Donald H (Don) Berchoff, MA, MS, USAF Col (ret)

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Don Berchoff, an AMS Member, is Vice President for Advanced Weather Programs at Unisys Corporation in Reston, Virginia.

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Prior to his arrival at Unisys, Mr Berchoff was the Director of the Office of Science and Technology at the 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 operations. 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, and the 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 Webster University, and a BS degree in meteorology from the State University of New York.

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