Educational and Professional Background
Mr. Pearce is a retired Army Chief Warrant Officer Four, U.S Army Master Aviator with over 6,400 hours flight time, of which nearly 5,000 hours were flown in an Arctic environment. In Alaska, Mr. Pearce flew both Army helicopter and Army fixed wing aircraft and performed civilian helicopter flight training. As an Aviation Safety and Training Officer, he led Aviation Safety and Accident Prevention programs, Aviation Risk Management programs, and performed accident investigation duties. Mr. Pearce was awarded the U.S Army's Legion of Merit Medal for his career work in Aviation Flight, Safety and Accident Prevention. He was also awarded by the governor of Alaska the State of Alaska's Legion of Merit medal for his work in aviation safety programs.
Mr. Pearce has traveled extensively, visiting 24 nations. In 1986, Mr. Pearce and his family took a voluntary separation from the National Guard and moved to Ethiopia, Africa to manage a Swiss-based famine relief flight program. He flew nearly 400 hours, in austere conditions, in a Bell B206 Jet Ranger while providing assistance to United Nations and other NGO organizations in their famine relief efforts in a communist country. As a minister, Mr. Pearce has conducted training seminars and conferences encouraging people to work cross-culturally in repressed or closed-access countries and disaster hit areas.
Mr. Pearce is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) with a degree in Aviation Leadership and is also a graduate of Vincennes University with a degree in science. He is currently finishing a Master's degree in Executive Leadership, Human Services, with Liberty University.
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He and his wife Rebecca have been married 35 years and they live in Harker Heights, Texas and have three grown children and four grandchildren.