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Patuxent River HX-21 Program Earns Chief of Naval Operations Aviation Safety Award

dyncorp intl aviation safety awardNaval Test Wing Atlantic’s Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO-ONE (HX-21), supported by DynCorp International, was awarded the Chief of Naval Operations Aviation Safety Award. Rear Admiral Mark W. Darrah presented the prestigious award, also known as the “Safety ‘S,'” on April 15, 2013.

DI expert technicians maintain HX-21’s 26 helicopters and five V-22 aircraft. The “Safety ‘S’” signifies zero mishaps – for a helicopter test squadron whose mission is to push the envelope by testing innovations, the accomplishment is even more noteworthy.

RDML Darrah also recognized DynCorp International supply technician Hector Foster as squadron teammate of the month. Foster joined DI in March 2009, following a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy.

Chief of Naval Operations Aviation Safety Award

The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Aviation Safety Award is awarded annually 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

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.

DI provides worldwide maintenance, modification, repair, and logistics support for aircraft, weapons systems, and other support equipment for the Department of Defense and other government agencies. DI team members provide maintenance support for the Naval Test Pilot School where top pilots train, as well as other aviation organizations.

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  1. Andy ozanne says

    Sir I have been trying with no joy to contact a dear buddy of mine Joe Amaral who serves as a test pilot at Pax. We survived Boscombe Down together and if you know of him please pass on my e mail address. Many thanks

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