King Aerospace Inc. (KAI) has named William A. “Bill” Forbes to the position of deputy program manager for the contiguous United States (CONUS). In this role, Forbes provides management and oversight of aircraft maintenance and logistics operations in support of military aircraft around the world. He will oversee the day-to-day operations at seven CONUS locations operating 41 aircraft. His responsibilities in support of maintenance operations serve to ensure that King Aerospace’s team members are properly resourced to sustain quality maintenance standards and to provide the customer with safe, mission-ready aircraft. He brings more than 30 years of military and civilian experience in the aviation industry from both the government and contractor sides of the business.
“Specialized contractor logistics support requires mission-driven focus and unwavering dedication, which Bill unequivocally demonstrates,” said Jarid King, president of King Aerospace Companies. “He understands how the excellence of our services and the trusted performance we deliver support our troops’ readiness, wherever they’re deployed globally. He’s an incredible, experienced leader with a passion for what we do.”
His wide-ranging experience includes leading aviation maintenance departments in dynamic operational environments around the globe. His expert knowledge of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) compliance issues, regulations and directives, as well as military aviation rules and documentation, helps ensure positive outcomes. Forbes understands enterprise-level planning and decision-making, forming mutually beneficial partnerships, and aligning customer needs with mission requirements.
“Bill inspires teams to deliver the best, most innovative solutions,” said Greg Mitchell, vice president of government services for King Aerospace Inc. “He’s a proven leader with excellent judgment and decision-making skills.”
Forbes’ extensive work history includes leadership roles throughout his 23-year military career in the United States Navy. He achieved the highest enlisted rank of E-9 and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer, representing the top 1% of enlisted personnel. In addition, he has served in key management roles with several defense contractors in his post-military career. Forbes has experience in a vast array of military aircraft, from fighter-attack to logistics support platforms. In these roles, he maintained a high-level security clearance in support of military operations.