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Cruz Presents Night Stalker Award

[Fort Campbell, Kentucky] – Eric Cruz, President of Associates, Inc. (CAI), recently awarded the Night Stalker Association’s Three-Five Gas and Guns Maintainer of the Year Award to Specialist Shaun Spring from Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) 4-160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) (SOAR(A)).  This award is presented annually to a 160th SOAR(A) Soldier serving in an Armorer, POL, Armament or Ammunition Handler position who has made an outstanding individual contribution to Special Operations during the previous calendar year.  SPC Spring has supported four CONUS training events, two of which were Battalion size Situational Training Exercises (STX), and also deployed in support of Operation FREEDOM’S SENTINEL (OFS), playing a critical role in enabling wet-wing operations during combat operations.  He was also hand-selected as the new HHC armorer, receiving the HHC Arms Room’s first commendable rating in unit history.  Additionally, SPC Spring was recently selected above seven NCOs to be the ASD NCOIC during a Contingency Response Element rotation within the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility (AOR).  We, at Cruz, are proud to be associated with this humble hero, and we wish him and his family the very best.

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About Cruz Associates, Inc.:
Cruz Associates, Inc. is a Small Business with nearly 190 employees located throughout the United States and Guam.  Cruz provides ordnance operations, acquisition management, test and evaluation, energetics production, engineering and technical services and aviation lifecycle support to various Department of Defense customers.

Cruz’s Mitch Develops the MH-47 MITCH

[Yorktown, Virginia] – Cruz Associates, Inc. (CAI) is proud to announce the production release of the Modular Integrated Transmission Container, Helicopter or “MITCH” which was specifically designed to transport the MH-47 forward transmission. The MITCH was the brainchild of Cruz’s own Charles “Mitch” Peddicord.   Some of the unique features of this container include:

  • A square design which facilitates Air Force 463L pallet loading and allows more than one per pallet.
  • They are stackable.
  • Optional wheel casters.
  • The external dimensions allow loading in a CH/MH-47 aircraft.
  • The lid lifts off and becomes a cradle for transmission (eliminating the requirement for additional GSE in order to replace transmission)

The MITCH concept got its start in 2008. It percolated for a number of years with the users refining their requirements. About three years ago, the opportunity arose to begin the preliminary engineering work. The Aviation Maintenance Support Office (AMSO), in conjunction with the Technology Applications Program Office (TAPO) MH-47 Program Office, contacted the Air Force Packaging Technology and Engineering Facility (AFPTEF) at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. AFPTEF has on-site engineering support and is able to fabricate, test and qualify containers in a short amount of time. Over the course of the next 90-120 days, TAPO and Mitch (the person…not the box) worked with the folks at AFPTEF to engineer, build, test, and qualify the container. They also built three additional containers for a 160th SOAR(A) user evaluation.

The first MITCH production container was on display at the 2018 Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) Mission Solutions Summit in Nashville, Tennessee…as was Mitch Peddicord (both shown in the photo below).

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There is interest in the MITCH from both PM Cargo and international Chinook users. Additionally, PM Cargo has picked up the funding to develop a combining transmission container and an aft transmission container using the same MITCH concept.

We, at Cruz, are proud to honor the ingenuity and perseverance of Mitch Peddicord in the development of the MITCH. Well done!

 

About Cruz Associates, Inc.:
Cruz Associates, Inc. is a small business with over 190 employees located throughout the United States and Guam. Cruz provides ordnance operations, acquisition management, test and evaluation, energetics production, engineering and technical services and aviation lifecycle support to various Department of Defense customers.

Cruz Sponsors Fundraiser at the Virginia Beer Company

[Yorktown, Virginia] – In a continued effort to give back to the local community, Cruz Associates has once again signed on as a Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League sponsor.  The most recent symphony event was held at the Virginia Beer Company in Williamsburg with beer, BBQ, music, and cupcakes.  Funds raised at the event were in support of the orchestra at large as well as the Symphony's Instruments for Kids Program.  A big "thanks" to Eric and Jill for supporting the cause!

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The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League provides financial and volunteer support to the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra through a variety of planned fundraising events.  For the past 30+ years, the Symphony has provided exceptional, high quality musical programming increasing the community’s classical music awareness and appreciation.  Williamsburg's elementary school children also benefit from the Symphony's outstanding educational outreach, teaching them about musical instruments and classical music.  You can find out more about the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League by clicking on the logo below.

 

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About Cruz Associates, Inc.:
Cruz Associates, Inc. is a Small Business with over 190 employees located throughout the United States and Guam. Cruz provides ordnance operations, acquisition management, test and evaluation, energetics production, engineering and technical services and aviation lifecycle support to various Department of Defense customers.

 


Nick Garcia Memorial Scholarship

[Yorktown, Virginia] A scholarship fund has been set up in memory of former Nightstalker, Nick Garcia, who lost his battle with cancer on 2 February 2018. Mr. Garcia served 25 years as a Special Operations Soldier for his country. He dedicated his life to serving his country and those he loved. Information on eligibility and how to apply for the scholarship can be found at www.nsa160.com.
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About Cruz Associates, Inc.:
Cruz Associates, Inc. is a Small Business with over 190 employees located throughout the United States and Guam. Cruz provides ordnance operations, acquisition management, test and evaluation, energetics production, engineering and technical services and aviation lifecycle support to various Department of Defense customers.