NATIONAL PETROLEUM MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION

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Order of the SPR

 


  Order of the SPR

 Highest Individual Award

 

 

“Safety, Professionalism, Reliability”   

In Recognition of Significant and Enduring Contribution

 

The order of the SPR is the highest award the NPMA bestows on an individual and recognizes significant and enduring contributions to the aviation fueling world.      

 

Members of the Order of SPR have had real impact.  The symbol is the universal aircraft fueling adapter, or “SPR,” the single point receptacle, an acronym coined by the military when the first large jet aircraft pressure refueling systems were designed and built in the late 1940s.  SPR it has been for the past 60 years.

The people honored with induction into the order have one thing in common — they have that little extra making the difference between the ordinary and the extraordinary.  As the eligibility criteria state, they have accepted the challenges so that we feel the exhilaration and are inspired by their success.  They epitomize that the purpose of life is to have a life of purpose.

There is no rank or order, rather they are all peers who have been the leaders, the doers, the innovators, the pioneers, the builders, the standard bearers; those who really stand out and made a difference.  It is a quiet group, no pomp or fanfare; simply the very best of the best.

The plaque commemorating selection into the Order is the same SPR adapter that is fitted to every aircraft.  The award was established in 1991. 

 

 

Order of the SPR Inductees

 

1.

John F. Lavin

Charter Member

July 1, 1991

2.

Paul W. Dupoise

Charter Member

July 1, 1991

3.

Gomer C. Custer

Charter Member

July 1, 1991

4.

Donald E. Rogers, Jr.

July 13, 1991

5.

Earl P. Denham

April 30, 1992

6.

Houston S. Sorenson

July 31, 1992

7.

William N. Penton*

July 31, 1992

8.

Don E. Kudrna

July 31, 1992

9.

Joseph E. Durham*

August 15, 1992

10.

James S. “Hose” Turner

September 18, 1992

11.

James W. Hopp

September 19, 1992

12.

M. Rayde Harrington

September 30, 1992

13.

William L. Fiedler*

October 22, 1992

14.

Gary D. Garlett

July 15, 1993

15.

John W. Anna

July 22, 1993

16.

Charles C. Nault

September 10, 1993

17.

Leslie O. Goodwin*

October 1, 1993

18.

Larry R. Dipoma*

December 3, 1993

19.

Patrick J. Chesterman

June 2, 1994

20.

Thomas J. Boland

September 12, 1994

21.

Joseph J. Volpe*

September 16, 1994

22.

Harold E. Glazener

September 16, 1994

23.

Richard L. Cisco

March 2, 1995

24.

Arnold R. Clegg

March 2, 1995

25.

Howard M. Gammon*

March 2, 1995

26.

Sanford A. Richardson

March 2, 1995

27.

Jack W. Holmberg

March 2, 1995

28.

Kathryn L. Pendergast

March 13, 1995

29.

Grat H. Horn, Jr.

June 27, 1996

30.

Charles J. DiBona

November 7, 1996

31.

Charles L. Delaney

March 19, 1997

32.

Gene H. Barr

July 10, 1997

 

Carlton G. Shead

Member Emeritus

July 10, 1997

33.

Harold W. Ensign*

July 10, 1997

34.

Donald H. Peschka

July 10, 1997

35.

Herbert O. Proksch*

July 10, 1997

36.

John E. Thomas*

July 10, 1997

37.

Bruce A. Wilbur

July 10, 1997

38.

Richard P. Dacey

July 10, 1997

39.

Thomas J. Roberson

July 10, 1997

40.

David M. Herrick

July 30, 1997

41.

Rickey P. Rice

September 30, 1998

42.

Richard Walte IV

September 30, 1998

43.

John J. Carr

September 30, 1998

44.

Pharris D. “PJ” Johnson

September 29, 1999

45.

Elvis “Mac” Fishburn*

May 9, 2000

46.

Patrick G. Mumme

May 9, 2000

47.

Fred C. Chitty

May 9, 2000

48.

Karl W. Deibler

May 9, 2000

49.

James J. Mandziara

May 9, 2000

50.

Bruce J. Hover*

May 9, 2000

51.

Donald L. Kinter

May 9, 2000

52.

Michael K. Kluttz

May 9, 2000

53.

