Dahlgren Vol. 25, No. 1, Mid-February 2014
What’s Inside Navy aligns science and technology to make future weapons a reality for Sailors
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French President awards Legion of Honor 2 to Navy Veteran Marty van Duyne News Net News
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Arlington — A U.S. Navy Sailor was among six WWII veterans appointed a Knight of the Legion of Honor by French President Francois Hollande Feb.11. Charles S. Toms, 88 of Frederick, Md. was serving as a boat gunner aboard the SS John Henry off the shore of Normandy on D-Day. Hollande lauded Toms and D-Day veterans John C. Cheban, Arthur W. Ordel, Jr., Henry E. Ponton Jr., Robert L. Sales, and George A. Shenkle during a ceremony at Joint Base Myers-Henderson Hall Officer’s Club. During his remarks Hollande told
the recipients, “You are heroes, our heroes.” The French president said his country wanted to express gratitude
“You are our brothers, our friends, our saviors.” —French President Francois Hollande to the men that fought for France’s See D-Day, page 5
Sen. Tim Kaine (D - Va.) congratulates D-Day Navy veteran Charles S. Toms. ©Marty van Duyne/News Net News
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Washington — First Lady Michelle Obama joined U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez to kick off “A National Symposium: Veterans Employment in Construction.” Obama announced that a broad coalition of construction employers and associations have collectively pledged to hire 100,000 veterans over the next five years. The First Lady noted in her remarks that the construction
industry is one of the fastest growing in the country and although many veterans have technical skills needed for jobs or are eager to learn, they don’t always know how to transition from military to civilian life. “And that’s why, in June of 2012, my husband launched the Department of Defense Military Credentialing and Licensing Task Force. And we’re already starting to see results,” said Obama. The event was held Feb. 10 at the Department of Labor in Washington. Marine veteran Larry Melton who
now works as a civil engineer for Bechtel on the Dulles Airport Metro project discussed his transition from a military to civilian career. Woman Army veteran and single mother Katie Sanicky gave a brief overview of her transition from the Army to an apprentice iron worker in Cleveland through the Helmets to Hardhats program before introducing the First Lady. The daylong event included a Veterans’ Employment and Training Services Info Session on How to Hire Veterans, an Employment and Training Administration Session on
Apprenticeship, and an Employment and Training Administration Session on Licensing and Credentialing. Obama and Dr. Jill Biden founded the national initiative Joining Forces shortly after their husbands took office to engage all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. The first Lady encouraged other employers at the symposium to step up and support the effort to employ veterans.
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Navy aligns science and technology to make future weapons a reality for Sailors John Joyce
NSWC Dahlgren Division Corporate Communications Dahlgren — How is Navy science and technology impacting the capabilities that Sailors need to fight, win and come home safely – now and in the future? Military, business and academic minds pondering that question received new insight from Navy leaders at the 26th Surface Navy Association (SNA) National Symposium over the course of a week in January. However, they left the annual event with answers that only Navy scientists and engineers who design and develop ships’ combat systems could provide. Two Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWCDD) civilians reflected on their answers about surface warfare technologies enabling Sailors to deliver prompt, sustained combat power today, tomorrow, and in the future. The NSWCDD Human System Integration (HSI) engineers, Jon Dachos and Betsy Khol, also recounted Navy HSI plans to make the symposium’s theme – “Surface Warfare-Warfighting First” – a reality. “From an HSI perspective, it was very satisfying to see many of the vendors had alignment of naval science and technology with naval missions and future capability needs for operators,” said Jon Dachos, NSWCDD HSI Command Center design lead engineer. “I enjoyed seeing how usability of a system is a greater part of the design system engineer process for new capabilities. It shows that HSI is gaining traction in Department of Defense systems.” The Navy’s HSI process includes modeling and simulation, mock-up (small and large scale), 3D human factors engineered CAD (computer-aided design) walkthroughs, and fleet participation in warfare scenarios with Sailors’ verifying the design layout of combat direction centers on warships, including aircraft carriers such as USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). “It was very exciting to see that many companies are developing products and technologies that have more focus on usability for warfighters and operators,” said NSWCDD HSI engineer Betsy Khol. “Dahlgren’s HSI team is able to serve as an advocate for the warfighter to ensure a design’s impact on the user is considered either before or after a capability is deployed to the fleet.” NSWCDD scientists and engineers exhibited a myriad of technologies and capabilities developed to support the warfighter in collaboration with other Naval Sea System Command warfare centers as well as vendors representing industries at the symposium. “It is great to see many vendors taking the initiative to incorporate usability and user experience into an initial
