A HMAS Albatross computer expert has been presented with a commendation for his work with a computer software system that manages aircrew and flying operations for navy and army.
Lieutenant Evan Burton was presented with the commendation by Commander Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Vince Di Pietro for his tireless work in implementing into Fleet Air Arm Service the AusPEX system.
The AusPEX system was developed by the United States Air Force where it is now in place with almost every flying unit.
The software system manages aircrew and flying operations for navy and army.
Lt Burton visited the US in early 2008 to evaluate the software for the navy and army and it has become an increasing important part of his duties ever since.
He said there have been a few challenges along the way.
“First has been to try and keep pace with the system. It has proven incredibly useful to command and we are constantly upgrading it with new features and capabilities,” Lt Burton said.
“These new capabilities have had to be defined, developed, tested, training packages have been compiled and then the upgrades rolled out.
“The other challenge has been to envisage and co-ordinate the current and future needs of our various users, and then deliver the required capability in a timely manner.
“Each helicopter squadron has different needs and operates their aircraft in a different way.”
Lt Burton’s commendation described him as an “officer of unique dedication”.
The commendation said he is recognised as a critical member of the Fleet Air Arm who has continually displayed excellent achievement in the application of specialist skills and devotion to duty.
Lt Burton said he was “quite humbled and surprised” by the commendation.
“I believe that the effort involved and time I put in are just part of serving our country,” he said.