Gulf Coast aerospace
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MARCH 2021

Contract: Raytheon, $72.7M
Raytheon Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is
awarded a $72,676,540 fixed-price-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee order
(N0001921F0325) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement
(N0001917G0005). This order provides non-recurring engineering for early identification,
development, and qualification of corrections to operational issues, to include safety,
reliability, maintainability issues identified through fleet usage. Additionally, this order
provides continued engine maturation; evaluations of component life limits based on
operational experience; improvements to operational readiness; and reduction of
maintenance and life cycle costs in support of the F-35 Lighting II Program Propulsion
system - F135 component improvement program. Work will be performed in East Hartford
(85%); and Indianapolis, Ind. (15%), and is expected to be completed in September 2027.
Fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of
$21,000,000; and fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation (Air Force) funds
in the amount of 10,953,000 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at
the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/31/21) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: Lockheed, $7.8M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a
$7,842,572 modification (P00012) to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract
(N0001920C0037). This modification exercises options to provide deficiency investigations
and corrections to the fielded Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) Development
Labs and development of capabilities to be added to the ALIS in support of the F-35 Joint
Strike Fighter program for the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and non-U.S. Department of
Defense (DOD) participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected
to be completed in March 2022. Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance (Navy) funds in the
amount of $1,727,250; fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance (Air Force) funds in the
amount of $1,727,249; fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation (Air Force)
funds in the amount of $1,486,191; fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation
(Navy) funds in the amount of $1,486,190; and non-U.S. DOD participant funds in the
amount of $1,415,693 will be obligated at time of award, $3,454,499 of which will expire at
the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River,
Maryland, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/31/21) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: Global Connections, $67.9M
Global Connections to Employment, Pensacola, Fla., was awarded a $67,894,270 firm-fixed-
price contract for dining facility attendant services at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Bids
were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be
determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of March 29, 2026. U.S.
Army Field Directorate Office, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, is the contracting activity (W9124J-
21-D-0003). (Source: DoD, 03/31/21)

NAS Pensacola, Whiting honored
The NAS Pensacola and NAS Whiting Field Community, home to Naval Station Pensacola
and Naval Air Station Whiting Field but counted as one community, is one of five
communities nationwide named to the 2021 Class of Great American Defense Communities.
The Association of Defense Communities (ADC) made the announcement in conjunction
with USAA, the program’s official sponsor. The communities recognized by the program
demonstrate exemplary work in improving the quality of life of military personnel and their
families through programs, initiatives and partnerships in their regions. The 2021 class also
includes Altus, Oklahoma; Coastal Georgia; Everett, Washington; and Great Falls, Montana.
The program is in its sixth year. Communities are chosen through a competitive nomination
process based on community building and integration, support and collaboration, and
educational and employment opportunities, and family support. This year, diversity and
inclusion initiatives and COVID-19 programs were taken into consideration. (Source:
Pensacola News Journal, 03/30/21)

Tyndall will get three F-35 squadrons
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Three new long-promised F-35 squadrons are officially
coming to Tyndall Air Force Base following base redesigns underway since Hurricane
Michael in 2018. According to an Air Force press release on Monday, a record of decision
was issued by the Air Force to make Tyndall the site of three new squadrons of the F-35.
The first set of F-35s will arrive in September 2023. Each squadron will have 24 Joint Strike
Fighters, totaling 72 aircraft assigned to Tyndall's 325th Fighter Wing once full mission
capability is achieved. Tyndall was selected in part for infrastructure capability, airspace,
and quality of life for airmen, the press release stated. Tyndall is part of the Gulf Range
Complex, which is part of 130,000 square miles of training airspace over the Gulf of Mexico
and is one of the few ranges in the U.S. capable of supporting large-scale air combat
training, officials wrote. Direct access to this range is essential for fifth-generation fighter
readiness and for live-fire testing and training.(Sources: multiple, including WMBB, 03/29/21,
Destin Log, 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 03/30/21) To the west of Tyndall, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is a center for F-35 training and is home to reprogramming labs. Previous

Relativity on track for summer test
Relativity Space is on track to ship the second stage of its 3D-printed rocket to Stennis
Space Center, Miss. for testing this summer. The California-based company was founded
with the goal of using 3D printing to manufacture pretty much the entirety of a small rocket.
Whether it will ultimately be successful getting into space has yet to be seen, but the
company's 3D printing technology does seem to be working. In an interview with Ars
Technica, Relativity CEO Tim Ellis said the company recently printed the second stage that
will be used on the inaugural flight of the Terran 1 rocket, right now scheduled before the
end of 2021. The stage was printed at a rate of about 1 linear foot per day, so in printer time
it took about three weeks in total to produce the 20-foot tall second stage. "We're now
confident in this build process," Ellis said. "Not only is the second stage now completed, but
we're 75 percent of the way through printing the rocket's first stage." With the printing
complete, the company has begun installing an Aeon vacuum engine, avionics, and a
separation system for the first stage. Assuming a successful test campaign in Mississippi,
the stage will then be moved to Florida, where it will be integrated with the first stage for
launch. There will be no payload with the first launch, but the second will carry a payload for
NASA. With a maximum capacity of 1.25 metric tons to low-Earth orbit, the Terran 1 rocket
has a base price of $12 million. It will slot into an increasingly competitive market for small
launch vehicles. (Source: Ars Technica, 03/24/21) For a story on Relativity at Stennis Space
Center, see page 3, Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor Newsletter, June 2020.

