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Dedicated, passionate, safety-committed, knowledgeable and highly professional -- all these words combined describe our staff here at History Flight, Inc.

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History Flight Staff

 
 

CRICC Team

Mark Noah
Founder / President / Director / Pilot

Mark, who founded "History Flight" to preserve and to honor American aviation history, is a certified airplane fanatic with over 10,000 hours of flying time in everything form the T-6 to the B-767. Mark is an Aviation Historian with a BA with Honors in history from Emory University in Atlanta. Mark is a CFI and CFII, and holds type ratings in the B-727, B-757, and the B-767. At a ceremony in the summer of 2015 Mark was given the singular honor of being named an Honorary Marine.

Mark is also a member of the MIA recovery group "The Bent Prop Project." Check out www.BentProp.org.

 
Mark with the wreck of a Japanese Zero
deep in the jungle of Palau, in the western Pacific.
Mark with Jean Gonthiez, a Free French Air Force pilot,
who learned to fly in the T-6.
 

Mark in the History Flight B-25 with his son Phineas Francis Noah,
whose middle name was named after a WWII MIA


Matt Benson
History Flight Board Member

Matt has been performing geophysical surveys since 1991. Matt began conducting surveys while attending Western Illinois University, where he mapped archaeological sites along the Illinois River. He went on to earn a Master’s Degree from Northern Illinois University, in conjunction with Argonne National Laboratory. Matt now conducts marine and land-based geophysical surveys around the world.

Matt has always had an interest in military history. His grandfather, Pfc. Wayne Buggs, served in Company A, 192nd Tank Battalion, was a POW who survived the Bataan Death March. Matt enjoys putting his geophysical skills to use helping History Flight continue the search for the remains of those who have not yet made it home.


Edwin F. Huffine
History Flight Board Member

Mr. Huffine has been involved in the identification of the missing for more than 25-years and has worked as a government employee, government contractor, senior member of an NGO, and for a private company. During this time, Mr. Huffine has helped develop identification systems for many nations and provided DNA testing services for many more. His work changed the manner in which DNA testing was performed on skeletal remains as well as altered the role of DNA testing in the identification of the missing. Mr. Huffine has personally signed more than 10,000 DNA identification reports. During Mr. Huffine’s career, in addition to living in three states in the United States, he has also lived in Bosnia, Croatia, Dubai of the United Arab Emirates, South Sudan, and Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Huffine’s forensic career began in 1990 when he was hired by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and tasked with developing a DNA laboratory to assist in the identification of fatal air crash victims and to help upgrade the FAA’s existing toxicology capability. During his time with the FAA, Mr. Huffine validated and operated the GC-FTIR and mass spectrometer instruments as well as headed the accessioning department. The FAA’s DNA laboratory was successfully established and was fully functional by the time Mr. Huffine left the FAA in April of 1994.

From 1994 – 1999, Mr. Huffine worked for the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) where he became the Chief of the section responsible for the identification of missing American service members from the Vietnam, Korean, and World War II wars as well as the testing of cases of special interest such as the bullet that allegedly killed John F. Kennedy. During his time at AFDIL, Mr. Huffine oversaw the development of new techniques to assist in the identification of the missing. In addition, Mr. Huffine frequently interacted with family groups and government officials to update them about the use of DNA testing in the overall United States identification efforts.

Here's where you can read Ed's full resume.



Paul Dostie
Forensic K-9 handler, friend and mentor to Buster

Paul Dostie is a 27-year veteran of law enforcement who retired from the Mammoth Lakes Police Department in March of 2009. His assignments included Patrol Officer, Detective, Narcotics Investigator, (BNE Task Force), Sergeant, Detective Sergeant and Forensic K-9 Handler.

Paul obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Pacific Union College in 1977. Paul was the first officer in the Eastern Sierra to complete a program of study at the Institute for Criminal Investigation with a specialty in Homicide Investigation.

Paul has a great interest in advanced Forensic Science and his work in this area has appeared twice on the cover of Forensic Magazine. Paul has lectured on the use of advanced forensics in the identification of unknown human remains at the National Institute for Justice Technology Institute in Washington DC, the FBI's Advanced Homicide School for Indian Country in Phoenix, Arizona and the Conference on Violence Against Women in Dallas, Texas.

K-9 Buster is a Labrador Retriever. He was originally trained in Avalanche Rescue. Buster is also trained in Human Remains Detection and specializes in Clandestine Grave Detection. . Paul and Buster have worked with Dr. Ken Furton and Dr. Davia Holness of the International Forensic Research Institute in experiments in live human scent discrimination. Paul and Buster currently work closely with Dr. Arpad Vass and Dr. Marcus Wise of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in advancing the science of clandestine grave detection. As a result of their research with Paul and Buster, Dr. Wise and Dr. Vass have invented the first portable grave detection machine and named the machine the LABRADOR in honor of Buster. They have documented Buster's detection ability in parts per trillion.

Paul and Buster are honored to have been selected to travel to Tarawa in the Central Pacific to search for US Marines killed in the 1943 battle on the small island of Betio. There are over 500 Marines buried in mass graves who are still listed as Missing in Action.

Here's where you can read Paul's full resume.



Kristen Baker
Archaeologist

Kristen Baker is a native of Watkinsville, Georgia whose professional interests and areas of specialization include human osteology, forensic archaeology and anthropology, paleopathology, zooarchaeology, forensic entomology, Peruvian prehistory, prehistoric and historic mortuary patterns, trauma analysis, forensic taphonomy, and historic preservation.

She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in 2004 (cum laude) and master’s degree in Physical Anthropology in 2006. Her master’s research focused on the analysis and interpretation of an Intermediate period mass grave from the Acari region of Peru.  She has worked continuously in the field of forensics and archaeology ever since.  Previously she has worked for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, and has conducted a wide variety of CRM archaeology across the U.S. before becoming dedicated to the History Flight MIA project in 2013. 

Kristen is a registered professional archaeologist (RPA), and has led approximately 25 MIA recovery excavations across the globe since 2008.  Since her employment with History Flight, she has been involved the recovery of several USMC MIAs, and led the recovery of the missing Cemetery 27 site that resulted in the largest number of repatriations of U.S. servicemen to date.

You can read Kristin's CV here.


Agamemnon Gus Pantel
Anthropologist/Archaeologist

Gus is a principal with Pantel del Cueto & Associates, a consortium of interdisciplinary professionals in the fields of archaeology, architecture, and history who have successfully worked together on historic preservation projects in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. With specialties in traditional architecture, history, precolumbian and European colonial archaeology, the multilingual group has over 35 years of proven experience in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean with private, federal, and Commonwealth regulatory agencies.

Gus has a PhD in Anthropology/Archaeology from the University of Tennessee. He has served as Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), as State Archaeologist, as Cultural Resources Consultant to the Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board (EQB), as Project Conservator of the Urban Train Project, and as Faculty in the New School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico.

Here's where you can read Gus's full resume.


