Air Combat Effectiveness Consulting Group, LLC

Our Leadership Team

ACE Group is the young, small company with over a century of combined experience in support of this great Nation, the airborne weapons systems that protect it, and the acquisition programs required to design, develop, procure, test, evaluate, field, and support them.

Tom Ganse, Founding Partner and Company President

Mr. Ganse retired from the U.S. Navy following a distinguished career as a carrier-based Naval Aviator, highlighted by more than 3,000 flight hours and 800 arrested landings in tactical jet aircraft. He has been supporting the Naval Air Systems Command since his military retirement in 1998. Tom has extensive expertise in the Contract Support Services industry, having provided continuous direct customer support for advanced development programs, while filling progressively more challenging contract management positions over the past 15 years. Before electing to return to his Small Business roots, he served as manager for a major DoD company’s NAVAIR portfolio in the eastern United States, where he was responsible for nearly 350 people across dispersed geographic locations, in support of over 36 contracts worth more than $600M. Tom subsequently pioneered and launched the ACE Group in August, 2013.

Mac McNellis, Founding Partner

Mr. McNellis is a retired U.S. Navy pilot with extensive experience across multiple military disciplines and Areas Of Responsibility.  His operational background includes both Squadron and Carrier Air Wing Command tours while completing more than 4,000 flight hours and 1000 arrested landings in tactical jet aircraft. He previously supported the US Special Operations Command, the US Central Command and the US Pacific Command in strategic communications and operational planning and has been supporting the Naval Air Systems Command since 2011.  Mac’s experience includes systems engineering, operational analysis and management services in the areas of Air Combat Survivability, Common Systems Integration, EW Test & Evaluation, Unmanned Aerial Systems Payload Design, and Air Warfare Analysis as both a senior project manager for a large company and as an Independent Consultant.

Stan Salamon, Founding Partner

Mr. Salamon is an industry certified Project Management Professional (PMP), who provides a broad range of military operational experience obtained while serving twenty six years of active duty with Marine Corps Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) aviation and ground units, afloat and ashore. Unique to his experience is a diverse aviation background with over 3400 flight hours obtained in tactical jets, helicopters, and multi-engine turboprop aircraft, and experience serving with the 3D Marine Division as an Air Officer and principle staff member. The diversity of his background and experience enables him to provide a multi-disciplinary perspective to aviation issues. In addition, he trained and served on the senior analytic staff for the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N81) as the Assistant Sea Strike Branch Head and Operations Analyst supporting Sea Strike Requirements.  Prior to joining ACE Group, Stan supported Naval Aviation requirements as a Senior Operations Analyst with a private firm and as an independent consultant.