Naval Air Traffic Management Systems Program
Naval Air Traffic Management Systems Program Office (PMA-213) is the Naval Aviation Enterprise’s Program Office for all Navy and Marine Corps Air Traffic Management Systems.
Our mission is to provide relevant, sustainable, decisive air traffic management capability at the right cost.
Getting the Warfighter to, through and back from the fight!
Captain Kevin Watkins, USN
Program Manager, Naval Air Traffic Management Systems
Captain Kevin Watkins is a native of Bowie, Maryland. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1996, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He earned his wings of gold as a Naval Flight Officer in 1998, and is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN). He holds a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering from John’s Hopkins University.
His operational tours include flying the F-14D Tomcat with Strike Fighter Squadron (VF) 213 “Blacklions” onboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) from September 2001 through January 2002, and flying the F/A-18F Super Hornet with the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 onboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He was awarded the 2002 American Legion Aviators’ Valor Medal for personal action in OEF. He also served as the Strike Operations Officer for Carrier Strike Group 5 onboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63).
His flight test tours include flying as a test project officer for several F/A-18 and F-14 test programs at Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, and serving as the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) Flight Test Director. During his tour, the UCAS-D test team achieved several historic milestones, including first flight, first catapult launch, first arrested landing and first operations of the unmanned X-47B aircraft aboard an aircraft carrier, and was recognized with the 2011 James S. McDonnell Award, the 2012 Edward H. Heinemann Award, and the 2013 Robert J. Collier Trophy.
His multiple acquisition tours include serving as the Deputy Program Manager for F-35 Mission Systems in the F-35 Program Executive Office (PEO JSF), the Deputy Program Manager for Landing Systems for the Naval Air Traffic Management Systems program office (PMA213), and as Chief of Staff to the Director for Common and Commercial Systems, Naval Air Systems Command.
Watkins assumed his current position as Program Manager, Naval Air Traffic Management Systems (PMA-213) in August 2019.
Watkins has accumulated over 2,200 flight hours and 160 carrier-arrested landings in multiple tactical aircraft. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Air Medals (strike/flight awards), four Navy Commendation Medal (one with combat “V”), and various other personal, campaign and unit awards.
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