Kent Schneider
Anthropologist/Archaeologist

Kent took his PhD in Anthropology (major in Archaeology) at the University of Georga, Athens. He recently retired as Regional Archeologist, Federal Preservation Officer and Heritage Program Manager, USDA-Forest Service Southern Region. He is presently Vice President of Underground Imaging Solutions, Inc., and Adjunct Faculty, Anthropology Department, University of Georgia

Kent has conducted ground-penetrating radar (GPR) training workshops in the private and federal sectors and for Federally Recognized Indian Tribes. He has applied his GPR imaging skills in efforts ranging from rebar in concrete to imaging graves. Several History Flight field operations have used Kent's expertise with ground-penetrating radar and magnetometry.

Here's where you can read Kent's full resume.


Chet Walker
Archaeologist

Chet took his PhD in Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Chet's current research interests are within the sub-fields of prehistoric and protohistoric archaeology of the American Southeast. He is primarily concerned with geophysical prospection, geographic information systems, landscape analysis, iconographic and stylistic analysis and cultural identity of the Caddoan Region of eastern Texas and Okalahoma, southern Arkansas, and western Louisiana.

Chet has over 18 years of experience in the field of archaeology. He has been involved with projects in North, South, and Central America, the South Pacific, and Europe. He has authored or co-authored publications and/or technical reports on research in five countries and 17 states. He has worked for academic institutions and private cultural resource firms and has experience at all stages of investigation on sites ranging in time from the early prehistoric to the historic time periods. In the spring of 2006, Chet founded Archaeo-Geophysical Associates, LLC, an archaeological consulting firm specializing in geophysical prospection.

Here's where you can read Chet's full resume.


Paul Schwimmer
Registered Land Surveyor

Paul has been registered in the States of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin as a professional land surveyor.

He is the president of Arbor Land Consultants, Inc. based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. His firm specializes in boundary retracement surveys, geodetic network designs, topographical surveys, global positioning locations, and work in hazardous waste conditions. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the A. Scott Foundation, an organization that provides funding for missing persons research.

Paul has over 46 years of land surveying experience. He has spoken on topics including acquiescence, historical land retracement methods, and the use of land surveying in the search, and recovery, of World War II MIA/POW’s. He has used his experience to translate war time military grid systems into modern day latitude and longitudes in recent recovery efforts on the Pacific islands of Palau, Peleliu, and Tarawa, as well as sites in Belgium and Normandy. He was recently asked to convert the military grid coordinates of all of the Korean War allied air crashes into latitude and longitude positions that he later entered into Google Earth.

Professional ties include membership in the Special Forces Association, 101st Airborne Association, the American Legion, and the Canadian Airborne Association.

Here's where you can read Paul's full resume.


Danny Keay
Team Leader - Europe

Danny, who is English/German, served for 22 years in the U.S. Army; six of those as a Small Arms Repairer and the rest in the Military Intelligence Field. His job was so classified, he would have to bury you in one of the holes he excavates for History Flight, if you ever found out.

Danny's father, after retiring from the Royal Air Force, conducted archaeological excavations on Roman sites in Germany. This got Danny interested in archaeology. His mother, who was German and lived through World War II, showed him his first crash site, a Canadian Vickers Wellington bomber, back in 1979.

In 2004, Danny was involved in his first MIA recovery and since then has recovered a total of six MIAs out of his own pocket, plus he has provided the US government data which eventually led to the recovery of eight more MIAs. He has published a book about one of these recoveries, titled "Roscoe Red Three is Missing."

In September 2015, Danny retired from the U.S. Army and joined History Flight as their Team Leader for Europe. Danny speaks fluent German and passable Dutch/Flemish and some American...

When he is not working for History Flight, he likes to spend time with his children playing Flight Sims, travelling the world and listening to K-Pop.


Rick Snow
Forensic Anthropologist

Dr. Rick Snow is President of Forensic Anthropology Consulting Services, Inc. Prior to forming his consulting company, Dr. Snow was the forensic anthropologist with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in Decatur, Georgia for over six years. He worked in Kosovo excavating mass graves as an agent of the United Nations and also spent eight months in Bosnia excavating mass graves for the International Commission on Missing Persons.

Shortly after returning from Bosnia he was called to Noble, Georgia to work the Tri-State Crematory incident, in which a crematory left 334 bodies to decompose in the woods rather than cremating them. In 2005 Dr. Snow spent three weeks in Thailand as a Coordinator in the Thailand Tsunami Victim Identification Information Management Center.

He lectures extensively throughout the country and teaches short courses and workshops to law enforcement and government organizations. In 2009 he was appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Georgia. Also, in 2009 the Governor of Georgia appointed him to the Council on American Indian Concerns. He worked for seven years as a patrolman with the Dekalb County Police Department in Decatur, Georgia. Dr. Snow received his Master’s and Ph.D. in Anthropology from The University of Tennessee.

Here's where you can read Rick's full CV.


Connor Dixon
Forensic Anthropologist

Connor honorably served in the United States Marine Corps from 2005-2009 as a Landing Support Specialist. While serving in the Marine Corps, Connor worked in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Kuwait, Iraq, and March Air Reserve Base in southern California.

Connor graduated with honors from the University of California San Diego where he received his BA in Biological Anthropology focusing on Bioarchaeology. Connor's research interests then drew him to the University of Montana where he earned an MA in Forensic Anthropology . In his short time at UM, Connor was able to continue his research interests in Bioarchaeology through two field sessions in Europe.

Connor's current research interests include Bioarchaeology, Forensic Identification, and Battlefield Archaeology. He has performed multiple fieldwork sessions and assisted with bioarchaeological instruction in Peru, Ireland, and Poland.

Here's where you can read Connor's full resume.


Sonja K. Nordstrom
FBI Special Agent (Retired) - K9 Specialist Handler

Sonja served as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 23 years, investigating violent crimes - kidnap/homicide, bank robbery, extortion, and specializing in the investigation of Crimes Against Children. Sonja received the U.S. Attorney’s Office Case Agent Investigative Excellence Awards in 2002 and 2014 and completed her career as the NCAVC (National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crimes) Coordinator and IINI (Innocent Images National Initiative) Coordinator for the Salt Lake City Division of the FBI.

Her experience includes more than 20 years of K9 work as a handler, trainer, and evaluator. For 10 years, while assigned in Los Angeles, Sonja worked as a K9 Handler member of the FBI Evidence Response Team specializing in the recovery of human remains. She has certified four of her own K9s under national, state, and/or local standards. She has deployed with her K9s throughout California, the Western United States, Mexico, the Middle East, at several disaster sites such as the Pentagon after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and to France and Germany with History Flight.

Sonja has provided K9 training and instruction to law enforcement and Search and Rescue K9 teams from as far away as Puerto Rico. She has published working dog articles and lectured to hundreds of law enforcement homicide investigators regarding the use of K9s in investigations. Currently, Sonja owns and operates a dog training business, an executive and family protection K9 business, and volunteers as a K9 trainer and handler for a local search and rescue team. Sonja’s current K9 partner is “Rekker” a Dutch Shepherd. Rekker has confirmed human remains recoveries and has deployed with Sonja in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, California, Germany, and France. Sonja holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.

