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Bill Cason, President
First Officer Bill Cason over twenty years experience flying for UPS Airlines.  Prior to UPS, Bill flew F-16 Falcons for the Oklahoma Air National Guard.  After leaving the Oklahoma Guard, Bill was hired by the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI).  AFOSI is the premier criminal investigative agency for the United States Air Force.  Bill was rated as a Special Agent and began working civil and criminal cases for the Department of Defense.  After September 11, 2001, Bill was “activated,” and worked directly on the 9/11 investigation as a full-time member of an FBI International Terrorism Squad.  Bill was directly involved in the creation of the Cargo FFDO legislation, and worked on the implementation team.  Bill continues to work important FFDO-related issues as Chairman of the Independent Pilots’ Association’s Security Committee and Director of Security for the Coaltion of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA).  Bill is a current and qualified Peace Officer in the State of Texas.  BCason@ffdoa.org
 
Fred Bates, Executive Vice President, Passenger
Captain Fred Bates has over 20 years experience flying for American Airlines, and previously flew for the United States Air Force, both on active duty and in the Reserves. Captain Bates has a long history of serving his fellow pilots at the Allied Pilots Association (APA). He has had various duties and responsibilities at APA, including Chair of the Technical Research and Analysis Committee, Negotiator, and Chair of the Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) Implementation Committee. Captain Bates has been instrumental in the implementation and development of the
FFDO program since its inception. He is a credentialed Texas Peace Officer, and works part-time as a police officer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Since 2004, Captain Bates has served as Manager of Crew Security for American Airlines, where he oversees the security program for over 30,000 pilots and flight attendants. Captain Bates has the additional responsibility of managing law enforcement investigations for American Airlines Corporate Security. FBates@ffdoa.org


Bill McReynolds, Executive Vice President, Cargo
Captain Bill McReynolds is a Fedex Express pilot and was from 2003 to 2011 the Chairman for Air Line Pilots Association’s Presidents Committee for Cargo.  Captain McReynolds also is the Security Committee Chair for the Fedex MEC.
 
Captain McReynolds has worked extensively with ALPA on air cargo security issues since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  After 9/11, Captain McReynolds was ALPA’s representative to the Aviation Security Advisory Committee’s (ASAC) Air Cargo Security Working Groups.  These efforts culminated in the creation of the new all cargo carrier security programs that are currently in place.  Captain McReynolds also worked on the All Cargo Carrier Common Strategy Guidance that is currently in use.  Captain McReynolds was also heavily involved from the beginning in the FFDO program and is still engaged in that critical program with ALPA and other associations.  Additionally, Captain McReynolds has worked with the TSA’s Freight Assessment System working groups and continues to provide guidance and input with regards to air cargo security policies and recommendations outside of the Association.
 
Captain McReynolds was the Chair for ALPA’s President’s Committee for Cargo from 2003 to 2011.  This Presidential Committee was formed to safety, security, labor, and regulatory issues are properly addressed as they pertain to all cargo operations.  In this capacity he advised 3 ALPA presidents on all cargo issues and hot topics, to ensure that they received the proper attention from the appropriate departments within the Association.
 
Captain McReynolds worked extensively in the international arena with IFALPA, ICAO, IATA, and with other governments and agencies on all cargo safety and security issues.  This international involvement was critical, as the largest growth sector for all cargo has been in the international environment.
 
In August of 2009, Captain McReynolds was recognized for his work in Cargo Safety and Security with an ALPA Presidential Citation.
 
In August of 2010, Captain McReynolds was further recognized for his work in Aviation Security and was awarded ALPA’s Aviation Security Award, ALPA’s highest award for work in Aviation Security and advocacy.  Captain McReynolds was the 4th recipient of this prestigious award.
 
