NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — Lt. Col. James Reynolds received the Michael A. Hough Marine Aviation Acquisitions Officer of the Year Award in a ceremony May 19. The award was presented at the Marine Corps Aviation Association’s 50th Annual Symposium in San Diego.
“I was honored to learn of my nomination, but winning the award is a true reflection of the quality of the PMA-274 team,” said Reynolds, deputy program manager for the elevator replacement helicopter. Presidential (VH-92A). “I was lucky enough to stand on the shoulders of giants. Without this team, this recognition would not be possible.
This award was created in honor of Lt. Gen. Mike Hough, who served as Deputy Commander Aviation and Director of the Joint Strike Fighter Program, to recognize superior achievement and excellence by a Marine assigned to the area of acquisition.
Reynolds’ appointment was one of many throughout United States Marine Corps Aviation and each award category was highly competitive, indicating outstanding leadership and dedication to mission accomplishment.
The award submission detailed his leadership and dedication to the mission, highlighting his focus from program development to sustainment, which tackled long-term cost drivers, enacted a unique sustainment strategy, as well as long-term contract vehicles. term which were realized in months, vice-quarters. It implemented operational and sustainment economics efforts early on, resulting in calculated savings of billions of dollars over the life cycle of the program.
“Lieutenant-Colonel Reynolds has demonstrated time and time again what it is to lead by example and do the hard work for this massive program,” said Colonel Eric Ropella, helicopter program director for replacement of the presidential elevator (PMA-274). “This award recognizes his ability to develop solutions, create unity across multiple agencies, and demonstrates his dedication to the mission by understanding and executing all aspects of program management and the acquisition process.”
Reynolds led the program through initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) working closely with the Marine Corps Presidential Helicopter Support Squadron (HMX-1) and the White House Military Office (WHMO ) to focus, develop, test and implement solutions that lead to the declaration of Initial Operational Capability (IOC). WHMO is now leading the commissioning program.
“My advice to future acquisition teammates is to stay focused on the fighters and nurture and grow your relationships. Sometimes this business may seem like it’s all about the money, but it really is. of people,” Reynolds said.