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DIRECTOR

Mike Wooster, Cmdr. (Ret.), U.S. Navy

Retired Cmdr. Mike Wooster, U.S. Navy, began his career as a surface warfare officer serving on several frigates in the Pacific, Atlantic and Persian Gulf theaters, achieving an expert designation for anti-submarine warfare (ASW). He later switched his designation and served the rest of his career as a naval oceanographer and meteorologist, providing operational environmental support to Fleet ASW forces against strategic and tactical threats. He led helicopter-supported surface ship prosecutions in the Mediterranean against foreign attack submarines and supported Maritime Patrol missions against foreign attack and ballistic missile submarines from the ASW Operations Centers in the Northern and Eastern Pacific. Mike graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1975 with a degree in oceanography and later added master’s degrees in oceanography, meteorology and systems technology.

After the Navy, Mike was a business development executive for Space Systems Loral and Ball Aerospace for domestic and international satellite programs for weather, climate, ocean sensing and land imaging. He worked closely with the space and weather agencies of the U.S. (NOAA and NASA), as well as Japan, Korea and Brazil in developing the latest satellite technologies for their space-based environmental remote sensing missions. Mike has held leadership positions in numerous professional associations, including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Meteorological Society, U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation and the Space Enterprise Council for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Mike and his wife, Karen, built a home in the historic district of Punta Gorda and moved to the area permanently in 2017. In addition to working with the Military Heritage Museum, Mike continues to consult for companies pursuing federal contracts with NOAA, NASA and the Navy and serves on the Government Affairs Committee for the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce.

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