Naval Air Systems gets new chief

Navy Vice Adm. Walter B. Massenburg officially took over yesterday as commander of the Naval Air Systems Command.

Confirmed by the Senate, Massenburg oversees a work force of 27,000 military and civilians, including a mix of program managers, engineers, acquisition officials and logisticians.

'It is my job to ensure that NAVAIR provides costwise readiness and dominant maritime combat power to make a great Navy and Marine Corps team better. I'm excited to get under way,' Massenburg said.

NAVAIR develops, acquires and supports aircraft and weapons technology for the Navy, Marine Corps and Defense Department.

Massenburg received his bachelor's degree in physics from Washington and Jefferson College. He has a master's degree in systems management from the University of Southern California and another in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College.

In 1999, Massenburg was promoted to rear admiral and became the assistant commander for logistics at NAVAIR. Earlier this year, he was named assistant commander for aviation depots. At the command, Massenburg also has served in the Maritime Surveillance Aircraft Program Office.

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