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Pax River Program Manager Retires After 40 Years with DI

Today we celebrate the career of a DynCorp International team member who rose through the ranks to be the extremely successful leader of one of DI’s longest and continuous running programs. Randy Hughes, DI’s Naval Test Wing Atlantic (NTWL) program manager, retired on August 13, 2020 after 40 years of distinguished service with DI. Randy first joined the company, known then as Dynalectron, in February 1981 after service in the Marine Corps. He started as an aircraft mechanic/CH-46 aircrew member at the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School Patuxent River (Pax), Maryland and quickly earned a reputation for his exceptional technical skills and “getter done” attitude.

In 1985, Randy was selected to stand up the DI TH-57 Flight Training program at NAS Whiting Field, Florida South Field. The next year he transferred to the North Field to stand up the DI T-34 Flight Training program.

Randy continued his DI journey with a one-year assignment at Dhahran, Saudi Arabia in 1990. Returning to the U.S. in 1991, he was assigned as an aircraft mechanic on the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) contract located in Addison, Texas. In 1992, after the DEA contract ended, he transferred to the Fort Worth office and worked in Business Development for a year before returning to Patuxent River. Assigned to work at Rotary Wing Aircraft Test (RW Test) as an avionics lead, he progressively moved up to be a maintenance controller before becoming the director of maintenance at RW Test.

In 2000, he was assigned as the program manager for a DI major sub-contract with Bell Helicopter where DI provided maintenance support for the UH-1Y and AH-1Z Flight Test program at Pax.

All his hard work, experience and sacrifice paid off in 2005 when he was selected as the NTWL program manager. In the last 15 years, Randy led the growth of the DI footprint on this marque program from 700 employees to well over 1,000 employees today. His in-depth maintenance knowledge, coupled with leadership skill honed over the years, allowed him to build trust and confidence with the customer while building a maintenance organization second to none. The bottom line is that results are what count and under Randy’s leadership the program earned consistently high CPAR evaluation scores. His ability to get the Pax team to embody the customer’s mission as their own was the main reason DI won back-to-back recompetes in 2011 and 2016 valued at over $1B.

Charlie Grogan commented that, “As a former U.S. Marine, Randy embodies the Semper Fi spirt and company values. His career is proof that the journey from an entry level position to an important leadership position is possible. A 40-year DynCorp International career that we celebrate today!”

Randy will be staying with the company as a CAT III employee to assist with significant Navy proposals to include T-45 and NTWL. We all join together to wish Randy, his wife Jackie and family “Fair Winds and Following Seas!”

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