H-53 Helicopters Program

NAVAIR's PMA-261 manages the cradle to grave procurement, development, support, fielding and disposal of the entire family of H-53 helicopters.


Col. Jack D. Perrin U.S. Marine Corps

Program Manager, H-53 Helicopters Program

Colonel Jack Perrin is a native of Cherokee, Iowa, and a 1994 graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. Upon completion of The Basic School he attended flight training in Pensacola, Florida, where he earned his wings of gold in 1996. Selected to fly the Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion, his next duty station was at HMT-302, the CH-53E Fleet Replacement Squadron in Jacksonville, North Carolina. 

Col. Perrin’s first fleet duty station was in Tustin, California, in 1997 where he joined Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH)-466, the “Wolfpack.” He completed three deployments; attached to HMM(REIN)-163 as part of the 15th MEU in 1998, as the HMH-466 Maintenance Officer in Okinawa, Japan, in 2000-2001, and attached to HMM(REIN)-166 deploying with the 11th MEU in 2002.  He completed the Weapons and Tactics Instructor course in 2001 and was the squadron tactics and training officer from 2001-2002. 

In December 2002, Col. Perrin transferred to Marine Weapons and Tactics Squadron-1 (MAWTS-1) assuming the duties as an H-53 MAWTS instructor.  He deployed in January of 2003 with MAG-16 in support of OIF-1.  Selected for Naval Test Pilot School, he graduated in December 2005 and joined the Rotary Wing Test Squadron HX-21.  As a developmental test pilot, Col. Perrin supported the early development of the CH-53K, and executed the development and integration of the DIRCM system, Blue Force Tracker, and IMDS on the CH-53E.  He was selected as the MCAA John Glenn Test Pilot of the Year in 2008.  He earned a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering Technical Management from Johns Hopkins University in 2008.

Selected to become an Acquisition Professional (8059) in 2009, he joined PMA-261 as the Class Desk, leading the CH-53K engineering department through Critical Design Review in 2010.  From January to July 2011 he was DPEO Operations for PEO(A).  He joined PMA-274 Presidential Helicopter Program Office as the Level 1 Team Lead for the Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program (VXX) in July of 2011.  Following VH-92A contract award in 2014, Col. Perrin returned to PMA-261 to assume the duties as the Level 1 Team Lead for the CH-53K program until departing for Top Level School in 2015.  He earned a Master of Science degree from the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy in 2016.  He commanded DCMA Sikorsky Aircraft from August 2016 to June 2018. Col. Perrin is currently the Heavy Lift Helicopter Program Manager (PMA-261) for NAVAIR at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland.

Col. Perrin has accrued more than 3150 flight hours in over 30 different type fixed-wing and rotary- wing aircraft.  His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Silver Star and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Col. Perrin is married to the former Shannon Guthrie of Tigard, Oregon.  They have four children: John, Todd, Samantha and Thomas.



47123 Buse Road, Bldg 2272
Patuxent River, MD 20670-1547
United States


Megan Wasel