Mark Noah

President of History Flight/ Board of Directors

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 awarded the distinguished and unique honor of being named an Honorary Marine by the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. There have been less than 100 individuals worldwide who have had this honor bestowed upon them.

Justin LeHew

Chief Operating Officer/ Board of Directors

Veteran United States Marine Corps

Justin serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the world’s most successful private MIA search and recovery organization, History Flight, a charitable non-profit dedicated to the search, recovery and repatriation of America’s missing in action from around the globe. 

Justin is the son of an Army veteran who stormed Omaha Beach with the 29th Infantry Division in France on D-day, 6 June 1944. Justin went on to serve a 31 year career in the United States Marine Corps following high school, retiring at the rank of Sergeant Major and serving as the enlisted head of the United States Marine Corps’ Training and Education Command. 

During his distinguished career, he served in the Assault Amphibian, Infantry and Reconnaissance fields, served as a US Marine Drill Instructor and Chief Academics Instructor and served in combat actions around the globe ranging from Operation Desert Storm in 1991, Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1993 and multiple tours during the War on Terror in Iraq between 2003-2010.

Justin is also a dynamic and highly requested public speaker around the globe on management, motivation and leadership and is one of the most highly decorated United States Marines who has served since the War on Terror began in 2003.  He has been awarded the nation’s second highest award for combat valor, the Navy Cross, for heroic actions in Iraq in 2003 and was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor in combat actions in Iraq again in 2004.

Glenn Prentice

Vice President/ Board of Directors

Veteran United States Marine Corps

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.

Agamemnon Gus Pantel

Anthropologist/Archaeologist/ Board of Directors

Dr. Agamemnon Gus Pantel is an archeologist who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  He was a Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellow, George Washington University Educational Fellow, Participant at the UNESCO world conservation training center in Rome, Italy and a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome.  He has lived and worked in the Caribbean for the last 46 years specializing in Precolumbian and Post-Columbian archaeology.  He has taught at numerous universities and has published and lectured extensively. He is multi-lingual and is an ICOMOS-ICAHM Expert Member. He has been with History Flight since 2011 and is the History Flight Chief Scientific Officer. 

Chet Walker

Chief Geophysics Officer

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 Oklahoma, 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.

Cynthia LeHew

Chief Administrations Officer

Veteran United States Navy

Cynthia LeHew is Chief of Administration where she runs the Human Resources and Finance Department’s for History Flight.

Cynthia is a retired Navy veteran with over 22 years working in the medical field.  She earned her BSHM (cum laude) from Trident University. Cynthia has worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the FBI before coming to work for History Flight.

Aisley LeHew

Chief Technology Officer

Aisley holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Maryland University College in Cybersecurity Management and Policy. Aisley has 6 years of experience as a technology expert. Aisley leads the staff of History Flight’s long-term technology vision. She is responsible for the following efforts: implementing a cloud solution, university collaboration, and advanced technology. She also facilitates the technical community at History Flight to improve innovations using the multi-faceted methodology to find MIAs in the field.

John Frye

Philippine Operations Manager/ Team Leader/Medic

Veteran United States Army

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, including over 10 years as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant.  His awards and decorations include 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. 

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.

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.

Mike Palombizio

Team Leader/ Medic

Veteran United States Marine Corps/ United States Army

Mike Palombizio served in the United States Marine Corps from 1980-1988 and then joined US Army 1988. In 2004 he was contracted in Iraq as a remote site medical officer from 2005 – 2010 then reassigned to a DOS contract and served another 2 years. He worked as a PSD Medic/Team leader USAID Afghanistan 2012-2014 , Exon Mobile Kurdistan 2014-2016. Then transferred to the OSCE mission Ukraine. He started with History Flight Oct. 2017 as the site Medic/Team leader.

Daniel Rodriguez

Team Leader/Medic

Veteran United States Marine Corps/ United States Army

Dan has been with History Flight since February 2019 serving as the Team Leader and Medic on the Tarawa Project. He served 8.5 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and ending his last 16 years of military service as a Medic for the U.S. Army before retiring in 2009 after 24+ years of active duty service. After retiring from the military, he worked overseas as a contractor before finding History Flight. Dan is deeply honored to work on such a great mission and with such dedicated personnel.

Dan holds a B.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Nursing and Business from Liberty University. He has been a N.R. Paramedic for 20+ years and hails from Hemet, CA. In his spare time, he likes jogging, hiking, and pretty much anything outside.

Robert Perez

Team Leader/Explosive Ordinance Disposal Officer

Veteran United States Marine Corps

Robert was born in Phoenix, Az on August 10. Robert had a successful 20-year career in the United States Marine Corps, starting as an Infantry Machine Gunner and ending with 11 years as an EOD Technician. Throughout his career, he conducted seven deployments, including three combat tours. After retirement it was an easy choice for Robert to join the History Flight Team. Robert has been with History Flight since February 2018 as an EOD Officer and a Team Leader. He plans on many more years of service continuing the honorable mission of recovering our fallen.

