BOARD OF GOVERNORS

LCDR "Uncle" Armas
President

LCDR Chris “Uncle” Armas

Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Atlantic

LCDR Armas was born and raised in Manhattan Beach, California and graduated from the University of Southern California in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He also holds a Master of Science in Aeronautics with an emphasis in Human Factors.

LCDR Armas commissioned in 2005 and completed Naval Aviator training in August 2007. From 2008 to 2011, while assigned to HSL-47 then HSM-77, he flew SH-60B and MH-60R aircraft and deployed aboard the USS CAPE ST. GEORGE (CG-71), USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72), and the USS HALSEY (DDG-97) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Podium.  He was named 2011 HSM-77 Pilot of the Year. From 2012 to 2015, LCDR Armas flew MH-60S aircraft with the NAS Fallon “LONGHORNS” where he conducted high altitude technical rescue operations in support of NAWDC, TOPGUN, and the Fallon Range Training Complex. He has amassed over 2,300 total flight hours in the SH-60B, MH-60R, and MH-60S.

In 2015, LCDR Armas transferred to the Naval Aerospace and Operational Physiology community.  While stationed at Aviation Survival Training Center Lemoore from 2016 to 2018, he was named Naval Survival Training Institute (NSTI), Navy Medicine Operational Training Center (NMOTC), and Navy Medicine Education, Training, and Logistics Command (NMETLC) Officer Instructor of the Year.  Currently, LCDR Armas serves as the Aeromedical Safety Officer (AMSO) and Aviation Safety Officer (ASO) for Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Atlantic. He continues to fly the MH-60R “Strikehawk” and is a qualified Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Instructor.

LCDR Armas is the current President of SUSNAOP, and has served on the Board of Governors as Assistant Webmaster, Assistant Editor, and Vice-President.

LT "SID" Salassi
Vice President

LT James "SID" Salassi

MAG 36

Lieutenant James W. Salassi III was raised in Hesperia, CA where he attended Sultana High School. He graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA in 2010 with a Bachelors of Arts in Exercise Science. In 2013 he completed his Masters of Science degree at California State University, Long Beach and began his naval career as a Lieutenant Junior Grade at Officer Development School, Newport, Rhode Island in 2014.
LTJG Salassi then reported to Naval Aviation Medical Institute, Pensacola, FL where he completed Aeromedical Officer (AMO) training. In addition to the being academically trained, LTJG Salassi attended Aviation Pre-flight Indoctrination, received an abbreviated fixed wing and rotary wing flight syllabus at VT-10 and HT-8, respectively. LTJG Salassi earned his Naval Aerospace and Operational Physiologist (NAOP) Wings as NAOP #338 in May of 2015. Upon graduation, he reported to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington where he completed his NAOP Internship at Aviation Survival Training Center (ASTC), Whidbey Island. While at the ASTC he served as the Assistant Director from 2015-2016 and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.


LT Salassi reported to his current tour at Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 39 in June of 2017 where he serves as the Aeromedical Safety Officer (AMSO) and supports AH-1Z, UH-1Y, and MV-22B aviators and aircrew, and helps support 1st Marine Division Ground Forces. Here he qualified as an Aviation Safety Officer, a Night Imaging and Threat Evaluation (NITE) Lab Instructor, Technical Laser Safety Officer, Radiation Safety Manager, and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (CBRN-D) Gear subject matter expert. LT Salassi established MAG-39’s first aviation CBRN training program and trained the entire MAG’s pilot, aircrew and Ground Force Marine population. His efforts also facilitated the establishment of 3d Marine Aircraft Wing’s (3d MAW) programmatic stand-up and best practices. The Marines trained at 3d MAW were part of the largest reported training movement of aircrew CBRN to date. In March of 2020, LT Salassi led the first fleet team to introduce the newest aviation CBRN respirator, the Joint Service Aircrew Mask (JSAM), and trained the first operational squadron in the Navy and Marine Corps. In addition to these efforts, LT Salassi led his Aeromedical Team to develop the first Marine Ground Operational Night Vision Device training curriculum, training over 1,500 Ground Combat Element Marines and Sailors to standards equivalent to its aviation counterpart.


LT Salassi has logged more than 250 hours in seven type/model/series aircraft in the Navy and Marine Corps. His awards and decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the 2019 Naval Aerospace and Operational Physiologist of the Year, and he recently qualified as a Fleet Marine Force Officer. He actively publishes scientific literature in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, the Society of United States Naval Aerospace and Operational Physiology (SUSNAOP) newsletter NEXUS, The Marine Corps Safety Division Blue Threat newsletter, and proudly serves as the Vice President for SUSNAOP.

LT Natalie "Kiwi" Ireland

ASTC Miramar

Lieutenant Ireland is a native of Coronado, California. She graduated from the University of California Los Angeles in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. As a walk-on to the Division 1 women’s rowing team, she competed for UCLA for four seasons and served as team captain. She continued her education at the University of West Florida to earn a Master of Science in Exercise Science while working as a Pensacola Beach Lifeguard.