Soldier dies at Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — A soldier died while undergoing Ranger training at Eglin
Air Force Base, according to a Friday news release from the Army's Maneuver Center of
Excellence at Fort Benning, Ga.
Spc. James A. Requenez, 28, of San Antonio, Texas, died during the swamp phase of
Ranger training at the 6th Ranger Training Battalion, headquartered at Eglin Air Force Base
at Camp James E. Rudder southwest of Crestview. According to an Army news release,
Requenez died during training and was taken to the Eglin hospital, where he was
pronounced dead Thursday. (Sources: multiple, including Northwest Florida Daily News,
WEAR-TV, 03/26/21)

Robot dogs patrol Tyndall
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Semi-autonomous robot dogs were delivered to Tyndall
Air Force Base on March 22 for integration into the 325th Security Forces Squadron. The
purpose of the Quad-legged Unmanned Ground Vehicles (Q-UGVs) is to add an extra level
of protection to the base. The robot dogs, designed by Ghost Robotics and Immersive
Wisdom, are the first of their kind to be integrated onto a military installation and one of
many innovation-based initiatives to begin at Tyndall. “As a mobile sensor platform, the Q-
UGVs will significantly increase situational awareness for defenders,” said Mark Shackley,
Tyndall Program Management Office security forces program manager. “They can patrol the
remote areas of a base while defenders can continue to patrol and monitor other critical
areas of an installation.” The robot dogs can navigate difficult terrain, operate in minus 40-
degree to 131-degree conditions and have 14 sensors to create 360-degree awareness.
They have a crouch mode that lowers their center-of-gravity and a high-step mode that
alters leg mobility. Tyndall is considered an ideal base to host the new robot dogs with its
ongoing rebuild. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 03/25/21)

Tyndall trying virtual reality
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Tyndall Air Force base near Panama City, Fla., is
testing out new virtual reality technology at the "installation of the future." Tyndall, heavily
damaged by Hurricane Michael in 2018, is the first  Air Force base to use a digital copy of a
real-world place during its rebuilding. The technology uses drones, lasers, and camera suits
to create an accurate map of a place, resulting in a virtual reality that helps make repairs
more quickly and efficiently. "The digital twin will help inform decision-makers and leaders
here on the base, with respect to facilities management, planning, workforce planning,
security vulnerabilities," said Lowell Usrey, Tyndall's integration division chief. The virtual
reality training aspect will help military members train for high-risk situations, without the
actual risk. (Source: WJHG/WECP, 03/26/21)

Contract: Kratos-MSI, $60.7M
Kratos-MSI, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., was awarded a $60,729,307 hybrid (cost-no-fee, cost-
plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price) contract to support the Army Ground Aerial Target Control
System, including software updating, cyber security inspections and installation of
replacement parts. Bids were solicited via the internet with two received. Work locations and
funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of April 4,
2028. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity (W900KK-
21-D-0001). (Source: DoD, 03/25/21)

Contending plane topic of panel
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - One of the planes contending to be the Special Operation
Command's new multi-mission aircraft will be the topic of a panel discussion during the April
14 TeCMEN Industry Day. The final panel will include representatives from Leidos, Vertex
Solutions, and Paramount Group USA, which have teamed up to offer the Bronco II for the
Armed Overwatch program, designed to find an armed replacement for the aging and
unarmed U-28 Draco. It's intended to perform close combat air support beyond surveillance.
The Leidos-Vertex team plans to build it in Crestview, Fla. U.S. special operations forces
need a new armed intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft to fully support all
its missions, Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke, head of U.S. Special Operations Command, told
the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 25. At least four aircraft manufacturing
teams are participating in the contest: Sierra Nevada-Embraer; Textron Aviation Defense;
Air Tractor; and Leidos.The one-day industry day, hosted by the Technology Coast
Manufacturing and Engineering Network (TeCMEN) is at the Destin Fort Walton Beach
Convention Center. (Source: GCRL, 03/26/21)

Contract: Raytheon, $518.4M
Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $518,443,821 firm-fixed-
price, incentive contract for Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM)
Production Lot 34, with priced options for Lots 35 and 36. This basic contract award
provides for the production of the Lot 34 AMRAAMs, Captive Air Training Missiles (CATMs),
guidance sections, AMRAAM Telemetry System (ATS), initial and field spares, and other
production engineering support hardware and activities. Work will be performed in Tucson,
Arizona, and is expected to be completed Dec. 31, 2023. This contract involves unclassified
Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Indonesia, Japan, Portugal,
Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, South Korea, and Qatar. Fiscal 2019 Air Force missile
procurement funds in the amount of $5,348,048; fiscal 2020 Air Force missile procurement
funds in the amount of $108,158,773; fiscal 2019 Navy weapons procurement funds in the
amount of $26,003,961; fiscal 2020 Navy weapons procurement funds in the amount of
$77,192,047; fiscal 2021 Navy weapons procurement funds in the amount of $3,804,680;
fiscal 2020 Air Force research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) funds in the
amount of $5,306,972; fiscal 2021 Air Force RDT&E funds in the amount of $3,877,865;
fiscal 2020 Navy RDT&E funds in the amount of $2,216,700; fiscal 2021 Navy RDT&E funds
in the amount of $2,043,378; fiscal 2021 Air Force operation and maintenance (O&M) funds
in the amount of $378,993; fiscal 2021 Army O&M funds in the amount of $497,466; and
FMS funds in the amount of $283,614,938 are being obligated at the time of award. Air
Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity
(FA8675-21-C-0034). (Source: DoD, 03/26/21)

