DynCorp International has earned the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Diamond Award for Excellence for its support of five different programs – the U.S. Air Force at Joint Base Andrews-Naval Air Facility Washington, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), U.S. Air Force C-21A Contractor Logistics Support (CLS), U.S. Air Force C-20 and the U.S. Air Force Materiel Command T-6 program. This will be the 10th time the DI team at Joint-Base Andrews earns the award, the fifth time for C-21A, second for both CAL FIRE and C-20, and the first for the T-6 program.
At Joint-Base Andrews, DI team members support aircraft assigned to the 11th Wing and 89th Airlift Wing as part of the Very Important Person Special Air Mission (VIPSAM). Services include aircraft maintenance, transient alert, munitions, base supply and fuels.
DI flies and maintains Grumman S-2T fire retardant air tankers and OV-10A aircraft through the CAL FIRE program. Civilian UH-1H Super Huey helicopters flown by CAL FIRE pilots are also serviced and maintained by DI team members.
DI provides organizational, intermediate and depot level maintenance, along with supply chain management for 47 C-21A (Lear 35A) aircraft at eight main operating bases as part of the C-21A CLS program. In the C-20 program, DI provides aircraft maintenance for aircraft used to transport government and military officials and cargo.
As part of the T-6 program, DI operates and manages Contractor Operated and Maintained Base Supply (COMBS) facilities at several Air Force and Navy locations throughout the U.S. to support T-6A and T-6B aircraft.
The FAA’s Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Award program is based on the commitment of maintenance technicians to improve safety by actively participating in initial and recurring training programs to further their technical knowledge. The Diamond Award is the highest corporate award, and the program includes both individual and corporate recognition.
The award recognizes completion by 100-percent of an organization’s eligible maintenance technicians of specialized, continuous training in aircraft systems, regulations and FAA rules over a 12-month period. In addition to the Diamond Award, which is presented to the company, each mechanic receives an Aviation Maintenance Technician award based on the number of training hours logged.
“I’m pleased and proud to be part of this team earning its 10th FAA Diamond Award for Excellence,” commented Len Campbell, senior program director, Andrews Support Division.
“In 2012, only three maintenance programs in northern California achieved this award and we are privileged to receive it again in 2013,” said Jeffrey Cavarra, CAL FIRE program manager. “It is really an honor to be a part of such a great team.”
“The C-21A CLS team’s training efforts not only support strategic business initiatives but also exemplify our core values,” commented Jeffrey Roth, C-21A CLS program director.
“This award recognizes DI’s continuous dedication to maintenance training and each individual mechanic’s personal training program,” Duane Carr, C-20 program manager said.
Roth, also the T-6 program director, said, “DI is committed to training our team to the highest FAA standards. Investing in our employees not only benefits our business, but our customer as well.”