Here's where you can read Sonja's full CV.


Ian Moffatt
Geophysicist

Dr Ian Moffat specializes in the application of geophysical, geochemical, geoarchaeological and geomatic techniques to archaeological research. Dr. Moffat has recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Laboratory of Geophysical-Satellite Remote Sensing & Archaeoenvironment at Institute for Mediterranean Studies in Greece focused on the geophysical mapping of classical Greek cities.

He completed his PhD at the Australian National University focused on applying laser ablation strontium isotope micro analysis to faunal material from Early-Mid Palaeolithic archaeological sites in France and Israel and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and History and a Bachelor of Science (with honors) in Earth Sciences from the University of Queensland. Ian has undertaken research in a range of other areas including the application of geophysical techniques to the Australasian Indigenous archaeological record, the detection of unmarked graves, the sedimentology of ephemeral lakes and the geochemistry of biogenic carbonates.

He is an Editorial Board member of Geoarchaeology and Science and Technology of Archaeological Research and an adjunct associate lecturer within the Department of Archaeology at Flinders University. He tweets @archaeometry, and has worked extensively in the commercial sector at near surface geophysics company Ecophyte Technologies, petroleum industry education provider Precipice Training and archaeological science consultancy Archaeometry Pty Ltd.

Here's where you can read Ian's full CV.


John Frye
Team Leader/Team Medic

John Frye is a native of Lexington, Kentucky and a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Biology.  His parents still reside in Lexington, and he has one older sibling, Thomas, who is the Department of Homeland Security liaison for the U.S. African Command in Stuttgart, Germany.

At an early age John dedicated his life to the defense of our nation.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Ranger and served in the 2nd Ranger Battalion, FT Lewis, Washington, United Nations Honor Guard, Seoul, Korea, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, 82nd Airborne Division, FT Bragg, North Carolina, 1st Special Forces Group, FT Lewis Washington, and the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.  John retired in 2013 after 21 years of active duty service.  His awards and decorations include (but are not limited to) Iraq Campaign Medal with five campaign stars, Bronze Star Medal (2nd Award), Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Special Forces Tab, Combat Medical Badge, Master Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge.  He retired after serving over 10 years as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant.

John has served as a History Flight Team Leader/Team Medic since November, 2013.  He has devoted much of that time to the History Flight Tarawa Project and was an integral part in the discovery of and excavation of Cemetery 27 as well as the repatriation of 35 U.S. Marines.

John also has a passion for riding and racing motorcycles.

You can read John's CV here.


Meredith Tise
Forensic Anthropologist

Dr. Tise received her Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology from the University of South Florida, her M.A. in Anthropology from Texas State University, and her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Georgia.

In 2011, she worked as a Forensic Anthropology Fellow at the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner in Tucson, Arizona, and from 2012 to 2014, she served as the Laboratory Manager for the University of South Florida Forensic Anthropology Laboratory. From 2014 to 2015, she was a Lecturer in Forensic Anthropology at the University of Lincoln, in Lincoln, United Kingdom.

She has conducted forensic anthropological recoveries and laboratory casework within the United States in Georgia, Texas, Arizona, and Florida, and has collected metric skeletal data from over 1500 skeletons from around the world.

She began working as a forensic anthropologist and recovery leader with History Flight on the MIA Project in 2015 and has conducted American WWII MIA recovery excavations in both Tarawa and Europe.

You can read Meredith's CV here.


Clay Bonnyman Evans
Volunteer

As a volunteer for History Flight, Clay Bonnyman Evans has dug holes, sifted sand, cleaned bones, bought Pringle's potato chips, worked with the media, shot video, and more. He was part of the team that recovered the remains of his grandfather, Medal of Honor recipient 1st Lt. Alexander Bonnyman, Jr., along with those of 34 other Marines on Tarawa in May 2015. He spent most of his life living in Colorado, has worked as a cowboy and journalist and is now a freelance writer living in South Carolina. He is now working with an agent to publish his book about Lt. Bonnyman's life and the recovery of his remains, tentatively titled, "Bones of My Grandfather."


Andrew "Face" Humann
Team leader/Emergency Medical Expert

Andrew "Face" Humann grew up in Dunedin, Florida and joined the U.S. Army at age 20. His 27 year career included 21 years in Army Special Operations where he held the positions of Special Forces Team Sergeant (18Z), Special Forces Medical Sergeant (18D) and Special Forces Weapons Sergeant (18B). He served multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as Africa and the Balkans. He has a Bachelor's degree in Physics/Mathematics from Georgia State University and was certified as an EMT-P Paramedic and military/civilian Dive Medical Technician. He joined History Flight in 2016.

You can read Andrew's CV here.


Maddeline Voas
Field Technician

Maddeline Voas received her Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) in anthropology from the University of Central Florida in 2014. She is currently working toward her master’s degree in anthropology with a focus in biological anthropology at the University of West Florida.

She has experience working with the Special Operations Warrior Foundation where she assisted in providing educational assistance to children of fallen special operators. Her archaeological experience includes working with the Old Vero Ice Age Sites Committee in partnership with Mercyhurt Archaeological Institute in Vero Beach, FL as well as for the Naval History and Heritage Command during a Phase I SBD-5 aircraft recovery mission in Deland, Florida. In 2015, she completed a bioarchaeological excavation of a medieval church in Transylvania, Romania. Her research interests include bioarchaeology, mortuary archaeology, 3D scanning and printing technologies, battlefield archaeology, and Egyptian studies.

Her father, Major Randell D. Voas, was a CV-22 Air Force Special Operations pilot. He was KIA in Afghanistan in 2010 during combat operations, and that experience has given Maddeline personal insight into the importance of closure for families who have lost loved ones in the line of duty.

You can read Maddeline's CV here.


Steven Wang
Forensic Anthropologist

Steve Wang has broad training and research experience in bio-anthropology, including human osteology, comparative nonhuman primate morphology, zooarchaeology, traditional and geometric morphometrics, population genetics, human evolution, and forensic anthropology. Steve received his B.A. in Anthropology from UCLA in 2001 and his M.Phil. in Anthropology from the Graduate School of the City University of New York in 2007. He is current a Doctoral ABD in Human Paleontology at CUNY, finishing a dissertation that examines the evolutionary history of East Asian hominins dating back more than half a million years ago.

Prior to joining History Flight in 2015, Steve was a Fellow at the Forensic Science Academy (Class of 2014), Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (now the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency) Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii. At JPAC-CIL, he completed a prestigious and intensive program in laboratory and field forensic anthropology and deployed with a team on a search-and-recovery mission for U.S. Air Force MIAs in Vietnam. In addition, Steve has conducted archaeological fieldwork in California (a Chumash Amerindian site), Ecuador (a pre-Inka fortress), and Kenya (a fossiliferous locale known as Koobi Fora). He has studied over 800 cranial remains (both modern and fossil) in museum collections in the United States, China, Japan, Indonesia, the U.K., the Netherlands, Germany, and Greece.