design and recognizing the importance of user-centered design on the warfighter,” said Khol. Dachos and Khol are among HSI scientists and engineers based at NSWCDD with HSI facilities that include the Integrated Command Environment (ICE) and Human Performance Laboratory (HPL). They informed SNA attendees about the ICE/HPL facilities and the command’s partnership with the Center for Surface Combatant Systems (CSCS) and the Aegis Training and Readiness Center (ATRC) in Dahlgren, Va. This partnership provides a valuable link between science and technology, research and development activities, and the acquisition and Fleet communities. “The Human Systems Integration Branch at NSWCDD currently provides Fleet and Warfighter support to more than 100 naval programs,” said John Schultz, NSWCDD Acting HSI Branch Head. “The projects range in size from large scale acquisition programs such as littoral combat ship and joint light tactical vehicle, down to one time evaluations of Marine Corps information systems.” The HSI Branch supports a wide range of science and technology initiatives that include human interaction devices and interfaces, 3D gestural controls, adaptive projection augmented models, unmanned systems, and next generation weapons integration. Their research and interaction with Sailors about operational needs ensures Fleet interest and participation and a clear transition path. Feedback from Sailors – about 1,500 officer and enlisted participants in the last five years – combined with solid human systems engineering expertise have been key to the success of the HSI team at Dahlgren. “We are committed to identifying cutting edge technologies and solutions that can decrease operator workload and increase situational awareness in the ever increasing complexity of naval systems,” said Schultz. The HSI team’s focus is human performance, stressing optimization of manpower, usability, maintainability, decision support, and knowledge superiority in an effort to enhance Sailors’ capabilities and improve total system performance and affordability over the entire life-cycle of a platform or system. A sound, systems engineering approach is applied to problems, emphasizing that a system is not only composed of hardware and software but also includes the human operators, maintainers, decision makers, and the shore support infrastructure manpower. The Surface Navy Association was established in 1985 to promote greater coordination and communication among those in the military, business and academic communities who share a common interest in Naval Surface Warfare and to support the activities of Surface Naval Forces.
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Top: Justin Kingsford, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Human Systems Engineer, works with a Navy officer to conduct usability testing on the AN/PYX-1 Identity Dominance System aboard USS Oscar Austin (DDG79) in Norfolk, Va. The system collects biometrics such as face, finger, and iris images, and enrolls that information into a local database to match against known persons of interest. Once the information has been captured, the system sends the information back to the authoritative data base. Kingsford, NSWCDD HSI Deputy Program Director, and his team support a wide range of science and technology initiatives that include human interaction devices and interfaces, 3D gestural controls, adaptive projection augmented models, unmanned systems, and next generation weapons integration. Above: Naval reservists, scientists and engineers work in the Integrated Command Environment (ICE) Human Performance laboratory located at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD). In 2014, the ICE lab (revamped since this photo) continues to focus on the Navy’s evolving human performance and human systems integration (HSI) testing. The lab demonstrates the ability to fight future battles with HSI - engineered hardware, software and features common consoles, displays, and knowledge management features that Sailors helped design to enhance human performance and mission accomplishment. The HSI Branch also supports a wide range of science and technology initiatives that include human interaction devices and interfaces, 3D gestural controls, adaptive projection augmented models, unmanned systems, and next generation weapons integration.
