Feb 4, 2013
NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. -- Naval Test Wing Atlantic recognized six members of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division test and evaluation community during ceremonies here Jan. 24.
The award, established in 2002, recognizes leadership, professionalism and contribution to the command’s readiness.
Lt. Cmdr. Lance Foster, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21, was named Outstanding Maintenance Officer of the Year for championing the unit’s AIRSPEED Black Belt improvement processes review and Green Belt implementation of MH-60 aircraft phase maintenance charter. Outstanding Maintenance Chief Petty Officer of the Year went to Aviation Electronics Technician Chief Henry Cedeno, of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, for his management of personnel, aircraft and test projects. Lt. Chad Berman from HX-21 was honored as Outstanding Test Pilot of the Year for his initiative and leadership of the MH-60 weapons system project.
Additionally, Lt. Sean Finner of VX-23, was selected as Outstanding Naval Flight Officer of the Year for his role as F/A 18 mission systems project officer and leadership of six high-priority projects. Scott Ferris, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20, won Outstanding Flight Test Engineer of the Year, recognizing his accomplishments in the Mission Systems Radar Branch. The Test Pilot School (TPS) Instructor of the Year award was presented to Cmdr. Anthony Fortescue, one of the few instructors who teach all three TPS curricula systems.
"Our awardees have distinguished themselves among the numerous professionals within our [developmental, test and evaluation] community,” said United States Marine Corps Col. Roger Cordell, commander of the Naval Test Wing Atlantic. “Their dedication and tireless efforts have made valuable systems and aircraft available to the fleet.”
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