WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A former Sikeston resident will lead the Air Traffic Control Association.
Garland "Cas" Castleberry was appointed to lead the association as interim president. The appointment was announced by ATCA Chairman Lawrence Fortier.
Castleberry, a career-long member and former chairman of ATCA, joins ATCA as president after serving in the military, federal government and private sector. He replaces Paul Bollinger Jr., ATCA president from 2003 through 2005.
"Mr. Castleberry's extensive and broad experience is ideally suited to ATCA's needs at this time," said Fortier. "His willingness to serve as our interim president will enable us to move forward with little interruption to our membership services."
The son of the late Dorothy DeMaris and Paul Castleberry, Castleberry is a 1954 graduate of Sikeston High School. He is married to the former Phyllis Alexander of Sikeston, who is the daughter of Daveen Alexander of Jackson and formerly of Sikeston.
After his service as an air traffic controller in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Castleberry joined the Federal Aviation Administration air traffic controller staff at the Memphis Center. His FAA career includes service as FAA associate administrator for Aviation Standards, regional administrator FAA Southern Region, director of the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Centerand several other senior executive assignments at regional locations and the FAA's Washington headquarters.
He was selected as a Congressional Fellow and completed one-year study of Congress and the legislative process and served an additional three years as legislative assistant to a U.S. congressman. An honors graduate of Memphis State University, he was also selected as a Princeton Fellow in Public and International Affairs and completed the one-year program at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School.
Castleberry was appointed deputy U.S. representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization by President Ford and also served as the U.S. member of ICAO's Air Navigation Commission where he spoke on all technical subjects.
Since his retirement from government service in 1993, he has worked in aviation-related positions in the private sector. His most recent position was with the Harris Corporation, where he spent the past eight years.
Founded in 1956, the Air Traffic Control Association is a membership organization dedicated to progress in the science of air traffic control and the preservation of a safe flight environment. ATCA fulfills this mission through activities such as annual meetings, publications, etc.