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Release No: 237-98
May 12, 1998


The Department of Defense today announced that three highly respected and knowledgeable individuals have agreed to serve as independent advisors to the Source Selection Authority during the evaluation of proposals for the public-private competition covering the Sacramento Air Logistics Center workload. The workload includes KC-135 aircraft depot maintenance and combined industrial commodities repair.

Defense Secretary William Cohen on May 5, 1998, directed the appointment of independent advisors to reinforce the perception of objectivity in the evaluation. Cohen stated that the independent advisors would "assist in assuring that the source selection process is conducted in a manner that is consistent with the Request for Proposals and the evaluation criteria." The advisors will have access to all source selection information they consider necessary and will provide independent advice to the Source Selection Authority.

The independent advisors are:

  • Gen. Robert T. Marsh, USAF (Retired) Marsh retired from active duty with the Air Force in 1984. His last assignment before retiring was serving as the commander, Air Force Systems Command. Since his retirement, Marsh has served as an aerospace consultant. He is currently chairman of the board of CAE Electronics and is the executive director of the Air Force Aid Society.
  • Lt. Gen. Kenneth E. Eickmann, USAF (Retired effective June 1, 1998) Eickmann, who served most recently as the commander, Aeronautical Systems Center, Air Force Material Command, has been appointed by the University of Texas to serve as director of its Construction Industry Institute. He is a former director of Logistics, Headquarters, Air Force Material Command, and is a former commander of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center.
  • Dennis TroschTrosch served for many years as the deputy general counsel for acquisition and logistics in the Office of the General Counsel, Department of Defense. He retired from federal service in 1996 and has worked as a consultant on acquisition and related matters.

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