NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, Patuxent River, Md.: The Navy’s Tomahawk Weapons System program office (PMA-280) welcomed a new program manager during a ceremony July 6 in Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Rear Adm. Stephen Tedford, Program Executive Officer for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons (PEO (U&W)), presided over the change of command ceremony where Capt. Jon Hersey relieved Capt. John Red, who will transition to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency in Arlington, Virginia later this month. “For the past year, I have watched your [Red’s] mastery of all things Tomahawk,” Tedford said. “Your perseverance and steadfast dedication to the mission has never waivered.” Red completed two tours with PMA-280 prior to assuming role of program manager in 2019. During his tenure, he led the transition from Block IV to Block V variant and oversaw a number of upgrades to the Tomahawk weapons system including the Joint Multi-Effects Warhead System and Maritime Strike Tomahawk. His team also coordinated the first multi-service procurement of Tomahawk for the Army and Marine Corps. From recertification and production efforts to innovative contracting strategies, Red recognized the entire team for their accomplishments of the last four years – 960 people strong, he said. “Mike, your team […]
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