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Amentum Receives FAA Diamond Awards for CAL FIRE, JB Andrews, Sherpa, and UC-35 CLS


CHANTILLY, Va., March 9, 2023 – Congratulations to these Amentum teams on receiving the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Diamond Award for Excellence in recognition of their commitment to aviation maintenance training.

JBAndrews1. U.S. Air Force at Joint Base Andrews-Naval Air Facility Washington program. The Amentum team at JB Andrews has earned this prestigious award 21 years in a row! Through this program, Amentum provides services for our nation’s leaders though Executive Airlift and Rotary Maintenance Wing including aircraft maintenance in support of aircraft assigned to the 89th Airlift Wing and 316th Wing.

CALFIRE2. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) program. This is the tenth Diamond award for the CAL FIRE program, where Amentum flies and maintains Grumman S-2T air tankers, C-130H training aircraft and OV-10A aircraft, and fully maintains and services UH-1H Super Huey and S-70i Blackhawk helicopters flown by CAL FIRE pilots.

Sherpa3. U.S. Forest Service Sherpa program. This is the second consecutive FAA Diamond award for the Sherpa program, where Amentum primarily maintains up to ten SD3-60 Sherpa aircraft at the Redmond Air Center in Oregon. Amentum also maintains a variety of other aircraft to include the Short Brother SD3-60 aircraft to support the Smokejumper mission as an initial attack resource for suppressing our nation’s wildland fires. Smokejumpers respond to any fire by the most effective and efficient means available, best known for their ability to parachute out of airplanes to reach the fire.

UC 354. U.S. Marine Corps UC-35 Contractor Logistics Support program has received their second consecutive Diamond Award. Amentum provides VIP transportation for the Marine Corps with aircraft stationed at five continental U.S. sites.

“I have to thank our maintenance technicians for their extra attention to training and safety,” commented Craig O’Neal, Program Director, Andrews Support Division. “It’s an honor to lead the Exec Airlift and Rotary team in their 21st year of receiving this award!”

“Every Amentum maintenance technician has achieved at least 12 additional hours of FAA-approved maintenance training to earn this award,” said Sean Navin, CAL FIRE’s Program Director. “I am proud of our team’s dedication to safety and training in maintaining the largest wildland air fleet in the world.”

“We are pleased to be among Amentum’s Diamond Award recipients again for our second year in a row,” said Tamara Skjegstad, Sherpa Program Manager. “Our maintenance technicians deserve all the recognition for their hard work meeting these commitments.”

“Our maintenance technicians are dedicated to the highest standards of safety and training, said Terry Baldwin, USMC UC-35 CLS Program Manager. “I’m proud of their commitment to earning the Diamond award for the second year!”

About the FAA Diamond Award

The FAA’s Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Award program is based on the commitment of maintenance technicians to improve safety by actively participating in initial and recurring training programs to further their technical knowledge. The Diamond Award is the highest corporate award, and the program includes both individual and corporate recognition.

The award recognizes completion by 100 percent of an organization’s eligible maintenance technicians of specialized, continuous training in aircraft systems, regulations and FAA rules over a 12-month period. In addition to the Diamond Award, which is presented to the company, each mechanic receives an Aviation Maintenance Technician award based on the number of training hours logged.

About Amentum

Amentum is a leader in global engineering, project management and solutions integration, trusted to modernize the most critical missions anywhere in the world. Driven to create a safer, smarter, cleaner world, we innovate as a team of inventive doers passionate about making a difference. Underpinned by a strong culture of ethics, safety and inclusivity, Amentum is fiercely committed to operational excellence and successful execution. Headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia, we have more than 44,000 employees in 85 countries in all 7 continents. Visit us at to learn how we solve what’s next.


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