USNTPS maintainers receive commendations

Two members of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS)’s maintenance staff received commendations for superior performance of their duties during an informal ceremony at the school’s hangar June 18.

Lt. Col. Rory “Pikey” Feely, USNTPS Commanding Officer, presented Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Andres Meza, with the gold star in lieu of a second award to his Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his leadership of the restoration efforts of the command’s historic U.S. Army AH-1G Cobra attack helicopter static display. According to his citation, during September and October 2019, Meza dedicated more than 115 off-duty hours researching the aircraft’s paint scheme, procuring supplies, and accurately repainting the aircraft. The static display is located adjacent to the school’s parking lot on Cedar Point Road.

“[Meza’s] enthusiasm was an inspiration to the entire command,” said Cmdr. Jeremy “Silas” DeBons, USNTPS’ Executive Officer.

Feely awarded Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 1st Class Chantra Eang, the silver star in lieu of a sixth award to his Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his leadership of a combined team of 19 Sailors and contractors overseeing the monthly screening of aircraft discrepancy books, and monitoring the maintenance requirement cards for 49 aircraft of 14 different types, models, and series from December 2019 through February 2020.

DeBons noted that Eang conducted the command’s annual engine inventory, initiated the incorporation of unique engine modules, and verified engine records with the type commander engine manager.

The staff, instructors, and students of USNTPS congratulate ASM1 Meza and AZ1 Eang on their awards.