Charles A. Park*

May 9, 2000

54.

John S. McCormick

May 9, 2000

55.

John C. Johnson

May 12, 2000

56.

Jose M. Mendez

July 28, 2000

57.

Ausba F. “Ozzie” Pinkham, III

May 2, 2001

58.

Robert A. Becker*

May 2, 2001

59.

Frank P. Morse

May 2, 2001

60.

Robert L. Jarvis

May 1, 2002

61.

Nathaniel C. Wilson

May 1, 2002

62.

Robert M. Hooks

May 1, 2002

63.

James D. Miller

May 1, 2002

64.

Bruce Overbay

May 1, 2002

65.

L. Arthur Van Rooy

May 1, 2002

66.

James R. Weldon

October 29, 2003

67.

Eric Boling

October 29, 2003

68.

Felix L. Shepard

October 29, 2003

69.

Stanley L. Zaucha*

October 29, 2003

70.

Vinton A. “Bud” Doll

October 29, 2003

71.

Sandra K. Walls

October 29, 2003

Alvin T. Traynor

Member Emeritus

October 18, 2005

72.

Robert G. Scully

October 18, 2005

73.

Gerard Biscardi

October 18, 2005

74.

Red Cavaney

October 18, 2005

75.

Thomas R. Ashman

June 15, 2007

76.

Danny “Mac” Jeffreys

June 15, 2007

77.

Keith R. Coggins

June 15, 2007

78.

Charles “RICK” Potts

October 31, 2007

79. Gary Crawford October 31, 2007
80. Russ Rhodes October 31, 2007
81. Mike Uffer October 31, 2007
82. Jim Gammon April 28, 2009
83. Nate Harvey* April 28, 2009
84. Don Sumner April 28, 2009
85. Arnold A. “Tom” Thomas June 8, 2010
86. Mike Wilkinson June 10, 2010
87. Gerald E. Soper May 11, 2011
88. Lyman L. Shannon May 11, 2011
89. Jack Vance May 11, 2011
90. David Eklund* May 11, 2011
91. Michael A. Giroux May 30, 2012
92. Michael D. Hooth May 30, 2012
93. David E. Soffrin May 30, 2012
94. Karl M. Overman May 30, 2012
95. Daniel P. Cetto May 30, 2012
96. Dean Flessas November 20, 2013
97. Ron Pattie November 20, 2013
98. John Cummings November 20, 2013
99. Rick McKenna November 20, 2013
100. Michael T. Nelson November 20, 2013
101. Bob Boseman November 20, 2013
102. Kin Chow February 4, 2015
103. Gregory Bean February 4, 2015
104. Alan Watson February 4, 2015
105. John Rhode February 4, 2015
106. Marsha Davis February 4, 2015
107. Cleburne Bernhard
February 4, 2015
108. Jeffrey Baquer
February 4, 2015
109. Phill Vonholtz
April 27, 2016
110. Mark Heinrich
April 27, 2016
111. Thomas McCartin
April 27, 2016
112. Frank Rechner
April 27, 2016
113. Scott Baker
April 27, 2016
114. Stuart D. Funk
April 27, 2016
115. Stan Livingston
April 27, 2016
116 Alan Reynolds
April 27, 2016
117. James Richardson
April 27, 2016
118. Samuel Varnicle April 27, 2016
119. Mr. Willie Robohn, USN Captain (Retired) April 5, 2018
120. Jack Appoloni April 5, 2018
121. Mr. William “Bill” Necker April 5, 2018
122. Mr. John Gassett April 5, 2018
123. Joseph “Joe” Lovan April 5, 2018
124. Steve (AKA Kevin) Kephart April 5, 2018
125. Mr. John Anaya April 5, 2018
126. Ms. Carol O’Leary April 5, 2018
127. Mr. Jim Young January 27, 2019
128. Mr. John Esada January 27, 2019
129. Mr. Mary Favero January 27, 2019
130. Mr. Kevin Ward January 27, 2019
131. Mr. William McCurry January 27, 2019
132. Mr. Frank Montalvo January 27, 2019
133. Mr. Terry DeSpain January 27, 2019
134. Mr. Jon Hatcher January 27, 2019
135. Mr. Gary Boley January 27, 2019

* Deceased