HomeNews

AFMC commander presents TPS with AF-level award

Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, placed a new award streamer on the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School guidon Oct. 12 with the assistance of Col. Matthew Higer, U.S.A.F. TPS commandant. The streamer is for TPS winning the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award recently. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kenji Thuloweit)

Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, placed a new award streamer on the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School guidon Oct. 12 with the assistance of Col. Matthew Higer, U.S.A.F. TPS commandant. The streamer is for TPS winning the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award recently. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kenji Thuloweit)

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

It takes a lot of hard work and a total team effort to send dozens of new flight test pilots and engineers into the world. That’s what the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School does every year, and for that effort, TPS was recently awarded the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award.

The AFOEA is awarded to internal organizations that are entities within larger Air Force organizations. They are unique, unnumbered organizations or activities that perform functions normally performed by larger organizations such as numbered wings, groups or squadrons.

As a special treat, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, dropped by the TPS schoolhouse Oct. 12 to officially present the award to the TPS staff and leadership. Pawlikowski was also at Edwards AFB for the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Supersonic Flight held Oct. 13-14.

Edwards AFB falls under AFMC, which employs more than 80,000 people and has a budget of $60 billion.

Pawlikowski attached the new unit award streamer to the TPS guidon after the award citation was read.

“The Air Force Organizational Excellence Award is clearly an unambiguous recognition at the Air Force-level of the exceptional performance and impact of the school as a group-level organization,” said Col. Matthew Higer, U.S.A.F. TPS commandant. “Presentation of the AFOEA and brief remarks by Gen. Pawlikowski after the presentation clearly display the vital nature of test to the broader acquisition and sustainment enterprise.”

Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, speaks to an audience at the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School’s Dick Scobee Auditorium Oct. 12. Pawlikowski presided over a ceremony where TPS was recognized for winning the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kenji Thuloweit)
Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, speaks to an audience at the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School’s Dick Scobee Auditorium Oct. 12. Pawlikowski presided over a ceremony where TPS was recognized for winning the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kenji Thuloweit)
Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, speaks to an audience at the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School’s Dick Scobee Auditorium Oct. 12. Pawlikowski presided over a ceremony where TPS was recognized for winning the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kenji Thuloweit)
AFMC commander presents TPS with AF-level award
Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, speaks to an audience at the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School’s Dick Scobee Auditorium Oct. 12. Pawlikowski presided over a ceremony where TPS was recognized for winning the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kenji Thuloweit)
Photo By: Kenji Thuloweit
VIRIN: 171012-F-LO365-003

The test pilot school awards a Master of Science in Flight Test Engineering to all graduates who complete a rigorous curriculum.  During the two-year award period, TPS executed AFMC’s largest flying operation producing more than 5,000 flights and 7,900 hours in 25 different aircraft type. The school graduated 84 students from across the Department of Defense and eight allied nations.

Additionally, as part of the master’s degree curriculum, students completed 16 “cradle-to-grave” test projects for DOD customers known as Test Management Projects. In total, 179 missions were flown during the award period comprising $5.3 million dollars of support for research and flight test. Current TPS customers include the Air Force Test Center, Air Force Institute of Technology and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.   

“The U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School is a formal gateway for active duty, reserve, and civilian Airmen to matriculate into the Air Force Test Enterprise,” said Higer. “Graduates are national assets and in high demand for their unique combination of leadership, coalition building, problem solving, communication skills in addition to their relevant core Air Force Specialty Code expertise.”

Higer added that the last time TPS won an AFOEA was in 1995.

USAF Comments Policy
If you wish to comment, use the text box below. AF reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

This is a moderated forum. That means all comments will be reviewed before posting. In addition, we expect that participants will treat each other, as well as our agency and our employees, with respect. We will not post comments that contain abusive or vulgar language, spam, hate speech, personal attacks, violate EEO policy, are offensive to other or similar content. We will not post comments that are spam, are clearly "off topic", promote services or products, infringe copyright protected material, or contain any links that don't contribute to the discussion. Comments that make unsupported accusations will also not be posted. The AF and the AF alone will make a determination as to which comments will be posted. Any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other non-governmental organizations or individuals that remain on the site are provided solely for the information of individuals using this page. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of the AF, DoD, the United States, or its officers or employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying AF endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

Any comments that report criminal activity including: suicidal behaviour or sexual assault will be reported to appropriate authorities including OSI. This forum is not:

  • This forum is not to be used to report criminal activity. If you have information for law enforcement, please contact OSI or your local police agency.
  • Do not submit unsolicited proposals, or other business ideas or inquiries to this forum. This site is not to be used for contracting or commercial business.
  • This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.

AF does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by individuals on this forum is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. AF may not be able to verify, does not warrant or guarantee, and assumes no liability for anything posted on this website by any other person. AF does not endorse, support or otherwise promote any private or commercial entity or the information, products or services contained on those websites that may be reached through links on our website.

Members of the media are asked to send questions to the public affairs through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted. We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as early as possible; in most cases, this means the next business day.

For the benefit of robust discussion, we ask that comments remain "on-topic." This means that comments will be posted only as it relates to the topic that is being discussed within the blog post. The views expressed on the site by non-federal commentators do not necessarily reflect the official views of the AF or the Federal Government.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number, DoD ID number, OSI Case number, phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. If you do voluntarily include personally identifiable information in your comment, such as your name, that comment may or may not be posted on the page. If your comment is posted, your name will not be redacted or removed. In no circumstances will comments be posted that contain Social Security numbers, DoD ID numbers, OSI case numbers, addresses, email address or phone numbers. The default for the posting of comments is "anonymous", but if you opt not to, any information, including your login name, may be displayed on our site.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.

News Search