In his spare time, Steve enjoys playing the ukulele and is a capoeirista.

Here's where you can read Steve's full CV.


Clayton Swansen
Team Leader/EOD Technician

Clay is a former Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician and Operation Iraqi Freedom combat veteran. His duty commands include Naval Special Clearance Team 1 in San Diego, California where he served as an EOD Clearance Diver and Marine Mammal Handler for “Akki” the mine finding wonder dolphin. His other units include EOD Mobile Units 2 and 12 in Little Creek, Virginia. In 2009, after seven years of honorable service, Clay returned to his hometown of Bellingham, Washington to pursue a degree in literature and writing at Western Washington University. He has intermittently worked as a UXO Safety Advisor with History Flight since 2013, beginning work full-time as a Team Leader and EOD Technician with History Flight in October of 2015.

As an American patriot and combat veteran, Clay believes that as a country we must do all that we can to honor and preserve the memory of the Greatest Generation. He is dedicated to keeping the sacred promise to bring our nation’s fallen warfighters home, no matter how long it has been, no matter where in the world they may lie.

You can read Clay's CV here.


Alexandra McDougle
Field Technician

Alexandra received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology with a Minor in French from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in 2015. From 2011-2013 she worked alongside the Japanese Cultural Center of Honolulu and the University of Hawaii to excavate an internment camp hidden in the valleys of West Oahu. She led groups of tourists, high school students, and relatives of past internees in order to raise awareness of the unique history of World War II Internment in Hawaii.

In 2014 she worked in the Northern Philippines with the Ifugao Archaeological Project to research the history of highland rice farming populations. Her research focused on the potential for using subadult skeletal samples to develop holistic understandings of population health as a response to shifts in agriculture. Her research addresses the ways children of rice farming populations defy previously accepted views of population health during the initial introductions of sedentary farming. Alexandra’s professional interests include conflict archaeology, mass disaster recovery, subadult skeletal analysis and forensic archaeology.

Alexandra’s upbringing as the child of an archaeologist and an army officer has created a vested interest battlefield archaeology. She is honored to work with History Flight in remembering the continued sacrifices made by soldiers and their families.


Jimbo Goodrich
Forensic Odontologist

Dr James F. Goodrich lives and works in Cambridge, New Zealand. He is an active forensic odontologist in his region, and also maintains a private dental practice. His passions include his three young children, of whom he is very proud.

Jimbo graduated first in his class from the University of Otago School of Dentistry in 1996 (with a BDS with distinction), and began his forensic interest a year prior. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology with the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, a Fellow of the New Zealand Society of Pathologists, a member of the New Zealand Royal Society, and a currently serving reservist officer in the New Zealand Defense Force. History flight has two Captain Jimbos! Jimbo serves on the Executive of the New Zealand Society of Forensic Odontology, as well as being webmaster for that organization. He is vice-chair of Odontology with the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, and is a Peer Review Committee member for his area with the New Zealand Dental Association.

He is a member of the International Association of Identification, the American Society of Forensic Odontology, the New Zealand Society of Forensic Odontology, the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society, an Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and is a Team Member with Blake Emergency Services.

He worked in the mortuary odontology team in the Disaster Victim Identification to the Christchurch Earthquake.

Jimbo is honored to be a team member at History Flight. As a member of the New Zealand Army, he believes in the bright friendship that was forged between New Zealand and United States servicemen on the battlefields of WWI Europe; that a hundred years has not dimmed. It is his profound privilege to be just one of the many pairs of gentle hands that helps bear these heroes home.


David Senn
Forensic Odontologist

David works and lives in San Antonio, Texas and Durango, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 51 years. He and Lynn have two outstanding children with great spouses, two wonderful granddaughters, and one beloved dog.

He is a Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and Director of the Center for Education and Research in Forensics, the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Forensic Odontology, and the Southwest Symposium on Forensic Dentistry.

Dr. Senn is the Chief Forensic Odontologist for the Bexar County (Texas) Medical Examiner’s Office. He is a Diplomate and Past President of the American Board of Forensic Odontology (ABFO), a Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), and President of the American Society of Forensic Odontology (ASFO).

He is the Vice President of the Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board (FSAB) and serves as Vice Chair of the Odontology Subcommittee, Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) He is a member of the National Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, (DMORT) Region VI.

Dr. Senn was the co-editor of Forensic Dentistry, 2nd Edition (2010) and co-editor of the Manual of Forensic Odontology, 5th Edition (2013). He has published multiple journal articles and book chapters in the field of forensic odontology.

He practiced general dentistry for 23 years, 3 years in the US Army and the remainder in private practice in San Antonio, Texas. He has practiced and taught Forensic Odontology exclusively since 1993.

David worked extensively in New York after the World Trade Center attacks, in Louisiana following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and in Texas after the Shuttle Columbia crash. He will tell you that his work with History Flight in Tarawa is among his most meaningful and fulfilling work.

 


Doc Jacobs
Team Medic

Doc honorably served in the United States Navy from 2004-2012 as a Hospital Corpsman. As a Hospital Corpsman, Doc served on the front lines in Ramadi Iraq from 2005-2006. Doc was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device.

After 2 years of rehabilitation Doc returned to Active Duty and served another 4 years at the School of Infantry, Wounded Warrior Battalion and 1st Marine Division. Since Doc’s honorable discharge from the United States Navy he has Co-Founded a non-profit that benefits disabled veterans throughout the nation. Although Doc is a Co-Founder of one non-profit he continues to volunteer for a variety of other veteran organizations.

Doc has recently achieved his Associate of Arts in General Education and is continuing on to his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Doc’s ultimate goal is a Master's degree in Forensic Science.

 

 


Corinne D'Anjou
Forensic Odontologist

Dr. Corinne D’Anjou obtained her DMD from Université Laval Faculty of Dentistry in Quebec, Canada in 2002 and owns a private dental practice in the greater Montreal area. She received a Certificate in Forensic Dentistry from McGill University and a Fellowship in Forensic Odontology from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. As part of the odontology team at the Laboratory of Forensic Science and Forensic Medicine, Montreal, Quebec, she works identifying unknowns. Corinne is also a team member with Blake Emergency Services.

As part of her involvement in humanitarian assistance she has participated in dental missions abroad including leading an exploratory mission in a military zone in the Democratic Republic of Congo and leading a mission in Paraguay.

A mother of three, her family life is dynamic, filled with traveling and outdoor activities. Fortunate to have visited or lived in over 45 countries, Corinne speaks French, English and Spanish, understands Danish and knows the basics of Sign Language.

Her interest in forensic dentistry has been growing over the years and she is a member of the American Society of Forensic Odontology and an associate member of the American Adademy of Forensic Sciences. Corinne joined History Flight in 2015 and feels that it is a great honor for her to be involved with such a team. She also derives profound satisfaction from being a small part of the effort to get these servicemen home—heroes every one.


