John Thornton has been tapped to direct the Federal Aviation Administration's
Free Flight Phase 2 program, the agency announced last week.
In his new position, Thornton will help expand to additional locations five
new technologies implemented during Free Flight Phase 1. Thornton also will
direct development and deployment of several new Free Flight capabilities,
including Collaborative Routing Coordination Tool, which is a set of automation
capabilities that evaluate the impact of traffic flow management rerouting
Thornton will report to Charles Keegan, director of the Free Flight program
Prior to his appointment, Thornton had been communications manager in the
Free Flight Phase 1 program since its inception in July 1998. From 1997
until that time, he served in various positions with the FAA's Air Traffic
For more on Free Flight, see "Free Flight ready for next phase" [FCW.com, May 11, 2000].
Air Force tech officer Susan Kirkland last week was named by the 900-member
Trail Boss Interagency Committee the 2000 Trail Boss of the Year for her
work building the Air Force's Cargo Movement Operations System.
Kirkland demonstrated "exemplary expertise" in building CMOS, said Dennis
Szymanksi, chairman of the committee's management council, which picked
the winner. The award was presented at the General Services Administration's
Trail Boss Roundup in Williamsburg, Va.
Trail Boss Interagency Committee also handed out three special achievement
awards. They went to:
* The Coast Guard's Sandra Borden for her leadership in delivering the Ports
and Waterways Safety System, which is said to be the largest information
technology project in Coast Guard history.
* DOD's Jim Densberg for his "skill in applying Trail Boss principles to
the Defense Civilian Personnel Data System and its re-engineering."
* The Internal Revenue Service's Timothy LaMoy for his efforts in deploying
a dedicated mainframe test suite to support IRS' end-to-end testing for
the Year 2000 problem.
For more about the awards, see "Air Force's Kirkland named "Trail Boss of the Year'" [FCW.com, May 10,
John Menkart this month left his job as director of government sales at
Netscape Communications Corp.'s federal group to become vice president of
worldwide sales at WeGo, a California-based start-up.
In his new role at WeGo, Menkart will focus on the Washington, D.C., market.
The company creates portals and Web communities for trade and professional
associations, including the National Mental Health Association and the California
Farm Bureau Federation.
For more information, see "Netscape fed exec starting anew" [FCW.com, May 10, 2000].