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NATCA Honors Life-Saving Air Traffic Controller Flight Assists

LAS VEGAS – The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) tonight will present its 15th annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards, the highest honor in the air traffic control profession, to close this week’s Communicating For Safety conference at Bally’s Las Vegas. For the second straight year, NATCA also will present its Region X Commitment to Safety Award that recognizes great work from aviation safety professionals working in the many non-air traffic controller bargaining units that NATCA represents. Named after the first air traffic controller, Archie League, this award and the Region X Commitment to Safety Award honor the best in our professions.

Live coverage at natca.org starts at 7:45 p.m. PDT (10:45 p.m. EDT).

“We are so proud each year to honor those who saved lives aboard aircraft needing our members’ assistance. This awards program is one of the most important and rewarding things we do,” NATCA President Paul Rinaldi said. “Tonight, we will be reminded that our members’ work ensuring that our National Airspace System is safe and efficient is nothing short of heroic. Each of our award winners faced a unique situation in which their ability to think quickly and remain calm under pressure was tested.

“Those honored tonight with these awards are noteworthy and exemplify our Union’s members’ strong commitment to aviation safety, They represent the powerful confluence of calm professionalism, skill, and training that is a hallmark of all air traffic controllers and other aviation safety professionals who work every day to ensure safe outcomes.”

Winners of the 15th Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Award (full stories available at the links provided):

Alaskan Region
Gabriel L. Zeifman, Juneau Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT, JNU)

Central Region
Andrew J. Crabtree, Kansas City Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZKC)

Eastern Region
Brian Rabinowitz, New York Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON, N90)

Great Lakes Region
Nicholas J. Ferro and Charles Terry, Indianapolis Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZID)

Great Lakes Region
Shane Mikel Boulds and Justin Dokken, Minneapolis Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZMP)

New England Region
Christopher Corcoran, Providence ATCT (PVD)

New England Region
Jeffrey Aulbach, Neil Cóspito, and Michael Jacobson, Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZBW)

Northwest Mountain Region
Joseph Asmundson, Matthew Colby Rhea, Nicole Breann Coffey, and Devin Carlisto, Seattle Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZSE)

Southern Region
Paul Ray Keeling, Memphis Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZME)

Southwest Region
Michael Schawinsky, Houston TRACON (I90)

Western Pacific Region
Michael Tamez, Southern California TRACON (SCT)

Winner of the third annual Region X Commitment to Safety Award:
Michael Collins
Collins, who retired last year after a career devoted to aviation safety, was a founding member of NATCA’s Aircraft Certification (AIR) bargaining unit.

MORE INFORMATION: Doug Church, Deputy Director of Public Affairs; 301-346-8245, dchurch@natcadc.org.

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The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) is a labor union and aviation safety organization in the United States that represents nearly 20,000 highly skilled air traffic controllers, engineers, and other aviation safety-related professionals. NATCA was certified in 1987 by the Federal Labor Relations Authority to be the exclusive bargaining representative for air traffic controllers employed by the Federal Aviation Administration. Today, NATCA is one of the strongest labor unions in the federal sector and represents a range of aviation safety professionals in 15 FAA bargaining units, 5 Department of Defense air traffic facilities, and 102 federal contract towers. These air traffic controllers and other aviation safety professionals make vital contributions to the U.S. economy and make modern life possible by coordinating the safe, orderly, and expeditious movement of nearly one billion aviation passengers and millions of tons of freight within the National Airspace System each year. NATCA is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO.


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