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Aviation Common Support Equipment program office welcomes new program manager

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, MD - The Aviation Common Support Equipment program office (PMA-260) welcomed a new program manager during a small ceremony held May 14 in Patuxent River.

Mr. Gary Kurtz, member of the senior executive service and program executive officer, aviation common systems and commercial services (PEO(CS)) presided over the change of command where Capt. Robert Burgess assumed command of PMA-260 from Capt. Tom Dall. Aligned with the Centers for Disease Control guidance and in an abundance of caution, PEO(CS) conducted the small ceremony with only immediate family and colleagues who were spaced six feet apart.

Kurtz said he credits Dall’s resilience and tenacity for always achieving the mission “even working many nights after hours and on weekends” and said his team was “equally motivated to ensure the warfighter always had the right support equipment they needed on time every time.”

As the Aviation Common Support Equipment program manager, Dall led a diverse workforce of team members across multiple sites. Under his leadership, the program office executed over 700 contract actions, more than 350 involving small businesses. Kurtz said, “Dall's advocacy of small business during his tenure supported the defense industrial base, accelerated new capabilities delivered to the warfighter, and improved fleet readiness with enhanced support equipment for aircraft maintenance and repair”. Dall was recognized for his contributions in support of NAVAIR’s Small Business Program and was awarded the 2019 Commander’s Award for Small Business Advocacy.

Dall met an urgent Commander, Naval Air Forces requirement to procure three 1010 Oil Preservation trucks to provide F/A-18 and EA-16G aircraft fuel system/engine preservation capability. Using an abbreviated acquisition strategy, his team ensured the oil preservation equipment was acquired and fielded to three sites within 67 days. “These efforts led to the timely preservation of these aircraft and greatly contributed to naval aviation readiness,” said Kurtz.

“These achievements are not mine alone,” said Dall. “My team did this, and they all work very hard to deliver increased capability to the warfighter every day.” It is not just about the milestones that are accomplished; it is about the team. “It’s been a great honor to be part of this team that has been delivering effective aviation common support equipment to the warfighter in a very seamless way,” said Dall.  “I trust that this program office will continue to provide support equipment that meets warfighter needs with Burgess as their leader,” he said.

Dall will retire from the Navy after 37 years of service.

Burgess began his career in the Navy in 1989, and was later selected for the Broadened Opportunities for Officer Selection and Training program. Upon graduation from University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor of arts degree in history, he was commissioned as an ensign in 1998.

From 1998 to 2009, he served in a variety of shore and sea tours, including Aviation Maintenance Officers School at NAS Pensacola, Fla. and Strike-Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192, where he served as avionics/armament division officer, material control officer, quality assurance officer, and assistant maintenance officer. Burgess deployed aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and various multi-national military exercises.

In 2009, Burgess served a program office tour at PMA-260, where he served as the deputy integrated product team lead for the electronic consolidated automated support system until 2011.

From 2011 to 2013, he deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). While there, he served as the aircraft intermediate maintenance department assistant maintenance officer and maintenance/material control officer. From 2013 to 2014, Burgess served as shore readiness officer for Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic.

From 2014 to 2016, he served a sea tour aboard the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), where he supported the ship as the aircraft intermediate maintenance department officer, deploying to the western Pacific in support of freedom of navigation operations.

In 2016, Burgess returned to NAVAIR and was assigned to the F/A-18 and EA-18G program office (PMA-265), where he served as the assistant program manager for logistics.

From March 2018 to March 2020, Burgess supported PMA-260 as the assistant program manager for automated test equipment and as military deputy program manager for aviation common support equipment.

In addition to his bachelor of arts degree, Burgess is also a graduate of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School with a master of business administration degree in logistics management.

His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (three), Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two), and multiple unit awards.

“Our focus at PMA-260 is to continue to provide our nation and warfighters with the vital support equipment they need to fight and win,” said Burgess.  “I am excited to be joining the team in working hard to achieve our mission.”

PMA-260 manages the procurement, development and fielding of common ground support equipment and automatic test equipment that supports every type/model/series aircraft within the Naval Aviation Enterprise.

Committed to reduce life cycle costs, right size the aviation support equipment inventory footprint, and modernize automatic test systems and ground support equipment, PMA-260 leads the development and maintenance of the naval aviation support equipment (SE) program investment strategy/process oversight to ensure optimization of support, development of common support equipment requirements, and SE standardization throughout naval aviation.

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