November 21, 2015 - Entebbe, Uganda
At its recent annual aviation safety conference in Geneva, Switzerland, the United Nations World Food Program recognized Paul Ogwang, Air Serv's Director of Maintenance, for "his exceptional contribution to the international humanitarian community."
Air Serv hired Mr. Ogwang in 1987 as a gardener but quickly recognized his technical aptitude and leadership potential. The company underwrote his training in South Africa as an aircraft mechanic, and subsequently sponsored his schooling in the U.S. for FAA licensure and Inspection Authorization certification.
"For almost three decades Mr. Ogwang has served humanitarian aviation in Africa through personally hazardous deployments to disease-ravaged and war-torn areas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Liberia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Chad.
As Air Serv's Entebbe-based Director of Maintenance Mr. Ogwang leads and mentors a team of fifteen engineers, assistants, and interns servicing aircraft that fly for the World Food Program (WFP) and Medicins Sans Frontieres in South Sudan and the DRC.
Captain Samir Rajet, a UAE-based WFP Regional Aviation Safety Officer, describes Mr. Ogwang as "a humanitarian aviation leader with courage and integrity."
"Paul's professionalism and devotion to duty set the standard for safety and excellence in humanitarian aviation in Uganda, East Africa, and abroad," said Troy Conrey, Air Serv's Uganda-based Managing Director.
With a fleet of six Cessna Caravans, Air Serv specializes in "last mile" air transportation in support of East African humanitarian programs. Air Serv also provides commercial air charter, facility, and aircraft maintenance services.