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CSCS announces Headquarters Civilian of the Year Dahlgren — The Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) announced its Headquarters 2013 Civilian of the Year (COY) at their awards ceremony Jan 23. Mr. Todd Hockensmith, the Integrated Learning Environment (ILE) Program Analyst for CSCS’s Technical Support Directorate, was honored to be selected. “I am humbled to be the CSCS Headquarters COY,” Hockensmith said. “There were so many strong contenders.” Hockensmith was also CSCS’ Civilian of the Quarter (COQ) for April - June of 2010, July - September of 2011, and April - June of 2013. “The most rewarding aspect of my job is working with professional teammates to bring better training to our school houses,” Hockensmith said. Mr. Michael Kroner, the Deputy Director for CSCS’s Technical Support Directorate and Hockensmith’s immediate s u p e r v i s o r, n o m i n a t e d Hockensmith for the award and says Hockensmith is a remarkable teammate and exceptional asset to CSCS and the Navy. “Todd takes great pride and care
NSWCDD Commander recognizes Virginia Tech leader Burnett recognized for re-establishing the University’s relationship with Dahlgren
in the performance of his duties and responsibilities,” Kroner said. “He is constantly seeking out additional responsibilities and is quick to volunteer to assist others within and outside of the CSCS community to best meet the mission.”
Dahlgren — Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Commander Capt. Brian Durant recognized Roger Burnett’s retirement from Virginia Tech Jan. 30. Burnett, who retired from active duty in 1994 with the rank of Captain, was recognized for re-establishing the valuable relationship between NSWCDD and Virginia Tech in his role as the university’s Department of Defense liaison.
“Your efforts, working with the NSWCDD Technical Partnering Office, to establish reciprocal business model processes across two dissimilar cultures at the state and federal level have resulted in a process that is recognized as the “University Model Relationship”, according to the citation. “Your knowledge of fundamental research and research application across academic and Department of Navy cultures has been instrumental in
advancing NSWCDD contract research, and enabled ‘hands on’ application of science, technology, engineering and math for more than 185 graduate students.”
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D-Day: Veterans recognized for WWII service
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From page 1 freedom on their shores 70 years before saying their efforts were key to the French Republic. “These Soldiers, in June 1944, came to a foreign land on beaches they had never seen before. And they came to France to fight,” said Hollande. “Seventy years after the Normandy landing, we commemorate their immense sacrifice, which you gentlemen, the veterans, and your brothersin-arms, made to liberate our country.” Before bestowing the “Ordre national De la Légion d’Honneur” on the aging warriors, the French president told the veterans, “You are our brothers, our friends, our saviors.” Sen. Tim Kaine (D - Va.), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee as well as the Senate Armed Ser vices Committee individually greeted each of the veterans before the ceremony and thanked them for their service. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Joint Force HeadquartersNational Capital Region and the Military District of Washington Commander Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan had joined Hollande for
D-Day Honorees Henry E. Ponton Jr. of Frederick, Md. landed on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. Robert L. Sales, 91of Madison Heights, Va. an Army Staff Sgt. was the lone survivor of his landing craft on Omaha Beach. George A. Shenkle, 92, of Lansdale, Pa. jumped into France on D-Day as a U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Pvt. First Class. John C. Cheban of Vienna, Va. participated in aerial missions over Normandy on D-Day. Arthur W. Ordel, Jr., 92, of
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A schoolgirl poses for a photo with Charles S. Toms. French students were at the Legion of Honor ceremony to pay witness to history. ©Marty van Duyne/News Net News
a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington earlier in the Day. During a White House press conference before the medal ceremony Hollande invited President Barack Obama to attend the 70th Anniversary of D-Day in
Normandy on June 6, and Obama readily accepted. Hollande spoke in French with an interpreter providing English translation to attendees via individual headsets during the Legion of Honor ceremony.
Keswick, Va. was an Air Force B-17 Bombardier who participated in 14 D-Day sorties.
Class boat gunner on the SS John Henry off the shore of Normandy on D-Day.
