GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Lt. Gen. Vern M. “Rusty” Findley II, a highly decorated retired member of the U.S. Air Force with a military career spanning 35 years, joined SkySkopes as a senior consultant for business development this week.
Findley is a former vice commander of the Air Force’s Air Mobility Command headquartered at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. AMC is composed of nearly 142,000 people and is responsible for a majority of the branch’s strategic transportation assets and missions.
Findley’s years of flight and operations experience will be tapped to assist in guiding SkySkopes as the company continues its national expansion.
“I’m very impressed with the energy, enthusiasm and professionalism of the SkySkopes team,” Findley said. “I’m excited to join this team and help them expand their industry-leading portfolio.”
As part of Findley’s service record, he served in numerous key leadership positions within the Air Force and accrued more than 3,800 hours as a command pilot on various aircraft, including jets, military transport planes and refueling tankers.
Findley has ties to the Grand Forks area, which is home to SkySkopes’ headquarters. A refueling tanker assignment brought him to Grand Forks Air Force Base in February 1978, where he served as a navigator and instructor navigator for the 905th Air Refueling Squadron until June 1981.
Findley returned to GFAFB in January 1999 to serve as base commander for just over a year before receiving an assignment to lead Charleston Air Force Base in South Carolina.
He holds an MBA from the University of North Dakota, a master’s degree in national security resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Arizona State University.
SkySkopes was the first North Dakota startup legally approved by the Federal Aviation Administration to fly unmanned aircraft for business purposes and has grown to the scale of national and international operations. SkySkopes employs nearly 20 pilots and flies its large fleet of aircraft for industrial inspection, security purposes, precision agriculture, training certification, and other uses. For more information, visit www.skyskopes.com or follow SkySkopes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.