Tue, May 10, 2005
Mr. James E. Thompson, Project Manager for Apache Modernization
and Recapitalization, PEO Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
The Army Aviation Association of
America (AAAA) has announced its Calendar Year 2004 National Award
Winners. Winning units and individuals are being recognized at the
AAAA Annual Convention, being held this week, May 9-11, 2005, in
Orlando, Fla. The AAAA Annual Convention provides an opportunity
for its members to gather with government and industry
representatives concerned with Army Aviation and participate in the
professional program and exhibits.
The first AAAA Annual Convention was held in June 1959 and has
taken place every year since then. In recent years, the sites of
the AAAA Annual Convention have included Atlanta, Ga.; Fort Worth,
Texas and Nashville, Tenn.
Mr. James "Snuff' Thompson is recognized for
his outstanding leadership, management and direction of
modernization, modification, sustainment and reset efforts of the
Apache aircraft fleet. Mr. Thompson deployed to combat areas in
Afghanistan and Iraq to coordinate, organize and direct support for
Apache field operations. His efforts made an immediate, direct and
positive impact on aircraft safety and readiness, and near
immediate increases in unit combat power.
He was instrumental in leading the Apache Reset Team and
established a priority system to reset all 222 Apaches used during
the initial OEF and OIF operations. Of these, 23 aircraft had
severe combat damage and needed extensive depot level repairs. Mr.
Thompson's synchronization of the Reset and Recapitalization
programs yielded cost savings and diminished the burden on the Army
supply system. Each aircraft undergoing concurrent Reset/Recap
saved a potential $1 million in parts that might have otherwise had
an adverse impact on an already taxed supply system. The results of
Mr. Thompson's streamlining of the Reset program reduced the
initial Reset times from an average of over 150 days, down to an
average of 72 days.
Mr. Thompson also assisted in the transfer of six AH-64D
Longbows from Fort Rucker, Ala. to Fort Hood, and on to Iraq. He
completed all required coordination and paperwork, including
pre-deployment modifications for movement by C-5 Globe master, all
within 45 days of receiving the aircraft delivery order. His
performance leaves no doubt that Mr. Thompson is an outstanding
role model for today's Department of the Army Civilians.
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