Lieutenant Ireland commissioned in 2018 as an MSC officer and has since completed training at Officer Development School and the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute receiving the designation of Naval Aerospace and Operational Physiologist #357 in 2019. She is currently completing her internship at the Aviation Survival Training Center Miramar. At the ASTC, she is a certified US Navy Lifeguard, Maintenance Division Officer, and active member of the ASTC Miramar Staff Association. In her free time, she enjoys prone paddleboarding, triathlon, and running ultra-marathons in the San Diego area.

LT "Kiwi" Ireland
Secretary / Treasurer

LT Hadley "Pug" Sulpizio Perez

Training Air Wing FIVE

LT Sulpizio Perez hails from Sacramento, California. She graduated and commissioned from the esteemed United States Naval Academy on 28 May 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.  She winged as NAOP #320 on 3 February 2012.   LT Sulpizio served her first tour at ASTC Lemoore where she ultimately served as the Director and qualified as the last Navy High Acceleration Centrifuge Instructor. In 2015 she graduated from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences as a Master in Public Health.  From 2015-2019 she served as Aeromedical Program Manager of Helicopter Sea Combat Wing in Norfolk, VA where she was selected the 2017 Aerospace Physiologist of the Year.  She is currently serving as Aeromedical Program Manager for Training Air Wing Five in Milton, Florida.

LT "Pug" Sulpizio
Social Director
LCDR "AWOS" Lippert
Historian

LCDR Amanda "AWOS" Lippert

NASA Johnson Space Center

 

Lieutenant Commander Lippert enlisted in the United States Navy in May of 2000. She graduated as honor graduate of Hospital Corps A-School in November 2000, and honor graduate of Aviation Medical Technician (AVT) C-School in February 2001.  She immediately deployed with Fighter Squadron (VF-32) aboard the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) to the 5th Fleet.  She deployed again in December of 2002 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  She earned the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Qualification in 2002 and the Enlisted Surface Warfare Qualification in 2003. Upon graduation from Aviation Physiology Technician (APT) C-school in February 2004, she was assigned to Aviation Survival Training Center Pensacola, where she served as a Survival Training Instructor, earned the Master Training Specialist designation, and completed her Bachelor degree.  She was honorably discharged in November 2005, then earned a Master of Science in Education and a Master of Science in Physiology, both with honors, from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.  Upon graduation, she was commissioned a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the United States Navy in May of 2009.

 

LTJG (Fox) Lippert was designated Naval Aerospace and Operational Physiologist #303 in April 2010.  She reported to Aviation Survival Training Center Norfolk Virginia, where she served as the Operations and Training Officer during her internship, from May 2010 to January 2012.

 

Lieutenant (Fox) Lippert was assigned as the Aeromedical Safety Officer (AMSO) of Marine Aircraft Group 13 (MAG-13) in Yuma, Arizona in May 2012, serving as the first Operational F-35B AMSO, and also provided aeromedical and mishap investigation support for the AV-8B.  She graduated from the Night Image Threat Evaluation (NITE) Lab Instructor Course in 2012.  She earned the internationally recognized board certification in Aerospace Physiology (CAsP) in May 2013, and the Fleet Marine Force Warfare Qualification in April 2015.

 

In June 2015, LT Lippert reported to Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to serve as PMA-202’s Mishap Investigation Support Team (MIST) Lead, Aircrew Systems NATOPS Program Manager, and FAILSAFE IPT Lead.  Under her charge, MIST investigated 112 Class A mishaps and a total of 224 sets of aircrew flight gear. Lieutenant Commander Lippert earned Women in Aerospace’s Inspiration, Initiative, Impact award in October 2016, the DAWIA Level 2 Acquisitions Certification in Engineering in June 2017, the Aerospace Physiology Society’s Wiley Post award in 2018, and the DAWIA Level 1 Acquisitions Certification in Program Management in 2018.

Lieutenant Commander Lippert served as an Instructor and Aeromedical Safety Officer at the Marine Corps’ Weapon School, Marine Aviation and Weapons and Tactics School (MAWTS) – 1 from December, 2018 until May, 2020, where she was board-selected for a Fellowship in Human Performance in Extreme Environments at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. She is currently serving in that Fellowship role.

Lieutenant Commander Lippert has over 500 flight hours in more than 20 TMS aircraft in Naval Aviation, and has volunteered more than 1,000 hours of her off-duty time serving her community in various roles during her tenure in the Navy.

This is my bio. There are many like it but this one is mine. My bio is my purpose, my purpose is my bio. 

LT "Rug" Barnson
Nexus Editor
LT  Buckley
Nexus Assistant Editor

LT Amanda Buckley

ASTC Norfolk

LT Amanda Buckley is a northwest transplant, claiming sunny Naples, Florida as home. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2004, earning her Bachelor of Science in Biology.  In 2007, her interest in outdoor survival led her to earning her Emergency Medical Responder (EMT-B) License.  While living overseas, she volunteered as an EMT for the Department of Army, United States Forces Korea. Inspired by CASEVAC and SERE school training opportunities, she gained interest in the aerospace physiology program. In 2012, she successfully completed her Master of Science in Education in Exercise and Sports Sciences from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton, Texas.  Following graduate school, she joined the faculty of North Carolina State University, teaching courses in emergency response and human performance.  Following her time in North Carolina, she joined the esteemed Milken School of Public Health at George Washington University, as an adjunct professor.

