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Brian Stemper Receives Recognition for Aviation Safety

Region 3, September 6, 2012
Brian Lubinski (Regional Pilot; left), Brian Stemper and Anthony Lascano admire the Department of Interior’s Award for Significant Contributions to Aviation Safety.  Stemper received the award on August 28, 2012.
Brian Lubinski (Regional Pilot; left), Brian Stemper and Anthony Lascano admire the Department of Interior’s Award for Significant Contributions to Aviation Safety. Stemper received the award on August 28, 2012. - Photo Credit: n/a
Brian Stemper inside Region 3's plane ready to conduct a low level flight.
Brian Stemper inside Region 3's plane ready to conduct a low level flight. - Photo Credit: n/a
Anthony Lascano (left), Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Aviation Safety and Kevin Foerster (right), Refuge Supervisor, Area 1 present Brian Stemper the Department of Interior’s Award for Significant Contributions to Aviation Safety
Anthony Lascano (left), Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Aviation Safety and Kevin Foerster (right), Refuge Supervisor, Area 1 present Brian Stemper the Department of Interior’s Award for Significant Contributions to Aviation Safety - Photo Credit: n/a

The use of aviation services is critical to monitoring, evaluating and managing the continentally significant natural resources found on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Completion of successful aviation missions on the refuge requires a dedication to safety, efficiency and effectiveness. An Award for Significant Contributions to Aviation Safety is a relatively infrequent recognition, but this award was recently presented to Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Wildlife Biologist Brian Stemper.

“Brian’s outstanding contributions to the aviation program on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and his persistent focus on safety, efficiency and effectiveness is exemplary in the Midwest Region. He brings a consistent focus on aviation safety and is well deserving of recognition.” said Regional Pilot Brian Lubinski.

The award was presented during a recent review of the Midwest Region's aviation program by the Office of Aviation Safety (OAS), Department of the Interior.  Stemper's contribution to aviation safety with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Midwest Region was recognized as exemplary by OAS. Since 2000, Brian has safely, effectively and efficiently used aviation as a tool to advance the Service’s mission on the refuge.  Stemper has been involved with numerous aviation missions over the refuge, but in his primary role as an aircrew member on low level waterfowl surveys, he has logged more than 500 flight hours.

Within the Service, crew resource management is one of the keys to maximizing the safe, efficient and effective use of aviation. Stemper understands that the operational risk management process begins months prior to any flight and does an outstanding job in prioritizing projects with high biological and management needs against acceptable levels of aviation safety risk.  Stemper has strategically leveraged various technologies that ultimately reduce risk, improve safety and ensure mission success. His continual, dynamic, open-minded approach assists in the avoidance of unnecessary risk and facilitates involvement of supervisory management to ensure risk decisions are made at the appropriate level. Assistant Manager Tim Yager commented, "A nice and well deserved recognition for Brian."

Contact Info: Cynthia Samples, 507-542-4232 ext.216, Cindy_Samples@fws.gov