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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

NAVAIR Names New Chief of Unmanned Aviation

Rear Adm. Mathias Winter
Rear Adm. Mathias Winter was named head of the Naval Air System Command's (NAVAIR) Program Executive Office for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons (PEO(U&W)) during a change of command ceremony at Pax River last week.

Winter is the former commander of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division base in China Lake/Point Mugu, Calif.; he replaces Rear Adm. Bill Shannon, who is retiring after overseeing the office for four years. In his new role, Winter will manage a total obligation authority of more than $46 billion and lead a workforce of more than 3,800 individuals.

“Still at war, our nation faces daunting challenges across the political, military, economic, social, informational, infrastructure domains,” Winter said. “But we have a plan to tackle these challenges … This year, during this tour, my focus for PEO(U&W) builds upon that bridging and my strategic framework of people, organization and programs.”

Winter’s previous tours at NAVAIR include deputy program manager for the Tactical Tomahawk All-Up- Round (AUR) development program; chief of staff for PEO Tactical Aircraft (T); and Precision Strike Weapons (PMA-201) program manager.

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