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DynCorp International Receives FAA Diamond Awards for VIPSAM, CAL FIRE, Firewatch and T-6 Combs

DynCorp International (DI) has earned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Diamond Award for Excellence in recognition of its commitment to aviation maintenance training, honoring four programs in 2016.

  • U.S. Air Force at Joint Base Andrews-Naval Air Facility Washington program. The DI team at JB Andrews has earned this prestigious award 14 times. Through this program, DI provides services for the Very Important Person Special Air Mission (VIPSAM) including aircraft maintenance, transient alert, munitions, base supply and fuels in support of aircraft assigned to the 11th Wing and 89th Airlift Wing.
  • California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) program. Through the CAL FIRE program, DI flies and maintains Grumman S-2T fire retardant air tankers and OV-10A aircraft, and fully maintains and services UH-1H Super Huey helicopters flown by CAL FIRE pilots. This is the sixth consecutive Diamond Award for DI’s CAL FIRE program.
  • U.S. Air Force Materiel Command T-6 program. This is the fifth consecutive FAA Diamond award for 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 provide spare parts and equipment necessary to support T-6A and T-6B aircraft.
  • U.S. Forest Service Firewatch program. This is the second FAA Diamond award for the Firewatch program. DI maintains and operates reconfigured Army AH-1/Bell 209 Cobra helicopters. They have been rebuilt, rewired, and equipped with advanced systems to improve operational efficiency and tactical decision-making. An infrared capability enables them to see through smoke so they can guide firefighters on the ground. Operating from Redding, Ca., the Firewatch teams are dispatched nationwide.

“Our maintenance technicians continue their legacy of commitment to improvement,” commented Craig O’Neal, program director, Andrews Support Division. “It’s an honor to lead the VIPSAM team who has earned this award for their fourteenth year!”

“This award is a testimony to the exceptional maintenance performed on all CAL FIRE aircraft by DI team members,” said Jeffrey Cavarra, CAL FIRE’s DI program director. Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director, added, “We are proud of the hard work and commitment that our aviation management staff and DynCorp International mechanics do every day in maintaining the largest wildland air fleet in the world with an award-winning safety and maintenance program.”

“It’s a great achievement for T-6 to earn the Diamond Award five years in a row,” said David Meyers, T-6 program senior director. “I am proud of our team’s focus on fleet readiness and continuous process improvement.”

“We are excited to be among DI’s Diamond Award recipients again for our second year,” said Tamara Skjegstad, Firewatch program manager. “Our maintenance technicians worked hard to meet their commitments.”

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.

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