People July 2010

By Staff Writer | July 1, 2010
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Col. Newman Shufflebarger is framed by the windows of a CH-47 Chinook during his last mission as an Army pilot. Nick Van Valkenburgh, USAG Redstone

Col. Newman Shufflebarger served as the project manager for Cargo Helicopters (Chinook) for the Program Executive Office for Aviation, a position that involves managing a fleet consisting primarily of CH-47 D and F models. He said goodbye to his 26-year Army career on May 19 during a retirement and change of command ceremony at Redstone Arsenal’s Sparkman Center, Bob Jones Auditorium. Brig. Gen. Tim Crosby, the program executive officer for aviation, presided. During his early years as an Army helicopter pilot, Kiowas, Cobras and Apaches were Shufflebarger’s aircraft of choice.

But when the Army called for him to take over as a Chinook product manager, his appreciation of the power and might of the Chinook took root. “I grew up flying Kiowas, Cobras and Apaches. That was my background on the tactical side,” said Shufflebarger, who received a Bronze Star for his contributions as an Apache helicopter pilot during Operation Desert Shield/Storm.


As a captain, he led a team of eight Apaches soon after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, during the first days of Operation Desert Shield/Storm. “It was assessed to be a tank war, so there was no infrastructure for aircraft,” Shufflebarger recalled. “We were the first in and we landed in a desert at 130-140 degrees. It was a very austere environment.” Shufflebarger is a recipient of an Air Medal with Valor Device and a Bronze Star.

Thomas Leverton is the new CEO of Addison, Texas-based Omniflight Helicopters. He succeeds Robert Peiser, who will continue to serve on the company’s board of directors. Leverton comes from TXU Energy, where he was COO.

Eurocopter Group has appointed Cecile Vion-Lanctuit as the new vice president of corporate communications. Previously head of international media relations, she takes over from Olivier Blain, who will take on another role within the company.

The Wichita Business Journal has named Cindy Highbarger (right), chief financial officer of Mid-Continent Instruments, as one of 12 recipients of inaugural CFO Awards. Highbarger joined Mid-Continent in 1996 as manager of accounting and systems. She became controller in 1997 and CFO in 2007.

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