t hindered by heavy smoke that can affect piloted aircraft.The drone’s infrared capability allows it to “see through” smoke that could otherwise hinder visual sight.While the California National Guard regularly assists in wildfire response, one its top leaders told reporters on Wednesday that the scale of this year’s fires is “extraordinary.” “These fires are getting bigger. They’re burning more erratically,” Maj. Gen. Matthew Beevers, the deputy adjutant general for the California Guard, said at a Pentagon briefing.He credited dry fields from a lack of snowfall as a major contributor to the scale of this year’s fires. Beevers estimated that 60 to 70 percent of the state’s worst fires are now contained.In addition to aviation and airlift capabilities, the National Guard conducts medical evacuations, as well as assists with transportation and security needs.The states of Oregon, Washington, and Colorado have mobilized Guardsmen to support wildfire response operations in their states.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Tenneco Names Gregg Sherrill Chairman and CEO

first_imgDeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. LAKE FOREST, IL – Tenneco’s board of directors has named Gregg Sherrill as the company’s new chairman and chief executive officer. Sherrill, 53, is currently president, Power Solutions at Johnson Controls Inc. His appointment is effective Jan. 15. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Sherrill, a 30-year industry veteran, has been responsible for Johnson Control’s global automotive battery business since 2003. Under his leadership, the Power Solutions business experienced strong growth. Revenues grew to $3.5 billion as the group expanded its global manufacturing footprint with new operations in North America and Europe, and by establishing its first manufacturing operations in China and Korea. From 2001 to 2003, he was group vice president and managing director of Europe, South Africa and South America for Johnson Control’s Automotive Systems Group, which at the time was a $4.5 billion seating and interiors business in these regions. Prior to joining Johnson Controls in 1998, Sherrill spent 22 years at Ford Motor Co., where he held various engineering and manufacturing assignments with increasing responsibilities, including plant manager of Ford’s Dearborn, MI, engine plant and director of Supplier Technical Assistance. Sherrill received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and his MBA degree from Indiana University. For more information about Tenneco, go to:,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisementlast_img read more