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Rhonda Link Wins Top Defense Acquisition Award

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, Patuxent River, MD: The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, William A. LaPlante, announced the winners of the 2023 Defense Acquisition Workforce Awards, naming Rhonda Link, Adversary and Specialized Aircraft Program Office (PMA-226), as the winner of the Individual Achievement Award for Services Acquisition. The five annual awards, representing 24 separate categories, recognize individual and team accomplishments that advance the National Defense Strategy and support the Secretary of Defense’s priorities through excellence in acquisition. “Rhonda has done an incredible job, leading to major improvements on extremely challenging service contracts to get the Fleet the capabilities they need while enhancing competition to reduce costs,” said Capt. Gregory Sutton, PMA-226 program manager. Link, who is the PMA-226 Contracted Air Services (CAS) Fleet and Range Support team lead, manages a team of government and contractor personnel who provide critical CAS Air-to-Air Refueling (AAR) support to the Fleet and international partners, improving readiness and affordability in support of the Navy, Marine Corps and international partner customers. Aerial refueling is an essential capability that enables combat and support aircraft to remain airborne longer and cover more distance than if they had to land to refuel, Sutton said. By eliminating […]

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