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Dahlgren FREE Vol. 25, No. 8, Mid-august 2014 FREE • The Journal Press, Inc. • (540) 775-2024 Marines band together at fair What’s Inside Marty van Duyne News Net News Regional Agriculture Fair salutes our military 3 JWAC presents its second quarter awards 4 FREDERICKSBURG, VA. — Marines are known for landing on beachheads. But two Marine captains landed on the Fairway Stage across from the cow barn at the Fredericksburg Agricultural Fair in late July. Capt. Matt Smith and Capt. John Ed Auer’s Smith Auer Band was one of fourteen acts that qualified to perform in the first night of onstage Country Music Showdown competition. Their July 30 performance of Smith’s original song “Where I Come From,” the folk tune “Boil The Cabbage,” and “Rocky Top” earned them a spot among the seven finalists. The following night they performed Smith’s original “The Momma Looks Good on You,” along with the classic “Tennessee Waltz,” and “Wagon Wheel.” Contestants must qualify during preliminaries prior to the annual showdown at the fair where the entrants are judged on a variety of elements including stage presence. Marty van Duyne/News Net News Matt Smith, left, and John Ed Auer rock the stage during the final competition of the Country Music Showdown at the Frederickburg Agricultural Fair last month. Although the Smith Auer Band made a successful landing, they lost their foothold to a formidable competitor. Country singer and guitarist Blake Esse of Culpeper was the 2014 winner of the 33rd Country Music Showdown on July 31. Smith and Auer were previously stationed on opposite coasts and See FAIR , page 2 Technology breakthrough will aid Navy Mary Washington students, Navy team up on mentoring program 7 DAHLGREN, Va. – A new development in electromagnetic technology patented in May will impact future military capabilities, Navy officials announced Aug. 13. The superconducting stator patent describes a discovery that enables a magnetic flux compression generator to produce an electromagnetic pulse. “Most conventional magnetic flux compression generators are explosively driven, dangerous to handle, and limited to one-time use,” said Albert Corda, a Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) physicist. “The novel architecture of the generator described in this patent, however, is not explosive in nature. It’s inherently safer to handle and potentially reusable.” An EMP is characterized as a broad band signal with a frequency- power distribution ranging from a few hundred kilohertz to a few gigahertz. The magnetic flux compression generator is designed to generate a high-voltage pulse output that can be incorporated into an EMP generator. The patent – jointly filed by scientists from NSWCDD in Virginia and NSWC Carderock Division in Maryland – began as they collaborated at the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group in 2008. “The idea originated from a side-bar discussion that centered on the utility of high-temperature superconducting materials,” said Dr. Jack Price, NSWC Carderock scientist. “These materials – composed of particular copper oxides called cuprates and Dahlgren’s Official, Unofficial base newspaper • We’re all about Dahlgren See NAVY , page 8

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