Jul 13, 2012
NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — The Navy’s Aerial Target and Decoy Systems Program Office (PMA-208) welcomed a new program manager during a change of command ceremony July 13 here.
After three years as program manager, Capt. Dan McNamara passed the torch to Tim Barnes, who has served as principal deputy program manager for the office since 2006.
McNamara is retiring from the U.S. Navy after 27 years of service.
“We have made remarkable strides on all our programs because of highly dedicated and motivated individuals across the country--military, government civilians and contractors," McNamara said. “The program office team is relatively small, but our quality is second to none."
With more than 3,300 flight hours in various naval aircrafts, McNamara was responsible for the development, production and sustainment of subsonic and supersonic aerial target systems, which test and evaluate naval combat systems.
“Tim's quiet leadership has been the key driver of PMA-208's success,” McNamara said. “Decades of acquisition experience combined with his genuine care for people result in extremely satisfied fleet customers and a truly outstanding place to work. He has been a great partner and friend.”
Since 1995, Barnes has held multiple positions on the Program Executive Office for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons (PEO(U&W)) staff before joining the PMA-208 team. He led the development and production for multiple unmanned aviation programs and served as the senior acquisition lead for weapons. He also played a critical part in developing capabilities for Tomahawk Block III and IV missile and weapon control systems.
"It is a great honor as a civilian to be selected to serve as a program manager for NAVAIR and PEO(U&W),” Barnes said. “I thank NAVAIR leadership in having the confidence and trust in me to lead PMA-208, and I will do my best to reflect honor, courage and commitment in the position.”
PMA-208 provides weapon systems test and evaluation and threat representative aerial targets for fleet training, including realistic decoys of strike aircraft to deceive and saturate enemy Integrated Air Defense Systems.
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