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National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA)

For Immediate Release

Dec. 7, 2016

Contact: Sarah McCann, 202-220-9813

National Capital Area Boy Scouts of America Honor NATCA's President

WASHINGTON – The National Capital Area Boy Scouts of America (BSA) today honored National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) President Paul Rinaldi as one of several transportation industry leaders during a “People Who Move America” luncheon to benefit the BSA.

Rinaldi, along with Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, former Kansas Governor and American Trucking Association President and CEO Bill Graves, and Airlines for America President and CEO Nicholas Calio, were recognized for their significant impact on the transportation industry, which moves people and goods safely and securely throughout the United States and the world. As president of NATCA, Rinaldi represents nearly 20,000 highly skilled air traffic controllers and other aviation safety-related professionals who ensure the safety of nearly 900 million passengers and over 35 billion revenue ton miles of cargo per year.

“It's an honor to be recognized by the Boy Scouts of America,” said Rinaldi. “Aviation is part of our national fabric and critical to our nation’s economy. I consider it part of my daily work to grow our nation’s aviation system and at the same time, foster the growth of the next generation of transportation workers and leaders. I am proud to work with other aviation stakeholders to make sure the future of aviation is even brighter than the present.”

Rinaldi is currently serving his third term as NATCA’s President. He is the first person in the union’s history to serve three terms in the position. In his role, Rinaldi provides a voice for the men and women who safeguard the National Airspace System, and has helped establish an unprecedented path of collaboration between NATCA and the federal agencies and organizations with which the union works.

The National Capital Area Council serves more than 70,000 active youth and adult members each year and is one of the largest Boy Scout Councils in the country. Since 1910, Scouting has been unparalleled in teaching youths the values of teamwork, leadership, and service to others. The lessons of the council’s programs have an impact not only in the lives of young people, but in communities as well, and all funds raised from the event will help ensure that every young person that wants to be a part of Scouting has the opportunity to do so.

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