Whidbey Island Sailor recognized for aviation excellence

By Tony Popp, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Public Affairs

WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. — Electronics Technician 1st Class (AW/SW) Eric Iannone received the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) Airway Transportation Systems Specialist of the Year Award at a ceremony held at the Marriott Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., on Oct. 21, 2013.

The ATCA flew Iannone to Washington D.C to receive his award. He was one of four people, including a Canadian, who received the same award from the ATCA at this year’s event. Iannone is assigned to NAS Whidbey Island’s Ground Electronic Maintenance Division, where his work in the communications work center led to a 99.4 percent Recorded Accomplishment Rate.

“It truly means a lot to me to be the recipient of the Air Traffic Control Association Specialist Technician of the Year for the entire Navy,” said Iannone, a native of Sacramento, Calif. “My job over the years as an Electronics Technician here at NAS Whidbey Island has shown me just how important my skill trait is.”

Iannone led an eight-person team of military and civilian technicians who performed over 7,200 hours of preventive and corrective maintenance on numerous airfield support systems which increased equipment reliability and safety of flight.

As the work center supervisor for the communications and weather equipment work centers, Iannone demonstrated technical skills through sound maintenance scheduling practices and timely correction of all equipment casualties. His responsibilities include installation, inventory control, preventive and corrective maintenance of over 160 radios and communications systems at the air station and three outlying sites in two different states.

Iannone also supported over 165,000 flight operations, including 13 rescues, four Medevac’s seven searches and two recoveries, providing aid to 28 people in real trouble.

”I want to thank my Chain of Command: Senior Chief Electronics Technician (Brian) Bieche, Lt. (Eileen) Crawford, Airfield Manager Bill Macmillan, NAS Operations Officer Cmdr. (Dan) Worra, base Executive Officer Capt. (Chris) Phillips and the Commanding Officer Capt. (Michael) Nortier for nominating me for this award,” said Iannone.

“Petty Officer Iannone’s work ethic, personal example and deep pride both in his rate and in the U.S. Navy are vividly reflected in his work and in his work and in the manner in which he leads his division,” said Worra.

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