Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
PMA-266 is NAVAIR's Program office for Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Responsible to Program Executive Office, Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons, the program office has cognizance over the MQ-8 Fire Scout and CQ-24 Cargo UAS. The program office is also responsible for emerging group 4 and 5 vertical lift platforms.
Capt. Eric Soderberg U.S. Navy
Program Manager Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
Capt. Eric Soderberg is a Massachusetts native and a 1990 graduate of Lehigh University. In 1992, he earned his commission as a Distinguished Naval Graduate of the Aviation Officer Candidate School.
Soderberg’s first assignment was to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Eleven (HS-11) completing Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf deployments aboard USS America and USS George Washington.
In 1998, Soderberg entered U.S. Navy Test Pilot School, graduating in 1999. He subsequently served as safety officer, test pilot, and SH-60F/H platform coordinator at the Rotary Wing Aircraft test squadron. While there, he worked extensively on the MH-60S test and development program, beginning with the initial flight of the first airframe through acceptance into Operational Evaluation.
Upon completing his test pilot tour, Soderberg became an instructor at the fleet replacement training squadron HC-3. In 2003, Soderberg became a department head with HS-8 where he served as the safety, operations, and maintenance officer. During the 2005 around the world deployment on USS Carl Vinson, he was forward deployed to Camp Arifjan Kuwait, where, in support of OIF, he compiled nearly 100 hours of combat flight time operating in Iraq, completing several classified missions under enemy fire. During this same deployment, he earned his CDO underway qualification.
He also completed an IA tour to the Joint Personnel Recovery Center (JPRC) in the CENTCOM CAOC located in Qatar.
While stationed in Naval Station Newport, in addition to graduating from the Naval War College in 2008, Soderberg was an associate fellow with the CNO's Strategic Studies Group XXVI.
Soderberg served as the commanding officer of HSC-8, the first CVW MH-60S squadron to deploy under the Navy's helo master plan. During his naval career, he amassed over 4,000 flight hours in 22 different fixed and rotary wing aircraft.
Soderberg has been assigned to NAVAIR since 2011, first as the MH-60S Class Desk followed by MH-60S integrated program team lead and then as the military director of NAVAIR’s Cyber Warfare Detachment.
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