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Mr. McLaughlin has over 32 years of military, private sector consulting and installation/city management experience. He joined Marstel-Day in 2013 and was a Program Lead for the development of 40 Installation Complex Encroachment Management Action Plans (ICEMAPs) within Marstel-Day’s U.S. Air Force Programs. He provided support to project leaders, Operations Subject Matter Experts, and supervised the analysis, development and production of ICEMAPs. In addition, Mr. McLaughlin led talented teams of Subject Matter Experts in the development of five water studies for the U.S. Air Force. In light of the rapid onset of renewable energy development, Mr. McLaughlin reviewed state and federal legislation, FAA OE/AAA filings, and other state and federal resources to assess the effects renewable energy projects may have on military installations, ranges, and training routes. He worked with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment) in the development of a draft Secretary of the Navy Instruction and guidebook delineating the Department of the Navy’s Obstruction Evaluation and Mission Compatibility Evaluation Process.
Prior to joining Marstel-Day, Mr. McLaughlin served in the U.S. Navy for 27 years and retired with the rank of Captain. During his military career, he completed four deployments throughout the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf, and participated in the first Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm. Mr. McLaughlin held increasing positions of responsibility outside operational squadrons, including major staff assignments with the National Airborne Operations Center in Omaha, Nebraska; an overseas tour with the Commander, U.S. Navy Central Command/Fifth Fleet in Manama, Bahrain; and the Chief of Naval Air Training in Corpus Christi, Texas. His final assignment was as the Commanding Officer, Naval Air Station in Kingsville, Texas, where he led the base in producing half of the jet pilots for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. He also developed first of their kind memorandums of agreements for the U.S. Navy with wind farm developers. As an aircraft carrier pilot, Mr. McLaughlin accumulated over 3,500 flight hours, 87 combat missions and 761 carrier landings flying the A-6 Intruder, EA-6B Prowler and T-45 Goshawk aircraft.
Mr. McLaughlin earned a BS in economics from Texas A&M University in 1986. In 2009, he completed a Master of Aeronautical Science degree, with distinction, from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, with specialties in aviation operations and human factors in aviation systems.