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U.S. Department of Energy Awards Maintenance and Logistics Contract to King Aerospace

DALLAS, TX – The U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has named King Aerospace, Inc., (KAI), prime contractor for supply chain and aircraft support services on behalf of NNSA’s Albuquerque, NM-based aircraft maintenance operations. The contract has a total estimated value of $28 million with an initial one-year base period and four one-year renewal options.

“We are honored by the Department of Energy’s selection of King Aerospace,” says Jarid King, president of King Aerospace Companies. “Our team stands ready and able to support the NNSA Service Center’s critical mission with high-quality services delivered on time and on budget, no excuses.”

Contracted services include aircraft maintenance support and logistics for NNSA’s fleet of Boeing 737-400 passenger/cargo (Combi) and DC-9 Combi aircraft. Work will be performed by a dedicated King Aerospace program team and is scheduled to begin May 16.

NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear explosive testing; works to reduce the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad. NNSA’s fleet transports nuclear weapons components, nuclear limited-life components and federal-agent taskforces.

“As a prime contractor in the global government and defense market, King Aerospace understands the vital, time-sensitive nature of aircraft support services,” says Greg Mitchell, King Aerospace vice president of government services. “Our services have stood the test of time because we are loyal to our cornerstone principles and a culture based on servant leadership and proactive problem solving.”

Upcoming Event
Stop by the King Aerospace booth, #727, at the Customs and Border Patrol Conference & Exposition, March 26-27, at the Henry Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX.

About King Aerospace
King Aerospace, Inc. (KAI), is a global operation that serves the U.S. military and government to deliver responsive aircraft maintenance and logistics support in some of the world’s most hostile, remote and harsh locations. KAI, a FAA-authorized Repair Station, operates facilities in El Paso, TX; Albuquerque, NM; Camp Humphreys, Korea; and 24/7 logistics outposts around the world. Additional services include global support; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR); logistics; maintenance; modifications and program management. Its sister company, King Aerospace Commercial Corporation (KACC), is a leading one-stop provider of aircraft services with offices and facilities in Dallas, TX; Ardmore, OK; and Albuquerque, NM. KACC is a GE OnPoint™ service center. It specializes in avionics, interiors, maintenance and paint. KACC is an authorized FAA and EASA Repair Station. Both KAI and KACC are AS9110C-certified. KAI was founded in 1992 and KACC in 1993 as family-run, highly principled businesses based on servant leadership.

*CFM56 is a trademark of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines.


It didn’t surprise me when I learned that my 275-pound son Jarid, who played defensive tackle at Oklahoma State, agreed to wear a pink wig to raise funds for breast cancer. Back in September he wore a red sequined strapless dress, red high heels and a wig to participate in a singing assignment made by the President of Boeing Business Jets at Boeing’s annual Owners and Operators Conference in Seattle, Washington. Singing background to the song “My Girl” was most appropriate at the time! If truth be known, I kind of think Jarid enjoyed the wardrobe and accessories.



It seems like it was only yesterday, but it was over 35 years ago when I sat at a table at a prestigious Dallas country club with the late Herb Kelleher and the now retired Colleen Barrett. I was a rookie in the aviation industry running Associated Air Center and I was in awe of them and the fact that they had invited me for lunch. Shortly after arriving at the country club, I asked them why they wanted to have lunch with me. Their sincere response was they wanted to get to know everyone at the Dallas Love Field Airport. Herb insisted that I have a drink with him as he enjoyed his Wild Turkey at lunch that day. I told him that I was dumb enough sober and would only get dumber if I had a drink that early in the day.



Recently I was sitting with my 31 year old daughter, Jacqueline, at my ranch in a deer blind that I named “Daddy Daycare” many years ago. This “distraction free” quiet environment gave me plenty of time to think and “be present.” Our mission was to harvest (shoot) some wild feral hogs or whitetail deer as part of our game management program.