Glenn Prentice
History Flight Vice President

Glenn started his career volunteering in the Marine Corps in 1967. He was a radio operator and artillery forward observer. He also called in naval gunfire and close air support for the Third Battalion 26th Marines in Vietnam (67-68). After four years in the Marine Corps he started simultaneously working full time and going back to college full time. He obtained a B.A. in Business Administration, with a minor in International Affairs and Politics. He also has an A.S in Water/Wastewater Technology and an A.A. in Business Management.

Glenn spent the next 35 years working in the Public sector, working his way from supervision to Executive Management. During his career he was the: Chief of Operations for Moulton-Niguel Water District, Deputy Director of Public Works for the City of Poway CA, Public Works Director/ Building Official for the City of Oceanside, Superintendent of Operations & Maintenance, Port of San Diego, and General Manager/CFO for the Rainbow Water District. He ended his career as the first General Manager of the Department of Public Works for the City of Corona Ca.

After retirement he started volunteering with NGOs in Thailand, Laos, China, Cambodia, and Vietnam. He has built water treatment plants, water wells irrigation systems, libraries, and landfills. He also been advisor to foreign governmental agencies in education, construction, engineering and management.

In about 2001 Glenn met Mark Noah at a meeting in Key West where he was presenting some MIA cases from Vietnam. Afterwards Mark asked if he was interested in going to Tarawa. After many trips to Tarawa, Glenn became a team leader/UXO, then History Flight Vice President.


Steve Cassells
Forensic Anthropologist

E. Steve Cassells has been involved in archaeology for nearly 50 years. He graduated from Chadron State College with a BS in education, earned an MA in Anthropology from the University of Arizona, and after teaching at the college level for 14 years, earned his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin. His dissertation was on a high-altitude prehistoric game drive above tree limit in the Colorado Front Range.

In between, he was a high school science teacher, served as an officer in the U.S. Army, ran his own cultural resource management company, and was both a U.S. Forest Service archaeologist and the Assistant State Archaeologist for Colorado. He has been the President of the Colorado Council of Professional Archaeologists, elected as a Fellow in that organization, and is a recipient of the C.T. Hurst Award from the Colorado Archaeological Society. He has authored several archaeological texts and many professional papers.

While at the University of Arizona, he developed a real passion for human skeletal recovery and analysis under the mentoring of Walt Birkby, and helped excavate a Clovis mammoth kill with Vance Haynes and Larry Agenbroad. Since then he has directed many archaeological projects throughout the American Southwest, the Great Plains, and the Black Hills.

While a college professor near Chicago, Steve served as a forensic anthropology consultant for several county coroners and the Illinois State Crime Lab. Steve is a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA), and has just retired as a college professor after 35 years. Freed from teaching responsibilities, he now hopes to devote a great deal of time to History Flight projects.

Here's where you can read Steve's full CV.


Zach Garhart
Anthropologist

Zach Garhart is currently pursuing an M.A. in anthropology at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. His principal research is focused on prehistoric hunter-gatherer archaeology in the Northwest Plains and Rocky Mountains. He is interested in the prehistoric presence in the Bighorn Mountains and southeast Wyoming. He has conducted research in stone microwear, cultural representation, bison bone beds, prehistoric subsistence strategies, lithic technology, experimental archaeology, and curatorial practices. He has participated in archaeological field work in Wyoming, Colorado, and Montana.

Here's where you can read Zach's full CV.


Robert Curran
Anthropologist

Though born in New York City, Rob’s parents were Scottish, and they took him back to the old country when he was four years old. He grew up in the small village of Tillicoultry, in Clackmannanshire, graduating from Alva Academy in 1980 and going on to work as an apprentice coppersmith. After a four-year apprenticeship, he joined the US Air Force in 1984 and spent the next twenty-three years on active duty, stationed around the world. He held positions as a Law Enforcement Specialist and worked as a patrolman, investigator, and eventually Flight Sergeant. He also worked as a combat arms instructor, Nuclear Weapons Storage Area and Missile Field Flight Sergeant, and in a NATO assignment conducting computer security and counter-intelligence. He retired from active service in 2007 in Wyoming, and worked as the civilian Combat Arms Manager at F.E. Warren AFB, WY for four years. He decided to take a new direction in life and went back to school on the G.I. Bill. He went on to major in anthropology and minor in history, graduating cum laude from the University of Wyoming.

Rob has participated in a number of archaeological excavations and surveys in Wyoming. His major academic interest is in North American prehistory, from Paleoindian through Late Prehistoric times, with particular interest in high altitude occupations.


Corinna Barriento
Anthropologist

Corinna lives in Cheyenne, WY with her two children. She works at the Cheyenne Veterans Hospital as a Medical Support Assistant where she has the honor of serving the veterans who have served her country. It is a daily reminder of the cost that is and has been paid by those who have served and aids in reminding her of her passion for anthropology.

Corinna holds a B.A. degree in Anthropology with honors. Her emphasis of study is on the biological/forensic aspects of the field with experience in excavation procedures. She also holds a degree in Computer Science with honors as well as a certificate in Medical Business Office Technologies.

Corinna has been to Croatia and excavated in Neanderthal caves and Medieval castles, has conducted underwater archaeology in the river Novigrad na Dobra, undertaken geophysical work using GPR and magnetometer to discover an ancient Roman villa, and has participated with teams doing survey work for CRM of federal lands using ArcGIS, GPS, and Trimble Total Station. She has also assisted the Wyoming State Forensic Anthropologist with human remains recovery for an active crime scene.

When Corinna is not working or with her kids, you can find her training for marathons or triathlons. Her goal is to one day make it to Boston and the Ironman. She is also an active member of the Wyoming State Museum Volunteers, assisting in museum displays and events for the public, as well as being the editor of the monthly newsletter, Volunteer Vaquero.

With goals of graduate study in forensic anthropology, Corinna hopes to turn her avocation and training into a vocation by assisting in excavating, identifying, and repatriating our fallen military with History Flight.


Brayden Johnson
Anthropology Assistant

Brayden was born on the outskirts of Chicago in Des Plaines, IL. After high school he was employed in various wood working, photography and warehouse jobs, moving from Illinois to NYC in search of more meaningful pursuits.

After two and a half years of cramped subway cars and studio apartments, he was drawn to the open range of Wyoming.  In continuation of his journey to find purpose in life, he found himself enrolled at Laramie County Community College and soon discovered his passion for the field of anthropology. Brayden has since found a love of both archaeology and forensic anthropology through his courses and archaeological fieldwork, and he looks forward to graduate school and a career in the field.

Brayden understands the importance and the seriousness of the History Flight mission, and is honored to be able to use his archaeological and forensic anthropology training in helping in the recovery of America’s fallen military.


Steven Le Blanc
Anthropology Assistant

Steven is a military brat, whose father is retired Army, and whose mother is active duty Air Force. Around the age of 12, he began volunteering with his father at the Cheyenne V.A. Medical Center’s recreational therapy department. Over the past 8 years, Steven has helped veterans with skiing trips at Eldora mountain resort, fishing trips, whitewater rafting (through Wounded Warrior Project), Cheyenne Frontier Days, homeless veteran stand-downs, grounds keeping of healing gardens, etc. It is a humbling experience for him to give back to those who have given so much for the rest of us in their service to the country.

