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Nevada Field Office recognized for its outstanding aviation program

The Nevada Field Office (NFO) and its contract partner, the National Security Technologies (NSTec) Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL) Aviation Department, have received the 2012 U.S. Department of Energy Jeff Snow Aviation Program Memorial Award. This is the fifth time in nine years that the NFO team has been recognized as the most outstanding DOE aviation program. Operating out of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas and Joint Base Andrews, the NFO team provides aerial support to NNSA's Office of Emergency Response.

Les Winfield, NFO Aviation Manager, received the 2012 DOE Federal Aviation Management Professional Award. He is recognized for providing outstanding management and oversight of the NSTec RSL Aerial Measuring System operations at Nellis and Andrews. 

James Williams, Director of Maintenance for WSI-SRS Aviation Operations Department at the Savannah River Site, is the recipient of the 2012 John Cooley Aviation Operations/Support Professional Memorial Award. His outstanding management and leadership skills created a safe and efficient work environment, as well as ensured all maintenance technicians were well trained and knowledgeable in all aspects of the aircraft at Savannah River.

Tim Rourke, NFO Aviation Safety Officer, won the 2012 DOE Aviation Safety Professional Award. Rourke’s approach to safety and risk management of both ground and flight safety issues provided an objective assessment of program operational risks to NSTec senior managers. He recommended mitigation controls to reduce risks to the lowest practical level to permit aircrews to perform their critical national security mission.

The awards were announced by the DOE Office of Aviation Management -- each recipient will be honored at a ceremony in Alexandria, Va., on July 18.