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Precise Systems Inc. announced that retired U.S. Marine Lindy Kirkland has been appointed vice president for Marine Corps programs.

In his new role, he will be overseeing many programs and projects, as well as serving as the new program manager for the Precise Systems PMA-274 team.

Kirkland has been with Precise Systems since his retirement from the Marine Corps in June 2006.

At Precise, he had previously served as program manager for PMA-274 and as the presidential helicopters requirements officer supporting Headquarters Marine Corps.

Most recently, he served as the USMC Liaison Officer for the Robotics Systems Joint Project Office.

A native of Chipley, Fla., Kirkland attended Auburn University on a Navy ROTC scholarship, graduating in 1984 with a bachelor’s in civil engineering. Upon graduation from Auburn, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps and reported for duty to NAS Pensacola as a student naval aviator.

After receiving his “wings of gold,” he was assigned as an AH-1W Cobra attack helicopter pilot and served tours at MCAS New River, N.C., and Camp Pendleton, Calif.

The tours included multiple shipboard and overseas deployments and participation in Operation Desert Storm. While serving as an instructor pilot, Kirkland earned a master’s of science in management from Troy University. While still in uniform, he served as the deputy program manager for the H-1 Helicopter Upgrades Program and attained DAWIA Level III certification in program management.

Kirkland’s final assignment on active duty was as the executive officer of Marine Helicopter Squadron One at Quantico, Va. There, he flew three different helicopters and served as pilot in command of Marine One and as personal pilot for the president of the United States.