OREANDA-NEWS.  Rolls-Royce has been named to the top tier as a US Air Force Superior Supplier for the third year in a row.

Under the Superior Supplier Incentive Program, the Air Force recognizes companies to incentivize and improve performance. The top suppliers are chosen by their ratings in Contractor Performance Assessment Reports (CPAR), created by Airmen at the base level, who acquire materiel and services from rated companies; their reports represent the voice of the customer on the contracts they oversee.

Companies are evaluated using three years of CPARs and then are categorized as a Tier I, Tier II or Tier III supplier. Tier I-rated business segments are awarded the Air Force Superior Supplier status for one year.

Rolls-Royce is the only engine company to be named a Tier 1 Superior Supplier by the Air Force for three years in a row.

Phil Burkholder, Rolls-Royce, President Defense North America, said, “Rolls-Royce is committed to providing the absolute best service possible to the US Air Force and we are proud to have been selected as a Tier 1 Superior Supplier for the third year in a row. We know that pilots, air crew and airmen on the ground are counting on us and we will continue to focus on helping the Air Force achieve its missions, whatever they may be.”

In the announcement of this year’s list, the Air Force noted that the Superior Supplier program creates a view of overall company performance at a higher level than an individual contract.

Dave Weber, the former chief of the Air Force Industrial Liaison Office, said, “This is a way for the Air Force to consolidate the contract performance assessments provided by our Airmen and make it visible at the CEO level within our rated suppliers. It’s taking the accumulation of their voices and presenting it as a metric to senior leadership within the suppliers, the Air Force and the (Defense Department) and making it available as a higher-level performance measurement baseline.”