David Heist

Director, Growth and Business Development


Mr. David “SAL” Heist

Director, Growth and Business Development – Global Air Logistics & Training, Inc.

David “SAL” Heist began his career as an Air Force Air Battle Manager.  During his 22-year career he was an operator and leader on the US Air Force’s JSTARS and AWACS aircraft.  In addition, he has vast staff management experience across NATO, COCOMs and the Headquarters Air Force.  David also has extensive test and evaluation and program management experience with JSTARS and the AOC WS as well as excelled as a NATO C2ISR Think Tank lead.  He developed the initial concepts of operations for JSTARS employment and then later commanded a JSTARS flying squadron.  In addition, he managed the entire Joint Force’s AOC Enterprise across the 5 geographic and 6 functional AOCs.  His last assignment in the Air Force was to lead the Future Operations Cell of USNORTHCOM.  In this capacity, he led a team of 35 members in real-world defense support to civil authorities for events ranging from Super Bowls to support to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.  As the Director of Growth and Business Development for GALT, David coordinates our Business Development efforts and manages the relationships across the Joint Force, Interagency and corporate partners.


M.S.I.       National Defense Intelligence University             Strategic Intelligence

M.S.         Embry Riddle University                                   Aviation Management       

B.A.          University of Arizona                                      Human Geography