Jerry Keener, a senior quality assurance engineer at DynCorp International, has won a Federal Aviation Administration award recognizing career achievements of 50-year veterans in aviation maintenance.
DynCorp said Keener is the first team member to win the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award, named after the Wright brothers’ mechanic and creator of the engine on their first successful aircraft.
Keener, who joined the company in 2005, performs quality control inspections on C-21A aircraft and trains team members on the C-21A and T-6 Contractor Operated and Maintained Base Supply programs.
“Jerry has been instrumental in the C-21A program’s success and that team earning the FAA Diamond Award earlier this year,” said Jim Myles, group vice president of aviation. “His service and experience have been highly valuable to our company.”
Keener began his aviation career in the U.S. Navy in 1955 and retired from service in 1978.
He holds an FAA Airframe and Powerplant license and DynCorp said less than a half-percent of all A&P-licensed mechanics receive the Taylor Award.