News Release, NAVAIR News

NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER AIRCRAFT DIVISION, PATUXENT RIVER, Md.–Naval Test Wing Atlantic honored the test and evaluation wing’s highest achievers during an awards ceremony in Patuxent River, Maryland Feb. 5

The annual ceremony recognizes the highest military and civilian performers acrossNaval Test Wing Atlantic (NTWL)’s four test and evaluation squadrons and the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. The banquet was presided by NTWL commander, Capt. Thomas Tennant, who opened the ceremony noting the awardee’s portfolios over 2018.

“Today is a reflection of distinct accomplishment, unrelenting perseverance and steadfast devotion to upholding the highest tradition of the United States Naval service,” said Tennant. “The achievements of these men and women have truly contributed to a better Navy, and a safer country.”

This year’s banquet also hosted a number of Naval icons including retired Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden, former astronaut and administrator of NASA and retired Rear Adm. Rich O’Hanlon, director of Navy and Marine Corps programs at Lockheed Martin. Both are graduates of theU.S. Naval Test Pilot School(USNTPS).

The 2018 awardees are:

Sailor of the Year:Petty Officer 1stClass Jacob Perry,Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Zero

Petty Officer 1stClass Jacob Perry led team of more than 20 Sailors and civilians through successful developmental test of seven E-6B mission systems over multiple detachments and 1,425 test points. He also served as primary NATOPS instructor with a 100 percent pass rate, holds three re-enlistments, one year-long extension, lead five Career Development Boards, and conducted weekly training and off-duty education for Sailors with 100 percent enrollment. Perry also served as president of the Petty Officer Association organizing a myriad of events, ceremonies and morale activities.

Maintenance Officer of the Year:Lt. Andrew Fedak, U.S. Naval Test Pilot School

Lt. Fedak led a team of 15 to execute more than $31 million and 50,000 aircraft maintenance hours. His effort supported 4,180 sorties over 48 different aircraft. Importantly, his efforts enabled the USNTPS to graduate over 60 new testers.

Awardees and presenters at the Naval Test Wing Atlantic (NTWL) 2018 annual awards ceremony gather for a photo with NTWL Commander, Capt. Thomas Tennant (far right), during the luncheon in Patuxent River, Md. Feb. 5. (U.S. Navy photo)

Maintenance Chief of the Year:Senior Chief Mark Reed, U.S. Naval Test Pilot School

Senior Chief Reed led a team of 17 to oversee an organization of more than 150 personnel who supported 5,893 flight hours in 48 different aircraft. His efforts were integral to the success and expertise of 69 USNTPS graduates.

Test Pilot of the Year:Lt. Cdr. Christopher Montague,Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Three

Lt. Cdr. Montague was the lead project officer for Magic Carpet, the Navy’s new precision landing mode aboard aircraft carriers. Magic Carpet is named one of the most important improvements in tail hook aviation. Additionally, he was the primary aircraft controller during the first ever remote controlled shipboard landing of fixed-wing aircraft.

Flight Test Engineer of the Year:Lauren McKay,Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two One

Lauren McKay planned and executed a number of major test events for the CH-53K including high-altitude, hot-weather and brownout detachments throughout the mid-west expanding the aircraft’s envelope in crucial environments. She also led a seamless relocation of the entire test and evaluation program.

Naval Flight Officer of the Year:Lt. Michael Marschall, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Zero

Lt. Michael Marschall served as project officer leading the High Altitude Anti-Submarine Warfare Capability program resulting in the first safe separation and free flight test of the system. He also led the team to innovate new techniques for scoring the weapon’s water entry point.

Test Pilot Instructor of the Year:Robert Barthelmes, U.S. Naval Test Pilot School

Robert Barthelmes demonstrated outstanding leadership as standardization officer in renovating the school’s syllabus, improving test report methodology, and defining new flight test maneuvers and safe execution for modern variable configuration rotorcraft.

NTWL is the most technically diverse air wing in naval aviation. Leadingfour test and evaluationsquadrons,the Wing serves as Fleet advocate supporting test and evaluation of the Navy’s principal aviation systems ranging fromunmannedto rotary and fixed-wing aircraft.

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