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Remote Sensing Laboratory Again Wins Prestigious Federal Aviation Award

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An RSL helicopter flies near Las Vegas.

The Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL) Aviation Program of the National Nuclear Security Administration Nevada Site Office (NNSA/NFO) has for the second consecutive year been presented with one of nation’s most prestigious awards for excellence and innovation in aviation management and administration, operations, maintenance, training and safety.

The Headquarters Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Aviation Management announced that the NNSA/NFO, and its contract partner National Security Technologies (LLC), has won the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy Jeff Snow Aviation Program Memorial Award. This marks the fourth time in six years this team has been recognized as the most outstanding DOE aviation program. The NFO Aviation Program provides aerial support to the NNSA Office of Emergency Response to protect U.S. citizens from nuclear/radiological attacks or accidents 24 hours per day, seven days per week from Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, Nev. and Andrews AFB, Suitland, Md.

“Our RSL aviation folks help ensure our nation is secure from radiological and nuclear threats,” said Bob Summers, director of NSTec’s Homeland Security and Defense Applications. “We’re fortunate that they are the best at this and the best aviation folks in their category. They represent RSL and NSTec superbly.”

The Department of Energy Aviation Program is the management function for all fleet aircraft and contracted aviation services for the Department. The program and its management personnel operate world-wide. The purpose of the Aviation Safety Awards Program is to promote the DOE aviation safety program by appropriate recognition of exceptional safety actions by individuals and groups.

The Aviation Safety Awards Program applies to all DOE employees, including those of the NNSA, and selected contractor personnel directly involved in aviation operations support to DOE. The RSL Aviation team was recognized as the most outstanding aviation operation within the Department of Energy for 2009.

The DOE awards have poured in for RSL over the past decade, with the honors representing some of the highest that can be bestowed on a program by the DOE Office of Aviation Management. The DOE Jeff Snow Memorial Award is named for the Wackenhut Services Inc.-Savannah River Site Aviation Manager who died in 2000. RSL also has twice won the General Services Administration Federal Aviation Award for Small Programs.


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