Don Zimbro, Quality Assurance

Don initially joined VT Milcom in July 1996 as a Sheet Metal Mechanic and Quality Assurance Inspector for the Manufacturing Division. Don earned an AAS degree in Industrial Engineering Management and a Certification in Quality Assurance from Tidewater Community College in 2000 and pursued management opportunities outside of the company. Don returned to VT Milcom in June of 2005 as the Corporate Quality/Safety Manager and was promoted to Director of Quality/Safety for VT Group in 2007. During his time with VT Group, Don has been a key contributor to maintaining the company ISO certification as well as supporting critical projects such as the $500+M IDIQ US Navy Sea Enterprise award.

Prior to rejoining VT Milcom in 2005, Don’s quality management career began in May 2000 as the Quality/Training Manager for Cable Communications Inc., a subcontractor for Cox Cable Inc. specializing in installations of cable, high-speed internet and telephone. In February 2003, Don accepted a position as Corporate Quality/Safety Manager with George G. Sharp Inc., a government contractor involved in modernizing troop quarters and facilities aboard Navy vessels. While with George G. Sharp, Don authored the company’s ISO 9001/2000 NAVSEA approved Quality System Manual and led the company to compliance.

Don is an active member of the Quality Committee and Quality Auditor for the Virginia Ship Repair Association through whom he received an award for creating the winning logo that was adopted by the organization as their official logo. In 2006, Don was elected as the Chairman of the American Maritime Modernization Association (AMMA) Quality Committee a position he held for 3years. In 2012, he was reelected as the Quality committee Chairman which he currently holds. He is also an active member of the local chapter of the American Society of Quality.

Don came to VT Milcom in 1996 after a distinguished 24-year Navy career. Highlights of his career while with the F-14 Fighter Community include positions as Aircraft Maintenance Control Chief, Flight Deck Coordinator, Lead Instructor for Hydraulic Systems and Primary Flight Controls, Quality Assurance Officer, and Lead Auditor for Fighter Wing One. He also served aboard the USS FORRESTAL at the end of the Vietnam War and on the USS NIMITZ during Desert Storm.

Jason Kjos, Safety

Jason served 24 years in the Navy as an Aircraft Director, retiring in 2014 as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. During his distinguished naval career he served on both coasts at seven different commands, to include aircraft carriers, amphibious assault ships, navy air terminals, and a cargo handling battalion. He served aboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN-75) during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in 2003, and deployed boots-on-ground to Kuwait and Iraq in 2006 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where he led Maritime Vessel and Air Cargo Expeditionary field operations. During his naval career he held many different positions, including Navy Law Enforcement, Instructor, and Safety Department Leading Chief Petty Officer.

After retiring from the Navy, Jason joined AMSEC, LLC as a Consulting Field Engineer where he was responsible for conducting airworthiness inspections and repairs to ISU and ISO containers in direct support of Explosive Ordinance Disposal teams at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek. He also traveled to the Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit in Ballston Spa, NY, where he provided expertise in writing maintenance policies and procedures in support of heavy equipment and facility maintenance.

In January, 2015 Jason left AMSEC to join Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc., were he served as Environmental, Health and Safety Administrator. During this time, Jason became involved with many volunteer opportunities in support of the Virginia Ship Repair Association, to include participation on the annual VSRA Safety Seminar committee as both volunteer and guest speaker. He also worked alongside Mr. Wally Finn, the previous AMMA Safety Chairman, to provide both meeting minutes and also delivering various safety presentations in support of the committee.

Jason left Epsilon in May, 2017 for his current position as Safety Manager with Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Technical Services.  Jason continues to be an active member and volunteer of VSRA.  Jason became an active member of the AMMA Safety Committee while working with Mr. Wally Finn, before taking over the position as Chairman in August 2018.

Cindy Walnetski, Membership