NANA Board Gets VIP Tour of President Obama's Plane Fleet


69391343756949obamaplane.jpgWhen NANA leadership recently visited Joint Base Andrews, they were met with a surprise "ramp freeze" that requires all traffic on and near the base to stop. That's because the board arrived just as President Obama's plane was taking off. The June visit took NANA board and staff members to Akima, LLC project sites in Maryland and Virginia. Akima Technical Solutions' (ATS) contract location at Joint Base Andrews, Md., was their first stop.

ATS provides aircraft maintenance and fueling services for the VIP Special Air Mission (VIPSAM) in support of the safe and timely transportation of the President of the United States, the Vice President, Cabinet officials, members of Congress, and senior civilian, military, and foreign leaders. The visitors received full VIP treatment from the more than 100 Akima VIPSAM employees. An overview presentation and tour of ATS work areas included the opportunity to board two of the VIP Gulfstream aircraft. Helvi Sandvik, NDC president, sat in Hillary Clinton's seat on one of those planes. They also toured the customer service areas and viewed several VIP helicopters being readied for takeoff.

The next stop was the U.S. Capitol for a special tour provided by one of the U.S. Capitol Police. The Board and senior management were allowed access to the main staircase that has been closed to the general public since the Sept. 11 attacks. It was a rare vantage point.

The Board also visited the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) where SAVA is a prime FBI contractor. The TSC maintains the U.S. government's consolidated Terrorist Watch List — a single database of identifying information about those known, or reasonably suspected, of involvement in terrorist activity. The group saw one of the steel girders from the Twin Towers that remained after the Sept. 11 attacks. The TSC requested to display the remnants as a daily reminder why the TSC was created.


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