David Rankin

Anthropologist/ Scientific Recovery Expert

David Rankin has been a staff Forensic Anthropologist with History Flight, Inc. since December 2015.  David received his M.A. from the University of Arizona, with special certification in Forensic Anthropology after studying under Dr. Walter Birkby in the Human Identification Laboratory, Arizona, between 1989 and 1994.  David has extensive experience in current-death casework, working with local law enforcement, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), the Missing In America Project (MIA Project), Federal and Department of Defense agencies (FBI, NCIS), Offices of the Medical Examiner, as well as with the Disaster Mortuary Operations Response Team (DMORT), Region 9.  David moved to specialize in the search, recovery, and identification of U.S. service personnel, working with the U.S. Central Identification Laboratory as a staff Forensic Anthropologist between 1995 and 2007, leading field investigation and recovery teams internationally and conducting forensic analyses in the laboratory.  David also has extensive experience in the fields of Pharmacology and Toxicology, conducting bio-medical research in these fields between 1986 and 2016, when he joined History Flight, Inc. full-time.  He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and has earned RPA, and D-ABMDI certifications.  Besides his career interests, Mr. Rankin is a Kodokan Judo instructor (San Dan), and enjoys photography and anything outdoors in the Sonoran Desert.  His main motivation comes from his wife and three boys.

Dr. John Peterson

Archaeologist/ Anthropologist/ Scientific Recovery Expert

Dr. John A. Peterson is an archaeologist and anthropologist who has worked in the Philippines and the Pacific for the past 20 years.  He received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993 and taught at the University of Texas at El Paso as well as having conducted research and compliance archaeology in the American Southwest, Northern Mexico, Texas, with brief stints in Brazzaville-Congo, Ecuador, and Jiangxi Province China.  Peterson is President and expert member of the International Committee for Archaeological Heritage Management, a scientific committee supporting ICOMOS and the World Heritage Committee.  He has worked with History Flight geophysical science affiliates Dr. Chet Walker and Mark Willis for many years on other projects, and recently qualified as an SRE and has served as Principal Investigator for History Flight projects at the Plaza Cuartel site in Palawan since 2016 and, more recently, the Cabanatuan Prisoner-of-War camp in the Philippines.

Johan Rodriguez

Scientific Recovery Expert

Johan is an archaeologist working for History Flight since October 2018. He obtained his master’s degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 2010 under the Fulbright scholarship program. His professional interests include human osteology, zooarchaeology, complex societies archaeology, South American lowlands, and cultural resources management. Johan has over 17 years of experience working for academic institutions and private consulting firms in Venezuela, Northeastern, Southeastern, and Southwestern United States. His experience also includes military installations in the US, working as field director for an archaeological survey at the request of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast (NAVFAC SE) to conduct National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) evaluations for archaeological sites located within Naval Support Activity (NSA) New Orleans in Louisiana.

Jack Rossen

Scientific Recovery Expert

Jack Rossen is a Scientific Recovery Expert (SRE) who joined History Flight in September, 2018. He received his PhD from the University of Kentucky and taught in the Anthropology Departments at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo and Ithaca College, where he was co-founder of Native American Studies. He has conducted archaeological research in Peru, Chile, and Argentina, as wells as collaborative archaeology and community projects with the Cayuga and Onondaga Nations in central New York and Native Hawaiians and at-risk youth on Hawai`i Island.

James Murphy

Archaeologist/ Scientific Recovery Expert

A graduate of the National University of Ireland, Galway and Bournemouth University in the UK, James has nearly twenty years experience in the field of archaeology and spent the majority of his forensic archaeology career in mid and post conflict environments in the Middle East and the Balkans, working on some of the most high profile cases of genocide and mass atrocities. As senior forensic archaeologist with the International Commission on Missing Persons, James worked on human rights abuses and mass atrocity cases such as the Anfal campaign against the Kurds and those against Shia populations in Iraq, war crimes in Bosnia and the atrocities committed by Islamic State in Iraq. James has provided expert training and capacity building for government ministries, judicial authorities and law enforcement to elevate forensic practice to meet the highest international standards. He holds a BA in Archaeology, MA in Landscape Archaeology, MSc in Forensic Archaeology and International Investigations, PGDip Systems Analysis. James has been with History Flight since June 2018. James’ other interests lie in the applications of GIS and archaeo-geophysics in mass grave investigations.  

James Fenn

Scientific Recovery Expert

James has been with History Flight since September 2018, commencing with rotations on Tarawa and moving into Europe as the European Operations Manager.

James holds a BA in Archaeology, an MA in Landscape Archaeology and an MSC in Forensic Archaeology, Crime Scene and International Investigation.  James is also a Prince 2 qualified Project Manager.

James has been working since 2002 in the field of archaeology and worked for 10 years with the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) dealing with mid and post conflict environments in the Middle East and the Balkans, working on some of the most high profile cases of genocide and mass atrocities.

