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NATCA Announces Grassroots Awards - (9/29/2000)

WASHINGTON – The National Air Traffic Controllers Association recently announced its first grassroots legislative activism award winners from each of the nine Federal Aviation Administration regions around the country.

The award was established to recognize individuals who have dedicated themselves to furthering the legislative goals and efforts of air traffic controllers. The following is a look at each of the nine winners:

EASTERN REGION – EDDIE KRAGH, Newark, N.J. Kragh, the New Jersey representative to the region’s legislative committee, has been very active in working toward the prevention of the contracting out of air traffic control facilities nationwide. He also testified before a congressional committee on delays in August in Washington, D.C.

SOUTHERN REGION – GARY MORGAN, Atlanta
Morgan and his wife, Cathy, have been working closely with Rep. Mac Collins, R-Ga., this summer and has been successful in attaining additional staffing in air traffic control facilities around the state.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – TOM CALLAHAN, Hartford, Conn.
Callahan is a longtime controller at the Bradley TRACON who has devoted a great amount of time and energy into promoting the legislative goals of his region and the association as a whole.

GREAT LAKES REGION – WARREN FIELDS, Columbus, Ohio
Fields volunteers his personal time as NATCA’s Ohio legislative coordinator. His hard work and dedication over the last year have proven instrumental in promoting the goals and agenda of the association.

CENTRAL REGION – PAUL HANSEN, Kansas City, Mo.
Hanson is a charter member of NATCA who has established strong relationships with his area’s congressional representatives. His involvement and assistance with the campaign of Rep. Pat Danner, D-Mo., has helped to build a safer air traffic control system in that state.

SOUTHWEST REGION – ALEC WISEMAN, Houston
Wiseman has been a controller at the Houston control center since 1986 and has served as both the secretary and legislative affairs committee chair at that facility. He comes from a family that has been involved in politics at many levels and has worked to make significant strides in promoting awareness of air traffic controllers’ concerns with elected officials at the state and national levels.

NORTHWEST MOUNTAIN REGION – DENA McCLUNG, Denver
McClung’s work includes establishing reationships with members of Congress, tracking legislation and establishing relationships with aviation user groups and the media in an effort to improve the air traffic system. She has also been involved in efforts to secure additional aviation systems and radar sites in Colorado as well as airspace redesign issues. McClung’s work in NATCA’s effort to oppose the further outsourcing and contracting of air traffic control functions has brought her to Washington D.C. numerous times.

WESTERN PACIFIC REGION – DOUG VOELPEL, San Diego
Voelpel’s award recognizes his recruiting efforts in his facility, the Southern California terminal radar approach control. What used to be a small percentage of the employees there who were PAC members is now over 50 percent.

ALASKAN REGION – BERNIE CAMPAU, Anchorage
Campau has been active in many facilities around the state, including the Fairbanks tower and approach control, the Anchorage tower, the Valdez tower and, currently, the Anchorage control center. He is NATCA’s legislative representative for Alaskan controllers and has met with Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska and Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska on subjects that have included the contracting out of facilities.


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