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About Our Team

The Terra Vigilis team consists of subject matter experts with backgrounds in computer information systems, radio frequency engineering, law enforcement, military counter terror operations, and professional aviation. All of the Terra Vigilis principals are FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot certified.

CAPT. Timothy Tyre USN (ret)

President, CEO, Terra Vigilis

Certified flight instructor (CFI, LSA) Pilot

Director Aviation Science Program at Carroll University (Waukesha, WI)

Director Aviation Science Program at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy

FAA Safety Team Lead Representative and Remedial Trainer

FAA certified commercial drone pilot. (Part 107)

Lt Colonel John Palese, USAF (ret)

Vice President of Operations and Public Information Officer

Retired American Airlines, Captain & Line Check Airman

Certified flight instructor (CFII) Pilot

Adjunct Professor Aviation Science at Carroll University (Waukesha, WI)

Adjunct Professor Aviation Science at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy

FAA Safety Team Lead Representative and Remedial Trainer

FAA certified commercial drone pilot. (Part 107)

Glen Brandt

COO, Terra Vigilis

President and CEO of Brandt Group of Wisconsin, Inc for the past 35 years

President of GLB Investments

President and founding member of the Kettle Moraine Experimental Aviation Association Chapter (1158) in West Bend, WI.

Past Chairman at EAA AirVenture

Private pilot with instrument privileges

MBA 1994, BS 1982

Cadet and officer in the Civil Air Patrol

Graduate of the Wisconsin Cadet Academy.

George Sargent, Phd


Professor Emeritus – University of Wisconsin – Whitewater – Computer Information Systems

Senior Project Manager – Electronic Data Systems

Mechanical Engineering at General Motors

FAA certified commercial drone pilot. (Part 107)

GB Jones

Vice President – Chief Security Officer, Terra Vigilis

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 23 Years’ experience.

31 years experience as a municipal police officer, deputy sheriff, Minnesota State Trooper and FBI agent.

FEMA Master Exercise Practitioner

FAA private pilot and commercial remote pilot certifications.  FBI co-pilot and FLIR/video optical systems operator.

As an Assistant Special Agent, Mr. Jones managed the criminal, counterterrorism, counterintelligence, cyber and intelligence programs throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Commanded the crisis management teams including the Special Bomb Technicians, Evidence Response Team and SWAT Team.

Nationally registered EMT since 1988.  Served as a Tactical Medic

Certified as a FBI SWAT Operator, Sniper/Observer, Crisis Management Coordinator and Firearms Instructor.

Adjunct faculty member at FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Certified instructor by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board.

FAA certified commercial drone pilot. (Part 107)

Stephen Betzler

Vice President – Business Development and Media Relations, Terra Vigilis

Successful 40-year career in sales and marketing for both technical and industrial sectors while establishing global distribution in over 40 countries.

He has served as a member of various boards and associations including:

International Steering Group, American Hardware Manufacturer’s Association

Manufacturers Liaison Committee of Specialty Tool and Fastener’s Association

Chairman, WWDIY, council of exporting manufacturers

Membership Officer/Senior Demo Pilot – Commemorative Air Force (CAF)

Vice-Chairman, Airport Operations Commission, Waukesha County Airport

Airport Support Network Representative-Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Multi engine and instrument ratings and USA and New Zealand licenses

“Senior Demonstration Pilot” and formation qualifications

Flies the Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) 1943 PT-26 Cornell WWII era trainer.

Chuck Howard

Director Aviation Industry Relations, Terra Vigilis

US Marine Corps Veteran

Retired FAA Journeyman Air Traffic Controller and Control Tower Manager – 35 years Government Service

Subject Matter Expert – US Domestic and OCEANIC Non-Radar En Route Airspace, and US Domestic and Japan Civil Aviation Bureau Terminal Airspace.

Managed FAA team of 86 volunteers specially selected to provide Air Traffic Control Services for the internationally renowned annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Fly-In convention at Oshkosh, Wisconsin – AirVenture 2016 and 2017.

Specialized experience in all phases of technical training, FAA Safety Team member.

Sean Cox

Director Protective Services Division

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent: Protective Security, Counter-terrorism, Crisis Response, Risk Mitigation and Law Enforcement.  27+ Years’ experience.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) Operator and Team Leader: Leadership, Training and Crisis Response. 13 Years Experience.

Trooper with the Maryland State Police

Michael Mortensen

Chief Design Officer, Terra Vigilis

Professor – Carroll University – Graphic Communications

Founder, RAVEstudio,Inc – Digital Media Solutions

NASA Manned Systems Division – United States Research Assistant

UX/UI Designer at GE

FAA Lead Safety Team Representative

FAA certified commercial drone pilot. (Part 107)

FEMA – NIMS baseline training

Surveillance Detection Certification – Office for Bombing Prevention

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