NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — John Glenn Squadron of the Local Marine Corps Aviation Association (MCAA) presented Cora White with the first-ever Thomas E. Laux Acquisition Civilian of the Year Award for 2020 at the annual banquet, held June 2 in Solomons Island, Maryland.
The MCAA squadron honored White for his strong initiative and sustained professional performance as the Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (PMA-263) Deputy Program Manager for RQ-21A Integrated Product Team ( IPT) overseeing the development of capabilities and maintenance of the Marine Corps’ only Group 3 unmanned aircraft system.
“PMA-263 is filled with people who are always focused on the fighter,” White said. “It’s a privilege to work alongside a team that is proud to give their all to make things happen, no matter the obstacles. Our success is a direct result of the unwavering dedication of this team, and I am honored to be recognized for the work we have accomplished together.
According to the appointment, she played an important role in rapidly improving mission capability (MC) and full mission capability rates for the RQ-21A platform.
She worked closely with the Fleet Support Team and the Original Equipment Manufacturer to identify readiness roadblocks.
His efforts directly increased the RQ-21A’s mission capability from 61% in June 2020 to 96% in December 2020.
“Cora’s exceptional leadership in the RQ-21A IPT exemplified the work ethic and dedication to get the job done so the fleet could keep flying,” said Colonel Vic Argobright, Head of PMA-263 program. “She was instrumental in improving the readiness and capabilities of the RQ-21A Blackjack.”
MCAA John Glenn Squadron annually recognizes active duty Marines for their significant contributions to maritime aviation acquisition.
In 2020, realizing the equally important contribution made by civilian employees and contractors who support Marine Aviation Acquisition, the squadron also authorized civilian awards.
“Every team has that individual who seems to hold everything together and who, as a leader, you feel you can’t live without,” Argobright said. “For PMA-263, it’s Cora. She’s extremely hardworking and dedicated. Cora is a bulldog for getting things done and always puts the fighter’s needs first. Cora is most deserving of this honor.