Aside from this, Steven holds his A. A. in Anthropology with honors. During his time at Laramie County Community College, he held the President’s seat for the Alpha Omega Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. He is currently pursuing a B.A. degree in Anthropology from the University of Wyoming. He is not sure what sort of anthropologist he wants to be just yet, but is confident that more coursework and field experience will steer him in the right direction.

He views the opportunity provided to him through History Flight not only as a continuation of his lifelong education, but also as a new opportunity to aid in the repatriation of our lost servicemen.


Hillary Parsons
Forensic Anthropologist

Dr. Parsons received her Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from the University of Tennessee, her M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Montana, and her B.S. in Anthropology with a minor in Native American Studies from Montana State University. Her research interests include skeletal biology, human biological variation, human anatomy, forensic genetics, and missing persons cases.

Hillary has a diverse background in anthropology that includes the forensic recovery of skeletal materials in criminal investigations and North American archaeological contexts, as well as expertise in laboratory operations with skeletal materials and DNA sampling. In 2014, Hillary was selected as one of six Visiting Scientists at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in New York City, supplementing her education with training in the U.S. medicolegal system.

While at the University of Tennessee, Hillary pursued her passion for teaching as she was employed as an instructor of Biology and Human Anatomy. Additionally, she lectured and facilitated labs for the UT Forensic Anthropology Center’s short courses. Her teaching experience extends beyond the university, as she has instructed courses in Forensic Anthropology, Human Osteology, and Forensic Archaeology with the Southern Institute of Forensic Sciences.

Hillary has been employed as a forensic anthropologist with History Flight since April 2015, specializing in laboratory operations for the American WWII MIAs recovered from the elusive Cemetery 27.

You can read Hillary's CV here.


Julia Bauer
Anthropologist

Julia has a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois and an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. She also spent three years working towards her PhD at the University of New Mexico, and is ABD. Her main areas of study were human osteology, bioarchaeology and paleopathology.

While a student, Julia had the opportunity to gain archaeological experience during the course of multiple field seasons in the US and abroad. She spent three seasons with the Center for American Archeology in Kampsville, IL working on Middle and Late Woodland sites. She also spent a fourth season as a crew leader on a joint University of New Mexico/Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia excavation of a pre-Aztec city site in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Since leaving school, Julia moved to Fort Collins, CO and worked in a number of different areas. She was employed as a bench/instrument chemist responsible for processing radioactive soil and water samples. She assisted the Fort Collins Museum and Colorado State University with their Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation (NAGPRA) efforts. She currently writes website copy and maintains Search Engine Optimization for three business websites and since 2004 has been a member of the adjunct faculty of Front Range Community College where she teaches classes in cultural, biological and forensic anthropology.

Julia believes very strongly that the living deserve to know what happened to their loved ones and the dead deserve to be brought home. With this in mind, since 2009 she has been a member of NecroSearch International, a non-profit organization that researches topics related to clandestine graves and assists law enforcement with the location and recovery of human remains. She is very honored to also use her human osteology and bioarchaeology skills to assist History Flight with their mission to locate American MIAs and return them to their families.


Karin Skinner
Anthropologist

Karin received a BA in Psychology from the University of Wyoming and is now completing her MA thesis in Anthropology there, studying prehistoric Northern Plains skeletal biology. She received field training at the Hell Gap Paleoindian Institute in southeastern Wyoming, focusing on the remains of extinct bison in the context of a Paleoindian site. She has also conducted research on prehistoric human remains at the University of Zagreb in Croatia.

Karin’s background includes working on Wall Street; owning a flower farm in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and owning a jewelry, rock, fossil, and bead shop in Cheyenne. She was a social worker in Child Protective Services for five years in Cheyenne, and operated a wild bird rehabilitation program for many years. She has volunteered with organizations including the Museum of Natural History in New York City, and helped organize Earth Day and Black History Month events. Her travels include Guatemala, Mexico, Brazil, Denmark, Slovenia, and Italy. In addition to spending as much time as possible with her adult son and almost-adult daughter, Karin has enjoyed a lifelong passion for stones, bones, animals, and people. She has found that the study of human remains is the perfect vehicle for connecting the past and the present.

Karin’s family lived in Denmark during WWII, and she grew up hearing many stories about the hardship and fear in Europe during the war years. The opportunity to become immersed in the history of the Pacific theater both broadens and deepens her appreciation for the sacrifices made by so many during the war. She is grateful for the opportunity to help in the repatriation of the remains of our fallen American soldiers.


Aundrea Thompson
Archaeologist

Aundrea is a recent graduate of the University of Wyoming where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and philosophy. While at the university, Aundrea minored in classical civilizations and continues to pursue the Greco-Roman world through classical archaeology. Currently, Aundrea is on staff with the Villa del Vergigno Archaeological Project located in Tuscany, Italy.

Aundrea’s archaeological experience includes excavations at Hell Gap archaeological site, a Paleoindian/Archaic site in the Great Plains of Wyoming; Cetamura del Chianti, where she excavated an Etruscan cistern in the hills of Chianti, Italy; and the Villa del Vergigno Archaeological Project, where she excavated a kiln structure at a Roman villa in Tuscany, Italy.

Aundrea is deeply honored to volunteer with History Flight and join the team who has done such incredible work to bring fallen servicemen home.


Chuck Thudium
Geologist

Chuck served in the U.S. Army as an Intelligence Analyst on both active and reserve duty from 1965 to 2003. Postings included Korea, Central America, and U.S. embassy, Kiev, Ukraine. After 9/11, he was mobilized to the U.S. Army National Ground Intelligence Center, Charlottesville, Virginia and worked on seismic and acoustic data collections for future weapons systems.

Chuck earned the B.S and M.S. in Earth Science from Northeasten Illinois University and has taught Earth Science and Geology at the College of DuPage in Illinois and Red Rocks Community College and Regis University in Colorado.

Chuck is a certified SCUBA diver instructor and an active member of Necrosearch International, an organization dedicated to assisting law enforcement in the location of clandestine graves and the recovery of evidence including human remains. The organization has assisted in over 300 cases in 43 states and 10 foreign countries.


Marina Tinkcom
Anthropologist

As a graduate from the University of Wyoming with a B.A in anthropology and a minor in professional writing, Marina has developed the skill set necessary to pursue her passion for heritage resource management and the field of archaeology. During her undergraduate academic career she worked in the University of Wyoming Archaeological Repository contributing to the care of archaeological collections. Marina first acquired excavation experience during summer field work around her undergraduate studies. In the summer of 2014 she completed the University of Wyoming Archaeological Field School, returning to one of the sites, the La Prele Mammoth Kill Site, for further excavation in the summer of 2015. Other past employers include the University of Wyoming, Cultural Resource Analysts, Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office, and the Wyoming State Archaeologist, with projects ranging from magnetometer GPR at Fort Laramie to seismic survey in Utah to OSL dating in a USGS laboratory.

