Lt. Andrew Fedak, outgoing Maintenance Officer at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS), received the gold star in lieu of a fifth award to his Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal during an informal ceremony at the school’s hangar at NAS Patuxent River on June 19.
Lt. Col. Rory “Pikey” Feely, USNTPS Commanding Officer, presented the award along with a framed print signed by Fedak’s colleagues and associates at the school in honor of Fedak’s three years of service.
“It’s tough to say goodbye to people who have done great things for the unit,” Feely said. “I know we wish Lt. Fedak the best in his next job. He’s done some fantastic work for us here, and I offer my heartfelt thanks for that.”
Upon joining USNTPS in June 2017, Fedak led a team of eight Chief Petty Officers, 21 Sailors, and 188 contract employees in completing 44,575 maintenance actions for 45 aircraft of 14 types, models, and series, encompassing a total of 157,261 man-hours. During Fedak’s three-year tour, the maintenance department safely executed 16,180 flight hours and 11,600 sorties in support of 234 multinational test professional graduates. Last year, Naval Test Wing Atlantic named Fedak its 2018 Maintenance Officer of the Year.
Cmdr. Jeremy “Silas” DeBons, USNTPS’ Executive Officer, praised Fedak’s “exceptional managerial acumen” and cited his “leadership ability, personal initiative, and unswerving devotion to duty” as a model for his colleagues to emulate.
On behalf of the Aviation Program Team chiefs, Senior Chief Petty Officer Mark Reed presented Fedak with an engraved leather holster as a going-away present.
“Everyone at the schoolhouse are top-notch folks,” Fedak said. “They love coming to work every day. I thank all of you in the APT for everything you do down here.”
“I’m going to take all the things I’ve learned here with me to my next position,” Fedak said. “It’s been an outstanding tour. I think all you guys have changed the culture here.”