Mr. Gregory Clark address the NAM PO staff and invited guests. Photo: HAW / Henrik Gebhardt
Mr. Gregory Clark as the new Programme Manager will be responsible for the on-site support to the Heavy Airlift Wing, the operational unit of the Strategic Airlift Capability. Before assuming the position as Programme Manager of the NATO Airlift Management Programme Office, Mr. Clark was performing duties as the Programme Manager of NATO Airborne Surveillance Systems Programme at NSPA Luxembourg.
The formal part of the handover ceremony was when Mr. Gregory Clark signed the Military Type Certification Organization Exposition. With that signature Mr. Clark takes over the responsibilities as the accountable manager from Mr. Noldus.
Mr. Gregory Clark signs the Military Type Certification Organization Exposition. Photo: HAW / Henrik Gebhardt
The ceremony was attended by the Staff of the NATO Airlift Management Office, who wanted to say goodbye to Mr. Noldus, and welcome Mr. Clark as their new Manager. Also present was the Commander of the Heavy Airlift Wing, Colonel Bjørn Gohn-Hellum, and the NATO Airlift Management Programme Board Chairman, Mr. Tore Kvalvik, together with other distinguished guests, such as the spouses of both Mr. Clark, and Mr. Noldus, and representatives of the Host Nation Hungary, and the town of Pápa.
About the Strategic Airlift Capability
Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC), established in 2008, is a multinational program that provides its 12 member nations with assured access to military airlift capability by owning and operating three Boeing C-17A Globemaster III long-range cargo aircraft.
SAC is based at the Hungarian Defense Forces (HDF) Pápa Air Base, Hungary.
The SAC Nations are the NATO members Hungary (program host nation), Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and the United States and NATO Partnership for Peace nations Finland and Sweden. Each participating nation owns a share of the available flight hours of the SAC C-17As to serve the needs of their national defense, NATO, EU or UN commitments and humanitarian relief efforts.
SAC consists of the 12-nation Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW) and the NATO Airlift Management Programme Office (NAM PO). The HAW is the operational unit and the NAM PO, an integral part of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), is the acquisition and sustainment authority of the SAC C-17A weapon system.
NAM PO contracts with the U.S. Government, via Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Agreements with the USAF, for SAC C-17 Technical and integrated Product Support, Flight Crew Training and operational data services. The USAF in turn sub-contracts many of these services to Industry; notably Boeing and Pratt & Whitney.