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History and Its People: The Keys to DynCorp International’s Aviation Business

dyncorp international aviation news“The aviation business has some great discriminators, the keys are its history and its people,” said Catherine Gridley, vice president of Aviation for DynCorp International.

“The history goes back to the early 50s when we first started performing aviation maintenance. The people who work here are also incredibly skilled – from wrench turning to understanding the mission we support. DI employees really provide a value added level of commitment not only to the company but the customer’s mission. I think that when you look at what aviation has to offer and brings to the customer it’s that history, knowledge, experience base and the commitment to what we need to do for the customer that makes us different.”

Roots in Aviation

DynCorp International LLC has its origins with two companies formed in 1946 — Land-Air, Inc., and California Eastern Airways.

Land-Air, Inc., which became the predecessor to DynCorp International’s Maintenance and Technical Support Services (MTSS) Division, reached a major milestone in 1951, when it was awarded the first Contract Field Teams (CFT) contract by the Air Force Logistics Command (AFLC). Contract Field Teams provide mission support and depot-level repair to U.S. military aircraft and weapons systems worldwide. DynCorp International and its predecessors have provided services under the CFT program continuously since being awarded that first contract.

Contract Field Teams (CFT)

The Contract Field Teams (CFT) Program accomplishes depot, intermediate and organizational level inspection, maintenance, modification and repair at operational Government locations worldwide. The program supports Air Force requirements at each of the Air Logistics Centers (ALCs), Air Combat Command (ACC), Air Mobility Command (AMC), Air Force Reserves (AFRES) and Air National Guard (ANG). CFT contracts are also used to support requirements generated by the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other Federal agencies. The CFT program provides a rapid deployment capability to field necessary skilled technicians on site anywhere in the free world to support the Government’s war readiness and posture planning needs. Quantity of the services required is determined at the time the requirement is generated and will be cited on each order. Team requirements have been for as little as one to as many as a thousand technicians.

Recent DynCorp International CFT Wins

DynCorp International continues to win contracts under the CFT program. This year, DynCorp International has won CFT programs for support of the US Navy Fleet Readiness Center Aviation Support Equipment program, support to the US Army’s 101st at Ft. Campbell and in July, the USAF awarded DI the Regional Aviation Support Management – West (RASM-W) task order and the Fort Drum Directorate of Logistics (DOL) Aviation Logistics Management Division (ALMD) task order.

This August, DI won a contract with the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command to provide aviation maintenance and logistic support at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in Patuxent River, Md.

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