Specialized and Proven Aircraft Program Office

The PMA-226 mission is to acquire and provide full life-cycle readiness for our fifteen different type/model/series (T/M/S) Specialized and Proven Aircraft, and provide Contracted Air Services in support of the Naval Aviation Enterprise and our International Customers.

PMA-226 is responsible for life cycle cradle to grave management of several legacy and Out of Inventory aircraft and engines, assigned by NAVAIR and contracted air services. Assigned platforms and services include: Adversary Aircraft (F-5, F-16); Contracted Aircraft Services (CAS); US Naval Test Pilot School / Naval Postgraduate School (USNTPS/NPS) T-38, H-72, X-26, U-6, NU-1B, O-2, OH-58C; and Out of Active Navy Inventory Aircraft (FMS) T-2, H-2, H-3, A-4.

Capt. Gregory Sutton, U.S. Navy

Program Manager, Naval Air Systems Command's (NAVAIR) Specialized and Proven Aircraft Program

Capt. Gregory “Mancub” Sutton graduated from The Citadel receiving a Bachelor of Science in Physics and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1998. Upon completion of flight training as a naval flight officer in 2000, he reported to the Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 116 Sun Kings, at Naval Air Station Point Mugu, California, and deployed twice on USS Constellation (CV 64) in support of Operations Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom, and additionally supported Operation Noble Eagle ashore. 

In 2003, Sutton reported to Naval Air Systems Command, AIR 4.5 Avionics Department, as an integrated project lead for E-2C Airborne Wide-Band Internet Protocol based networking and rapid prototyping for FORCENet technologies, responsible for integration of prototype efforts into fleet experiments to advance technology and requirements development.  

In 2006, he reported to USS Enterprise (CVN 65) as a tactical action officer, the ship’s air warfare/air defense officer, and the combat direction center division officer supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Global War on Terrorism. 

In 2009, Sutton reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1 in support of operational test and evaluation of the new E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. While at VX-1, he served as the administrative department head, which included planning and management of personnel changes and increases to support not just the arrival of E-2D, but also P-8A, MQ-4, and MQ-8 in addition to existing platforms. During his time at VX-1, he graduated from Johns Hopkins University receiving his Master of Science in Systems Engineering and also selected for aerospace engineering duty officer. 

In 2010, he reported to Naval Air Systems Command, AIR 4.10 Warfare Analysis & Integration Department as an operations analyst responsible for warfare studies via research, modeling, and simulation for program sponsors, and he was assigned as the deputy director for the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike analysis of alternatives. 

In 2012, he reported to the Airborne Electronic Attack Systems and EA-6B Program Office (PMA-234) as the Miniature Air Launched Decoy-Navy integrated product team lead (IPTL), then subsequently selected as the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) Low-Band Pod IPTL until the team was established, and was then later reassigned as the NGJ Mid-Band Pod test and evaluation lead. In 2015, Sutton reported to the Strike Planning and Execution Systems program office (PMA-281) as the assistant deputy program manager for the Unmanned Systems Common Control System and then later assigned as the deputy program manager for the Tomahawk Theater Mission Planning Center Acquisition Category (ACAT) II program. 

In 2019, he reported to the E-2/C-2 Airborne Command and Control Systems Program Office (PMA-231) as the E-2D advanced systems deputy program manager responsible for transitioning advanced technology and modernizing the mission systems architecture. 

In 2021, Sutton reported to Naval Air Force Atlantic as the director, aviation material and engineering for naval air forces responsible for directing and orchestrating technical, logistics planning, and inventory distribution for all aircraft, aircraft engines, avionics, and aircrew life support systems.

Sutton assumed command of PMA-226 as program manager on April 7, 2022.


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