Berry Aviation, Inc. has announced the expansion of their executive leadership team by welcoming Tom Ballenger as Vice President of its Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) group. Ballenger is responsible for the oversight, management, and execution of Berry Aviation’s UAS contracts, delivering warfighter capability and customer support excellence. Additionally, he will spearhead capability development in UAS, emerging threat replication and unmanned ISR & cargo services for Berry clients.
Stan Finch, President of Berry Aviation said, “We’re very fortunate to bring Tom onboard and look forward to benefiting from his business, senior program management, and defense aviation expertise. As Berry continues to expand into new and exciting areas of aviation like UAS and EVTOL we are certain that Tom’s values and management philosophy will be a huge advantage to the company and our clients.”
During an extraordinary 24+ year career in the United States Army as an enlisted Infantryman and Aviation officer, Ballenger held roles at the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), was the Director of the Aircraft Systems Integration branch at US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) and completed an Industry assignment at Bell Helicopter. Significantly, is Tom’s experience as the Deputy Director of Science and Technology at USSOCOM, managing a broad portfolio of specialized technology projects. Tom is a Distinguished Military Graduate from Texas A&M University and holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington.