AFLCMC recognizes top engineers at annual awards ceremony

AFLCMC recognizes top engineers at annual awards ceremony

Dr. Ken Barker, Air Force Senior Leader for Systems Engineering and Acting Director of Engineering and Technical Management/Services, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, presents the 2017 Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Engineering Frederick T. Rall Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award to Anthony J. DalSasso, Chief Engineer, Simulators Program Office, Agile Combat Support Directorate, during a ceremony at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Feb. 15, 2018. DalSasso performed in various engineering roles throughout AFLCMC and its predecessor organizations. He served as training simulator engineering specialist, Lead Engineer, engineering Section Chief, and ultimately the Chief Engineer of the Simulators Program Office. His actions have positively impacted the majority of operational Air Force training systems. Using the highest standards of systems engineering, he designed, developed and fielded simulators which are fully responsive to the needs to the Air Force warfighter. (U.S. Air Force photo / Michelle Gigante)

AFLCMC recognizes top engineers at annual awards ceremony

Jorge F. Gonzalez former Director of Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Engineering and Technical Management / Services Directorate presents the 2017 Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Director’s Award to Stephen L. VanHorn, Chief, Information Technology Systems, Systems Engineering Services Division, Engineering and Technical Management/Services Directorate during a ceremony at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Feb. 15, 2018. VanHorn reinvigorated AFLCMC's ability to conduct in-house, physics-based engineering analysis through standup of DEATH STAR labs at Wright-Patterson, Eglin, Hanscom, Tinker, Robins and Hill Air Force Bases. Through his leadership of the DEATH STAR Integrated Product Team, Air Force engineers now have a greatly enhanced ability to understand system capabilities and limitations, thus leading to more data-driven, achievable requirements and a better, more cost-effective product for the warfighter. (U.S. Air Force photo / Michelle Gigante)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Engineering Directorate held its 2017 Annual Engineering Awards Ceremony Feb. 15, at the Air Force Institute of Technology’s Kenney Hall, with other AFLCMC organizations across the country connected by video teleconference.

This year’s event, themed “Advancing the Capability of the Air Force through World Class Engineering,” recognized and honored the outstanding achievements of the AFLCMC engineering community and their efforts.

Seventeen different award categories were presented during the ceremony, which recognized 134 individual nominees, 27 team nominees with 428 team members from across the AFLCMC portfolios, including personnel from: Eglin, Hanscom, Robins, Tinker and Wright-Patterson Air Force Bases and Greenville, Texas.

This year’s award winners are:

Junior Military Engineer Award: 1st Lt. Elizabeth A. Cunningham, Engineering and Technical Management/Services Directorate, Robins Center Test Authority, Robins Air Force Base, Ga.

Mid-Career Military Engineer Award: Maj. Zachary L. Bowen, Battle Management Directorate, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.

Senior Military Engineer Award: Maj. Michael S. Fischer, Space Aerial and Nuclear Networks Division, C3I and Networks Directorate, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.

Junior Civilian Engineer Award: Mr. Aaron A. Buscavage, Armament Directorate, Direct Attack Division, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

Mid-Career Civilian Engineer Award: Mr. Jason H. Hogan, Agile Combat Support Directorate, Support Equipment & Vehicles Division, Robins Air Force Base, Ga.

Senior Civilian Engineer Award: Mr. Edward L. McGlynn, Battle Management Directorate, Missile Defense and Missile Warning Systems Branch, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.

Engineering Technician Award: Mr. Robert Cuellar, Engineering and Technical Management/Services Directorate, Air Force Nondestructive Inspection Office, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.

Chief Engineer Award: Mr. Jerold C. Smith, Tanker Directorate, Legacy Tanker Division, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.

Technical Management Award: Mr. Terry L. Gabbert, Engineering and Technical Management/Services Directorate, Air Force Corrosion Prevention and Control Office, Robins Air Force Base, Ga.

Technical Leadership Award: Mr. William P. Raphael, Fighters & Bombers Directorate, B-1/B-52 Division, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.

Support Award: Mr. Jonathan M. Pinto, Armament Directorate, Direct Attack Division, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

Mentor Award: Ms. Valerie A. Smith, Safety Directorate, System Safety Office, Robins Air Force Base, Ga.

Reservist / Individual Mobilization Augmentee Award: Maj. Don Allen Bland, Jr., Armament Directorate, Direct Attack Division, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

Frederick T. Rall Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award: Mr. Anthony J. DalSasso, Agile Combat Support Directorate, Simulators System Program Office, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

AFLCMC/EN Director's Award: Mr. Stephen L. VanHorn, Engineering and Technical Management / Services Directorate, Systems Engineering Services Division, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

Technical Management Team Award: Support Equipment and Vehicles Division, Agile Combat Support, Robins Air Force Base, Ga.

Engineering Team Award: Big Safari Program Office, ISR & SOF Directorate, Greenville, Texas

A new award was also unveiled this year, The Jorge F. Gonzalez Engineering Analysis Award., which will be presented to the engineer who makes a substantial contribution to the AFLCMC mission through engineering analyses using tools such as those contained in the Engineering Analysis and Training Laboratory.

The new award is named after Jorge F. Gonzalez who was a member of the Senior Executive Service when he retired after 35 years of civil service, and was the Director of Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Engineering and Technical Management / Services Directorate.

The award recognizes the value that independent technical analyses brings to AFLCMC’s development and sustainment practices, recognizing the power of “engineers being engineers.”  It awards analyses that increase the technical understanding of systems that lead to data-driven decisions resulting in better, more cost-effective, products for the warfighter.