Contract: Northrop, $98.9M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is awarded a $98,900,000
modification (P00013) to a previously awarded, fixed-priced incentive (firm-target) contract
(N0001919C0008). This modification increases the scope and provides for one additional
low rate initial production Lot Five MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system. Work will be
performed in San Diego, Calif. (24.6%); Red Oak, Texas (15%); Baltimore, Md. (10.9%);
Palmdale, Calif. (10.8%); Salt Lake City, Utah (6.8%); Bridgeport, W.Va. (5.8%);
Indianapolis, Ind. (5.3%); Moss Point, Miss. (4.2%); San Clemente, Calif. (1.7%); New Town,
N.D. (1.2%); Waco, Texas (1.2%); various locations within the continental U.S. (11.9%); and
various locations outside the continental United States (0.6%), and is expected to be
completed in January 2025. Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of
$80,800,895; fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $10,069,000;
and fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $8,030,105 will be
obligated at the time of award, of which $8,030,105 will expire at the end of the current fiscal
year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 03/26/21)

Contract: Lockheed, $36M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $35,951,113 modification (P00062)
to a previously awarded, cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N0001912C0070). This
modification increases the scope for the Network Interface Unit Gen II scope in support of
the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program for Foreign Military Sales (FMS)
customers. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (50%); and an undisclosed location outside
the continental U.S. (50%), and is expected to be completed in September 2025. FMS funds
in the amount of $35,951,113 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at
the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/26/21) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: Lockheed, $26.8M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $26,793,697 modification (P00061)
to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N0001912C0070). This
modification increases scope to provide support for the engineering tools, data, and related
training for the sustainment of the flight test instrumentation air system for one of the F-35
Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers, as well as additional
FMS customer unique requirements. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (90%); and an
undisclosed location outside the continental U.S. (10%), and is expected to be completed in
December 2023. FMS funds in the amount of $26,793,697 will be obligated at time of award,
none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/26/21) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and
reprogramming labs.

Contract: Lockheed, $13.7M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $13,699,128 modification (P00060)
to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N0001912C0070). This
modification adds scope in support of sustainment efforts for flight test instrumentation air
systems to include customer unique requirements for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike
Fighter program for Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customer. Work will be performed in Fort
Worth, Texas (90%); and an undisclosed location outside the continental U.S. (10%), and is
expected to be completed in December 2022. FMS funds in the amount of $13,699,128 will
be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 03/26/21) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35
training center and reprogramming labs.

United expanding PNS service
PENSACOLA, Fla. - United Airlines will offer expanded service to Pensacola with four new
nonstop destinations beginning in May 2021: Cleveland (CLE), Milwaukee (MKE), Cincinnati
(CVG), and Pittsburgh (PIT). The added service will begin May 27, 2021 and continues
through September 2021. Flights will be operated by the CRJ-550. With this announcement,
by June 2021, Pensacola International Airport will offer nonstop service to 28 destinations
through eight airlines. United Airlines currently provides nonstop flights to Denver, Dulles,
Houston and Chicago. (Source: City of Pensacola, 03/25/21)

PNS reopens after bomb threat
PENSACOLA, Fla. - A bomb threat called in to the Pensacola International Airport's
operations center caused a 45-minute shutdown of the airport Thursday morning. The
threat was reported at about 8:30 a.m., and the airport staff completed a series of security
protocols with assistance from the Pensacola Police Department. "Every threat is treated as
credible until determined otherwise," said Matt Coughlin, the airport director. The shutdown
did not cause any flight cancelations. The FBI and the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement, with help from the PPD, will conduct a follow-up investigation into who made
the threat and where it originated. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 03/25/21)

Vertex wins helo trainer contract
Mississippi-based Vertex Aerospace has been awarded a $71.3 million contract to provide
maintenance and logistics services for helicopters at Naval Air Station Whiting Field in
Milton, a center of helicopter training for the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The
contract covers the initial year of work by Vertex, but includes options for six additional years
that would bring the total contract value to more than $471 million. Vertex Aerospace will
have maintenance responsibilities for both the aging fleet of TH-57A Sea Rangers used for
pilot training along with the replacement helicopters, the Leonardo TH-73A. (Sources:
multiple, including Northwest Florida Daily News, 03/18/21. Naval Technology, 03/09/21)

Do-over test of core successful
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - The four-engine core stage of NASA's Space Launch
System was successfully tested today in an eight-minute test in South Mississippi. A
previous attempt in January was cut short, but this test ran for the full duration. The “Green
Run,” where the core stage is held in place in a test stand, is the last step before the
hardware is sent to Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The core stage will be used to launch
the Orion spacecraft on the uncrewed Artemis-1 mission. The core stage is built by Boeing
and contains the liquid hydrogen tank and liquid oxygen tank. It has four Aerojet Rocketdyne
RS-25 engines as well as the computers and avionics that serve as the “brains” of the
rocket. (Source: multiple, including New York Times, ClickOrlando, WLOX-TV, 03/18/21)
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Contract: Bell Boeing, $25.6M
Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $25,624,720 cost-plus-fixed-
fee order (N00019-21-F-0008) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-
17-G-0002. This order provides flight test support for the V-22 aircraft in support of the
Navy, Air Force, and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in
Patuxent River, Md. (68%); Philadelphia, Pa. (17%); Fort Worth, Texas (11%); and Hurlburt
Field, Fla. (4%), and is expected to be completed in March 2026. Fiscal 2021 research,
development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $10,798,744; fiscal 2021
aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $7,566,405; fiscal 2021 aircraft
procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $3,294,642; fiscal 2021 research,
development, test and evaluation (Air Force) funds in the amount of $2,194,929; and FMS
funds in the amount of $1,770,000 will be obligated at time of award,and will not expire at the
end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/12/21)

