By Pensacola News Journal

On June 16, Kevin M. Coggins, a Pensacola native and a U.S. Army civilian in the Army Acquisition Corps, was appointed Senior Executive Service (SES) as program manager for Direct Reporting Program Manager Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PM PNT).

The Honorable Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army (acquisition, logistics & technology) and Army acquisition executive, presided over the ceremony and administered the oath of office.

“Today we welcome a new member to the ranks of Army senior executive, the latest and newest, Kevin Coggins,” Shyu said at the appointment ceremony. “With this term appointment, Kevin Coggins becomes our new program manager for positioning, navigation, and timing, or PNT, which is a critically important area for the members of our armed forces that’s conducting operations worldwide.”

As program manager for PM PNT, Coggins will continue his responsibility for the development, acquisition, fielding, and life cycle support of the Army’s portfolio of PNT programs — capabilities that provide the soldier with the ability to access accurate and trusted time and position information.

Coggins has spent five years dedicated to PNT capabilities and technology implementation. Before his appointment to program manager, Coggins served as deputy product director and later product director for PNT. He also served as the project lead for the Assured PNT Cross-Cutting Capability to the Army’s Common Operating Environment. His efforts have ensured that the Army achieves the ability to outpace the PNT threat, by increasing efficiencies in PNT operations and leading the way for major changes in PNT across the Army.

Coggins is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps where he served as a Force Reconnaissance Team Leader. He also served as a cadet in a local Civil Air Patrol squadron.

Coggins has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida, with studies and research focused in the fields of computational neuroscience, signal processing and sensors. He attended Pensacola State College, where he studied pre-engineering and attended high school at Pensacola High School, where he was a cadet in the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.