Remote Sensing Laboratory Again Wins Prestigious Federal Aviation Award
March 12, 2013
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
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.