an AMS Member,
is Vice President for Advanced Weather Programs at
in Reston, Virginia.
Prior to his arrival at Unisys, Mr Berchoff was the Director of the
Office of Science and Technology
United States National Weather Service
where he was responsible for a $130 million annual budget focused on infusing new
science and technology—including science and engineering planning,
acquisition and refresh of critical technologies, and development of
scientific tools and applications—into NWS operations, which included
retrofitting Dual Polarization technology upgrade on the WSR-88D at 122
radar sites nationwide.
Mr Berchoff retired from the
United States Air Force
as a Colonel in 2008 after 24 years of service. His career included six years of
field forecasting and he is a
specialist in East Coast and aviation weather, logging over 300 flight
hours as an airborne meteorologist and providing mission critical
weather services to the President and Air Force One.
He also acquired
extensive experience in developing, re-engineering, and leading large
operational weather centers; and in formulating policy and plans for Air
Force Weather science and technology programs.
Mr Berchoff commanded several
organizations, including the 376th Mission Support Group at Manas Air
Base, Kyrgyzstan from July 2007-July 2008 and the 15th Operational
Weather Squadron, which included leading the Tanker Airlift Control
Center (TACC) weather team, from Jul 2000 to Jul 2002.
In 2002, his TACC
weather unit was Air Mobility Command's nominee for the USAF Chief of
Staff Team Excellence Award for Weather Integration Improvement in TACC
operations. The team's efforts netted a reduction in weather delays of
64% (5,000 to 1,800) over one year by implementing innovative risk
management techniques that enabled more efficient and effective AMC
At Manas, Mr Berchoff led 1,500 military and contractors responsible
for maintaining and securing the base, and executing reception, staging
and onward movement operations for over 100,000 military personnel
deploying into and out of Afghanistan; providing logistics to coalition
aircraft conducting air refueling missions over Afghanistan; and leading
community relations with local Kyrgyz towns and villages.
Mr Berchoff also led the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Afghanistan Branch from
Aug 2003-Aug 2005 where he advocated for one billion dollars in funding
in 2003/2004 and executed planning and programming for building and
sustaining Afghan security forces. These forces are about to assume
responsibility for Afghanistan security when US forces pull out in 2014.
Mr Berchoff has extensive experience working inter-agency programs with the
Federal Aviation Administration
the Office of the Secretary of Defense,
the National Security Council,
United States Department of State
He also has international and diplomatic experience working with
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
and with other foreign diplomats and leaders.
Mr Berchoff is currently serving as the AMS Chair for the
Nationwide Network of Networks Advisory Sub-committee and on the
AMS Board on Enterprise Communication.
He is a highly decorated veteran, including recipient of the Defense
Superior Service Medal and Bronze Star.
He has an MS degree in national security strategy from the
National Defense University,
an MA degree in procurement and acquisition management from
and a BS degree in meteorology from the
State University of New York.
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The content of this profile was last updated 9 August 2013
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