Contract: Raytheon, $17.9M
Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $17,918,000 firm-fixed-
price modification (P00011) to contract FA8675-20-C-0033 for the Advanced Medium
Range Air-to-Air Missile program. This modification provides for a life of type procurement of
known obsolete components in support of production and sustainment through the program
of record and recertification of a new Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory
(SDRAM) device on the central processing unit (CPU) circuit card assembly. Work will be
performed in Tucson and is expected to be completed July 31, 2022. This contract involves
unclassified Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to Australia, Japan, Poland, Qatar, Spain, Kuwait,
Slovakia, Denmark, United Kingdom, Norway and Netherlands. Air Force fiscal 2019 missile
procurement funds in the amount of $105,284; Air Force fiscal 2020 missile procurement
funds in the amount of $8,129,895; Navy fiscal 2020 missile procurement funds in the
amount of $4,933,174; and FMS funds in the amount of $4,749,647 are being obligated at
the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/12/21)

Contract: B.L. Harbert, $25.6M
B.L. Harbert International LLC, Birmingham, Ala., is awarded a $25,645,906 firm-fixed-price
contract for the construction of aviation facilities at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New
Orleans. The contract also contains one unexercised option, which if exercised, would
increase cumulative contract value to $26,121,735. The work to be performed provides for
the construction of an aerospace control alert facility and apron, to include aircraft shelters,
aircrew alert quarters, utilities, communication support, site improvements, exterior lighting
and security upgrades.  The option, if exercised, provides for furniture, fixtures and
equipment. Work will be performed in New Orleans and is expected to be completed by
October 2024. Fiscal 2019 military construction (Air National Guard) contract funds in the
amount of $25,645,906 are obligated on this award and will not expire at the end of the
current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the beta.SAM.gov website
with two proposals received.  Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast,
Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity (N69450-21-C-0005). (Source: DoD, 03/11/21)

50-acre aerospace park eyed
NEW ORLEANS — Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the State of Louisiana has signed an
agreement with NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) that could lead to creation of the
Louisiana Space Campus, a dedicated 50-acre aerospace business park within NASA’s 829-
acre site in New Orleans. The space campus would target commercial office development,
with contemporary amenities, for existing Michoud tenants and new prospects from the
public and private sector to support Michoud Assembly Facility and other industry in New
Orleans East. NASA and Louisiana Economic Development signed a memorandum of
understanding, or MOU, to mutually explore development of the space campus to its highest
and best use. The main building at MAF encompasses 43 acres of climate-controlled
manufacturing space, and hosts both government and commercial tenants, including
Boeing, which is assembling the Space Launch System rocket, and Lockheed Martin, which
is developing the Orion crew capsule. Business investment at the space campus would not
be limited to aerospace functions, but businesses in that sector would be encouraged to
explore the possibilities of the new campus. (Source: Louisiana Economic Development,
03/10/21)

Spirit coming to PNS
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Pensacola International Airport (PNS) is adding Spirit Airlines as the
airport's 8th airline. Flights will begin June 10 to and from seven cities. They are Dallas-Fort
Worth and St. Louis, with flights every day. Other cities with flights on selected days of the
week are Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis, Ind.; Kansas City, Mo.; and Louisville,
Ky. (Source: WEAR-TV, 03/11/21)

Contract: Serco, $15.3M
Serco Inc., Herndon, Va., is awarded a $15,326,863 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification under
previously-awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract N61331-18-D-0007 to
exercise options for the development, integration, testing and evaluation of prototype
systems into existing or emerging unmanned vehicles, unmanned weapons and unmanned
weapons control systems related to mine warfare, amphibious warfare, surface warfare,
diving and life support, coastal and underwater intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance and other missions in the littoral and riverine environments. Work
performance locations will be determined with each order and is expected to be completed
by March 2023. No funding will be obligated at time of award. The Naval Surface Warfare
Center, Panama City Division, Panama City, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
03/09/21)

Contract: Raytheon, $74M
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $74,000,000 indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (FA8675-21-D-0002) for Advanced Medium Range Air-
to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) aircraft integration support. This contract will provide the necessary
aircraft lab, flight test, flight clearance and simulation support during all integration
requirements in AMRAAM for F-15, F-16, FA-18, F-22, F-35 and other current inventory or
next generation platforms that may join the Air Force or Navy inventory before the end of
fiscal 2029. Work will primarily be performed in Tucson and is expected to be completed
March 30, 2032.  An initial task order (FA8675-21-F-1002) will be awarded concurrently with
the basic contract, for a total cost-plus-fixed-fee value of $9,447,196. This award is the
result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation
(RDT&E) (Air Force) funds in the amount of $2,000,000; and fiscal 2021 RDT&E (Navy)
funds in the amount of $500,000, are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life
Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 03/04/21)

Contract: Lockheed, $38.7M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a
$38,659,327 modification (P00004) to previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract N00019-18-D-0129. This modification exercises an
option for ordering emerging capabilities and analysis systems engineering to include
programmatic and logistics tasks that will analyze the F-35 air system's ability to meet future
operational requirements, investigating cost and weight reduction program options and
conducting modeling and simulation activities. Additional assessments may include such
efforts as analyzing changes to design life, operational readiness, reliability and air system
design and configuration. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be
completed in December 2021. No funds are being obligated at time of award; funds will be
obligated on individual orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/03/21)


