Navy engineer wins Air Force award

Susan Vining

Susan Vining

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. -- A Navy engineer from Arnold is the Air Force's Propulsion Supervisor of the Year.

During a ceremony on base today, 448th Combat Sustainment Wing, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center Executive Director John Over, presented the award Susan Vining, 717th Test Squadron deputy director.

Mrs. Vining's accomplishments in 2006 spanned the spectrum of propulsion engineering. As acting commander for a year, she wore two top hats in Arnold Engineering Development Center's test mission area.

For the mother of triplets, plus two, leading a team of more than 500 military members, Air Force and Navy civilian and contractor employees earned her recognition as an "expert mentor" to the squadron's new commander.

During Fiscal Year 2006, with 23 years of civil service under her belt, Mrs. Vining was in charge of executing 1,650 air-on and sea-level test hours and 390,000 employee work hours.

Although she's a Navy employee, Mrs. Vining is the "embodiment of Air Force Core Values," according to AEDC Commander Col. Arthur Huber.

Mrs. Vining's contributions to the F135 developmental test and evaluation directly contributed to the F-35 first-flight success, Mr. Over said.

" ... She guided test planning for the qualification of B-52 Stratofortress engines on Fischer-Tropsch alternative fuel, fulfilling a top secretary of the Air Force priority," he said.

Mrs. Vining and her husband, Dr. Charles Vining came to Arnold in 1994. Dr. Vining works in AEDC's Technology Division as the lead for Propulsion Applied Technology.