For Immediate Release

Release No. AWP-5 07-01
July 23, 2001
Contact: Jerry Snyder
Phone: (310) 725-3580

The Federal Aviation Administration, Western-Pacific Region's Desert to the Sea Systems Management Office (SMO), has been recognized for having the top performing National Airspace System Maintenance Support Group in the nation for Fiscal Year 2000.

The Desert to the Sea SMO encompasses the Los Angeles Basin of Southern California, north to the high deserts of Edwards Air Force Base and China Lake, and west to the coast of California. The SMO maintains some of the most critical facilities in the world including Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the third busiest airport in the nation. Other facilities include: The Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Center, Burbank, Van Nuys and Santa Barbara Airports as well as Edwards Air Force Base, which supports military operations and NASA shuttle landings. The Desert to the Sea SMO employs over 205 people to maintain over two thousand facilities and services.

The national award, titled Systems Management Office of the Year for Overall Performance, is presented annually to the location that shows the most dedication, professionalism and pride of individuals working together to maintain a safe and efficient National Airspace System. In FY 2000, The Desert to the Sea SMO was measured against 33 other SMOs across the nation.

"Our goal, all year long, is to provide the best service possible to our customers-by working hard to meet their expectations and needs. This award means we exceeded our goal by providing the best service, while improving how we do our business," said Ken Sander, Manager of the Desert to the Sea Systems Management Office.

A formal presentation honoring the Desert to the Sea Systems Management Office will take place on July 30, 2001 at the Rancho Vista Golf Course in Palmdale, CA.