This past Veteran’s Day I attended my church’s evening service honoring our military veterans as I do each year. As always, it was a wonderful service with a lot of patriotic music. Veterans attending often wear or display something to reflect their branch of service. This year, I promised myself that I would not let tears form in my eyes, which is what normally happens when I think of all the men and women who have served our country and are currently serving it. I also think about the countless other service organizations and people who have careers that serve the public like police officers, fire fighters, teachers and health care providers. Once again, I failed to keep my promise and tears flowed during the service.



I suppose a sign of getting older is going back to places where memories were created in our youth. I attended college in San Marcos, Texas, which is not far from Luckenbach, Texas. You might remember the song “Luckenbach, Texas,” which was sung by Willie Nelson, among others. Back in the 1970’s, my friends and I would go to Luckenbach and buy beer from the once famous Mayor of Luckenbach, Hondo Crouch. Some 40 years later, despite never liking beer, I went to Luckenbach to have a beer. The place had not changed much over the years, which makes it special.



Have you ever lost hope in your life and wondered what your purpose was, even if just for a moment? There have been times in my life when I dealt with this. Sometimes I question myself for a few seconds and other times for a more extended time. When I was a young pilot, my instructor (who was my friend) and I would get excited when there were severe thunderstorms in the area. We would take a light twin engine Piper and head toward the storms. We experienced all sorts of rough rides and thought we were invincible. Then one day we went through the anvil of a storm that gave us the ride of a lifetime. The two engines on the Piper had no impact on the down drafts of the storm.  The flight controls were hardly responsive. By the grace of God we were able to control the aircraft as we were pushed toward the ground and we landed at the nearest airport. As we waited for someone to arrive and drive us back to Dallas, we wondered if we would ever get into another aircraft. During that flight there were moments that we had lost all hope of controlling our destiny and we damn sure lost our purpose and passion to fly for a living!



If you are taking the time to read this, you deserve some “insider information.” There are good things in the future of KING AEROSPACE (KA) and I thought I would share some of them. I assume you are interested in what we are doing or you wouldn’t (and shouldn’t) be reading this.



Last month I had my fourth back surgery over the past 15 years. I had some additional hardware installed next to my existing hardware, to help slow down the aging process. Having had knee, shoulder, and back surgery, I am pretty much like a trained seal in dealing with the process. The painful part of this surgery process was the letter I got a copy of prior to my surgery. The insurance carrier was telling my world-renowned doctors how they should do their job and what they would pay for and would not. I hate all insurance because it’s complex, expensive, and often fails to include what we thought should have been included. I tried to read the letter full of big words that we didn’t understand. I was not worried because my doctor’s assistant assured me that all would be fine, and she would deal with the insurance carrier. The only thing I understood in “medical talk” in the letter was that they questioned how my doctor would harvest some bones from me that would be put in my back. For me, that was too much information. So, being the crazy half-Puerto Rican that I am, my mind began to come up with a solution.




I took a couple days off to rest my mind and body but it didn’t work! What did happen is that I dreamed about my many memories and friends from Southwest Airlines. When I woke up the next morning, I wrote down my thoughts without hesitation..




I need to take a little time to brag on our KING AEROSPACE team. The team consists of people all over the world supporting corporate, government and military aircraft who are passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of others. Their passion and performance is very noticeable. This is not just my opinion — those that we serve often tell me about the “little things” as well as the “big things” that KA team members do for customers and I read about them in written performance reviews. Our team does the right things for the right reasons with the right attitudes.




As a young boy, I got excited when the circus came to town. The anticipation would start when I would see the colorful posters on buses and telephone poles announcing its arrival. At school, the kids would all be talking about it, creating a great hype. I seldom got to go, but each year I would get very excited about the circus.



A couple of Sundays ago I was at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center to begin my annual inspection (an aviation term). You might know that over ten years ago I was first diagnosed with kidney cancer and then a year later with bladder cancer. Thank goodness they both were caught in the early stages!



