Javon Henry, PASS Chapter IN3, is a systems specialist working at the Automation System Support Center (SSC) at the Indianapolis Center. Prior to being hired by the FAA, he earned his degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Purdue University and held electronic technician, technician supervisor and engineering jobs in the private sector. His primary FAA responsibility is supporting the en route automation systems at the Center. Henry originally joined PASS in 2002 and currently serves as PASS Technical Operations liaison for the Time-Based Flow Management (TBFM) program. He provided the PASS TIMES with the following details about his life and experiences with the union and the agency.
Last week, PASS Region I announced the appointment of Carlos Aguirre as the new assistant for Region I. Aguirre is replacing Chuck Siragusa, who recently retired from the FAA after a long and productive tenure with PASS, and will join fellow Region I Assistant Mark Dunlap.
Tony Williams, PASS Chapter TX1, can tell you a few things about barbeque. After all, he and his wife compete as part of the “Grillas in the Pits” competitive BBQ team. But, with about 30 years of federal government experience, he can also tell you some things about being a part of the federal workforce and the FAA.
Melissa McMahon is an automation air traffic systems specialist at the Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center in Nashua, N.H. She is certified to work on a variety of systems, including En Route Backup Surveillance (EBUS), User Request Evaluation Tool (URET), Display System Replacement (DSR), Flight Data Input/Output Gateway (FDIO-G), among others, and is currently doing on-the-job training for En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM). McMahon joined PASS shortly after being hired by the FAA in 2005 and is an active member of PASS Chapter NG3.
Russ Allen has been an active PASS member for over 10 years—joining the union the day he was hired by the FAA in 2001. He is currently serving a second term as Chapter TX1 president as well as acting as the Houston Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZHU) automation representative and Region II member on the PASS National Legislative Committee. Previously, he served as chapter vice president.
Membership in PASS is about more than joining a union—it is about having a voice, gaining a system of support and solidarity, and making an important investment in your future.