News Release

Cherokee Nation Businesses

Cherokee Federal Red Wing has been selected to join the first multibillion-dollar contract awarded by the U.S. Navy’s Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers (COMFRC).

Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers’ 10-year, $6.1 billion contract was awarded among 42 small business industry partners. The Multiple Award Contract enables the U.S. Navy, government customers and international partners to procure aircraft maintenance services and sustainment support more quickly.

In fulfilling the Kits, Recovery, Augmentation, Components and Engines contract, commonly known as KRACEn, Cherokee Federal and partnering agencies will provide overhauling capabilities for aircraft components and subsystems, as well as maintenance and support personnel to service single satellite sites and small aircraft quantities.

“We are extremely proud to have the opportunity to continue supporting our nation’s military,” said Chris Moody, executive general manager for Cherokee Federal. “We look forward to partnering with Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers in its mission to provide these important services and products to the Navy and appreciate their ongoing commitment to small business.”

The contract’s scope of work includes modification kit build and installations, recovery of downed aircraft, repair and overhaul of aircraft and components, repair and overhaul of engines, and maintenance labor both ashore and afloat.

Cherokee Federal’s engineering and manufacturing service line, a subsidiary of Cherokee Nation Businesses, has provided aerospace and defense services for commercial and government clients for more than 50 years. The businesses provide systems sustainment and integration, manufacturing, engineering, program management, and professional services to a diverse range of industries and government agencies.

Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers, the U.S. Navy’s shore-based, off-aircraft and depot level aviation maintenance providers, produce quality airframes, engines, components, and support equipment and provide maintenance, repair, and overhaul of aviation assets to keep the Naval Aviation Enterprise's aircrafts ready at all times.

About Cherokee Federal

Cherokee Federal is owned by Cherokee Nation Businesses — the economic engine of Cherokee Nation, the largest Native American tribe in the U.S. One-hundred percent of the company’s profits support future business investments and the well-being of the tribe’s citizens through health care, education and job creation, ensuring better lives for Cherokees today and tomorrow. 

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