NAVAL AIR STATION COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md.– The Tactical Airlift Program Office (PMA-207) changed command with Capt. Steven Nassau was turned over to Col. Steven Puckett in a ceremony on April 28.

Maj. Gen. Gregory L. Masiello, program executive officer for air anti-submarine warfare, assault, and special mission programs, served as guest speaker giving credit to the variety and diversity of the PMA-207 team and portfolio.

Capt. Steven Nassau salutes Maj. Gen. Gregory Masiello as he passes command of PMA-207 to Col. Steven Puckett on April 28. Credit: U.S. Navy

“It’s all about the human beings, whether it is inside the program office or the sailors and marines out in the fleet,” said Masiello. “The breadth and depth of what PMA-207 does is amazing, and the people in PMA-207 have been the driving force behind aircraft readiness and getting the job done.”

Nassau turned the program’s leadership over to Puckett at a ceremony conducted in the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Zero (VX-20) hangar in front of an audience of more than 125 family, friends, and colleagues, as well as more than 60 virtual attendees.

“I challenged you at the beginning of my tour, and I challenge you some more, with greater goals and higher expectations, and you started working on them immediately, with gusto,” said Nassau to the audience. “I was told at the beginning of my command, ‘start running and didn’t stop’, you achieved every goal I set in front of you. Every expectation that I demanded of you, you satisfied.”

As program manager, Nassau successfully led a diverse team supporting the acquisition and life cycle support of 21 different type-model-series aircraft over the last four years.

“Our steady-state at PMA-207 is juggling 21 different type model series aircraft, with 40% of those aircraft supported by teams that are one deep in each area,” said Nassau. “Conversely, with a small team, this program office has more contract actions than any other on base. I’m proud of our highly skilled team of professionals; if they don’t do their job, the aircraft can’t fly.”

Assuming the position of the program manager, Puckett brings a wealth of experience to the job and is well suited to the complexities of managing such a diverse and complex program office.

“You will be the first C-130 pilot leading PMA-207,” said Masiello. “You could retire, but you chose to serve the nation and the people.”

Through the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program, Puckett, a graduate of the University of Arizona, served as a KC-130 pilot at multiple Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadrons and participated in multiple operational deployments. He is a U.S. Naval Test Pilot School graduate and is a proven leader with successful command of VX-20 and tours as a deputy program manager at PMA-207 and PMA-265. 

PMA-207 provides the lifecycle management of all U.S. Navy non-carrier-based tactical airlifts and are expert in the procurement and sustainment of commercial derivative aircraft.

The program office is responsible for the C-12 Huron, C-26 Metroliner, UC-35 Citation, C-20 Gulfstream, DC-9, C-37 Transport, C-38 Courier, C-40 Clipper, and the C/KC-130 Hercules.

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