NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md.–The Naval Aviation Training Systems and Ranges Program Office (PMA-205) welcomed new leadership during a change of command ceremony June 10 at Patuxent River.
Captain Lisa “Peppy” Sullivan handed over leadership to Captain Kevin “Triper” McGee during a ceremony with more than 200 family members, friends and co-workers at the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron One (VX-1) hangar.
President Marci Spiotta, acting program director for Common Aviation Systems and Commercial Services (PEO (CS)), credited Sullivan’s leadership style, focus on her people, and commitment to preparing and to the provision of capabilities to the warfighter as keys to PMA -205 mission accomplishment.
“I am honored to be here today to celebrate your dedication, focus and commitment as an expert leader,” Spiotta said. “Programs in the PMA-205 portfolio directly support the warfighter, from highly technical training systems to training ranges that prepare our warfighters for high-end combat.”
Spiotta said Sullivan left an indelible mark on the PEO as a successful collaborative leader in charge of a myriad of programs operating under heavy congressional oversight, while navigating the complexities of COVID and the work environment. hybrid – all of which she scaled with ease.
Spiotta was among many female leaders from the fleet and Patuxent River who participated in the event. Capt. Jill Cesari served as a retired lecturer and sideboys included Capt. Anna Boyd, Capt. Margaret Wilson, Capt. Marilisa Gibellato and Lt. Cmdr. Brigitte Torem.
“This speaks volumes about the progress the company and the Navy have made on equality and diversity; but make no mistake, these ladies represent the best of the best, regardless of gender,” Sullivan said.
As Program Manager, Sullivan successfully led a diverse and inclusive team supporting the acquisition and lifecycle support of training systems, simulators, and the recapitalization and enhancement of training lines. She oversaw the Space Transformation Pilot, a program that paved the way for future remote working and flexible office spaces, and served as a model for the rest of NAVAIR during the COVID-19 pandemic. “At the start of my tour, I challenged each of you to stop thinking of training as an enabler and start thinking of it as lethality,” Sullivan told the PMA-team. 205. “I have always insisted that training equals lethality and over the past three years we have accomplished our mission, with urgency, to get the fleet better trained faster.”
Under Sullivan’s direction, PMA-205 acquired and installed an additional total of 500 square nautical miles of Instrumented Underwater Warfare Training (USWTR) range in the littoral waters of the Atlantic Ocean and assigned several recapitalization and construction contracts for training fields. His team also steered the Tactical Combat Training System Increment II program to low-throughput initial production.
Sullivan oversaw the installation of the new Normobaric Hypoxia Trainer as well as the mask on the breathing apparatus, both aimed at reducing potential physiological episodes? a top security priority for the Navy. She also led the expansion of the Navy’s live constructive and distributed virtual mission training and spearheaded numerous high-fidelity related training events, providing hundreds of training systems to the fleet at during his three-year term.
Sullivan will retire after more than 26 years of dedicated service to the Navy.
McGee, a graduate of Duke University, brings a wealth of experience to the job with a career that spans more than 24 years of Navy service. McGee attended the US Naval States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) Co-op Program and graduated from the Air Force Institute of Technology with a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering. After completing the USNTPS, he was assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 31, where he led the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G software and weapons test programs and was selected as the 2008 VX-31 test pilot of the Year.
McGee was then assigned to VFA-41 Black Aces, where he served as an operational department chief and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was then transferred to the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) where he served as the Integrated Pilot Training Product Team Leader and Joint Technical Data Manager, supporting the initial set up of training F-35 pilots at several locations.
In 2014, he returned to China Lake, Calif., to serve as a military assistant at the F/A-18 and EA-18G Advanced Weapons Laboratory, where he led flight test development efforts. In 2016, McGee moved into a program management role as the T-45 Integrated Product Team Leader in the Naval Undergraduate Flight Training Systems program office. His team has been honored with consecutive NAVAIR Commander’s Awards for outstanding acquisition performance and fleet responsiveness while mitigating T-45 physiological episodes.
In 2018, McGee returned to the F-35 JPO to serve as deputy program manager of the F-35 Maintenance Systems Program Management Office, where he led a team providing maintenance management capabilities to three U.S. services, seven partner countries and four foreign countries. military sales customers.
Prior to taking command of PMA-205, McGee served as director of the air systems group in the aeronautics division of the Naval Air Warfare Center.
“PMA-205 is a program office focused on combatant capability, affordability and readiness,” McGee said. “I am both proud and thrilled to join such a talented and diverse tea party and look forward to fulfilling our mission with determination and determination.”
About the PMA-205
The PMA-205 provides full lifecycle acquisition of naval aviation training platforms, general training systems, training range instrumentation systems, and distributed mission training centers to deliver Navy and Marine Corps pilots, Navy flight officers, aircrew and maintainers the required training equipment to provide superior capability and operational readiness. The program office manages flight simulators, part task trainers, maintenance trainers, airborne and underwater training range instrumentation, threat systems and associated programs to ensure optimum performance for naval aviation.