Civilian/Military Airport Connection Web Series

POSTPONED UNTIL 2021  | New dates will be posted here


The Civilian/Military Airport Connection (CMAC) Web Series helps separating military personnel and new veterans acclimate from managing military airfields to the dynamic and complex commercial-use airport environment.

Part one of the CMAC Web Series will provide an introduction to the commercial airport world giving attendees a grasp of the different missions and complexities of civilian airport operations. The focus will be on the significant differences and similarities, between military airport operations versus civilian, as well as civilian cultures, expectations and pitfalls.

Part two of the CMAC Web Series will offer insight on how to approach the job market, including how to de-militarize resumes showing potential employers and HR representatives that candidates have the requisite skills for a career in civil aviation. Attendees will also learn about various careers in airport management and how to position themselves for those positions.

Why attend?

  1. Ensure a smooth transition from military to civilian airport operations.
  2. Learn about the various career paths in airport management and what you need to know before choosing your path.
  3. Find out how to frame your resume so airport HR representatives will see that you have the requisite skills for the job.
  4. Get answers to the questions you have about civilian airport management.

Contact the Training Department for more information. 


James R. Nilo, C.M., ACE

Jim started his airport career as a Crash Fire Rescue crewman in the United State Marine Corps in 1984. While serving on active duty he also became a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician in Northern Virginia. At the end of his tour of duty in the Marines, Jim went to work for the newly created Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Fire Department as a Firefighter/EMT and was stationed at the Washington National Airport.

In late 1990, Jim continued his career and went to work for the City of Manassas Fire and Rescue Services in a municipal role. During this time Jim became highly involved with local fire training and also became an Adjunct Instructor for the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Fire Programs where he continues to teach as a part time instructor to this day. Jim’s passion for training was strong and in 1994 he began working full time for the Virginia Department of Fire Programs as a regional training manager where he coordinated state sponsored training programs for over 30 localities. Part of his duties included course development and with his ARFF background he worked on the development of the states ARFF Program where he was instrumental in the acquisition of Virginia’s first mobile aircraft live fire trainer, the first of its kind. Jim was later moved to the Richmond office where he ran the ARFF program and coordinated much of the training program development for the Agency. During this time Jim was recognized for his work in the ARFF field and received several awards including Virginia Aviation Person of the Year in 1998.

Near the end of 1999, Jim accepted a position with the Capital Region Airport Commission as the Fire Chief for the Richmond International Airport in Richmond, Virginia. Post 9/11 the ARFF department was needed to perform many airport operations functions and in 2004 Jim’s job duties were greatly expanded to include oversight and management of the airports ARFF, Communications, Grounds, Equipment Maintenance, Communications, and Operations Departments. With this expanded role Jim supervised much of the airports daily operation which included many safety and security related duties.

Jim held the position of ARFF Chief and Airport Operations Manager at RIC for the next 13 years and retired from active public service in early 2016. Jim is the founding partner in JRN Consulting, a firm specializing in Airport Operations, ARFF, OEM, Safety, and Security for airports.

Jim has attained numerous airport plus Fire and EMS certifications and has even taught at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. His service career included involvement in many organizations such as the Virginia Fire Services Council, National Fire Protection Association, and the Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Working Group (ARFFWG) where Jim was a board member and one time Chairman.

Jim and his wife and Malcom the Great Dane and River the Lab reside just south of Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Mr. Dan G. Sprinkle, A.A.E., MBA

Dan Sprinkle is the owner of Sprinkle Aviation, LLC, providing aviation related training and consulting. Dan is an Associate with ADK Consulting & Executive Search providing executive level services to airports and those who support them. He recently retired from the City and County of Denver as the V.P. of Operations. Dan has more than 30 years in the aviation industry, 25 years of that with the Denver International Airport. Prior to joining the City and County of Denver, Dan worked in various sectors of the aviation industry to include the Airlines, FBO’s and the U.S. Air Force.His formal education includes an MBA from Regis University, a Bachelors of Science degree from Southern Illinois University and an Airframe and Powerplant license from the FAA. Through AAAE, he completed the ACE - Ops course, the C.M. and recently completed the requirements for obtaining the A.A.E. Dan devotes a lot of his time to his two sons including sports and Boy Scouts.