Senate Recognizes Raven Industries’ Support for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan

Oct 18th 2011, 14:32


Raven Aerostar has been recognized by U.S. Senator Tim Johnson for their service and dedication to excellence in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Since the inception of Persistent Ground Surveillance Systems (PGSS), Raven Aerostar has designed, manufactured and serviced tethered aerostats that hover over military outposts in hostile areas and provide continuous imagery used to detect insurgent activity. From mid-July through early August, Raven Aerostar sent three of their team members (Ryan Casey, Pat Thies, and Walter Halbleib) to Afghanistan on a six-week mission to offer real-time, onsite technical expertise. In addition to their onsite proficiency, the team gathered feedback for Aerostar engineers, which has been examined and utilized in recent design improvements. The Senator described the effort as, “A job well done. They and their fellow Raven Aerostar employees represent the commitment to service so prevalent throughout our great state of South Dakota.”  Ryan Casey, one of the three Raven Aerostar team members that went to Afghanistan, described the experience by saying, “When you witness in real-time the end result of the intelligence and surveillance our systems provide, it really hits home just how important the work is that we do right here in Sioux Falls. Raven Aerostar is helping to save lives.”

Ryan Casey will be speaking further about his experiences at the “Sioux Falls in the World” event held October 20, 2011. Additional comments and/or photos can be arranged through Kristin Tilus, Public Relations Coordinator for Raven Industries, by calling 605-575-0640 or emailing

About Aerostar International, Inc.

Aerostar International, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Raven Industries (Nasdaq NGS: RAVN), a U.S. manufacturer providing Aerospace Products, Military Products, Tethered Aerostats, Protective Wear, Marine Navigation Products and Custom Inflatables to various markets. Raven Aerostar has been involved in lighter-than-air products since the 1950’s. Today, Aerostar engineers and manufactures aerostats for military and non-military use. Aerostar also manufactures personnel and cargo parachutes for the U.S. Army, protective wear for all branches of the military, high-altitude super-pressure balloons for NASA, high-altitude airships for the Space Missile Defense Command and custom character inflatables for the largest Thanksgiving Day Parade and theme parks.

About Raven Industries, Inc.

Since 1956, Raven Industries has provided high-quality, high-value technical products. Raven is publicly traded on NASDAQ (RAVN) and has earned an international reputation for innovation, product quality, high performance and unmatched service. With strengths in engineering and technological innovation, Raven provides custom solutions including precision agriculture applications, high performance specialty films, aerostats for communications and surveillance, and electronic manufacturing services.