A Training Air Wing FIVE (TRAWING-5) physician was recognized as the top flight surgeon for Naval Air Training Command (NATRACOM) for his professional performance supporting the mission of training Naval Aviators. The annual award recognizes the flight surgeon’s support of and dedication to flight instructors and flight students within NATRACOM during the previous calendar year.
Capt. James J. Fisher, USN, Commodore, TRAWING-5 presented the award to Lt. Cmdr. Jonathan Leibig, Jun. 12 at a ceremony in the TRAWING-5 headquarters building.
Fisher described Leibig in the award submission package as “an unselfish professional… who personally assumed additional responsibilities of a second training squadron’s personnel. [Leibig is] a brilliant manager [balancing] his daily workload of full clinic patient loads, Medical Officer of the Day watch and Medical Department Head administrative roles while finding time to personally visit with squadron members.”
Leibig ensured a greater than 95 percent medical readiness standing and logged over 2,450 patient encounters across the TRAWING-5 units. As medical student coordinator, Leibig also provided academic and clinical mentoring to six medical students and seven intern physicians resulting in 50 percent of the medical students accepting positions in the Flight Surgeon Training Program at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute.
Leibig was quick to share the recognition with his fellow flight surgeons that helped bear the responsibility of the increased workload. At one time each squadron was assigned its own flight surgeon. Now however, three flight surgeons are responsible for the six squadrons that comprise TRAWING-5, increasing overall responsibility significantly.
“I am honored to have been recognized. This award is extremely rewarding especially when considering the effort necessary to accomplish our goals. The other flight surgeons here at TRAWING-5 are equally deserving of this award and have been instrumental in covering the shortages and keeping up with the challenging demands of flight instructors and students, ensuring that these individuals are able to fly safely with minimal training delays.”
During the 2013 calendar year, Leibig was responsible for 2 squadrons totaling 120 flight instructors, and 350 students. He completed 20 flights with a total of 58.8 flight hours and submitted 17 medical waivers.
Leibig provided health and safety lectures to over 500 personnel, contributing to the safety mission of TRAWING-5. He is also an active member of the local community, helping to raise $5,000 through organized charity fitness events in the Pensacola region and promoting health and fitness awareness to the general public.
Leibig attributes his success to the guidance and leadership of Senior Flight Surgeons Lt. Paul VonHerrmann, M.D. and Capt. Robert Reuer, M.D. VonHerrmann helped to establish a strong foundation early on for Leibig when he first checked into TRAWING-5, while Reuer provided the insight and encouragement necessary to become a successful flight surgeon. Serving as the senior flight surgeon also provided opportunities in which to gain leadership experience and broaden Leibig’s overall knowledge of the requirements necessary to safely achieve mission success.
“His unselfish work ethic and positive leadership epitomized the motivated teamwork required during the year long Flight Surgeon shortage at TRAWING-5,” Fisher continued.
Leibig recently transferred to Naval Air Station Pensacola where he will continue his naval career training in the Residency in Aerospace Medicine.
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