An old aviation friend called me not too long ago. He is retired now but 35 years ago was the Director of Aviation for a major oil-related company. When I was at Associated Air Center this man was the definition of “aviation cool” and reeked of professionalism. He flew corporate jets of all sizes, including airline-sized VIP aircraft operated by his company. He was always polite and kind to me, the rookie in the industry. After I left Associated, the very first day I was going out to make cold calls to find some sorely needed income for KING AEROSPACE and to feed my young family, I decided to have an early breakfast at the “Original Pancake House” near Love Field before I made my first sales call. There he was, finishing his breakfast. I told him that it was fate that I would run into him on the very first day I began a new chapter in my life. He assured me that I would do fine and told me that he believed in me, or words to that affect. I remember like it was yesterday that his words put tears in my eyes to think that someone so successful and well respected in the aviation industry would say such kind things. The rest is history. I was blessed to have gotten KING AEROSPACE “off the ground” and have been able to avoid any “hard landings”, all by the grace of God.



At KING AEROSPACE, earning the right to wear the gold wings on your chest is something that is taken very seriously. Once an employee earns the right to wear the gold KING AEROSPACE wings, the employee is presented the wings in a formal ceremony. The KA logo is embroidered on a shirt presented to the employee. Hats, jackets and additional shirts with the KA logo embroidered on them are sometimes awarded at a later date.



Happy New Year! May 2018 bring only great things for you and your family! I keep a constant reminder of how I should live hanging on the walls of the places where you will routinely find me. It is on the wall of my residence bedroom, my KACC Ardmore apartment, my office in Addison and in my ranch house. I need the daily reminder to help keep me focused and I pray that I live up to the printed words. I borrowed these words years ago from someone to help guide me in my daily life and I want to share them with you. May you all find them helpful and meaningful in your own lives. May we all live up to them all of the days of 2018 with God’s favor!



I am a little reluctant to share this story but saying something that might be embarrassing has never stopped me before so here goes: I don’t recall my father ever telling me he loved me. I knew he loved me but he just never did say it. I freely tell my kids that I love them and strive to demonstrate my love to my wife of 31 years. I’ve said it to others but at times it just felt a little strange.READ MORE


It was recently announced that my old company, Associated Air Center (AAC), will be closing at the end of this year. It is sad to see a seventy year old company go away. Unfortunately, there are several other businesses that you and I can also recall shutting down in a number of other industries.




I don’t know about you, but I feel awful! It seems that every day, when I watch the evening news while eating dinner, I see devastation created as a result of the recent hurricanes and flooding.




On August 12, 2017, I had the honor to be present with my family at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, my boyhood church in San Antonio, as a childcare center was dedicated in honor of my mother, Angela King Mosley. Mom was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico as Angela Echevarria and then married my dad and became Angela King. After my father’s death, she remarried and became known as Angela King Mosley.READ MORE


I have a true confession about my communication challenges. It’s a little embarrassing, but here it is: I still own and use a flip phone! Not only is it a flip phone, but the Puerto Rican in me moved me to customize it. I put J-B weld where there once was a display that showed the time and date and I filled in the camera lens.



Two weeks ago, I was standing out on the ramp at KACC’s Ardmore facility in the hot Oklahoma sun. I was shoulder to shoulder with others from KACC in our standard aircraft delivery formation, showing our respect to the customer and crew that had just entrusted us with their project and lives.



When I hear the word “paranoia” I think negatively of a mental condition. But, being “paranoid” is not always negative. Two of our KING AEROSPACE Cornerstone Principles require demonstrating “Pro-Active/Problem Solving Attitudes” and “Quality in Everything (“No Excuses”).” Living principles and professed convictions of service to God, Country and Family creates in me a very conscious and never ending paranoia. I do not want to fail those who place their trust in us.



I finally made it to the “Promised Land!!” I guess I need to add that I was not able to stay, so I am back at work trying harder to be able to one day permanently reside in the “Promised Land” up above.



I, like you, am blessed to find myself surrounded by Angels and Heroes if I just take the time to look around. I don’t know how many I have overlooked, but I can thankfully think of some of those I have made the effort to see.