FEBRUARY 2021

Contract: CAE USA, $10.8M
CAE USA-Mission Solutions Inc., Tampa, Fla., has been awarded a $10,805,962 firm-fixed-
price modification (P00037) to contract FA4890-17-C-0006 for the F-15E, F-16 and F-22A
contract aircrew training and courseware development contract. The modification is for
exercising Option Year Four.  Work will be performed at Joint Base (JB) Langley-Eustis, Va.;
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.; Shaw AFB, S.C.; Tyndall AFB, Fla.; Nellis AFB,
Nev.; Hill AFB, Utah; and Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, and is expected to be completed
March 31, 2022. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $49,674,064. Fiscal 2021
operation and maintenance funds in the full amount will be obligated at the time of award.
Acquisition Management and Integration Center, JB Langley-Eustis, is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 02/26/21)

Contract: Hensel Phelps, $66.6M
Hensel Phelps Construction Co, Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $66,581,000 firm-fixed-price
contract for the construction of a new 105,041 square-foot maintenance hangar. Bids were
solicited via the internet with five received. Work will be performed at Hurlburt Field, Fla.,
with an estimated completion date of Oct. 13, 2023. Fiscal 2020 military construction,
defense-wide funds in the amount of $66,581,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.
S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity (W91278-21-C-0008).
(Source: DoD, 02/26/21)

First TH-73A in April
Leonardo Helicopters is expected to deliver the first TH-73A helicopter to Naval Air Station
Whiting Field by the end of April, with plans to deliver 31 more by the end of the year. The
TH-73A helicopters are replacing the TH-57 helicopters that have been used for years as
the Navy trainer. Leonardo won a $648 million contract last year to replace the Navy's
training helicopter fleet with 130 TH-73A aircraft during the next four years. The company
plans to build a support center at Whiting Aviation Park in Milton, adjacent to NAS Whiting
Field, to provide technical and maintenance support to Whiting. It will have up to 50 workers
when it's completed in 2024. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 02/25/21)

New routes added in Destin
Southwest Airlines is adding flights in the Gulf Coast region at Destin–Fort Walton Beach
Airport. The Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners in a news release Thursday
said new routes will begin operating on May 6 with service to Nashville, Dallas and Baltimore.
Then beginning June 6 there also will be service to Chicago. (Source: WKRG-TV, 02/25/21)

Contract: Global Connections, $13.9M
Global Connections to Employment Inc., Pensacola, Fla., is awarded $13,868,343 for full
food services and mess attendant services in support of Commander, Navy Region
Southeast. The contract includes a one-year base period and four one-year option periods,
which if all options are exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to
$69,860,697. Work will be performed as follows: full food services at Naval Air Station
Pensacola (87%) and Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal School, Elgin Air Force Base, Fla.
(5%); and mess attendant services Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Miss.
(8%). Work is expected to be completed by February 2022; if all options are exercised, work
will be completed by February 2026. Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance (Navy) funds in
the amount of $8,089,880 will be incrementally funded throughout the period of
performance, and funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract
was solicited as a sole-source requirement pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation Part
8.7 under the Ability One program with one offer received. Naval Supply Systems Command,
Fleet Logistics Center, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity (N68836-21-C-0003).
(Source: DoD, 02/25/21)

Contract: Lockheed, $428.4M
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a
$428,406,732 firm-fixed-price contract, for 400 Lot 19 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile –
Extended Range missiles with containers, training and production preparation, tooling and
test equipment and hardware spares. Work will be performed in Orlando and is expected to
be completed July 31, 2025. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal
2021 missile procurement funds in the full amount are being obligated at the time of award.
Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting
activity (FA8682-21-C-0001). (Source: DoD, 02/22/21)

Contract: Lockheed, $414.3M
Lockheed Martin, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $414,251,844 firm-fixed-price contract,
for 137 Lots 4 and 5 Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles, tooling and test equipment. Work will
be performed in Orlando; and Troy, Ala., and is expected to be completed March 21, 2025.
This contract involves Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and is the result of a sole-source
acquisition. Fiscal 2020 Navy weapon procurement funds in the amount of $56,173,414;
fiscal 2021 Navy weapon procurement funds in the amount of $125,782,310; fiscal 2021 Air
Force missile procurement funds in the amount of $17,707,234; fiscal 2021 Office of the
Secretary of Defense, Strategic Capabilities Office research, development, test and
evaluation funds in the amount of $5,850,340; and FMS funds in the amount of
$208,738,546, are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8682-21-C-0004). (Source:
DoD, 02/22/21)

Contract: Safran Data, $45.2M
Safran Data Systems, Norcross, Ga., has been awarded a $45,200,000 firm-fixed-price,
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for intrusion detection system supplies and
ancillary services. The contractor will furnish all personnel, equipment, labor, tools, materials
and other items necessary to provide recorders, parts, technical engineering support,
upgrades and the ability to refurbish or repair for the sustainment of airborne data recorders
and ground data recorders for the Air Force Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.;
Eglin AFB, Fla.; and other Department of Defense and National Aeronautics and Space
Administration activities in the continental U.S. Work is expected to be completed Feb. 11,
2026. Fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of
$350,239 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test Center, Edwards AFB,
Calif., is the contracting activity (FA9302-21-D-0005). (Source: DoD, 02/22/21)

Two dead in military plane crash
Two people were killed when a military T-38 trainer crashed on Friday near the Montgomery
Regional Airport in Alabama. The trainer jet assigned to the 14th Flying Training Wing at
Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., crashed at about 5:30 p.m. while on a routine training
mission. Montgomery Airport executive director Marshall Taggart said the two-seat plane
took off from Columbus and was on its way to Tallahassee, Fla., before crashing in a
wooded area adjacent to the Dannelly Field. The military handles the investigation of one of
its own aircraft. (Source: multiple, including CNN, FOX, 02/19/21)

