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FAA Academy Trainees Engage with NATCA Leaders at Inspiring Meet and Greet Event

On June 12, NATCA organized a dynamic Meet and Greet event for FAA Academy trainees in Oklahoma City, offering them a unique opportunity to connect with seasoned air traffic control professionals and NATCA representatives. This event’s program  introduced the trainees to the numerous benefits and robust support structures of union membership, cultivating a strong sense of community and engagement from the outset of their careers.

NATCA Executive Vice President Andrew LeBovidge, National Training Representative Jamaal Haltom (Las Vegas ATCT, LAS), Albuquerque Center (ZAB) FacRep Danny Watson, and Reloaded Committee member Charles Howell (Oakland Center, ZOA) led the discussions. They shared valuable insights and personal experiences that underscored the vital role NATCA plays in advocating for its members. With a record turnout of 48 trainees — the largest such gathering this year — the event was filled with lively questions, enthusiastic networking, and excitement about future opportunities within the Union.

NATCA is committed to hosting more events like this throughout the year to inspire, educate, and integrate Academy trainees. This initiative is an essential part of our mission to build a stronger, more informed membership that champions the interests and welfare of air traffic professionals nationwide.

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