DynCorp International’s Jerry Keener, senior quality assurance engineer, has been honored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with a Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award. The award recognizes the lifetime accomplishments of senior aviation mechanics who have worked at least 50 years in aviation maintenance.
Keener began his aviation career in the U.S. Navy in 1955 until he retired in 1978. He joined DynCorp International in 2005 and now performs quality control inspections on C-21A aircraft, as well as trains DI team members on the C-21A and T-6 Contractor Operated and Maintained Base Supply (COMBS) programs. Keener holds an FAA Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) license and Inspection Authorization (IA) certification.
“Jerry has been instrumental in the C-21A program’s success and that team earning the FAA Diamond Award earlier this year,” said Jim Myles, group vice president, Aviation, DynCorp International. “His service and experience have been highly valuable to our company.”
The Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award is named in honor of Charles Taylor, the first aviation mechanic in powered flight. Taylor served as the Wright brothers’ mechanic and is credited with designing and building the engine for their first successful aircraft. Less than half of one percent of all A&P licensed mechanics earn this award and Keener is the first DI team member to achieve this honor.
DynCorp International C-21A Aircraft Support
DI provides lifecycle maintenance support for the U.S. Air Force fleet of 56 C-21A airplanes at several locations globally. Customers include the Air Mobility Command (AMC), Air Education and Training Command (AETC), Air National Guard (ANG), United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE), and Air Force Flight Standards Agency (AFFSA). The C-21A, a small LearJet 35A, transports distinguished visitors, high priority cargo, and medical evacuees. DI provides total support for 37 of the 56 aircraft – organizational, intermediate, and depot level maintenance and supply chain management, depot maintenance and support for several Air National Guard aircraft, as well as owns and manages the inventory of spare parts and support equipment.
In May, DI’s C-21A program was awarded its fourth consecutive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Diamond Award for Excellence for excellent support of the U.S. Air Force.