Contract: Ampex, $10M
Ampex Data Systems, Hayward, Calif., has been awarded a $9,999,999 firm-fixed price,
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for telemetric electrical system-supplies and
ancillary services. The contractor will furnish all personnel, equipment, labor, tools, materials
and other items necessary to provide recorders, parts, technical engineering support,
upgrades and the ability for maintenance sustainment of airborne data recorders and
ground data recorders for the Air Force Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; Eglin
AFB, Fla.; and other Department of Defense and National Aeronautics and Space
Administration continental U.S. activities. Work will be performed at Edwards and is expected
to be completed Feb. 11, 2026, and if option is exercised, Feb 11, 2031. This award is the
result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation
funds in the amount of $140,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test
Center, Edwards AFB, is the contracting activity (FA9302-21-D-0003). (Source: DoD,
02/12/21)

Contract: Lovell, $9.7M
Lovell Government Services LLC, Pensacola, Fla., has been awarded a maximum
$9,653,838 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity
contract for medical and surgical supplies. This was a competitive acquisition with 41
responses received. This is a five-year contract with no options. Location of performance is
Florida, with a Feb. 11, 2026, ordering period end date. Using customers are Army, Navy,
Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2021
through 2026 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense
Logistics Agency, Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa. (SPE2DE-21-D-0013). (Source: DoD,
02/12/21)

Contract: Titan, $10.4M
Titan Facility Services LLC, Gilbert, Ariz., has been awarded a $10,378,274 modification
(P00029) to contract FA8052-18-C-000913 for healthcare aseptic management services to
exercise Option Period Two.  This contract provides for medical aseptic housekeeping,
waste management and linen management. These services constitute the enterprise-level
healthcare aseptic management services requirement for the Air Force Medical Service.
Work will be performed at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.; Barksdale AFB, La.; Keesler
AFB, Miss.; Eglin AFB, Fla.; Hurlburt Field AFB, Fla.; MacDill AFB, Fla.; Tyndall AFB, Fla.;
Patrick AFB, Fla.; Charleston AFB, S.C.; Shaw AFB, S.C.; Moody AFB, Ga.; Robins AFB,
Ga.; Columbus AFB, Miss. Altus AFB, Okla.; Tinker AFB, Okla.; and Vance AFB, Okla., and
is expected to be completed Feb. 13, 2022. Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance funds in
the full amount are being obligated at time of award. The total cumulative value of this
contract including, Option Two, is $32,348,517. The 773rd Enterprise Sourcing Squadron,
Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/11/21)

Contract: Pride Ind., $17.6M
Pride Industries, Roseville, Calif., was awarded a $17,621,657 firm-fixed-price contract for
base operations support. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be
performed at Fort Rucker, Ala., with an estimated completion date of Aug. 31, 2021. Fiscal
2021 operation and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $3,085,875 were obligated
at the time of the award. U.S. Army Field Directorate Office, Fort Eustis, Va., is the
contracting activity (W9124G-18-C-0005). (Source: DoD, 02/08/2)

Contract: Raytheon, $290.7M
Raytheon Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney, Pratt and Whitney Military Engines, East
Hartford, Conn., is awarded a $290,704,534 cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price incentive
(firm target) contract. This contract provides material and support equipment for depot
maintenance facilities, program administrative labor for non-recurring sustainment activities,
mockup engines and modules for test cells, as well as supplies, services, and planning for
depot activations in support of the F-35 Lightning II Program Lot 13 propulsion system for
the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, non-Department of Defense (DOD) participants and
Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in Oklahoma City, Okla.
(30%); East Hartford (22%); Cherry Point, N.C. (10%); Indianapolis, Ind. (6.75%); Windsor,
Conn. (3.25%); Yuma, Ariz. (1.25%); Norfolk, United Kingdom (1%); Leeuwarden,
Netherlands (1%); various locations within the continental U.S. (3.75%); and various
locations outside the continental U.S. (21%), and is expected to be completed in January
2024. Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $89,468,714; fiscal
2020 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $84,152,318; non-DOD
participant funds in the amount of $45,225,342; and FMS funds in the amount of
$15,886,074, will be obligated at the time of award, none of which will expire at the end of
the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S.
Code 2304(c)(1). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity (N00019-21-C-0006). (Source: DoD, 02/01/21) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Second Green Run planned
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA has decided to schedule a second Green Run test
of the Space Launch System core stage the week of Feb. 21 on the B-2 test stand. The first
test of the core and its four RS-25 engines was Jan. 16 and was cut short after just over a
minute when a hydraulic system for one of the engines reached a pre-determined limit. The
test was scheduled for eight minutes. The core stage being tested will be used on the
Artemis I lunar mission. The date for the test will be set following the test readiness review.
(Source: NASA/SSC, 02/01/21)

PNS gets new nonstop flights
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Southwest Airlines will add tghree non-stop destinations to its service at
Pensacola International Airport in March. The flights wil start March 11 through April 11.
Soutwest will begin one daily flight to Atlanta, one flight to St. Louis on Saturday and two
flights to Chicago Midway on Saturday. (Source: WEAR-TV, 02/01/21)

JANUARY 2021

Contract: Bell-Boeing, $25.5M
Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $25,523,136 modification
(P00005) to cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price order N00019-20-F-0315 against previously
issued basic ordering agreement N00019-17-G-0002. This modification adds scope for the
production and delivery of nine right aft sponson fuel tank kits in support of V-22 Production
Aircraft 9-17 for the government of Japan.  Additionally, this modification provides
development and updates to existing technical data as well as services in support of aircraft
deliveries and aircrew pilot and crew chief training for the government of Japan. Work will be
performed in Jacksonville, N.C. (35%); Chiba Provence, Japan (35%); Ridley Park, Pa.
(20%); Stennis, Miss. (5%); and Fort Worth, Texas (5%), and is expected to be completed in
March 2024. Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $25,523,136 will be obligated at
time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/27/21)

