The DynCorp International team at the Naval Air Station at Patuxent River has earned a Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Aviation Safety Award for its support of the VX-23 Air Test and Evaluation Squadron. The award, also known as the Safety “S”, is awarded annually to U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps aviation units operating under Navy chains of command.
Winners are selected based on how current their safety programs are, flight exposure and number of flight and ground mishaps. Subjective criteria also includes quality contributions to the Naval Aviation Safety Program, such as timely reporting of hazards, recommendations for corrective action, safety articles for publication, suggestions for improvement in equipment (survival, aircraft, ground support, etc.) facilities, and maintenance practices.
One squadron from each type of aircraft from each coast (East and West) is chosen annually. Selected squadrons are entitled to paint a prominent “S” on their aircraft until the next year’s selections are made.
CNO Aviation Safety Award
Safety awards are given to recognize operational excellence, exemplary safety contributions and to further the Naval Aviation Safety Program. The awards serve to recognize economy of operations through safety. In addition to an outstanding safety record, commands and ships selected must have aggressive aviation safety programs that contribute new ideas in mishap prevention for the general benefit of Naval Aviation.
Professional reporting is essential to the success of the Naval Aviation Safety Program; consequently safety awards shall be granted partly as a result of comprehensive and reputable reporting. Consideration for CNO safety awards requires meeting the highest standards of aviation safety.
DynCorp International at Patuxent River
DynCorp International team members provide aviation maintenance and support services for the VX-23 Air Test and Evaluation Squadron for 26 F-18s and two EA-6B aircraft.
DI has supported Navy and Marine Corps aviation at the Naval Air Station at Patuxent River continuously since 1973, and continues to be one of the largest employers in Southern Maryland who support and maintain aircraft for three test squadrons and the Naval Test Pilot School.