Charles S. Toms, 88 of Frederick, Md. was a Navy Seaman First
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Navy mentoring programs make dreams a reality for sailors, scientists, and students John Joyce NSWC Dahlgren Division Corporate Communications Dahlgren — How is the Navy making dreams a reality in the fields of science and engineering
for wounded warriors, interns, new employees and students in middle and high school? The Navy scientists and engineers who celebrated National Mentoring Month in January said the answer has not changed since they were
Emeka Ebirim, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division engineer, tests a laser while on a temporary assignment at the Lead Naval Technical Laboratory for Laser Safety (LNTL) facility. At the time of the picture, Ebirim was mentored by NSWCDD laser engineer Sheldon Zimmerman who is currently Chairman of the International Electronics Commission’s Laser Safety Committee. (U.S. Navy Photo by Kevin Elliott/Released)
“mentees”. They responded unanimously with one word – “mentors”. President Barack Obama agrees. His Presidential Proclamation of National Mentoring Month, 2014, stated that: “In every corner of our Nation, mentors push our next generation to shape their ambitions, set a positive course, and achieve their boundless potential. During National Mentoring Month, we celebrate everyone who teaches, inspires, and guides young Americans as they reach for their dreams.” National Mentoring Month began in 2002 as an outreach campaign to focus national attention on the need for mentors – individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits – to work together to increase mentoring of our nation’s youth with the hope of assuring brighter futures. Scores of scientists and engineers respond to this call by mentoring young students in the classrooms and robotics competitions in
High School students tour the electromagnetic railgun facility at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division in June 2013. They visited the railgun facility to meet engineers and scientists and get exposure to the applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. “This was a wonderful opportunity for the local high school students to come and meet with engineers, scientists, and naval personnel who helped these students become excited about STEM fields,” said student instructor Patrick Foley. “Visiting the electromagnetic launch facility was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that few have the privilege to experience, and I think that these students and I will never forget this experience.”
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mentees became Navy scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and physicists, who work on programs and technologies such as lasers, sensors, missile systems, unmanned surface, air and underwater vehicles, quantum mechanics, nanotechnology, and electromagnetic railgun. Today – as mentors themselves – their mission is now turning dreams into reality in the Navy for others. N S WC DD s c i e nt i st s an d engineers have shared their stories and explained Navy mentoring programs and partnerships in the following comments and blog style remarks. As you read their written reflections, quotes, projections, and information about programs, it becomes clear that mentoring is important enough to celebrate throughout month. Dr. Thomas Murphy, NSWCDD engineer based at Combat Systems Direction Activity (CDSA), Virginia Beach, Va. Editor’s Note: Dr. Thomas Murphy has made it his mission to help wounded warriors complete their education and join the Naval
Warfare Center team. Murphy - a chemical and mechanical engineer - mentors injured and ill service members, who are part of the Disability Transition Assistance Program (DTAP) at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, on the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career opportunities available once they leave the service. The program assists those leaving the service due to any type of medical issues, whether it’s combat wounds, injuries or illness. “The warfare centers and NAVSEA (Naval Sea Systems Command) in general have been really effective and very active in trying to reach out to wounded warriors in their hiring and recruitment of them. I go over the phenomenal opportunities that exist in STEM fields, the financial compensation available – both working for the government and working in the private sector. I encourage them to get their math skills accessed while they’re still on active duty. I’ve managed to get into a little niche here, reaching out to wounded warriors. There are a lot of people who are trying to do what
Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division engineer Dr. Tom Murphy speaks with wounded warriors and family members at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Murphy, who is stationed at Combat Systems Direction Activity Dam Neck, meets with wounded warriors and their families several times a month to discuss career planning, training, education and resume writing. The service members are part of the Disability Transition Assistance Program, known as DTAP. Murphy has worked with more than 450 military members since the program began early last year. (U.S. Navy Photo by Rebecca Perron/Released)
they can to help the veterans.” Dawn Chandler, NSWCDD Human System Engineer and mentor “Mentoring occurs in many ways here at Dahlgren. There are formal mentor relationships, informal mentor relationships, and the mentoring the Virginia Demonstration Program (VDP) STEM program provides in middle school classroom in the surrounding counties. In all of these cases, the goal is the growth of mentees in technical and leadership roles. A mentor is a role model who does not attempt to create a ‘mini-me’, but instead guides the mentees in the directions they need to explore for their future.” Lt. Cmdr. Jason Fox – Systems Engineer assigned to NSWCDD and the Directed Energy and Electric Weapons Program Office for Railgun Platform Integration On active duty military members and STEM mentoring: “If we don’t take an active role, we might not have a future for engineering in the country. My particular role is not just about mentoring engineers, but, as an engineering duty officer, to have people realize that there are actually STEM applications in a military uniform. It’s critical to our future.” John Wright, NSWCDD senior engineer and STEM coordinator Editor’s Note: FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), is a nonprofit organization with the mission to design accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in STEM. “The FIRST program’s ability to build excitement through competitions draws the students into the STEM aspects of the program. The other aspect that we (NSWC Dahlgren Division) see as attractive for future scientists and engineers is the program’s focus on team work. We See Mentors, page 9
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Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Summer Academy students program a robot to engage in a fictitious Navy operation. They were among over 100 middle school students working on STEM summer camp activities and projects impacting simulated naval robotic missions at the event. Navy officials anticipate that Virginia Demonstration Project Summer Academy students may one day use their STEM skills at Naval Warfare Center laboratories to design future technologies supporting U.S. warfighters and America’s homeland defense and security.
