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NNSA’s aviation program soars again

September 21, 2018

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NNSA’s Aviation Award recipients
NNSA’s Aviation Award recipients
Leslie Winfield of the Nevada Field Office, left, and Donnie Schuessler with Mission Support and Test Services, right, accept the 2018 Federal Aviation Program – Small Category award from Carolyn Austin-Diggs of the General Services Administration.
Leslie Winfield of the Nevada Field Office, left, and Donnie Schuessler with Mission Support and Test Services, right, accept the 2018 Federal Aviation Program – Small Category award from Carolyn Austin-Diggs of the General Services Administration.

NNSA’s aviation program continued to soar again this year at the Federal Aviation Awards.

On Sept. 13, the General Services Administration presented NNSA with two awards for its aviation work.

“We are exceptionally proud of our entire Aviation Team and their continuous efforts to ensure the safety and effectiveness of our important aviation program which supports our national security mission,” said Richard A. Fischer, Deputy Manager of the Remote Sensing Laboratory, which operates the aircraft. “This recognition signifies their commitment to following the industry best practices and unremitting pursuit of excellence in every facet of their operation.”

NNSA’s Nevada Field Office received the 2018 Federal Aviation Program – Small Category award. Only non-Department of Defense federal aviation programs with less than 20 serviceable aircraft are eligible for this award.

NNSA’s Col. Mark Arnholt, Director of Operations at the Office of Secure Transportation, was honored with the Federal Agency Aviation Professional of the Year 2018 – Operational Category for his exemplary work as an Air Operations Officer.

The awards recognize agencies throughout the federal government with flight programs that demonstrate outstanding effort in support of their agency’s mission. Winning programs are deemed the safest, most efficient, and effective, in all aspects of a flight program – aviation management/administration, operations, maintenance, training, and safety.

One winner each year is selected by a panel of aviation experts in the following categories:

  • Large Aviation Program (21 or more aircraft and Commercial Aviation Services)
  • Small Aviation Program (20 or fewer aircraft and Commercial Aviation Services)
  • Aviation Professional in a Managerial/Official Position
  • Aviation Professional in an Operational/Support Position
  • Aviation Professional in an Aviation Safety Position

NNSA is proud of its workforce and their continuing commitment to excellence.

Col. Mark Arnholt, Director of Operations with NNSA’s Office of Secure Transportation, accepts his award from Carolyn Austin-Diggs of the General Services Administration.
Col. Mark Arnholt, Director of Operations with NNSA’s Office of Secure Transportation, accepts his award from Carolyn Austin-Diggs of the General Services Administration.