ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --
The C-17 System Program Office at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, reached a monumental milestone concluding with a historic signing of a memorandum of understanding between the program office and its prime contractor, The Boeing Company, Aug. 21, 2019.
Lynda Rutledge, Mobility and Training Aircraft Directorate program executive officer, and Edward Dolanski, Boeing Government Services president, exchanged signatures as the heads of an August gathering of C-17 leadership, which included Col. Scott Ekstrom, C-17 SPO manager, Mark Angelo, C-17 Services vice president, and Col. Mark Delory, Defense Contract Management Agency Carson.
The MOU committed their respective teams to awarding the fleet’s follow-on sustainment contract, providing coverage for the next decade. The event signified high-ranking leadership’s commitment toward streamlining acquisition processes and timelines with the aim of expeditiously awarding the follow-on contract, valued at $23.76 billion, to maintain continuous sustainment coverage for the C-17 virtual fleet once the current contract expires, Oct. 1, 2021.
The follow-on contract’s unique Performance-Based Logistic structure will provide comprehensive sustainment services to the worldwide C-17 fleet operated by the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Kuwait, Qatar, India, United Arab Emirates and NATO.
Boeing, as the prime contract, provides services to the C-17 platform that include program management, field services, systems and sustaining engineering, material and equipment management, technical data, maintenance and modifications, propulsion sustainment and unique virtual fleet requirements.
This groundbreaking event signifies the start of a new collaborative methodology between the U.S. government and the prime contractor.