JAMES G. FERRIS

Consultant

271 Dug Hill Road

Brownsboro AL 35741

(256) 533-3837

jgferris@aol.com

www.ferristree.com

 

Areas of knowledge:

 

RETIRED

September 2003 – January 31, 2008: Department of Army, GS-1712-11, Instructor, Hazardous Devices School, Redstone Arsenal AL: Provided IED related instruction to Public Safety Bomb Technicians

SECURITY CLEARANCE:  SECRET

 

August 2003 – UXO Consultant, USA Environmental, Inc., Tampa FL: Wrote Draft Final Report for Task Force RIO, Iraq

April – September 2003 – UXO Consultant for InfoPro Corporation, Huntsville AL: Provided UXO advice.

 

January 1999 – April 2003: SCI UXO/OE Services (NASUS Holdings, LLC) (formerly Sudhakar Company Inc, UXO/OE Division) Huntsville, AL (Project Manager).  Responsible for the development of UXO/OE Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s), Work Plans and Explosive Safety Submissions, and Final Reports, and Cost and Schedule for UXO/OE projects, implementation of and adherence to Company Safety and Quality Programs, selection and hiring of UXO field personnel, the management of assigned projects and client satisfaction. Assisted in the development and preparation of major technical and cost proposals.

 

Under contract performed as an instructor in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Qualified Recycling Program Course.  During 2000-2001, over 350 Department of Defense personnel received this training.

 

Project Manager for the following projects:

·         Range Support Services contract for White Sands Missile Range, NM ($415K) which involved removing range scrap from WSMR;

·         Certification and Demilitarization of Range Scrap, White Sands Missile Range NM ($491K);

·         Operation of Range Residue Accumulations Point, White Sands Missile Range NM ($424K);

·         Site Visit and Geophysical Survey of a Formerly Used Defense Site on Guam;

·         Closure of OB/OB Facility, Superior Valley, China Lake CA ($817K);

·         Mallinckrodt Chemical Plant No.2, St. Louis MO ($250K);

·         OE Construction Support, Massachusetts Military Reservation involving first use of Controlled Detonation Chamber ($1.1M);

·         OE Construction Support, Fort Benning GA ($74K);

·         Test of Blast Chamber for Destruction of CWM and Shaped Charge Evaluation of High Explosive Ordnance ($85K);

·         Removal Action, East Elliott, San Diego CA ($1.3M);

·         Time Critical Removal Action, former Camp Wolters TX ($110k);

·         UXO Avoidance Camp, Bullis TX ($6K);

·         Subsurface Clearance, Equestrian Center, Mission Trails Regional Park, San Diego CA ($227K);

·         Fort Polk LA Range Residue Recovery, Inspection, and Disposal Feasibility Report ($28K);

·         UXO Surface Clearance, Riggs Anti-Armor Range, Fort Hood TX ($84K).

 

April 1997- January 1999: Ordnance/Explosives & Environmental Services Division (OES), American Technologies, Inc., UXO Quality Assurance/Quality Control Manager

 

·         Authored the OES Division UXO Quality Management Addendum to the OES Division Quality Management Plan. 

·         In addition to performing the Quality Manager functions, performed duties as UXO Specialist, UXO Supervisor, Site Safety & Health Officer, and Senior UXO Supervisor on the Fort Irwin Range Maintenance Contract during personnel absences.

·         Assistant Project Manager on Pine Bluff Arsenal AR; Fort Rucker AL; Fort Campbell KY; Fort Irwin CA;

·         Designed the quality process of certifying Fort Irwin range scrap.

·         Performed as Senior UXO Supervisor on a Removal Action at Fort Benning GA.

·         Certified as Fort Benning Range Safety Officer.

·         Participated in preparing proposals.

·         Prepared Standing Operating Procedures, Work Plans and Final Reports.

               

April 1995-April 1997: UXB International, Inc., Director of Compliance

 

·         Authored UXB’s original Quality Management Plan.

·         Supervised all field Quality Control personnel who implemented the Quality Management Plan.

·         Conducted internal and external audits of UXB Operations in the US and Bosnia; sites include Camp Croft SC, Camp Grant IL, Fort Ord CA, Island of Kaho’olawe HI; Umatilla Depot OR; Motlow Range TN; Fort Greeley AK; Buckley Bombing Range CO;

·         Participated in preparing proposals.  Member of the successful Oral Presentation Team on the Small-Business CONUS proposal.

·         Reviewed Work Plans, Site and Health Plans, Final Reports and other technical documents.

 

September 1989- April 1995: Ordnance and Explosives Center of Expertise, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville Occupational Health and Safety Specialist, GS-018-12

 

·         Authored the original OE CX Quality Management Plan.

·         Reviewed Archive Search Reports.

·         Provided input for formulation of policy and procedures for the operation of the OE CX.

·         Member of solicitation proposal evaluation teams.

