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Amentum Awarded FAA Diamond Awards for CAL FIRE, Executive Airlift, and Sherpa Programs

FAA Diamond Award

May 16, 2024 – Congratulations to three Amentum teams on receiving the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Diamond Award for Excellence in recognition of their commitment to aviation maintenance training!

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California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) program. 

This is the 12th 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.

“A big thank you to our maintenance technicians for their extra diligence towards training and safety,” said Sean Navin, CAL FIRE’s Program Director. “The team’s focus and dedication lead to the success of maintaining the largest wildland air fleet in the world.”

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U.S. Air Force at Joint Base Andrews-Naval Air Facility Washington program. 

The Amentum team at JB Andrews has earned this prestigious award 22 years in a row! Through this program, Amentum provides services for our leaders though Executive Airlift and Rotary Wing including aircraft maintenance in support of the 89th Airlift Wing and 316th Wing.

“Every Amentum maintenance technician has achieved at least 12 additional hours of FAA-approved maintenance training to earn this award,” commented Bill Ray, Sr. Program Director, Andrews Support Division. “It’s an honor to lead the JB Andrews team in over two decades of receiving this award!”

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U.S. Forest Service Sherpa program. 

This is the third 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.

“I am proud of our team’s dedication to safety and training in the mission of suppressing America’s wildland fires,” said Tamara Skjegstad, Director of Air Force Operations. “Our maintenance technicians are duly recognized for their hard work meeting these commitments.”

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.

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