NAS Whiting wins state award
NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental
Protection, Northwest District, recognized Naval Air Station Whiting Field with the
Outstanding Environmental Stewardship award in early January. The environmental
stewardship award program recognizes businesses, professional and community
organizations, and local governments within DEP’s Northwest District for proactive,
innovative, and exceptional achievements that prevent or reduce impacts on the
environment beyond measures that are required by permit or rules. To be considered for
recognition, participants must demonstrate significant and measurable achievements above
and beyond what is required by law. Whiting Field was recognized for several initiatives such
as using prescribed burning to maintain and enhance habitat health, prevent wildfires and
control invasive species. During fiscal year 2019, nearly 1,500 acres were managed through
prescribed fire to aid in habitat recovery, training and the revitalization of rare and
endangered species such as the Reticulated Flatwoods Salamander and Gopher Tortoise.
The Northwest District in which the competition was based runs from Escambia County to
Jefferson County, and is one of six Florida districts. (Source: NAS Whiting Field, 01/27/21)   

New round of RS-25 tess slated
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss - NASA is set to begin a new round of tests for
development of RS-25 engines that will help power the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket
on future missions to the Moon and, eventually, Mars. The first test of the new series is set
for Jan. 28 on the A-1 Test Stand at Stennis Space Center (SSC) in Southwest Mississippi.
The seven-test series will use RS-25 developmental engine No. 0528, and will provide data
for Aerojet Rocketdyne as it begins production of new RS-25 engines for use after the first
four SLS flights. The new engines and components will be manufactured with cutting-edge
and cost-saving technologies. The SSC test engine will be fired seven times for a total of
3,650 seconds during the first half of 2021. (Source: NASA/SSC, 01/27/21)

Contract: BAE, $81.3M
BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems, Nashua, N.H., is awarded an $81,348,624
firm-fixed-price modification (P00005) to previously awarded contract N00019-19-C-0001.
This modification exercises an option to procure 1,512 radio frequency countermeasures for
Lot 12 of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft in support of non-U.S. Department of Defense
participants, Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers and for the Navy. Work will be
performed in Nashua (74%); Landenberg, Pa. (7%); Topsfield, Mass. (2.5%); Industry, Calif.
(1.6%); Hamilton, N.J. (1.5%); Carson, Calif. (1.3%); Dover, N.H. (1.1%); Londonderry, N.H.
(1%); Chartley, Mass. (1%); and various locations within the continental U.S. (9%), and is
expected to be completed in March 2024. Fiscal 2021 procurement of ammunition (Navy and
Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $27,761,832; fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Air
Force) funds in the amount of $26,040,168; fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Air Force)
funds in the amount of $15,925,392; and FMS funds in the amount of $11,621,232 will be
obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The
Naval Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
01/26/21) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center
and reprogramming labs.

Contract: Lockheed, $64.1M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a
$64,121,341 modification (P00013) to firm-fixed-price order N00019-20-F-0571 against
previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-19-G-0008. This modification exercises
options for the procurement of Digital Channelized Receiver/Techniques Generator and
Tuner Insertion program technology to upgrade F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft with Digital
Tuner Insertion Program electronic warfare racks and high efficiency low voltage power
supply. These upgrades will enable for future upgrades to Lot 15 Block 4 configuration,
including Technical Refresh Three for the Air Force and non-Department of Defense (DOD)
participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in June
2025. Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $57,865,601; and
non-DOD participant funds in the amount of $6,255,740 will be obligated at the time of
award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/26/21) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and
reprogramming labs.

FlightPath9 grads find work
MOBILE, Ala. - The first graduating class of FlightPath9 has completed studies and entered
the workforce at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility. FlightPath9 is a workforce training
program designed to provide high school seniors the skills needed for a career in
aerospace. The training program was created by Flight Works Alabama, a nonprofit
education organization at the Mobile Aeroplex, along with partners from the state of
Alabama, Southwest Alabama Partnership for Training and Employment, local businesses
and education institutions. After completing FlightPath9, students gained additional training
in the Airbus Fast Track program, a gateway to an aerospace career without a college
degree or prior experience. (Source: Alabama News Center, 01/24/21)

Three bases get buffering funds
Three Florida bases in Pensacola, Milton and Jacksonville recently received in excess of $4
million in Readiness and Environmental Protection (REPI) funds to be used exclusively to
help protect them from incompatible nearby development. The money to support future
buffering projects includes $2.4 million for Naval Air Station Jacksonville, $1.4 million for
Naval Air Station Whiting Field,  and $179,000 for Naval Air Station Pensacola. REPI funds
buy restrictive-use easements as a less expensive way to protect military missions.
Landowners participate in the program because it provides immediate income and allows the
traditional use of the property. (Source: Naval Air Station Whiting Field, 01/22/21)

ST Engineering inks MRO pact
ST Engineering has signed a five-year airframe heavy maintenance contract with an
unnamed air cargo carrier. Under the agreement, ST Engineering will provide heavy
maintenance for “multiple fleet types”, as well as landing gear MRO. It will also cover “special
maintenance visits of various aircraft types”, says the company. The services will primarily
be carried out at the company’s Mobile, Alabama, facility in the US. (Source: Flightglobal,
01/17/21) ST Engineering also has an MRO operation in Pensacola, Fla.

