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NNSA Office of Secure Transportation Professional Receives Top U.S. General Services Administration Aviation Maintenance Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) congratulates Rick A. Wilson for receiving the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Aviation Maintenance Professional of the Year award. 

The award, which recognizes the best federal aviation programs and professionals, was presented this week at the GSA Ninth Annual Federal Aviation Awards Ceremony in Chicago.
"We congratulate Mr. Wilson for his outstanding work, and we are proud to have people of his caliber serving throughout the nuclear security enterprise," said NNSA Administrator Thomas D'Agostino. "From stockpile stewardship to international nonproliferation efforts to emergency response, NNSA is committed to excellence in every aspect of nuclear security. That wouldn't be possible without the hard work and dedication of Mr. Wilson and others like him across our enterprise."

Wilson is the director of maintenance for USA Jet Airlines in Albuquerque. He manages the maintenance activity of seven different fleet aircraft for the Office of Secure Transportation, Program Office for Aviation Operations (POAO). The aircraft are used to provide safe and secure transportation of nuclear weapons components, nuclear limited life components, and to transport federal agent task forces who conduct secure ground transportation. Additionally, one DC-9 is maintained ready to respond, within four hours of notification, to any U.S. nuclear incident or accident.

Wilson was nominated for the award for creating a cooperative, positive, participative work environment that fosters ingenuity and the freethinking exchange of ideas that leads to motivation and production. 

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