From Naval Air Systems Command Public Affairs
More than 300 guests attended the ceremony at
"When you do things that are truly history making, never been done before in the history mankind, it gets people's attention ... and that's not being melodramatic," Winter said.
"Monikers such as 'first ever,' 'worlds' best,' 'history making' become commonplace and you sit there and say, how can that be when we're talking about software and pieces of metal in the sky - that's not history making," he said. "We do that. We've done that. It's not trivial and we continue to celebrate naval aviation ... [And this team] took the art of the possible and made it the science of reality."
Winter also recognized the superlative efforts of his outgoing and incoming program managers.
"We are ushering out arguably one of my best program managers and ushering in an equally excellent program manager," Winter said. "The first time I met
Duarte, who previously served as Naval Air Systems Command's deputy program manager for Spectrum Dominance for the Program Office, is no stranger to the unmanned aircraft community.
"Fourteen years ago this month, at the then
As for Engdahl, the legacy he leaves behind is one he said he will always cherish.
"Beyond all of the prestigious awards and notable recognition, everyone on Team U-CAS will leave this program with a special, lifetime honor," Engdahl said. "We can all say 'I was there when X-47B trapped aboard Bush; I was a part of
Engdahl's next assignment will be as program manager for NAVAIR's Precision Strike Weapons Program Office.
The ceremony also marked the official redefinition of PMA-268, as the program welcomed the Unmanned Carrier Launched Surveillance and Strike System Advanced Developmental program office (UCLASS ADPO) into the fold. The new program is responsible for managing UCAS-D and UCLASS while continuing to prove unmanned capability in the dynamic carrier environment.
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