The annual Defense Logistics Awards ceremony took place on Nov. 30, in Arlington Va. Boeing and the Air Force were recognized for the C-17 Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program GISP, which was first conceived in 1998.
The C-17 Globemaster III is a four-engine, T-tailed aircraft with a large rear-loading ramp. It is responsible for transporting large shipments of combat equipment, or passengers anywhere in the world.
GISP is headquartered in various program offices at the Warner Robins Air Force Base, Ga., and supports 237 C-17s worldwide.
“The strength of Boeing’s partnership with its Air Force customer provides the best sustainment solution possible,” said Gus Urzua, Boeing C-17 GISP vice president and program manager. “Our long-term partnership and the flexibility of performance-based logistics contracting are key to developing the innovative solutions necessary to address the complex challenges of sustaining a fleet of this magnitude.”
The GISP “virtual fleet” provides all C-17 customers with various types of support, including worldwide parts availability and economics of scale when purchasing materials.