Green Run test completed
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss - NASA today successfully tested the core stage of the
Space Launch System, firing all four RS-25 engines in a test that was closed to the public
because of COVID-19 concerns. But the test that began about 4:20 CST was shown live on
NASA television. The firing ended after test officials received the necessary data, rather
than going the full eight minutes. The next step is putting the core stage on the Pegasus
barge for transport to Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Area residents were told a few days
ago to expect elevated decibel levels for today's hot fire test. The engines produced a
combined 1.6 million pounds of thrust, producing a noise about 10-20 decibels higher than
during a normal single engine test at the site. (Source: GCAC, 01/16/21) Previous

Contract: Lockheed, $13M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a
$13,036,252 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N00019-21-F-0227) against previously issued basic
ordering agreement N00019-19-G-0008. This modification procures non-recurring site
stand-up activity, capability development, information technology systems integration and
associated changes to F-35 Lightning II program and industry processes as needed to allow
the Defense Logistics Agency and U.S. Transportation Command to assume North American
regional warehouse and global transportation and distribution product support provider
responsibilities. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (63.9%); Orlando, Fla. (26.6%);
Bethesda, Md. (8.5%); and Greenville, S.C. (1%), and is expected to be completed in March
2022. Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $6,518,126; and fiscal
2019 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $6,518,126, will be obligated at
time of award, $6,518,126 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval
Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
01/15/21) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of F-35 training and
reprogramming labs.

NAS Whiting changes command
NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. - Capt. Paul N. Flores, U.S. Navy, relieved Capt.
Paul D. Bowdich as the 43rd commanding officer of Naval Air Station Whiting Field in a
mostly virtual ceremony onboard the installation Thursday. Typically, the long-standing,
traditional ceremony would be held with a large audience from the base and community, but
due to COVID-19, the event was smaller and broadcast virtually. Under Bowdich’s leadership
the past three years, Whiting Field provided air traffic control, emergency fire and rescue
services, and runway and grounds maintenance to more than 13,000 acres of property at
12 outlying landing fields in Florida and Alabama, This accomplishment included supporting
safe execution of roughly 400,000 flight hours and 3.5 million flight evolutions, as well as
classroom and simulator training for approximately 3,700 student naval aviators. Productivity
at the twelve outlying airfields under Bowdich’s direct control supported Navy, Marine Corps,
Coast Guard, Air Force and allied forces operations, roughly 60 percent of the Navy’s
primary aviation training, and averaging 17 percent of all Navy flight hours. One hundred
percent of all helicopter pilots in the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard received their
helicopter advanced training at Whiting. Bowdich also saw the first Navy land exchange to
fruition with the swap of OLF Site 8 in Escambia County for a fully operational OLF Site X in
Jay, Fla. (Source: NAS Whiting Field, 01/14/21)

Green Run will be Saturday
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss - Area residents can expect elevated decibel levels as
Stennis Space Center targets Saturday for the final hot fire test in the Green Run test series
on NASA’s new Space Launch System core stage. The acoustic level is not expected to
reach high enough to have any damaging effect. The test will involve firing four RS-25
engines to produce a combined 1.6 million pounds of thrust. The acoustic level produced is
expected to be about 10-20 decibels higher than during a normal single engine test at the
site. NASA is targeting a two-hour test window that opens at 4 p.m. CST Jan. 16, for the hot
fire test of the SLS core stage. Due to COVID-19, the public will not be allowed to view the
test. (Source: NASA/SSC, 01/13/21)

NAS Whiting Navy's best small base
NAVAL AIR STATION Whiting Field, Fla. - Naval Air Station Whiting Field near Milton in
Northwest Florida has been named recipient of the 2021 Installation Excellence Award in the
small base category. The honor was announced by Commander, Navy Installations
Command, Vice Adm. Yancy Lindsey, in a message Jan. 11. CNIC is the Navy command
tasked with overseeing 70 U.S. Navy shore installations worldwide. The award lauds the top
Navy commands at shore for their installation management, program excellence and
community outreach. Installations are graded across a number of key areas including:
facilities management, quality of life, environment, energy, property stewardship,
communication, safety and health as well as many other categories. Each entrant is judged
on a write-up of accomplishments plus supporting documentation and photographs. NAS
Whiting Field is home of Training Air Wing Five, which supports some 60 percent of all
primary fixed-wing flight training and 100 percent of all initial helicopter training for the Navy,
Coast Guard and Marine Corps. It's the busiest aviation complex in the world with roughly 1
million flight operations flown at the installation annually. (Source: NAS Whiting Field Public
Information, 01/12/21)

Contract: Boeing, $20.9M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is awarded a $20,864,609 modification (P00008) to
previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract N00019-19-C-0033. This
modification adds new scope for integrated logistics support for 22 F/A-18E and six F/A-18F
Super Hornets in support of the government of Kuwait. Work will be performed in St. Louis
(86%); San Diego, Calif. (8%); China Lake, Calif. (5%); and Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (1%),
and is expected to be completed in December 2023. Foreign Military Sales funds in the
amount of $20,864,609 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the
end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/05/21)

JetBlue gets new A220-300
MOBILE, Ala. - Airbus has delivered the first A220 aircraft built in Mobile, Ala., to JetBlue
Airlines. JetBlue on Thursday announced it has formally taken delivery of the A220-300
passenger jet, marking the start of a new era for the airline's fleet. The aircraft – tail N3008J
– arrive at JetBlue's home at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport Thursday
evening. It is the first delivery of 70 A220 aircraft JetBlue has on order, which will be phased
in to ultimately replace the existing fleet of 60 Embraer 190 aircraft. (Source: Business Wire,
12/31/21)