Captain McReynolds has been flying as a pilot for Fedex Express since 1996.  He has been a PIC in the DC10, MD11, B757, and the A300.  Prior to Fedex Express, Captain McReynolds served in the United States Marine Corps for 22 years combined active and reserve service till May of 2002.  Captain McReynolds was qualified in the F-4, OV-10, and the AV-8B.  In addition to his duties as a Naval Aviator, he served as an Intelligence Officer, Weapons and Tactics Instructor, and as a Forward Air Controller.

Mike Karn, Executive Vice President, Legislative Affairs
First Officer Mike Karn has been flying for American Airlines for over seven years, and previously flew for WestAir/United Express and Viscount Air Service. FO Karn has been actively involved with the Allied Pilots Association (APA) for over six years. He started as a technical writer for the Committee for the Armed Defense of the Cockpit (CADC) analyzing the use of Tasers as a defensive weapon. FO Karn currently serves on the APA Board of Directors (BOD) as Chairman of the LAX Domicile. FO Karn also chairs both the CADC and National Security Committees for the APA, and the Cockpit Defense Team (PAX) for the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA). Prior to serving as a domicile representative, FO Karn served on the APA Communications, Strike Preparedness, and Safety Committees. FO Karn has been an active participant and leader in legislative efforts to improve the FFDO program on Capitol Hill, and continues to engage TSA and DHS seeking program improvements.   MKarn@ffdoa.org
 
Paul Nelson, Secretary/Treasurer
First Officer Paul Nelson has been with American Airlines for over 14 years and is a First Officer on the Boeing 767.  He has been involved with the development of the FFDO program since shortly after September 11, 2001 through the Allied Pilots Association (APA) as part of the Joint Implementation Team.  He is currently Deputy Chairman of the APA Committee for the Armed Defense of the Cockpit (CADC).  He developed and helped implement the 'FFDO Standards' program at American Airlines.  He is currently a reserve Police Officer with the City of Pasadena, California and is in his 12th year of service.  There he initially worked uniformed patrol and is now assigned to the Air Operations Section of the department as a Tactical Flight Officer.  PNelson@ffdoa.org
 
 
Jon J. Lewis, Treasurer
Captain Jon J. Lewis is a Delta Airlines MD88/90 Captain. A decorated United States Marine Corp veteran, he has served as an Allied Pilot Association (APA) and Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) volunteer from his first airline position at American Eagle, Inc. to the present. Jon has flown for Northwest and Delta Airlines for 17 years, and during this time has piloted a variety of regional jets, the DC-9, Boeing 757, DC-10, and Boeing 747-200 in both passenger and freight operations.
 
Captain Lewis has served in leadership roles at both the local and national level. His experience includes service as an elected union representative and Strike committee volunteer. His commitment to aviation security following the 9/11, 2001 tragedy led to volunteer duties and then as security committee chairman.
 
Jon Lewis has an extensive background in security. He has provided security protection for, has studied and instructed technical protection of nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) weapons and facilities, and has established significant relationships with corporate, local, and federal security entities nationwide.
 
He began his security experience as a US Marine Corp security specialist and protector of U.S. Embassy and State Department staff at international locations. Captain Lewis then worked in the private sector as a corporate pilot/security coordinator for senior-ranking government officials and executives, planning flights and orchestrating security staff tasking. 
 
As the Delta Master Executive Committee Security Committee Chairman responsible for the security interests of over 12,000 Delta Airline pilots flying across the globe, his duties required extensive liaison and coordination with airline corporate peers and government organizations. Captain Lewis is knowledgeable on all aspects of security, and is considered a subject matter expert on the Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) Program, a legislated program that emplaces thousands of federal-trained and armed, deputized pilots into the cockpits of commercial passenger and cargo aircraft.
 
Captain Jon Lewis continues to fly for Delta Airlines and advocate the security interests of pilots, crewmembers and passengers.


