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Walter & Sylvia Goldenrath Award

June 26, 2018

Walter & Sylvia Goldenrath Award

Troy Faaborg, M.S., CAsP
   Established in memory of CAPT Walter L. Goldenrath, MSC, USN(Ret.), this award is presented for the most significant contribution in the field of aerospace physiology. It was created at the bequest of CAPT Goldenrath and is funded by the Walter
and Sylvia Goldenrath Endowed Fund.

   Troy P. Faaborg, M.S., CAsP, FAsMA, received the 2018 Walter and Sylvia Goldenrath Award for his impressive history of contributions to aerospace physiology. He developed a continuing education program for Air Force physiologists, the first of its kind to identify, evaluate, and certify Aerospace Physiology-specific continuing education opportunities. He is also a subject matter expert instructor for the Air Force Medical Incident Investigation training workshop, a groundbreaking patient safety process. He has also developed counter-fatigue plans for 4,000 hours of long-duration B-2 bomber missions. As the U.S. Air Force operational fatigue expert, he traveled to Hungary in 2010 to brief the 12-nation Heavy Airlift Wing on counter-fatigue strategies during sustained operations; he won over senior officials, resulting in 24-hour operations saving $30 million annually. As the first chief of an Air Force Major Command’s Human Factors Safety division, he developed an evidence-based approach to mitigate 99% of physiological/human factors-related mishaps. Aggressive marketing of the program resulted in a reduction of $10 million in mishap-related losses in just 1 year.
   Lt. Col. Faaborg earned a B.S. in Exercise Physiology at Iowa State University in 1998 and then an M.S. in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an M.S. in Applied Human Factors Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, both in 2003. He was board certified in Aerospace Physiology in 2007. From 1988 to 1999, he was an Aerospace Physiologist at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, and then transferred to Vance AFB, OK, until 2001, when he started at the Air Force Institute of Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 2003 until 2006, he served as Human Performance Training Flight Commander at Aviano AB, Italy, and then became Chief of Human Performance Enhancement at Whiteman AFB, MO. From 2008–2010, he served as Aerospace Medicine Flight Commander at Whiteman AFB. He then took the position of Chief of the Human Factors Division at HQ AFGSC Safety Directorate at Barksdale AFB, LA, from 2010 to 2014. From 2014 to 2015, he was Principal Deputy, Air Force Human Systems Integration Office, Washington, DC, and then became Chief of Air Force Human System Integration. In 2016, he took his current position of Chief of the Aerospace and Operational Physiology Branch, Air Force Medical Support Agency, in Falls Church, VA.
   Lt. Col. Faaborg’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medical with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters. An AsMA Fellow, he has previously served as the chair of the Association’s Aerospace Physiology Certification Board and as the President of the Aerospace Physiology Society, a constituent organization of AsMA.
   In the photo to the left, Troy Faaborg (center), accepts the Goldenrath award from AsMA President Martindale (left) and Genie Bopp (right), representing the AsMA Foundation.