NSPA member awarded for meritorious achievement

11 March 2014


New NSPA Employee and former Romanian Sergeant First Class (SFC) Florin Ilie was recently awarded the US Army Commendation Medal for exceptionally meritorious achievement while serving as the Spectrum Manager at Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan in 2013. 

SFC Ilie was able to save a US Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) from sure destruction after the communications link with the ground station was lost with the UAV while it was in flight. With time running out, and fuel almost gone, SFC Ilie was able to identify signal interference from newly installed equipment that was obstructing the communications signal to the aircraft. SFC Ilie’s quick action saved US$600,000, and ensured the people on the ground were safe from being hit by an uncontrolled aircraft. The award of the US Army Commendation Medal to non-US citizens is rare and only done under exceptional circumstances.

Mr Ilie now works for the NSPA Operations Support Programme Office as the Theatre Technical Officer for Communications and Information Systems & Force Protection Systems.