Ed Lachedro, Director - Government Affairs
Ed is an AB320 First Officer at JetBlue Airways, and previously flew for US Airways. Following the attacks of 9/11 he went to work at the Department of Homeland Security (TSA AVOps) as an Operations Officer. There he assisted in various security related initiatives and was subsequently assigned as one of the FFDO Program managers. Prior to his professional flying career, Ed served in the U.S. Army and is a graduate of the Nuclear Biological and Chemical (NBC) Warfare training program. He served as his Aviation Company’s NBC representative and as a member of the unit’s Ready Reactionary Response Team. Ed is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University.  ELachendro@ffdoa.org

Ed Folsom, Director - Government Affairs
Captain Ed Folsom is a distinguished military graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, class of 1980, and retired as a Lt Colonel in 2003. Ed’s military expertise is in close air support, forward air control, and combat air rescue, flying the A-10 Warthog, OV-10 Bronco, and MH-60G Pavehawk helicopter. Joining United Airlines in 1989, Ed has flown the Boeing 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, and Airbus 320/319, and is currently a Los Angeles-based Captain on the 767/757.  Captain Folsom is an acknowledged national leader in the aviation security community, where he is the Air Line Pilots Association’s Security Council Chairman and Security Committee Chairman for the pilots of United Airlines. Captain Folsom also works with the Passenger-Cargo Security Group and the Federal Flight Deck Officers Association. Captain Folsom is the aviation industry’s foremost expert and advocate for enhanced flight deck access procedures and flight deck secondary barriers.  efolsom@ffdoa.org
 
Mike Wood, Executive Vice President, Industry Engagement
 
Consultants:
 
Marcus W. Flagg
Marcus Flagg has over 10 years experience with UPS airlines. He is currently a Boeing 757/767 First Officer. Prior to joining UPS, Marcus flew F-14 Tomcats for 10 years in the United States Navy.  Following the tragic loss of his parents RADM Wilson F. Flagg and Darlene E. Flagg on September 11, 2001, when American Airlines flight #77 was crashed into the Pentagon, Mr. Flagg became actively involved in promoting aviation security and safety.  From the spring of 2002 to the summer of 2004, he was actively involved with the Independent Pilot Association’s (IPA) Security and Government Affairs Committees. He also joined the Coalition of Airline Pilots Association (CAPA) serving as a spokesman, testifying before Congress, and briefing Congressional members on security issues. His strategy and personal dedication helped to pass legislation to include cargo pilots in the Federal Flight Deck Officer program assuring the airline industry one level of security.  In 2005, Marcus joined other concerned airline industry personnel in founding the Passenger-Cargo Security Group, a non-profit trade association to foster awareness of all aspects of aviation security. He is currently President of PCSG. MFlagg@ffdoa.org
 
Leon Laylagian
Leon is a B-757/767 First Officer for UPS Airlines.  A graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, he has flown with four airlines, and served in the U.S. Navy.  As one of the original drafters of the “Arming Pilots against Terrorism Act” of 2002, and the national leader for the “Arming Cargo Pilots against Terrorism Act” of 2003, First Officer Laylagian serves FFDOA on Capitol Hill.   He served his fellow pilots nationally as a security committee and legislative committee chairman, and created and chaired the IPA Cockpit Defense Committee for his pilot group. Leon was also on the TSA implementation team for the FFDO all-cargo prototype, and graduated the first cargo prototype class, as well as serving on many working groups.  In addition, Leon serves as the President of the Passenger-Cargo Security Group (PCSG.us) – an airline security trade association, and is a member of the board of advisors for the National Domestic Preparedness Coalition (NDPCi.us), an organization that serves first responders and provides homeland security education nationwide.  LLaylagian@ffdoa.org
 
 
Neil Frey - Consultant
 
Rudy Castillo -  Consultant
 
 
Legislative Team:
Chris Hague - AA
Tracy Price - SWA
Marc Feigenblatt - DAL
Jim Irvine - AA
Matt Finkelstein - ASA
 
Legislative Consultants:
Al Aitken - AA (ret.)
 
Information Technology Team:  support@ffdoa.org
Danny Utley
Mike Siedlecki
Mike Morrisey
Andrew Hughes
Orion Kingman