Program Executive Office, Aviation Common Systems and Commercial Services

Program Executive Office, Aviation Common Systems and Commercial Services (PEO(CS)) achieves acquisition excellence by delivering the aviation common systems, services, and support to provide our warfighters and partners a decisive edge in defense of our nation. Leveraging common systems and services decreases investment and sustainment costs and reduces the numbers of configurations in the Fleet. PEO(CS) is comprised of a senior executive staff, five program offices and three offices providing support across all PEOs. 




Mr. Gary Kurtz, SES

Program Executive Officer, Aviation Common Systems and Commercial Services

Gary Kurtz is the Program Executive Officer for Aviation Common Systems and Commercial Services, where he is responsible for the development, acquisition, delivery and sustainment of the Aviation Common Systems and Commercial Services portfolio in excess of $10 billion.

Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Kurtz served as the assistant commander for acquisition for the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Patuxent River, Maryland. In that role, from 2015 to 2019, he was responsible for the executive management of six aviation program offices and led NAVAIR’s national-level Program Management Competency, providing policy, business processes, tools and skilled professionals for programs across naval aviation.

Mr. Kurtz began his career in 1984 joining NAVAIR as a logistics manager for Navy Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programs. Supporting allied nations for the next 11 years, Mr. Kurtz became the product support team leader overseeing all fixed wing and rotary wing FMS programs. In 1995, Mr. Kurtz joined the F/A-18 program office (PMA-265) as the operations officer for F/A-18C/D operations. Two years later, he became the principal deputy program manager for the Naval Undergraduate Flight Training Systems program office (PMA-273), leading the acquisition of the U.S. Navy’s T-45 and T-6 programs.

From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Kurtz led the delivery of all corporate service programs for the Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) as the director of Corporate Operations, and from 2004 to 2007 as NAVAIR’s deputy assistant commander for Corporate Operations.

In 2007, Mr. Kurtz was appointed to the Senior Executive Service as NAVAIR’s assistant commander for Corporate Operations. In this position until 2015, he was responsible for all command corporate services encompassing Command Administration, Congressional Liaison, Total Force Planning, Human Resources, Operational and Information Security, Public Affairs, Business Financial Management, and Infrastructure Business Operations, serving more than 26,000 civilian and military personnel.

Mr. Kurtz holds a Master degree in Management from the Florida Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

His individual awards include a Navy Certificate of Acquisition Excellence in 1998, Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Awards in 2000 and 2004, and the Coast Guard Civilian Commendation Award in 2019. He and his teams have also earned four NAVAIR Commanders Awards for Acquisition and Business Excellence.


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Patuxent River, MD 20670
United States


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