Common Aviation Support Equipment Program Office

NAVAIR’s Common Aviation Support Equipment program office (PMA-260) manages the procurement, development, and fielding of Common Ground Support equipment and Automatic Test Equipment. Additionally, PMA-260 manages the Metrology and Calibration (METCAL) program, the Foreign Object Damage Mitigation effort, and Mobile Facilities used to support Navy Expeditionary and Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron Intermediate-level maintenance.  PMA-260’s programs support most U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aircraft within the Naval Aviation Enterprise.

PMA-260 manages the acquisition and life-cycle support of common aviation support equipment required for the operation and maintenance of aircraft, aircraft weapons, related aircraft weapons subsystems, and miscellaneous ground support equipment.

Additionally, PMA-260 leads the way ensuring U.S. and foreign military sales of common aviation support equipment to include research and development, acquisition, sustainment, and configuration management of more than 277,000 discrete items of equipment.  

In 2020, PMA-260 added the following programs to its burgeoning portfolio: Metrology and Calibration (METCAL), Mobile Facilities, and the Foreign Object Debris (FOD) Mitigation effort.


Capt. Robert Burgess, U.S. Navy

Program Manager, Aviation Common Support Equipment Program Office

Capt. Robert Burgess assumed command of the Aviation Common Support Equipment program office (PMA-260) in May 2020.

Burgess first entered the U.S. Navy in August 1989 and began his career as an avionics technician, integrated weapons team technician and final checker/troubleshooter. During this tour, he completed two deployments aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) in support of Operations Desert Storm and Deny Flight, and was selected for Broadened Opportunities for Officer Selection and Training class of 1994 at Naval Training Center San Diego, Calif. In May 1998, Burgess graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor of arts degree in history and was commissioned as an ensign.

From June 1998 to December 2009, he served in a variety of locations, including Aviation Maintenance Officers School at NAS Pensacola, Fla. and Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) in Patuxent River, Md. From January 2001 to May 2004, he was assigned to Strike-Fighter Squadron One Nine Two (VFA-192), where he served as avionics/armament division officer, material control officer, quality assurance officer, and assistant maintenance officer, deploying aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and various multi-national military exercises. From June 2004 to December 2005, he was a student at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, graduating with a master of business administration degree in logistics management. From January 2006 to March 2009, he was assigned to Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Detachment Atsugi, Japan where he served as the maintenance/material control officer and assistant officer in charge.

From March 2009 to August 2011, he was assigned to PMA-260, where he served as the deputy integrated product team lead for the electronic consolidated automated support system.

From August 2011 to July 2013, he was assigned to USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), based in Norfolk, Va., where he served as the aircraft intermediate maintenance department assistant maintenance officer and maintenance/material control officer, completing two deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. From September 2013 to September 2014, he was assigned to Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, where he served as the shore readiness officer. From September 2014 to September 2016, he was assigned to USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), where he served as the aircraft intermediate maintenance department officer, deploying to the western Pacific in support of freedom of navigation operations.

From October 2016 to March 2018, he was assigned to the F/A-18 and EA-18G program office (PMA-265), where he served as the assistant program manager for logistics. From March 2018 to March 2020, he served PMA-260 as the assistant program manager for automated test equipment and as military deputy program manager for common support equipment.

Burgess is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Level III certified in program management, production, quality, and manufacturing, and logistics management, and is a Department of the Navy Acquisition Professional member.

His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (three), Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two), and multiple unit awards.


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