B-2 Program Office wins prestigious acquisition awards
By By Brian Brackens, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Public Affairs
/ Published September 30, 2020
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s B-2 Program Office was recently recognized with the 2019 Dr. James G. Roche Sustainment Excellence Award, as well as the 2019 David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award.
Named after the 20th Secretary of the Air Force, who served from 2001 to 2005, the Roche Award is given to the Air Force aircraft program office that has the most improved performance in fleet sustainment during a given fiscal year.
The Packard Award is named in honor of David Packard, a former deputy secretary of defense and co-founder and chairman of the Hewlett-Packard Company, and is presented to teams and organizations in the Department of Defense that achieved acquisition excellence.
Over the course of 2019, the program office has spearheaded a number of initiatives to improve the performance and reliability of the B-2, which led to the aircraft achieving the highest mission capability rate in its history.
Some of these initiatives include developing classified networks, fielding updates, and ensuring the integrity of the plane’s stealth capabilities.
In addition, the office has used innovative contracting actions to increase competition for key programs such as the Next-Gen Zonal Radar Program, which seeks to improve how stealth is evaluated on the aircraft.
“It’s truly a great honor to win these awards,” said Col. Cory Brown, the B-2 Program Manager. “They are another validation of the years of dedication and hard work our team has put into supporting this aircraft, and ensuring it remains a critical piece of our nation’s defense.”