Marina currently works full time as a Crew Leader for LTA, Inc., a prominent cultural resource management firm in Wyoming, USA that specializes in Abandoned Mine Land (AML) historic archaeology. She is currently a Heritage Resource Management M.A. Candidate at Simon Fraser University.


Bethan Boulter
CRICC Team Member - UK

Bethan has a broad range of experience and skills that she gained over the years relevant to this current deployment. She has experience of excavating on conflict sites, both in Britain and abroad, and as a result she is aware of the potential dangers and sensitivity that can be involved with this type of site, especially if human remains are found. Bethan was part of the team that excavated a Messerschmitt Bf110, and further excavations within Mametz Wood in France that relate to the Battle of the Somme. Furthermore, she has excavation experience from various other time periods. In particular, an excavations on Barrow Clump in Salisbury Plain, which involved the excavation, recording and recovery of human remains from an Anglo-Saxon burial mound. Examples of other sites include an Iron Age Hillfort and a medieval village on a military base. Bethan has gained some anthropological experience through the work for my MSc thesis. This involved studying over 2,000 disarticulated skeletal elements dating back to the 18th & 19th centuries. Further anthropological experience has been built up through modules taken during her MSc.

 


Charlie Enright
CRICC Deputy Team Leader - UK

Charlie currently works for AOC Archaeology in London, one of the most experienced heritage companies in Britain. Charlie is employed by them as a Project Officer with a strong background in field archaeology, geophysics and forensic investigations. In the field, Charlie has worked across England, Wales, Germany, Belgium, Poland and Ukraine on sites ranging from Prehistoric to 20th century and from geophysical surveys to evaluation/ watching briefs to full scale excavations. Charlie has successfully managed large scale excavations, including significantly large cemetery sites, and prepared written and illustrated reports on these projects. After graduating Charlie worked as a geophysical surveyor for the Cranfield Forensic Institute undertaking a range of commercial and research projects across Europe, including surveying WWI defences along the Western Front Line in Belgium and relocating tunnel “Harry” at Stalagluft III, Poland. After a 1- year training placement with the National Trust in South Wales as a community archaeologist in 2013, Charlie joined the Field Services team at the Dyfed Archaeological Trust in west Wales. In addition to this Charlie has worked with Alecto Forensics on police investigations. Since 2012 Charlie has been an active member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIFA) and has been a committee member for the IFA Forensic Archaeology group and is currently on the committee for the Diggers Forum.


Caitlin Gilbert
CRICC Team Member - Canada

Caitlin received her Master of Science from Cranfield in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology (with Honours) in 2014 after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science & Anthropology (with Honours, Cum Laude) from the Laurentian University, Canada, in 2012. Since her MSc graduation, Caitlin has worked full time as an Archaeological Field Director for Stantec, where she is working with a variety of crews on Ontario archaeological excavations for Stage 1-4 projects during the early spring to late fall. She has also overseen field projects varying from test pit surveys, controlled surface pickup, establishing the grid and unit excavation, to site excavation and monitoring protective measures. Apart from Caitlin’s practical experience, she has used many opportunities to combine experience with academic research, which is reflected in her MSc dissertation topic ‘HASLAR: A synopsis of the past and current research and Royal Hospital Haslar, Gosport, Portsmouth, UK’ which is currently being published in the UK.


Benedetta Mammi
CRICC Team Member - Italy

Benedetta (better known as ‘Benni’) has a strong anthropological background. She spent four years at the well-known Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) at the University of Dundee, UK. There she earned her BSc in Forensic Anthropology in 2015. She then continued on the Forensic Archaeology & Anthropology MSc at Cranfield, where she awaits graduation. Benni gathered most of her excavation experience during the studies at Cranfield. Her undergraduate thesis was ‘Influence of resolution on trabecular bone quantification in the ischium’, which was followed by ‘Post-Excavation characterisation of the archaeological disarticulated remains from the Radcliffe Infirmary Burial Ground (Oxford): analysis of the disarticulated assemblage retrieved from a hospital burial ground in use from 1770 to 1855, in collaboration with Oxford Archaeology’.


Nicholas Marquez-Grant
CRICC Team Leader, UK/Spain

Nicholas has worked as a specialist in human skeletal remains for over 15 years, having excavated and analysed cremated and unburnt bone from prehistoric sites to twentieth century conflicts sites from a variety of geographical locations. His PhD at the University of Oxford in 2006 focused on the study of health, disease in the Punic and Roman periods in Spain and interpreting the data within a biocultural framework. From 2004 until 2008 he worked in commercial archaeology. From 2008 to 2013 Nicholas worked full time as a forensic anthropologist and archaeologist for two major forensic science providers in the UK attending crime scenes and mortuaries for a number of police forces in England and Wales, primarily dealing with the search, location, recovery and identification of human remains and acting as an expert witness. He has trained Crime Scene Investigators and regularly delivers talks to students, other scientists and police officers in the UK and abroad. Nicholas is also a Research Associate at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford, where he has taught since 2001. He took up his post as Lecturer in Forensic Anthropology at Cranfield University in October 2013. He is an accredited Level 1 Forensic Anthropologist in the UK and has edited a number of volumes in the field of anthropology and archaeology.


Sadie Ries
CRICC Team Member - USA

Sadie is currently a candidate for an MSc in Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology from Cranfield. She holds a BA in Archaeology & Classics from the American University of Rome, Italy. Sadie decided to branch off from to forensic archaeology after learning about the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command during a geo-forensics module. She very much admired the work of the team that now merged into the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Their belief that every individual matters and their desire to put those lost (particularly in battle) before themselves inspired Sadie. She has excavated at 3 separate archaeological sites in Italy, which covered various time periods (Iron/Bronze - Medieval) and civilizations (Etruscan, Roman, Christian). Her roles on these sites varied from simple tasks of emptying buckets to more intricate tasks, such as operating total stations and creating site maps. In addition, Sadie has completed 2 archaeology-based dissertations. Her undergraduate dissertation was on reconstructing diet and dietary trends of Bronze Age sites in Italy through stable carbon and nitrogen isotopic analysis and the graduate dissertation was on decomposition of remains in lentic (still freshwater) environments and the influence of permeable and non-permeable membranes on the decay process.


Sayali Sangamnerkar
CRICC Team Member - New Zealand

Sayali began her academic career by graduating in 2012 with a B.A./B.Sc in Anthropology and Chemistry from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and continued with a B.A. (Honours) in Anthropology at the same university. Her research project was ‘X-rays, Tools and Interactions: Geochemical sourcing study of basalt assemblage on Aitutaki, the southern Cook Islands’. In 2015, Sayali received her MSc in Forensic Anthropology & Archaeology, from Cranfield (with Distinction), concentrating on ‘Modelling Bronze Age burning at Beycesultan: Understanding fatal conflagration fires using lab-based and field experiments and various analytical techniques’. She gained considerable archaeologivcal experience on excavations in New Zealand, UK, Germany and Indonesia in recent years as well working with artefacts and other finds from excavations in laboratory settings at the Roger Green Archaeology Lab, Auckland.


