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Objective Area Solutions Welcomes Tom Draffen as Vice President of Operations

Objective Area Solutions is thrilled to have Tom Draffen join as a senior member of our team.  His technical experience paired with his focus on leadership and organizational performance provides a rare combination which will deliver great value to our clients.  Tom will be a leader in the company’s growing aviation and defense sectors.  He comes with over 23 years of extensive air traffic management, aviation policy, defense, and leadership experience.  

In his previous position, Tom served at the Pentagon as the Senior Air Traffic Controller for the Deputy Commandant for Aviation for Headquarters Marine Corps.  In this role, Tom established and executed organizational policy, training, resourcing, and operational plans for all Marine Corps air traffic control personnel.  He has served as a senior planner, aviation operations subject matter expert, and advisor for the Marine Corps and joint operations in subject areas including air defense, air traffic management, meteorology, and oceanography.  Tom has managed certifications for the air traffic control curriculum and advised senior leadership on global workforce planning and operations involving air traffic control mobile, tower, and radar personnel.  He is a fully qualified air traffic controller with multiple control tower operator certificates, TRACON ratings, and extensive terminal instrument procedure development experience.  

Tom has an undergraduate degree in IT Management, has completed the accredited coach training program at George Mason University and is completing a graduate degree in Organization Leadership. He is the Founding Director of the Kings Connection non-profit serving parent, teacher, and staff engagement at Kofa High School in Yuma, Arizona. Tom lives in Northern Virginia with his wife.