TRG Awarded Training Pool on GSA ASTRO

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ASTRO will enhance our ability to support the warfighter by providing critical training for our nation’s manned and unmanned systems for sea, air, space, and land.

James Rockhill, founder President/CEO of The Rockhill Group, Inc. Tweet

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA., February 1, 2022 –

The Rockhill Group, Inc. (TRG) secured a prime position on the new General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Systems Integration Management Center (FEDSIM) ASTRO Training Pool– a 10-year multiple awards, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle geared towards the needs of the Department of Defense (DoD) and the U.S. military. 

ASTRO includes 10 pools that are composed of data operations, mission operations, aviation, ground, space, maritime, development/systems integration, research, support, and training.  The Training Pool includes all training (the providing of instruction) services required for successful execution of a product, program, project, or process regarding platforms and/or robotics for land, air, sea, or space. 

“ASTRO will enhance our ability to support the warfighter by providing critical training for our nation’s manned and unmanned systems for sea, air, space, and land,” said James Rockhill, founder and President/CEO of The Rockhill Group, Inc. “ASTRO is ground-breaking.  Awards were based on the Highest Technically Rated Qualifying Offerors, which for the first-time provides DoD with vetted companies with ‘actual training and flight training’ expertise to support critical training requirements.” “Our proven expertise across the training spectrum for fixed, rotary, and Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) in flight, simulation, virtual reality, academic instruction, and courseware make The Rockhill Group a key member of the ASTRO family.” 

Jessica Rockhill, TRG’s CFO, stated, “It’s an honor to have been selected as an awardee on the ASTRO contracting vehicle. This new IDIQ is already making the history books!  The group of folks leading the ASTRO procurement really thought outside the box and greatly invested their time in the market-research phase. Offerors went through a rigorous proposal process in which they only received high technical ratings based on the certifications they hold, and how well they’ve performed on relevant contracts – there was no “writing” of a proposal. This really made the evaluation process quite objective and after 377 awards (out of approximately 600 offers), the awards successfully made it through the protest period without any delays. There was also no consideration of price or cost – unprecedented within GSA.  Pricing will ensue at the task-order level, which has already saved time and costs across both government and industry.   For the first time ever, the government now has a dedicated contracting vehicle (Pool 10) for all training services required for the successful execution of a product, program, project, or process regarding platforms, robotics, and/or systems for land, air, sea, or space.  

TRG is thrilled to join the ASTRO family in providing our great warfighters with only the best training services.  With over $20 billion in task-orders projected for just year one across ASTRO, I’d say the Department of Defense is just as excited as we are!”  

The ASTRO contract vehicle, managed by GSA’s Federal Systems Integration and Management Center office,  is sponsored by the Department of Defense, is designed to meet the Combatant Commands mission requirements. ASTRO is available for use by GSA FEDSIM and any GSA Office of Assisted Acquisition Services Contracting Officer (CO) granted a Delegation of Procurement Authority (DPA) specifically authorized by the ASTRO CO(s).  

About The Rockhill Group, Inc.

The Rockhill Group, Inc. (TRG) was founded in 2004 by Mr. James Rockhill, a retired 21-year USAF fighter pilot and highly decorated veteran. Mr. Rockhill leads TRG in providing services throughout the entire training life cycle. With 17 years of experience in training and flight training, TRG continues to provide e Live, Virtual, and Constructive (LVC) training to courseware development, JTAC (Joint Terminal Air Controller) training and support, scenario development and exercise support, classroom academics, training devices, simulators, and  actual inflight instruction in military aircraft to new pilots and aircrew. TRG has supported over 100,000 mishap-free flight hours in 23 different aircraft platforms, both manned and unmanned, garnering “Exceptional” ratings from the government. Customers rely on TRG for rapid-response solutions and subject-matter expertise to support mission critical operations. TRG is a trusted partner in aviation training, aviation services, and weather services for military and civilians worldwide. TRG is a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). Visit us at www.therockhillgroup.com.