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Stapp Award: Lindley Bark

July 05, 2022

Stapp Award: Lindley Bark

This award was established and sponsored by Environmental Tectonics Corporation to honor Col. John Paul Stapp, USAF (Ret.). The award is given annually to recognize outstanding contributions in the field of aerospace biomechanics and to promote progress in protection from injury resulting from ejection, vibration, or impact.

A white man with greying dark hair wearing a blue and white pinstriped shirt, a dark blue tie with a light grey or light blue pattern, and a black jacket is framed by an American flag on the left and the U.S. Navy flag on the right. Behind him is a medium purple background.Lindley Bark, B.S., was presented the 2022 John Paul Stapp Award for his leadership in the development, testing, validation, and unparalleled rapid field deployment of the U.S. Navy MH-60S helicopter gunner seats in under 3 years. This crashworthy seating system meets all required acute and chronic injury mitigation requirements and has resulted in virtually all aircrew reporting improved accommodation, less pain, and slower progression of existing mus culoskeletal symptoms. Mr. Bark initiated the pilot gunner seat redesign feasibility project in 2015. An early prototype gunner seat system was developed, fabricated, and evaluated in two flights in November 2016. As a result, a program of record was established in June 2017 with Mr. Bark as the overarching technical leader. This project was executed at an unparalleled pace and reached initial operating capability in November 2019 with the resulting seating system completely fielded in November 2020 and represents the first time a seating system has been developed and fielded to relieve extreme chronic injury, medical disability, and mission effectiveness issues among fleet aircrew. During its development, Mr. Bark led the rapid in-house research and development of new tech nologies, design/integration, and novel numerical modeling validation methods in an operational environment.