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A middle school student from Spotsylvania County, Va., programs his robot under the tutelage of Katy Owens, a Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division mathematician, at a Virginia Demonstration Project Summer Academy here. (U.S. Navy photo by Andrew Revelos/Released)
Commonwealth Virginia Governor’s School students and their mentor, Bob Brown - a computer scientist supporting Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) as a contractor - work to reset the student-built robot known as Kilroy before a match at “Duel on the Delaware 2013”. The National Defense Education Program sponsored high school team and its allies did not make the top three among 34 high schools in the competition. However, the team’s technology skills are number one, say their NSWCDD mentors. (U.S. Navy photo by James R. Smith/Released)
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Navy Cybersecurity Engineer honored with Information Management/Information Technology Excellence Award San Diego, Calif. — A Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) cybersecurity engineer received the Department of the Navy (DoN) Information Management/Information Technology (IM/IT) Excellence Award here Feb. 11. DoN Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen presented the
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Awards recognize IM/IT projects, teams and individuals that have helped to transform the Navy and Marine Corps through information technology. “I feel honored to be a part of NSWC and to receive this award on behalf of all the organizations that collaborate on the USS SECURE project to defend and respond in the event of a cyberattack against our fleet,” said Simonoff. “Our men and women in uniform will be able to execute their mission trusting their automated systems to communicate reliable information and return home to their families and loved ones.” USSSECURE’stestbeddetermines the best combination of cyberdefense technologies to secure a naval combatant without impacting real time deadline scheduled performance requirements. “This test bed enables us to develop, evaluate and test cybersecurity concepts and technologies to defend mission critical systems at sea and ashore,” said Simonoff. The USS SECURE cybersecurity test bed is a collaboration between the National Security Agency, DoD Information Assurance Range Quantico, Combat Systems Direction Activity Dam Neck, NSWCDD, NSWC Carderock/ Philadelphia, Office of Naval Research, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, and Real Time Innovations Inc. “TheUSSSECUREhasledaseriesof cybersecurity and cyberengineering ‘firsts’ for NSWCDD and has helped position the command as a leader and innovator for cybersecurity solutions that will benefit not only our Navy but the Department of Defense community at large,” said Nerney. USS SECURE’s objective is to immunize a warfare system against the effects of a cyberattack and to
rapidly recover when the system is impacted. “The success of USS SECURE is a direct outcome of Mr. Simonoff ’s le adership, de dicat ion and diligence,” according to the award nomination, adding that the project, “was conceived and continues to develop through Simonoff ’s inspiration, technical vision and depth of understanding.” This USS SECURE development enables engineers to address cybersecurity holistically across the entire platform so that cybersecurity in the combat system extends to the hull, mechanical and engineering enclaves. Simonoff anticipates that USS SECURE’s successful cyberdefense technologies will transition into the fleet and will be offered throughout DoD and the Department of Homeland Security to protect and defend the nation’s critical infrastructure. “For Dahlgren (NSWCDD), the award means that we continue our tradition of delivering reliable warfare systems to win the fight,” said Simonoff. “For the Navy, it means increasing maneuverability in cyberspace to execute the assigned mission undeterred by a cyberattack. For DoD, the nation is well served because America’s Navy stands available 24/7, even in the face of a cyberattack.” The DoN IM/IT and Cyberspace mission is to provide effective, efficient, trusted and shared I n f o r m at i o n Ma n a g e m e nt / Information Technology cyberspace and IRM capabilities to support the Navy, Marines, Sailors, and their mission partners conducting global military and business operations. —John Joyce, NSWC Dahlgren Division Corporate Communications