·         Conducted initial site assessments at Panama Canal Zone; Hurricane Mesa UT; El Malipai Bombing Range, Grant NM; Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant NE; Pueblo Depot CO; 

·         Prepared scope of work for investigations and removal actions;

·         Performed as a Safety Specialist/Quality Assurance auditor on numerous OE sites to include Fort Ord CA; Fort Sill OK; Camp Elliott (Tierrasanta), San Diego CA; Kingsbury Ordnance Plant IN; Erie Army Depot OH; Camp San Luis Obispo CA; Raritan Arsenal NJ; Pantex, Amarillo TX; Brooksville FL;

·         Performed and documented quality assurance audits on non-Huntsville OE sites.

·         Reviewed work plans and site safety and health plans for compliance with contract and documented deficiencies.

·         Involved in writing the script, developing footage, and production of the USACE videotape, “A Life Threatening Encounter: Ordnance and Explosive Waste”.

·         Prepared and conducted briefings on OE to USACE and Navy audiences.

 

May 1985-September 1989: U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Training Management Division, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville Training Specialist, GS-1712-11

 

·         Performed as Course Manager for a multitude of training courses.  Involved in all aspects of course design, formulation, validation, implementation, and evaluation. 

               

1961-1983:  U. S. Army; 1965-1983: Explosive Ordnance Disposal Assignments

·         1965-1966:  EOD Specialist, 543d Ordnance Detachment (EODCC), Fort Sheridan, IL. EOD Team member which responded to EOD incidents. Assisted in administering Army Training Tests to subordinate EOD Detachments.

·         1966-1968:  Senior EOD Specialist, 543d Ordnance Detachment (EODCC), Fort Leonard Wood, MO. EOD Team member which responded to EOD incidents. Assisted in administering Army Training Tests to subordinate EOD Detachments.

·         1968-1970:  EOD Supervisor/Sr. Supervisor, 63d Ordnance Detachment (EOD), Fort Leonard Wood, MO.  Team Leader of EOD Team responded to EOD incidents within assigned geographical area. Planned and conducted range clearance operations. Provided briefings to BCT personnel recruiting them for EOD School – many personnel were recruited into EOD via this program. 

·         1970-1971:  EOD Supervisor, 99th/59th Ordnance Detachment (EOD), RVN. Participated in cleanup of ASP 101 at Quang Tri after enemy satchel charges destroyed tons of ammunition; supervised destruction of unserviceable ammunition involving tons of ammunition. Team Leader of EOD Team which responded to EOD incidents throughout Viet Nam.

·         1971-1973:  EOD Supervisor, 77th Ordnance Detachment (EOD), NADA, Flagstaff, AZ; team leader of EOD Team which responded to EOD incidents within assigned geographical area.

·         1973-1976: Senior EOD Supervisor, 77th Ordnance Detachment (EOD), YPG, Yuma, AZ. Planned and supervised range clearance operations; responded to and supervised response to EOD incidents within the organization’s assigned geographical area.

·         1976-1979:  Senior EOD Supervisor, 2d Ordnance Detachment (EOD), Grafenwohr, Germany. Planned and supervised range clearance operations; responded to and supervised response to EOD incidents on the installation.

·         1979-1981:  Senior EOD Evaluator/Instructor, EOD Division, Redstone Arsenal, AL.

·         1981-1983:  EOD Sergeant Major, 543d Ordnance Detachment (EODCC), Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Main Trainer for subordinate EOD Detachments within assigned geographical area.

 

EDUCATION

1961 – U.S. Army Clerk Typist School                                            

1965 – U.S. Naval EOD School

1970 – Ammunition Officer Correspondence Course

1979 – U. S. Army Sergeants Major Academy

1988 – Instructional Methods

1988 – Performance Work Statements

1990 – U. S. Army Explosive Safety Course

1990 – Safety & Health for Hazardous Waste Sites

1992 – Army Safety Management

1994 – Environmental Laws and Regulations

1994 – Contracting Officer’s Representative Course

1994 – Contracting Overview

1995 – Construction Quality Management for Contractors

1995 – Quality Audits for Improved Performance

1996 – Implementing and Auditing an ISO 9000 Quality System

1996 – ISO 9000 Quality System Documentation

1997 – Demining in the Aftermath of War

1999 – Microsoft Project 98 Beginning

1999 – Toxic Release Inventory Form R Reporting for Air Force Installations

1999 – USACE Basic Radiation Safety Training Course

2000 – Drug Screening Update for the New Millennium

2000 – Project 98 Managing and Tracking

2000 – Managing Multiple Projects, Objectives and Deadlines

2000 – Quality 101, American Society for Quality

2001 - Military Munitions Rule, Defense Ammunition Center

2001 – Hazardous Materials Transportation Familiarization (HM126), Defense Ammunition Center

2003 – Protecting Your Facility from Suicide Bombers (ASIS International)

2003 – Hazardous Devices Technician Course, Redstone Arsenal AL

2004 – National Incident Management System (NIMS), an Introduction (Emergency Management Institute)

2005 – Action Officer Development Course, US Army Training Support Center

2005 – Manager Development Course, US Army Training Support Center

2005 – Communicating and Reinforcing Change (Army eLearning)

2005 – Managing Through the Change (Army eLearning)

 

College – approximately 3 years of credits accumulated – no major.

 

(2001-2002) Member of the Standards and Operations Committee, National Association of Ordnance Contractors

(1996-2002) Member American Society of Quality

(2003) Member of UXO Team, Interstate Technology Regulatory Council