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Archie League Medal of Safety Awards

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The ability to think quickly and remain calm under pressure while maintaining situational awareness are just some of the unique qualities that air traffic controllers possess. Their willingness to resolve complex situations without hesitation, offer a reassuring voice to those on the frequency, and ability to coordinate their efforts with other controllers help these dedicated professionals be successful at maintaining the safety of the National Airspace System.

While many controllers often feel that they are “just doing their job,” their hard work is often viewed by others as remarkable and extraordinary. The Archie League Medal of Safety Awards were named for the first air traffic controller, Archie League. The program highlights a variety of aviation “saves” — some which involve a team of controllers working together, while others are the result of one controller’s efforts.

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The 14th Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards

The Archie League Medal of Safety Awards selection panel, including NATCA Director of Safety and Technology Jim Ullmann; Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board Jack Pelton; and Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l (ALPA) Aviation Safety Chairman Capt. Steve Jangelis, met at the NATCA National Office on June 4, 2018. They discussed all nominations for flight assist events that took place from Jan. 1, 2017, through April 30, 2018, and made their selections for each of the nine regions. And the winners are:
 
Alaskan Region
Scott T. Eastepp (Anchorage Center, ZAN)
 
Central Region
Josh Giles (Kansas City Center, ZKC)
 
Eastern Region
Jeffrey Haberland and Tim Krainak (Clarksburg ATCT, CKB)
 
Great Lakes Region
Daniel Rak (Indianapolis Center, ZID)
 
New England Region
Jesse Belleau and Joshua Laplante (Boston TRACON, A90)
 
Northwest Mountain Region
Christopher Bancroft and Jacques Mailloux (Broomfield Jefferson County ATCT, BJC)
Jeffrey Rawson (Salt Lake City ATCT, SLC)
 
Southern Region
Joshua Hall, Patrick Allen Johnson, Jeremiah Lee, Darren P. Tumelson, William T. Vaughn III, and Andrew John White (Memphis Center, ZME) 
 
Southwest Region
Phil Enis, Thomas Herd, and Hugh Hunton (Fort Worth Center, ZFW)
 
Western Pacific Region
Benjamin Kingston (San Francisco ATCT, SFO)
Scott Allen (Tucson ATCT, TUS)
 
The winners will be honored during Communicating For Safety (CFS) 2018. CFS will take place Oct. 22-24, 2018, at Bally's Las Vegas. The 14th Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards Banquet will take place on Oct. 24, 2018.


The 15th Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards

Nominations are now being accepted! Deadline: April 30, 2019. Any NATCA member can nominate another member in good standing. Only NATCA members can be nominated for an Archie League Medal of Safety Award. Nominated events should include a controller or team of controllers who have gone above and beyond during an emergency situation, or in efforts to keep the National Airspace System safe.

All events since May 1, 2018, and through April 30, 2019, are eligible for nomination. All winners will be honored during Communicating For Safety (CFS) in the fall of 2019. 

For the Archie League Medal of Safety nomination form, please click here.

In order to nominate, please have the members name(s) and contact information, the date of the event, the pilot's and aircrafts information, a written description of the event, audio and/or radar files, and any other information that could support the nomination on hand.

If you have questions or are having trouble collecting all nomination materials, please contact Doug Church.

For a complete list of Archie League Medal of Safety Award winners, click here. 

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