Company Overview

Blackson Arrow is a service disabled, veteran-owned small business. The company was incorporated to perform airfield management and professional support services, base operations support and logistics services, and bulk fuels operations and storage for government agencies and commercial clients.


Leadership

Mike Blackson, President

Mr. Blackson has extensive corporate experience in project management and business development for three Government contractors over the last twenty years. He has been in direct operational control for multiple logistical contracts providing worldwide support for fuels management, air terminal operations, base operations, transit alert, and most base operating support services.

Mike joined the United States Air Force in 1975 and was served as a Computer Operator for ten years, after receiving his commission he became a Transportation Officer for eight years and also earned the Logistics Plans specialty. In 1992 he trained as an Aircraft Maintenance officer responsible for the management of 21 Multi-Stage Improvement Program F-15 aircraft holding the positions of Maintenance Supervisor, Officer in Charge of Sortie Support, and Officer in Charge of Sortie Generation. As the Maintenance Officer, ensuring the daily combat readiness of thirteen 13 KC-135R refueling aircraft, he led his unit to the first overall “Outstanding” rating for an active duty tanker unit in the command.

He graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. He also received his Masters Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, graduating with distinction in 1996.

“We select highly qualified personnel to solve customer challenges,
provide them with training, management tools and procedures to ensure success
and create an environment that promotes personal and professional satisfaction
to those who share our passion for the mark of service excellence.”

Mike Blackson, President

Bill Allen

Bill Allen serves as Blackson Arrow’s Business Development Executive responsible for the company’s strategic growth and market position. Mr. Allen is also the co-founder of The Proposal Network LLC, a management consulting, proposal development, training, and document design company supporting customers serving both government and commercial customers. Prior to joining TPN, Mr. Allen has over 25 years of experience in both operations and business development in government base operations, commercial facilities management, operational excellence, mission operations, proposal management, and business development. Bill began his career with Johnson Controls, Inc. supporting Space launch operations at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Since that time, Bill’s assignments have included Customer Business Director for Johnson Controls’ largest commercial facilities management contract with JC Penney, Inc., National Operations Manager for an integrated facilities management contract with Computer Sciences Corporation, and Operations Support Manager for Fluor’s Hurricane Katrina Relief Project throughout the state of Louisiana.

Donnie Grow, Operations Manager

Donnie was originally our Terminal Superintendent at Moody AFB, GA and moved to the Operations Manage position in 2018. He has vast experience in fuels terminal operations and maintenance, receiving, storing, and issuing petroleum products. He has established compliance, safety and environmental training programs and is well-versed on concepts of human behavior; standards of discipline; effective counseling techniques; methods of orienting new personnel; principles of motivating individuals within groups; evolution of management theory; personnel management skills; and applied problem-solving techniques in management, social issues, and labor relations. His leadership skills are wide-ranging having supervised personnel completing various fuels related jobs, managing millions of gallons of aviation and ground fuels inventory, developing strategic fuel plans, and creating an accelerated on-the-job training program.

Greg Vale, Regional Superintendent

Mr. Vale has over 32 years of Air Force Fuels Management experience where he worked in all areas of Air Force Fuels Management to include Fuels Accounting, Training and Support, Laboratory, Distribution, Fuels Control Center, Cryogenics, Bulk Storage and Hydrants (Facilities), and capped his career as the Fuels Manager at Hill AFB, UT.

Greg joined the Connecticut Air National Guard in 1982 and then transitioned to the active duty United State Air Force in 1989. Some of Greg’s notable, experience-enhancing assignments include a seven month deployment to the Middle East in support of Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Provide Comfort (Sep ’90 through Mar ‘91, a four and a half year assignment as Fuels Master Instructor for both Apprentice and Advanced Fuels Courses at Sheppard AFB, TX (Aug ’99 through Oct ’03), and two and half years as the Fuels Manager at Hill AFB, UT.

Greg graduated Suma Cum Laude from American Intercontinental University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance in 2005.

Mike Southerland, Regional Superintendent

Mike has an impressive career with 30 years of extensive supervisory and leadership experience and a vast knowledge in procurement, supply chain management, quality assurance, administration, distribution, storage, inventory management, maintenance, laboratory analysis and training programs. As a former Fuels Manager and Chief Enlisted Manager, he was an integral member of the Command Staff that managed 375 personnel providing logistics support to 4,500 wing personnel and 31 assigned and transient aircraft. Mike personally managed Air Mobility Command’s largest fuels operation and led 95 Fuels Flight personnel executing 6,900 refueling operations issuing 70 million gallons of jet fuel without a single fuel related aircraft delay delivering 25 percent of the nations’ strategic airlift capacity.


Our Primary North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Codes:

NAICSDescription
493190Other Warehousing and Storage
484220Specialized Freight Trucking
561210Facilities Support Services
541611Administrative Management and General Management Consulting
561990All Other Support Services
532299All Other Consumer Goods Rental
561720Janitorial Services
561110Office Administrative Services
236220Commercial and Industrial