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Mentors: Students, Sailors, Scientists From page 7 have seen teams pull a part off their own robot to provide to another team in need of that part in order to compete. That level of teamwork is what we look for in engineers and scientists that support our mission at the Naval Warfare Center - and we see FIRST developing it in future generations. We’re currently trying to find STEM mentors who live in rural counties to volunteer at their local school. We want to put more of our scientists and engineers in the classroom.” Jane Bachman, Human Performance in Simulation Lead Engineer, Virginia STEM Learning Module Coordinator, NSWCDD National Defense Education Program FIRST Site Coordinator “I appreciate our personnel’s enthusiasm, innovation, and mentor participation in STEM-related activities to encourage the next generation in pursuing a Navy-focused STEM career in addition to their mentor participation in accelerating our own knowledge transfer at NSWCDD. One of the Naval Sea Systems Command strategic business plan’s 20132018 mission priorities, Technical Excellence and Judiciousness, states in its focus area (Accelerate Knowledge Transfer) that we must, ‘seek innovative ways to accelerate the transfer of knowledge to those coming into the jobs now and in the future.’ In my eight-year observation of the STEM Navy-focused activities evolving from what is now called the Virginia Demonstration Project at NSWCDD, the following local-area participants have benefited: the current workforce (NSWCDD scientists and engineers); teachers (via professional development); the future workforce (middle-to-high school students) and NSWCDD personnel who provide behind-the-scenes support. It is very exciting to experience an increase in our inter-departmental scientist and engineer STEM mentoring participation and collaboration programs. We also enjoy expanding STEM-related activities such as Sea Perch, one-day summer camps, and FIRST team competitions in addition to increasing female student summer academy and sixth grade class participation.” Sea Perch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle in an in-school or out-of-school setting. Dena Kota, Ph.D; Toxicologist, NSWCDD Asymmetric Systems Department: “When I started working with the National Defense Education Program’s (NDEP) Virginia Demonstration Project (VDP) in 2008, some of my goals were to show that science and engineering can be fun, that it applies to many aspects of our everyday lives, and that it was not just a career field for men. I was able to engage students in middle school classrooms and show them that what they were learning from their textbooks did have a real purpose and would be useful to them later on. By using robotics and other non-traditional teaching methods, students who didn’t think they
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were good at science and math realized that they could complete tasks in engineering that they didn’t think were possible. It turned a disengaged student into a student who wanted to learn more.” Matthew Hornbaker, Chemical, Biological and Radiological Defense Division Operations, NSWCDD Asymmetric Systems Department “Increased focus at the national level for STEM education is good news for the Navy and the nation. I believe that emphasizing an education heavy in science and technology, coupled with programs designed to spark student interest in science, will certainly help steer kids towards careers they might not otherwise have considered. I saw firsthand how NDEP VDP, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, is helping to ensure the next generation of Navy scientists and engineers. NDEP’s VDP STEM Summer Academy uses Lego robots and balsa wood tower building as a platform to teach the kids basic concepts of math, engineering, and computer science. The program helps give these future scientists and engineers an appreciation for the underlying science behind the technology they often take for granted.” Audrey Lohr, NSWCDD New Employee Development Manager and Mentoring Lead “Mentoring has been a very important piece of our command’s workforce development efforts and senior leaders at Dahlgren have really strived to ensure that it is an inherent part of our culture. In hosting the Flash Mentoring events, it has personally been very inspiring to see senior leaders at Dahlgren so eager to share their experiences and lessons learned in the hopes that they can help that person coming in the door behind them. The benefits of mentoring for the mentee are commonly understood; what has really struck me is the great benefit that the mentors get to enjoy. I would highly encourage employees at any level in their career to take advantage of that opportunity and seek out a mentor. Another recent addition to the mentoring program is the Flash Mentoring series. These are morning-long sessions with various leaders across the organization serving as mentors, facilitating discussions in a small group setting. NSWCDD has had three very successful events since beginning the series, with the upcoming event scheduled for March 5, 2014. The theme is ‘Developing Your Organization, Your People and Yourself ’. The discussion topics will cover communication within and outside the organization, increasing performance, strategic planning and developing yourself.” Top: Navy ocean engineer Toby Ratcliffe (left) and senior engineer John Wright (standing) assist Zeke Miller with construction of his remotely operated underwater vehicle during Sea Perch Teacher Training held at the University of Mary Washington Dahlgren Campus. Ratcliffe and Wright work for the Naval Surface Warfare Centers in Carderock, Md., and Dahlgren, respectively. Miller, a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer, is a technology advisor for the Colonial Beach public schools. (U.S. Navy photo by Andrew Revelos/Released)
