Michael “Hitch” Combe—Chair
Michael retired from the FAA in 2016 after a 27-year career at Houston and Seattle Centers and FAA Headquarters. He joined FAAMA in 2009 and volunteered as a member of the Communications Committee and took over the management of the FAAMA website. In 2010 he was elected Southwest Regional Director. Michael held this position until his appointment as FAAMA Director of Communications in January of 2014. At the FAAMA Board of Directors Meeting on May 6, 2018, Michael was appointed and confirmed as the first Chair of the FAAMA Foundation.
Andy Singer is the Manager of the MRO & Supply Chain Branch, Radar Product Division of the FAA Logistics Center. He has been a Manager in the Logistics Center for over 10 years, leading a team of four Section Managers and 85 personnel supporting the National Airspace System’s Surveillance, Beacon, and Weather Systems. His FAA career began in 1995 after serving for more than 10 years in the United States Marine Corps.
Andy joined FAAMA in 2014 and has become increasingly active in Chapter 382 at the Aeronautical Center, recently becoming Chapter Vice President. He attended the Gathering of Eagles each year for the last three years, and as a result, became a supporter of the FAAMA PAC.
His passions are education and leadership: he lives by the core principle of leading from the trenches. Under his leadership many teams as well as individual employees have been recognized for numerous accomplishments and achieved organizational and personal goals.
Currently, Ms. Rush is on a detail to the Air Traffic Organization’s (ATO’s) Management Services, Technical Labor, AJG-L1, as an Executive Technical Representative. Since 2006, her permanent position of record is Air Traffic Manager, Torrance Airport Traffic Control Tower (ATCT), Torrance, CA. In 2004, Ms. Rush became Operations Supervisor at Torrance ATCT. In 2000, as an Air Traffic Control Specialist, she was promoted to John Wayne ATCT from Santa Monica ATCT, where she began her FAA career in 1996.
Additionally, Ms. Rush volunteers for Professional Women Controllers, Inc. (PWC). She served over 20 years on PWC’s Board of Directors, first as Western-Pacific Regional Director, then as Vice President and President. Currently, she is PWC Parliamentarian and PWC representative on the ATO Leadership and Career Development (LCD) Partnership. For SkyOne Federal Credit Union, Ms. Rush has served as Supervisory Committee Chair of the since 2015. Prior to becoming Chair, she was a Supervisory Committee member from 2010 to 2014.
Ms. Rush has received many awards from the Department of Transportation (DOT), FAA, and PWC including the DOT Secretary’s Award for EEO, two FAA Administrator’s Awards for EEO, and one for Making a Difference in the Workplace. Plus, she received the Western-Pacific Regional Administrator’s Golden West Award for her efforts to provide training and a mentor program to employees at no expense to the Agency and received PWC’s highest honor—Professional of the Year—along with several President’s Awards.
In 1993, Ms. Rush received a BS in Air Traffic Management from Hampton University, Hampton, VA and in August 2009, received an MBA from California State University, Long Beach, CA, graduating summa cum laude in both programs.