Adaptation is Key
Vol.6 Issue 7

As the change of seasons is upon us and we begin to adjust our wardrobe and house temperatures accordingly, we are reminded that all our ecosystems, plants, and animals are also making modifications to this cyclical change. Every season presents its benefits and certain activities. As we transition into fall, the Aeronautical Center has its own seasonal occurrences: celebrating our colleagues during our annual awards programs, the kick-off of our annual Combined Federal Campaign, observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month, and the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. There really is a lot going on.

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Special congratulations to the ABP-550 and the ESC team for their efforts in helping to earn the Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR) for the 16th consecutive year in a row. This is so impressive and reinforces our commitment in being good stewards of finances for the American taxpayer. Congratulations are also in order for the Aeronautical Center during this year’s International Organization for Standardization (ISO) audit in raising our score in the Management Category to a Level 5, meaning that we are now recognized as ’Best in Class’ across industry, achieving benchmark status! This puts us in a great position of moving forward in all of our stakeholder activities. This year the Oklahoma Federal Executive Board held their awards program virtually and we are appreciative for all the Aeronautical Center nominations and recent achievements. Congratulations to all the award winners across the Center. Additionally, we recently held our annual Pathfinder Awards program virtually, with keynote speaker, Oklahoma State Senator Adam Pugh from District 41, an avid aviator and champion for all things aerospace. We are so very proud of all the nominees and award winners. Congratulations to everyone for your dedication, innovativeness and commitment to federal service.

This month, we were so excited to host our first virtual Center-wide Town Hall with the theme "The Art of the Possible." It’s been many years since a Center-wide Town Hall has been accomplished and we were thrilled that over 845 employees logged into Zoom to participate. We are enthusiastic about welcoming NASA as a new partner of the Center and welcoming a new aerospace company, Skydweller to Oklahoma’s aviation community. In October, we are hosting our second MMAC Tech Talk, with Dr. Melchor Antuñano, Director of the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute as our guest speaker. Be sure to watch for more details on this, as registration will be through Eventbrite. It will be an event you won’t want to miss!

By now, you may have received an email inviting you to take the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint (or FedView) Survey. I encourage you to please take this 30-minute survey and provide us with your honest feedback about the Center, how you feel about your leadership, and your feelings about your work environment during this global health crisis. It is from your candid responses that we are able to make changes, shift behaviors or do whatever is necessary to improve the Aeronautical Center. You may not think that your opinion matters, but it does. It can impact how business or processes are operated at the Center.

As a reminder the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) season is upon us. This year, there are some innovative ways to contribute to your community, so I hope you will consider helping charities in our community during these trying times, as they desperately need our assistance. The Center’s CFC goal for this year is $230K.

Just recently, members of our leadership team made virtual presentations at the Air Traffic Controllers Association (ATCA) Tech Symposium. We take a lot of pride in the work that is accomplished at the Center and thought that you might have an interest in some of the information that we shared at the symposium.

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Thanks again for your efforts during these unusual times. Aeronautical Center employees are a resilient body of workers; always planning ahead, going the extra mile to assist someone, focused on safety, and determined to improve the status quo. We are a great facility because of you and your efforts. I am encouraged that our future is bright, as you demonstrate this every day.

Let’s continue to maintain our high performance in spite of seasonal changes, a global health crisis, and social transformation. This is a time to affirm our humanity, as we are all in this together. By being adaptable and resilient, we can be proactive about the changes we face. In the words of John F. Kennedy, "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future."

Stay safe and resilient,

Michelle Coppedge
Director, Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center

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