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Winkel charts retirement by year end
Winkel first began his distinguished career in NVGs in 1978 as a soldier for the United States Army. In 1982 he began flying with PVS-5 goggles. He has served as ASU president since 2013.

Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU), a night vision specialist based in Boise, Idaho, has announced the retirement of company president Jim Winkel at the end of 2020. Winkel has served as the president of ASU since September of 2013, and his career in the night vision industry has spanned nearly four decades.

“Some of the greatest memories I have during my time at ASU are of the outstanding friends and colleagues whom I've been privileged to work and form a relationship with,” he says. “My ASU family is replete with wonderful innovators, always focused on developing solutions for those whom we serve. I'll treasure the great community we have built as well, from the ASU soccer team to our annual retreat, and the many conversations we've had because of the trust and confidence we've built with one another.”

ASU founder Mike Atwood hired Winkel as president. Atwood previously held the role for almost two decades.

“Jim had a vast knowledge of the night vision world, and his aviation background was a plus when we hired him,” Atwood adds. “He has a tremendous amount of international experience and worldwide contacts gained from his previous employment. I knew him from past working relationships and knew he was an honourable and honest person. Through his leadership in the last seven years, ASU has grown, expanded and entered many new markets. Jim has been a stable force during the many challenges that ASU has faced over the years. We are thankful for his time at ASU and wish him the very best.”

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