ABOUT

HISTORY

For over three decades, Military Systems Group has been the world leader in weapons mounting solutions, providing best-in-class designs and products to the most demanding and discerning customers in the world.

 

At Military Systems Group, we pride ourselves on the quality of our product and our commitment to working with our clients to find custom solutions to their unique challenges.  Many among our leadership have served with distinction in some of the most elite military units in the world, so we know firsthand the importance of responsive and adaptable solutions.  Our expertise is unrivaled in the industry.  Our experienced sales force and in-house engineers work in tandem with our customers, constantly innovating to improve functionality and lethality.

Our history can be traced back to a company called RAMO, founded in 1977 by Pony Maples and Kay Horton.  RAMO was the first company after World War II to manufacture M2HB .50 caliber machine guns.  From that experience spawned an understanding of weapons mounts and Military Systems Group.

 

MSG initially made its mark in naval applications, working with boat manufactures, then Crane, the U.S. Navy, and U.S. Coast Guard.  By the late 1990s, Navy SEALs and the USMC began to leverage MSG capabilities for vehicle mounts and weapon/vehicle accessories.  When we developed our double-articulating swing arm, we drew interest from U.S. Special Forces, the U.S. Army, and foreign militaries.

 

9/11 drove many changes.  MSG rebuilt itself to support rapid design cycles, professionalizing its processes and developing in-house manufacturingcapability.  What didn’t change is the company values.  The acute customer focus, integrity, and patriotism remained as William and Lydia Horton, second generation family owners, assumed control of the company.

 

More recently, MSG has partnered with Special Operations Forces in turning commercial vehicles into combat systems and added an array of foreign weapons mounts. In 2016, it also opened limited sales to the U.S. domestic market for hunters and shooting enthusiasts.

 

Military Systems Group stands ready for what comes next.  We are prepared to help.

Because Lives Depend On It

We pride ourselves on the quality of our product and our commitment to working with our clients to find custom solutions.

YOUR FULL IN HOUSE SOLUTION

MILITARY AND COMBAT EXPERIENCE

CUSTOM DESIGN AND ENGINEERING

IN HOUSE MANUFACTURING

QUALITY ASSURANCE

Our people separate us from the rest.

EXPERIENCE

Many among our leadership have served with distinction in some of the most elite military units in the world, so we know firsthand the importance of responsive and adaptable solutions.

SKILL

Our engineering team follows a strict design, analysis, prototyping, test and pilot run protocol to ensure that our products are delivered quickly and exceed customer requirements and expectations.

KNOWLEDGE

Needs analysis, design and engineering, testing, and manufacturing are all done in house by MSG employees.

LEADERSHIP

  • Joe Whelan

     

    President

    Joe joined Military Systems Group, Inc. in January 2015 as their President.  Formerly, Joe served as the Vice President of Strategic Growth at Delek US/ MAPCO Inc. for three-and-a-half years as a key member of an Executive Team responsible for generating and managing over $2.1B in revenue. Delek US is publicly traded on the NYSE.

    Prior to entering into the corporate world, Joe served 21 years in the U.S. Army as an Infantry and Special Forces officer.

    Joe possesses a Juris Doctor degree, and is licensed to practice law in the state of TN. Additionally, he holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business as well as Masters degrees in Business, Education, and Strategic/Operational Planning.

  • Bob McAleer

     

    Vice President

    Bob joined the MSG team in 2015 after spending 27 years in the U.S. Army.  He spent the first 24 years in operational assignments in artillery, infantry, cavalry, special operations, and joint warfighting assignments.  In all, he spent ten years overseas, including two 15-month tours to Iraq and over six years in command.  He spent his final assignment on the Army Staff, working as the Army’s senior liaison to the U.S. Senate.

     

    He studied Economics at the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds three masters degrees:  Operations Research and Business Administration from Georgia Tech and National Security Strategy and Resourcing from the National Defense University.

  • James Cross

     

    General Manager

    Jim Cross has 35 years of experience as a leader Manufacturing Management and Quality fields.  He serves as the General Manager and Quality Assurance Management / Quality Engineer and is responsible and has experience in machining, fabrication, and testing of complex assembly equipment, ASME vessels, stamping dies, thermoforming, Tier 1&2 production machining and assembly.  He has extensive hands on experience in implementation of Quality Programs for engineering service, fabrication, and Tier 1 production environments.  His experience includes ASME fabrication, auditing, client interface, dimensional inspection, training, safety implementation, and tool room machinist. He is also qualified as a Lead Auditor responsible for two hundred plus internal/external audits of Quality Systems.

  • Eric Engel

     

    Engineering Manager

    Eric started his engineering career after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.  He began working at a commercial heat treater in St. Paul, Minnesota which allowed him participate in many different aspects of the engineering field.  He was exposed to new facility design, equipment sizing, and cryogenic research and development, which led to a passion in product and equipment design.

    After five years, Eric took a position at a pharmaceutical equipment design company as Lead Compaction Engineer which allowed him to work with thermally controlled, rotating shaft equipment.

    After 12 years, Eric decided that he wanted to pursue engineering that helped the military with new products and also improving existing items.  He took a position in Wisconsin designing weapon mounts and ammunition handling systems. The new career offered Eric the ability to recognize that his products made a difference and allowed him to spend time with the warfighter using the products.

    In 2015 Eric was offered a position with Military Systems Group in Nashville Tennessee, and now goes to “work” every day with the goal of creating products that enhance our warfighters abilities.

  • John Pitts

     

    Machine Shop Manager | Programmer

    John Pitts is the machine shop manager and programmer at Military Systems Group. John graduated from the Tennessee Technology Center at Murfreesboro as a member of the honor society. While in school, John worked as a coop student with a local machine shop. After graduation, he was hired full time and in less than a year became lead programmer where he led projects for the medical, automotive, military, and firearm industries. He later went to work for a machine shop that made deep hole drills for the oil and automotive fields. In 2011, John returned to the military industry joining Military Systems Group. In his free time, John enjoys racing, boating, and camping with his family. John is grateful to work for a company where the products he makes can save lives.

  • Tamra Swafford

     

    Controller

    Tamra joined Military Systems Group in 2016 as the Controller. Tamra previously spent most of her career working with Cummins in several different finance roles, while working on her Bachelor’s degree in accounting and Master’s degree in Finance. Tamra managed multi-billion dollar budgets that spread across several countries and teams. Her management consisted of best practices by instilling Six Sigma processes and increasing efficiency.  Tamra travelled internationally to implement processes and integrate teams. Tamra has spent her career controlling expenses and ensuring the best plans are in place for the future growth.

     

    In 2016 Tamra made the decision to move back to Tennessee to be close to her family. She found the team here at Military Systems Group Inc. where she has made the commitment to provide sound and stable financial decisions to ensure MSG is successful and continues to operate as a substantial contributor to the effectiveness of our armed forces.

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