LT Buckley direct commissioned as a Lieutenant Junior Grade in August 2018. She attended Officer Development School in Newport, Rhode Island. She reported Fall 2018 to Naval Air Station Pensacola for training. She winged as NAOP #362, 23 May 2019. 

LT Buckley is currently serving her first tour at Aviation Survival Training Center in Norfolk, Virginia, where she is the Training and Admin/Ops Division Officer.  In addition to her duties at the ASTC, she is highly involved with the Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC) Division within the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

This is my bio. There are many like it but this one is mine. My bio is my purpose, my purpose is my bio. 

LT  Sweeney
Nexus Assistant Editor
LT "Angus" Milam
Webmaster

LT Chad "Angus" Milam

NAS Jacksonville

Chad A. Milam is a born and raised Texan. Considers Corpus Christi, Texas to be his hometown though he spent many years in the mountains of Alpine, Texas. He graduated from the Vancouver Institute of Media Art, Vancouver, British Columbia in 2008. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Texas, San Antonio, in 2015. Master of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Neuroscience from the University of Texas, San Antonio, in 2016.

Milam received his direct commission as a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the U.S. Navy in March 2018. He attended Officer Development School in Newport, Rhode Island. He completed the Student Naval Aerospace and Operational Physiologist program at the Navy Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, Florida. Milam completed primary flight training for aeromedical officers with VT-3 and advanced rotary training with HT-18 at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. He was designated Naval Aerospace and Operational Physiologist #359 February 2019.

 

LT Milam is currently serving as Division Officer at the Aviation Survival Training Center in Jacksonville, Florida while completing the internship phase of his training. 

CAPT "Wood" Kindling
MEMBER AT LARGE

CAPT Leslie "Wood" Kindling

NAS Pensacola

 

Captain Leslie A. Kindling, MSC, USN, was born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and attended Fairview High School outside of Erie, Pennsylvania.  She graduated from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.  At Case she was a three-sport varsity athlete, earning nine All-American awards in Track & Field and winning two NCAA National Championships.  She earned a Master of Science at the University of Oregon in Eugene where she participated in Army ROTC and served as a volunteer assistant Track & Field coach.  She began her naval career as a Lieutenant Junior Grade at Officer Indoctrination School, Newport, Rhode Island, in 1998.

Kindling then reported to Naval Operational Medicine Institute in Pensacola, Florida for initial Aerospace Physiology Training.  Upon graduation as Naval Aerospace Physiologist #237, Kindling proceeded to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar for Aerospace Physiology Internship at the Aviation Survival Training Center (ASTC) and was promoted to Lieutenant on 1 February 2000.  While at ASTC Miramar, she stood up the ASTC Assistant Director billet before transferring to Marine Aircraft Group Thirteen (MAG-13) forward deployed in the North Arabian Gulf.  Kindling acted as the MAG-13 Director of Safety and Standardization and Aviation Safety Officer for nearly 12 months out of her 2½-year tour as Aeromedical Safety Officer.  Kindling proceeded to the Marine Corps’ graduate-level weapons school, Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One in Yuma, Arizona in August 2005.  She was one of the first female instructors at the school and served as the Night Imaging and Threat Evaluation Laboratory Program Manager.  She was promoted to Lieutenant Commander on 1 November 2006.  Additional duties included serving as the Technical Area Expert for Laser Threats and for Night Vision Devices.  In December 2009, Kindling reported to Naval Air Station Jacksonville where she served as ASTC Director.  She was promoted to Commander on 1 September 2011.  Kindling served as the Aeromedical Safety Officer for the Commandant of the Marine Corps (Safety Division), the Chair of the Navy and Marine Corps Laser Safety Review Board, and Assistant Specialty Leader for Naval Aerospace/Operational Physiology from July 2012 to August 2016.  From August 2016 to March 2019, Kindling was assigned to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery as Branch Head and Aerospace/Operational Physiology Program Manager.  Additionally, she served as the Program Manager for the Naval Aviation Survival Training Program and as the Specialty Leader for Naval Aerospace/Operational Physiology.  She was promoted to Captain on 1 December 2018.

Kindling has logged more than 1,100 flight hours in over 12 type/model/series aircraft in the Navy and Marine Corps.  Her decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), Presidential Unit Citation, and Fleet Marine Force Ribbon.  She is a bike commuter, avid runner, and has completed 100-mile and 100-kilometer ultra-marathons.  Her passion for service extends into her volunteer work with Honor Flight Southland and World TEAM Sports.

This is my bio. There are many like it but this one is mine. My bio is my purpose, my purpose is my bio. 

CAPT (Ret) Plombon 
EMERITUS MEMBER

This is my bio. There are many like it but this one is mine. My bio is my purpose, my purpose is my bio. 

CDR "Pinto" Littel 
MEMBER AT LARGE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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