July 31, 2012 -
Geocent is growing again – this time, straight up. A new sector is making moves to gain a share of the expanding and competitive Aerospace Engineering Science market.
Beginning in July, all of Geocent’s engineering and aerospace support work will be collected under the banner of our new Engineering Services Sector, to be headquartered in Huntsville, AL.
Heading up the new sector will be Mike Ogles, former Vice-President of Aerospace Systems at Teledyne Brown Engineering (TBE), who will join Geocent as the Senior Vice-President, Engineering Services Sector. Dr. Frank Fogle will join the company as Director of Huntsville operations.
Geocent C.E.O. Bobby Savoie said, “As part of our continued growth into a world-class technology company, we are launching a new Engineering Services Sector in Huntsville, where we will concentrate the leadership of our aerospace and advanced engineering efforts. Mike brings twenty-five years of experience in the field, and we are confident that the combination of Mike and Frank, along with our existing staff and new contracts we have recently won in the Hunstville will open new doors for Geocent’s existing growth.” In addition to Ogles and Fogle, Greg Cromer will transition to the Engineering Services Sector while continuing to run Geocent operations in New Orleans.
“Locating our office in Huntsville puts us closer to some of our new aerospace and engineering partners, companies like Dynetics and Lockheed-Martin,” adds Savoie. While current aerospace projects will be transferred to the Engineering Services Sector control, no physical assets or personnel will be moved to Huntsville. “Only the additional leadership,” said Savoie. “Our employees at Michoud will stay at Michoud, for example.”
Ogles comes to Geocent from TBE, where he served as Vice President of Space Systems and was responsible for overseeing all government and commercial space programs, including science, International Space Station (ISS) payload operations, test support, and new launch vehicle development.
Frank Fogle comes to Geocent from the Marshall Space Flight Center, where he performed a variety of roles, including technical management positions on SLS payload integration and Ares IX Systems Engineering and Integration.
Huntsville is nicknamed “The Rocket City” for its close history with US space missions. Redstone Arsenal, the Army base located just outside of Huntsville, was the home of the Army Ballistic Missile Agency (ABMA), formed to develop the US Army’s first intermediate range ballistic missile. In 1958, the ABMA placed America’s first satellite, Explorer I, into orbit, leading to widespread recognition of Huntsville as a major center for high technology. In 1960, NASA’s George C. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) was formed.
More recently, the 2005 Base Reassignment and Closure (BRAC) decision moved more than 4,600 federal positions to Redstone Arsenal. Incoming commands include headquarters for the U.S. Army Materiel Command, the Army Contracting Command, the Army Security Assistance Command, and the Army Space and Missile Defense Command, as well as branches or expanded presences for the Missile Defense Agency, the Aviation and Missile Lifecycle Management Command, the Aviation Technical Test Center, the 2nd Recruiting Brigade, 2nd Medical Recruiting Battalion, and the Rotary Wing Center at Warner Robbins Air Force Base. This influx of commands and civilian jobs guarantees that Redstone will continue to be a critical center for aerospace technology development.