With the ICMP In the Western Balkans James operated as a senior forensic archaeologist, and in Iraq operated as a Forensic Archaeologist, Forensic Coordinator, Mission Support Manager, and Deputy Head of Mission, working on human rights abuses and mass atrocity cases such as the Anfal campaign against the Kurds and those against Shia populations, providing expert training and capacity building for government ministries, judicial authorities and law enforcement to elevate forensic practice to meet the highest international standards.

Eric Albertson

Archaeologist/ Scientific Recovery Expert

Eric joined History Flight in the Spring of 2018. He holds an M.A. in Anthropology/Public Archaeology from the University of Memphis (1997). He has over two decades of archaeological experience and currently serves as a Scientific Recovery Expert in Tarawa.

Rachel Scott

Archaeologist/ Anthropologist

Rachel is a Forensic Anthropologist and Archaeologist with more than 15 years experience in the excavation and analysis of human remains.  As 2IC of the New Zealand Forensic Anthropology team she worked closely with the New Zealand Defense Force using Disaster Victim Identification protocols in the recovery, identification, and repatriation of 34 servicemen from six countries, including a large scale joint operation with the Malaysian Armed Forces and international forensic specialists.  Rachel has authored a number of journal articles and book chapters in the field of biological anthropology specializing in skeletal trauma, burned bone, diet, and health. She holds a BA in Anthropology and Archaeology, an MSc in Anatomy and Structural Biology from the University of Otago, and a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Auckland. She has worked for the University of Otago and conducted research in multiple countries including the USA, Egypt, UK, Vanuatu, and Chile. She has collaborated as lead osteologist with indigenous communities in New Zealand, while providing expertise to local authorities and the New Zealand Police Force. Rachel worked with History Flight in 2013 and 2014 on Tarawa in the search for the New Zealand Coast Watchers, and has been employed as a member of the History Flight team since June 2019.

Aundrea Thompson

Archaeologist

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

Archie Tiauzon

Archaeologist

Archie Tiauzon is a Filipino archaeologist and has been with the History Flight since January 2019. He started working with the company in finding the locations of the cemeteries of the WWII prisoners of war at Camp Pangatian, Cabanatuan Philippines. Archie has two master’s degrees in archaeology. It was in 2006 at the Archaeological Studies Program, the University of the Philippines, where he focused on landscape archaeology. Back then, he surveyed an area of one hundred thirteen square kilometers, located on the southwest coast of Cebu Central Philippines, and recorded more than fifty archaeological sites. The age of the sites ranges from the Late Neolithic to the 16th century A.D. His second master’s degree was at the French National Museum of Natural History in Paris with a degree of Quaternary Prehistory. Over the last ten years, he has been involved with excavations on human evolution sites in Southeast Asia and Europe. He was instrumental in the discovery of the hominin fossils identified as a new human species, the Homo luzonensis, found in Callao Cave, the northern Philippines. In his free time, he is finishing his Ph.D. dissertation about the ancient stone tool technology of the Homo erectus in the cave environment located in East Java, Indonesia.

Jordan Windish

Archaeologist

Jordan earned a B.A. in Archaeology and Cultures of the Ancient Near East; Religion; and Biology from Lycoming College (PA), MSc in Osteoarchaeology from The University of Sheffield (UK), and MSc in Palaeopathology from Durham University (UK). Prior to joining the team at History Flight, Jordan worked on excavations in the United States, Ireland, England, and Romania for ten years teaching field archaeology and the excavation and analysis of human remains. During the past decade she has also been researching and presenting information on pathology and the care and treatment of populations in the past; focusing on medieval medicine and the evolution into modern medical care. In November 2018, Jordan became a member of History Flight, holding the position of archaeologist, specializing in Human Osteology. 

Jessica Gadis

Archaeologist

Jessica is an archaeologist specializing in human osteology. She has been with History Flight since August 2018. She graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2017 with a MSc in Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology. Prior to History Flight, she worked on early medieval cemetery sites in the north of England with a focus on skeletal biomechanical adaptions to trauma. In her spare-time she likes to travel and her next goal is to island hop across every island chain in the Pacific.

Paul Schwimmer

Land Surveyor Officer

Veteran United States Army

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.

Paul Martin and K9 Ziva

Anthropologist and K9 Handler

Paul agreed to join History Flight with K9 Ziva in the fall of 2018. Currently, he is on approved leave from his Ph.D. studies in archaeological geophysics in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Memphis. Paul’s Master in Arts is from the University of Mississippi in Anthropology with his thesis “An Evaluation of Geophysical Methods in the Detection of Toddler Sized Burials within the First Six Months of Burial.” He has a Bachelor in Science in Anthropology with a concentration in Forensic Anthropology and an approved minor in Victim Advocacy from the Western Carolina University Honors College. Paul has over 20 years experience working and training human remains detection canines, and since 2002 has concentrated on their usage as a tool for archaeological survey. Paul  works along side his current K9 partner Ziva, a 10 year old female black lab that is certified in Human Remains Detection. When Paul is not teaching a class, training dogs, working on a forensic case or on an archaeological project, Paul can be found enjoying the company of his wife and kids while kayak fishing or wading in a mountain stream fly fishing for trout.