ABOUT US

The Association is organized, operated and dedicated to extending and preserving the spirit and camaraderie among persons who have been assigned or associated with the AAF/USAAF/USAF Air Rescue forces in the past, those presently serving, and those who may serve in the future.

ARA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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KEN PRIBYLA

President

Ken served 20 of his 30 year Air Force career in Rescue duties including squadron command of the 55th ARRS, Director of Operations at Air Rescue Service, and finishing as Personnel Recovery Division Chief at HQUSAF. He was the Active Duty Representative to the ARA for his last four years.

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MIKE TILLEMA

Vice President

Mike is a retired USAF Colonel and a former command pilot with 30 years of AF Rescue experience.  He was most recently NASA's Chief of Flight Operations at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

BRAD DOW

Secretary

Brad is a retired USAF Lt Col and former Command Pilot with 20 years of AF Rescue experience.  He retired from HQ AETC In 2017 where he continues work as a civil servant.

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TODD PREJEAN

Treasurer

Todd is a retired USAF Lt Col and former Command Pilot with 18 years of AF Rescue experience.  He retired from AFPC in 2014 where he continues work as a civil servant.

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BOB REMEY

Historian

Bob is a retired USAF Lt Col and a former command pilot with 23 years of AF Rescue experience.  He was most recently at NATO Headquarters Allied Air Command as Senior Joint Personnel Recovery Staff Officer in Ramstein Air Base Germany.

DAN BEATTY

Plans & Programs

Dan Beatty is a retired USAF Lt Col with over 3500 hours in USAF helos and 28 years in the USAF helo business.  He was an Instructor / Flight Examiner in the CH-3 and HH-3E, and the H-60 and MH-60G.  He also commanded the Undergraduate Helicopter Training unit at Ft Rucker and has logged IP time in the UH-1H.  His staff tours included helicopter assignments office at AFMPC, Chief of Initial Training Branch at AETC, the UH-1N replacement program officer at AFSPC.  Post USAF, Dan led over 250 people in a civilian contract helicopter operation in Afghanistan for almost a year and also flew civilian EMS helos in Colorado for 6 years USAF.  He is active in several Veteran and military related organizations. 

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DEB FITZ FLOYD

Public Relations

Deb is a retired Flight Test Engineer and Senior Test Manager for Boeing.  Deb was a member of the Flight Test Team for the first F-22 aircraft, and the Lead Ground Ops Engineer for the second F-22 aircraft.

CHRIS BARNETT

Director

Chris' Bio Coming soon...

MANDY HUTCHISON

Editor

Mandy was an HH-60G Instructor Pilot with 16 years AF Rescue experience.  After separating from AD, she served in various roles in the Rescue community including time as a schoolhouse academic and simulator instructor.  She is currently the  F-16 Flight Manual Manager at Hill AFB, UT.

MIKE AGIN

ARA Liaison to TOMLF

Mike is a former USAF Flight Test Engineer with experience on the F-15E, CV-22, C-17, T-1, AC-130U, C-20H, MH-60K, and HH-60G.  Mike is the Co-Founder and Former Chairman for the That Others May Live Foundation.