Glen C. Ackermann
Glen Ackermann is the business development manager for Blacklin's International Defense and Security Division. Captain Ackerman comes to us from Northrop Grummann where he was responsible for Airborne Early Warning & Control Programs worldwide; working in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, France, Japan, and other international locations. He has over 27 years of experience in Airborne Early Warning & Control systems.
Mr. Ackermann began his career in the United States Navy in 1982 and progressed through key positions including Executive Officer of the USN Fleet Replacement Training Squadron, Commanding Officer of an operational E-2 squadron, and as the Security Assistance Director for the Navy International Programs Office where he was responsible for all Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to the Middle East and North/South America. Mr. Ackermann retired in 2008 as a Captain, USN, and spent fourteen months with Lockheed Martin before joining Northrop Grumman Corporation.
Mr. Ackermann holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Arts Degree in International Relations. Mr. Ackermann is a Naval Aviator with over 4600 flight hours and over 500 carrier arrested landings.
Captain Glen C. Ackermann, United States Navy
A native of Queens, New York, Captain Ackermann was raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Graduating from Old Dominion University in 1982 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, he was commissioned an Ensign through the Aviation Officer Candidate Program in August 1982. He earned his wings of gold and was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1984.
In January 1985 he reported to the “Steeljaws” of VAW-122 for his initial sea tour. After deployments to the Mediterranean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, Captain Ackermann reported to VT-31 in Corpus Christi, Texas in January 1988. He split this tour and reported to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California in June 1989. He received a Masters of Arts degree in National Security Affairs in December 1990, and then reported to the “Screwtops” of VAW-123 in June 1991, after receiving refresher training. He served as Training Officer and Administrative Officer for the “Screwtops”, and deployed to the Mediterranean and Arabian Seas. After completing this tour, he reported to VAW-120 and served as the Safety Officer from August 1992 until October 1993 when he reported back to VAW- 123. During his second tour with the “Screwtops”, Captain Ackermann served as Administrative Officer and Maintenance Officer and deployed to hotspots around the world, including Somalia and Bosnia.
In December 1995, Captain Ackermann and family moved to Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), Belgium where he served as the SACLANT representative. It was on this tour that he screened for Command and completed Air Command and Staff College via correspondence.
In June 1999, he reported to Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia to complete his Joint Military training. In October 1999, Captain Ackermann reported to VAW-120 where he served as the Executive Officer. In May 2001 he reported to VAW-125 “Tigertails” to serve as Executive Officer. In July 2002 Captain Ackermann assumed the responsibilities as VAW-125 Commanding Officer where the Tigertails were recognized by Commander, Naval Air Forces Atlantic with the Battle Efficiency award, and as TOP HOOK by Commander, Carrier Air Wing 17 and Commander AEWWINGLANT. In December 2004 Captain Ackermann transferred to Commander, Strike Force Training Atlantic – formerly Commander, Carrier Group Four where he serves as the Air Defense and Tactical Flag Command Center (TFCC) training officer.
Captain Ackermann has flown numerous Navy aircraft, accumulating over 4600 flight hours and over 500 arrested landings. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, as well as other individual, unit and campaign awards. Captain Ackermann is married to the former Lydia Noreen Morin from McLean, Virginia. They have four children: Kathleen, Nora, Brendon, and Connor.
Captain Ackermann retired in 2008 with 26 years of distinguished service.