Roland Wessling
CRICC Team Leader - Germany

Roland first read physics for two years at Hamburg University, followed by archaeology, law and soil sciences for another two years. He came to the UK in 1996 to read for a BSc in Archaeological Sciences at Sheffield, and finally an MSc in Forensic Archaeology at Bournemouth. Since then he has worked as a consultant for the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (UN ICTY), as well as on domestic criminal cases in Germany and the UK. He has been deployed on forensic operations in Cyprus and Iraq for the Inforce Foundation and was one of the Senior Archaeologists of the excavation of 250 Soldiers from WWI in Fromelles, France, in 2009. Roland is one of the authors and an editor of the Cox, et al., 2007, The Scientific Investigation of Mass Graves: Towards Protocols and Standard Operating Procedures, New York: CUP. He is currently employed by Cranfield University as a Lecturer in Forensic Archaeology & Anthropology, teaching on the Forensic MSc Programme, conducting research for his PhD in Virtual Skeletal Analysis and carrying out skeletal assessment work for the Ministry of Defence on Commonwealth casualties of WWI and WWII.


"Tiny" Harold L. Mize
Former Instructor

Harold L. Mize learned to fly at a small grass airport near Lake Charles, La. while attending high school. By working after school at the airport he earned his flying time and private pilot certificate. After graduation from LSU and commissioning from the AFROTC program, he entered the Air Force in the very first of the UPT (all officer and jet training) pilot classes. After graduation he was selected to qualify as a jet instructor and spent his time in the Air Force training students in the T-37, T-33 and T-38 aircraft.

Upon leaving the Air Force to pursue an airline career, H.L. Mize resigned the Air Force commission to accept a Navy Officer commission and fly in the Navy reserve program. There he flew T-1-A, T-33B, T-38B, A-4, F-8 and F-4 aircraft - retiring with the rank of Commander.

H.L. Mize flew a total of 33 plus years for airlines, and worked his way up to Captain with three different airlines. The first was Braniff International, then Piedmont, and then US Air. In between airline jobs, he also managed to crop dust as well as keep flying in various types of small aircraft. Flying continues to be a passion in his life.

 


Capt. Jimbo
Former Instructor

Capt. Jimbo attended Plant High School in Tampa, Florida where he was the quarterback for a championship football team. After graduating from Florida State University, where he was a noteworthy wrestler, he entered Naval Flight School at NAS. Pensacola. He flew the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk as a Tactical and Nuclear Weapons delivery pilot for Marine Attack Squadron 331. During the height of the Viet Nam War, the push to train pilots was frantic to say the least. While on a training flight with a newly winged pilot in the fleet, Capt. Jimbo was forced to make a high speed, low altitude ejection from 50 feet at 400 mph.

 

Because of the permanent injuries he sustained, Capt. Jimbo was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1973 at the rank of Captain - - thus Capt. Jimbo. While undergoing many surgeries and years of physical rehabilitation, he worked as a Territory and District Sales Manager for Monsanto, Shell Oil and DuPont. He augmented his professional career by completing his MBA in Industrial Management and started a small barnstorming business on the side with his first old Navy Stearman. While giving rides and towing banners, Capt. Jimbo has amassed over 3,500 hours in tail-wheel aircraft. Probably 50 percent of his flight time has been inverted. He has flown over twenty-five different types of military and general aviation airplanes including T-34s, T-28s, T-2s A-4s, AT-6/SNJs, Stearmans and P-51 Mustangs, in addition to Pipers, Cessnas and Mooneys.


Ken Kalstad
Former Instructor

SAD NEWS: Ken, 59, of Eldorado New Mexico, died the afternoon of December 23, 2009 after his car was struck head-on by a sport utility vehicle that hit an icy spot on the road and crossed the center line. Ken's wife Rebecca was seriously injured in the accident, as were the driver of the SUV and his wife.

Ken Kalstad’s father Henry was a decorated U.S Navy PBY “Blackcat” pilot during WWII. In May, 1942, he began his Navy training in a Stearman biplane; conceivably the same aircraft operated by History Flight today. He moved on to the North American SNJ, History Flight’s other type aircraft, and ultimately the PBY Catalina, joining the squadron VPB-52, and the Pacific War.

History Flight pilot Ken Kalstad graduated the U.S. Naval Academy and served as a carrier-based strike/attack pilot. As a Naval Aviator, he accumulated over 600 carrier arrested landings and flew numerous Naval aircraft, including the A-7E Corsair II and the F/A-18 Hornet.

After leaving the Navy, Ken taught high school in New Mexico for nearly three years before his passion for aviation was rekindled during a tour with Lockheed Martin Skunkworks. There, he was a systems integration, evaluation, and instructor pilot on a tactical aircraft upgrade program.

Since the Skunkworks, Ken has flown numerous piston, turbo-prop, and jet aircraft in part 91 and 135 operations. He is rated in seaplanes, CitationJets and the B-737. But after years on the cutting edge of aviation technology, Ken feels truly blessed to have found his way back in time to where it all began for his father, and so many other fathers; back to open cockpits, radial engines, no frills, seat-of-the-pants, stick and rudder flying. Back to the glory days of aviation. Back to History Flight.

Ken is a Naval Aviation Safety School graduate with over 9,000 hours of mishap- and violation-free flying. His home is in Santa Fe, NM where he serves as a U.S. Naval Academy Blue and Gold Officer. Ken’s mother was a WWII Navy nurse and he has three siblings who are professional pilots in the airline industry. Ken’s sons are both USNA graduates. He flies both the Stearman and the SNJ for History Flight and holds an aerobatic competency card for air show performances in the SNJ.


Nelson Price
Former Instructor

Nelson learned to fly at the Bartow Municipal Airport, a former WWII training facility located in central Florida. While attending Saint Leo University and working on his Associate Degree, he also obtained his Private Pilot's Certificate. After graduating from Saint Leo University in 2000 he continued to chase his dream of a career in aviation. In 2001 he enrolled at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in their Aeronautical Science Program. In 2004 Nelson Graduated from Embry-Riddle with his Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautical Science, a minor in Air Traffic Management, and his Aircraft Dispatch Operations Certificate.

In 2005 Nelson was the first recipient of History Flight's Flight Scholarship Program Award. This award enabled him to finish his Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot Certificate, Tail-Wheel endorsement, Glider Rating, and what has made him famous today, his Upset Recovery and Aerobatic Training. Nelson is currently flying the World Famous N2S Boeing Stearman and enjoys water skiing, and flying on his time off.


Dave Whitcomb
Former Instructor

Dave has been flying for 21 years and has accumulated over 5,000 hours of flight time. He started flying at the age of 22 with an introductory flight in a glider. He soon had his glider license and started giving glider rides at a small airport in Stowe, VT. From there, he earned his Commercial, Instrument, Multi-Engine, and Certified Flight Instructor ratings for airplanes. He also worked for a company that imported Russian aircraft into the United States. He has flown all over the country in many different types of Russian and U.S. aircraft.

Flying the warbirds of History Flight is a dream come true for Dave. Aviation history has always been a great passion for him and he loves to share that passion with others

 

 

 

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