Middle: Ted Schindler explains his job at Combat Systems Direction Activity (CDSA) Dam Neck’s Harsh Environment Lab to three Sailors during a Wounded Warrior tour of the command in October 2013. CDSA Dam Neck hosted the tour to provide local transitioning Sailors the opportunity to learn about technical Navy civilian career options. CDSA Dam Neck, part of NSWCDD, plans to host the tour two or three times a year to inspire wounded warriors to seek careers in science, technology, engineering or math, known as STEM. (U.S. Navy Photo by Tammy Van Dame/Released)
Bottom: Lt. Cmdr. Jason Fox - NSWC Dahlgren Division Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Deputy Weapon Systems Engineering Lead - advises students who are navigating their remotely operated vehicles through SeaPerch underwater obstacles. They were among 20 regional middle and high school students testing their underwater vehicles at a SeaPerch competition held at the University of Mary Washington pool, Fredericksburg. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
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RCC culinary students display their skills at Golden Eagle Under the super vision of Chef Hatley Bright, students of Rappahannock Community College’s Culinary Arts program are once again sharing their talents with local diners, using the facilities of the Grille at the Golden Eagle Golf Club in Irvington, Lancaster County. The public is invited to make reservations for dinner on Tuesday evenings through April 15 (excluding March 4, which falls within RCC’s spring break), at a cost of $24.95 per person. The charge includes an appetizer, salad or soup, an entrée, dessert, nonalcoholic beverages, and a gratuity. Wine and spirits will be available at an additional charge. “We invite each of you to come and taste for yourself the fine cuisine that Chef Bright has planned for the semester,” says Golden Eagle Grille manager Gayle Nelson. Each week, a selection of mouthwatering dinners will be prepared. The entrée for Feb. 25 is chickpea ribolitta with parsley walnut pesto, or roasted sausages with grapes and polenta; for March 11, spicy Thai noodle bowl with
crispy chicken, or green curry with eggplant and mushrooms; for March 18, Shrimp and Corn chowder, or roast pork with mushroom compote; for March 25, Santa Fe chili pasta, or stuffed Cornish game hens; for April 1, white chicken chili, or roasted pork loin with wild mushroom ragout; and for April 8, grilled lemon chicken with ratatouille, or poached salmon with roasted red pepper coulis. The menu for April 15 has not yet been determined, as that date has been scheduled as the students’ final exam. On all dates, guests with special dietary needs will be accommodated if possible, but their requests must be made by the Friday preceding the Tuesday dinner reservation. Also, due to varying availability of some menu items, the listed entrees may be replaced with a comparable substitute. An important part of the Culinary Arts curriculum is learning to prepare, present, and serve food attractively in a restaurant setting. Golden Eagle Grille staff members are happy to have the opportunity to help Chef Bright teach her
Chef Bright’s students will prepare delicious dinners for guests of the Grille at the Golden Eagle Golf Club on Tuesdays through April 15. students these aspects of the food and beverage industry; however, as the students must also learn to purchase appropriate amounts of key ingredients, the restaurant must be able to tell them well in
advance how many guests they will be entertaining. Reservations for the dinner seatings of 6, 6:30, and 7 p.m. can be made by calling the Grille at 804-438-6740, Wednesday through
Monday between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; or e-mail Gayle Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org. “We will sell out quickly—don’t wait to call!” says Chef Bright.
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Dahlgren — Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) and Virginia Tech Center for Naval Systems leadership are pictured at the NSWCDD-Virginia Tech Relationship Review held Jan. 30. The Navy and Virginia Tech representatives met to review current and planned efforts associated with their extensive contract and partnering vehicles. These efforts permit the university’s students and professors to work in key technology areas for NSWCDD, including work on technological projects with the command’s scientists and engineers on location here. Review discussions revolved around the model relationship built between NSWCDD and Virginia Tech that comprises contract research, both fundamental and applied to Naval programs; collaborative research with the possibility of joint proposals; an educational partnership agreement to encourage
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