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Army Vet Craig Whelden Named President of Hypersonic Startup Velontra

Army Vet Craig Whelden Named President of Hypersonic Startup Velontra - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Craig Whelden, a retired U.S. Army major general, has joined hypersonic technology startup Velontra to serve as its inaugural president.

Whelden has four decades of military service and he brings to Velontra his experience in leading soldiers, sailors, marines and civilians as a member of the Senior Executive Service with the Marine Corps, the company said Monday.

Robert Keane, CEO of Velontra, noted that the newly appointed president has the insights, connections and military knowledge that could help the company keep up with the efforts of China and Russia to develop unmanned hypersonic technology.

Whelden joins an executive team with military expertise, including jet engine afterburner expert Joel Darin, former U.S. Marine Zachary Green and mergers, acquisition and startups specialist Mark Longenecker.

Velontra operates at its Ohio and South Carolina locations.

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