For Immediate Release

November 2, 2002
Contact: Arlene Salac or Jim Peters
Phone: (718) 553-3015

The Federal Aviation Administration today will honor longtime employee Tom Cooksey, who has been selected as the top operations supervisor for an air traffic control facility at the level 9 or below classification in FAA's Eastern Region. The award is for 2002 and is being given to Cooksey for his performance on September 11, 2001 and for his willingness to assume multiple job assignments and responsibilities in the months after September 11.

“Tom’s dedication to the job, his strong technical background, along with his high degree of integrity made him an irreplaceable part of the Huntington Air Traffic Control Tower team,” said James Stark, air traffic manager, Huntington Airport. A resident of the Tri-State region, Cooksey began his FAA career in 1968 and has been assigned to Huntington Tower since 1971. He is expected to retire in January.

“This agency will certainly be the poorer without his unwavering professionalism and commitment,” added Stark. Cooksey will receive the award at a luncheon in the restaurant in the airport terminal building. The presentation is set for 11 a.m.

The award for which Cooksey was selected is part of the FAA’s annual program to recognize the contributions and achievements of both facilities and individual employees in various lines of business throughout the FAA.

Huntington tower is classified as a Level 6 facility. The complexity of the airspace and air traffic procedures and annual air traffic operations are among some of the factors that determine the level of a facility.

FAA’s Eastern Region includes Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia and the District of Columbia.