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Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD) held the annual Honorary Awards ceremony May 20 at the Indian Head Town Pavilion to recognize those individuals and teams who made significant contributions to fulfilling IHEODTD’s mission during calendar year 2013. “Today’s ceremony is about recognizing those dedicated employees whose very actions epitomize commitment to excellence in quality, safety, customer service, diversity, integrity, innovation, and teamwork,” said NSWC IHEODTD Commanding Officer Capt. Thomas Smith. “In 2013 we merged the former Naval EOD Technology Division [NAVEODTECHDIV] with the former NSWC Indian Head Division. This is the first year that this awards ceremony will recognize employees from ‘both sides of the Creek’ as well as our detachment in Picatinny, N.J. By merging together, the organizations have increased their capacity, become more operationally effective, and improved our support to the warfighter. This year we are proud to add a new award to this prestigious employee recognition program. The Lance Corporal T.J. Honeycutt Award for Forward Deployed Service is named for a dedicated Charles County Marine who died serving his country.”

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Continuous Process Improvement Award.

Award recipients and their achievements:

Roger M. Smith Team Award focuses on the contributions made through teaming efforts to improve the organization’s performance and effectiveness to meet customer needs. Two teams were awarded in this category. Mk 45 Gun Mount In-Service Engineering Agent (ISEA) team ensures the Fleet’s five-inch Mk 45 gun mounts on cruisers, destroyers, and shore-based platforms are fully operational and configured with the latest technical improvements. The team develops engineering change proposals and ordnance alterations (ORDALTs) to continually improve in-service gun mounts; and performs ORDALT installations during ship availabilities. The team is also responsible for on-site technical assistance and emergent response gun mounts repairs whether pier side or deployed. The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) team provided a unique National capability

to characterize emerging IED threats by engineering designs, developing computer modeling, procuring materials, performing a hazard analysis, and establishing test procedures in a short period of time. As a result, the primary customer received timely results, subsequent customers followed quickly with additional work to examine different configurations and data collection requirements. Overall, this team was able to safely establish a unique National capability, and show IHEODTD’s leadership and expertise in characterizing IEDs. Project Manager of the Year Award a project manager who has made a significant contribution to the planning and execution of his/her assigned project(s) the past year. Michelle Goedert, 2.75-inch Rocket Launchers Project Manager, was recognized for her work as the project manager of Navy and Air Force 2.75-inch rocket launchers, and for leading her team to meet a major milestone in providing

the fleet with the Digital Rocket Launcher (DRL). The launcher has been developed to provide advanced capabilities for the 2.75-Inch rocket system on the MH-60S helicopters. Under Goedert’s direction, the team built demonstration units, built DRL emulators for testing, passed qualification tests, conducted ground launcher functional firings, conducted MH-60 firings during Fleet Quick Reaction Assessment, and manufactured the first 22 rocket launchers for field activity use. Goedert’s leadership helped provide a new weapon system to the Fleet within schedule. Lance Cpl. T.J. Honeycutt Award recognizes a civilian employee who within the past year has voluntarily deployed to a war zone or other forward deployed providing direct support to the warfighter for an extended time in support of IHEODTD’s mission. Two individuals were awarded in this category. Brad Borgelt, Technical Specialist, was recognized for serving as the Defense Intel-

ligence Agency lead responsible for collection, coordination, management, and assessment of captured enemy conventional ordnance. During Borgelt’s three-month mission, he assisted EOD support and ordnance recovery. All foreign material and ordnance returned to EOD and DIA community exploitation centers as a result of this deployment contribute directly to production of weapons technical intelligence and countermeasures development. Borgelt also participated in the crash investigation of a downed OH58 Kiowa helicopter. Dr. James Lightstone, Scientist, was recognized for his participation on a Counter Improvised Explosive (C-IED) team. As part of the team, Lightstone traveled to Afghanistan on three separate occasions. His work was aimed to disrupt Homemade Explosive (HME) production activities. As part of his efforts, Lightstone finalized the imple-

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Center for Surface Combat Systems Change of Command ceremony Story by Kimberly M. Lansdale Center for Surface Combat Systems

Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) held a change of command and retirement ceremony on board Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, Va. May 23. Capt. Bill McKinley became the fifth commanding officer of CSCS when he relieved Capt. Don Schmieley. Schmieley had been CSCS’ commanding officer since April 2012 and retired after 30 years of active service. McKinley assumed responsibility of CSCS, including 14 learning sites, units and detachments, which

train Sailors to conduct prompt and sustained combat operations. Rear Adm. Mike White, commander, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), was the guest speaker at the event. “The motto of Naval Education and Training Command is, ‘Fleet Readiness Starts Here’ - the outstanding training developed and delivered throughout the CSCS domain exemplifies that motto,” White said. “Working closely with Fleet Forces Command and Type Command representatives, the CSCS team reviewed fleet requirements against

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Rear Adm. Mike White, right, commander, Naval Education and Training Command, congratulates Capt. Don Schmieley, left, former commanding officer of the Center for Surface Combat Systems, during the organization’s change of command ceremony May 23 at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren. Schmieley had been CSCS’ commanding officer since April 2012 and retired after 30 years of active service. U.S. Navy photo by Fire Controlman 1st Class John Palmer


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Dahlgren School STEMposium Highlights!

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Students, parents and teachers met May 22 for some science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fun during Dahlgren School’s STEMposium, where the educational activities were as diverse as the STEM career fields. Justin, fifth grader, showed off an impressive Paul Revere-themed cartoon he created, complete with battle scenes. First graders constructed some very elaborate paper airplanes and performed a STEM-themed song for observers. Older students showed their parents robots they constructed and Dahlgren School’s two nationally-ranked SeaPerch underwater remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) teams put on demonstrations. These photos represent just a few of the many STEM activities.

COMREL meets in Colonial Beach By Andrew Revelos

The Naval Support Activity South Potomac Community Relations (COMREL) Council met May 13 in Colonial Beach, where military and community leaders discussed veterans affairs in Virginia, a regional partnership for enhanced unmanned aerial systems (UAS) testing, the Dahlgren Heritage Museum and the community planning. Capt. Pete Nette, com-

manding officer of NSASP, greeted attendees and thanked Colonial Beach Mayor Mike Ham and the staff of High Tides Restaurant for hosting the meeting. The meeting was Nette’s final COMREL; he has orders for Norfolk in July. “This outreach and partnership with the community has been very important,” he said. “The relationships that we’ve established before and during my tour have been very beneficial. I think out

of all the commanding officers in my region, I probably have the most fun and part of that is community that surrounds our installations. I want to thank you for the ability to engage with you on a personel level.” Nette briefed the council on several events at Naval Support Facilities Dahlgren and Indian Head, including a hurricane preparation exercise, mutual aid between the installations and the

community, traffic changes around the main gate at Dahlgren, the annual Bring Your Child to Work Day event and the ongoing construction of a Dominion Virginia Power transmission line. Nette also told the COMREL about constructed wetland projects at Dahlgren that, when completed later this year, will prevent storm water runoff from entering local waters.

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Charlie Armstrong, left, vice president of operations for NSWC Federal Credit Union, receives the Naval Support Activity South Potomac American Patriot Award from Capt. Pete Nette, right, commanding officer of NSASP, during the NSASP Community Relations Council meeting May 14 in Colonial Beach.

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Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD) held the annual Honorary Awards ceremony, May 20, at the Indian Head Town Pavilion to recognize those individuals and teams who made significant contributions to fulfilling IHEODTD’s mission during calendar year 2013.


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mentation of training and validation sites for the greater C-IED community to provide continuous support and training to allied forces deployed to Afghanistan. Internal Customer Service Award recognizes those individuals, organizational units, or teams who provided excellent service to the internal customers. Two individuals were awarded in this category. Ainsley Cowherd, Financial Management Analyst, was recognized for her support during the command merger of NAVEODTECHDIV and NSWC Indian Head Division. Cowherd ensured employee data was received and correctly converted resulting in no interruptions of pay. She constantly looks for ways to streamline the payroll process to make it as efficient as possible. Pamela Speake, Science and Technology Customer Advocate Program Analyst, was recognized for her work as a customer advocate. Speake actively participated in all facets of financial management. She worked closely with scientists and engineers to build projects, to set up a financial work breakdown structure for managing the technical effort while complying with established business rules. Speake has an intricate understanding of Enterprise Resource Planning, and uses her knowledge of the system to provide customers and explanation and solution. Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Award recognizes the achievements of an individual or group excelling in the extension of equal opportunity to those seeking Federal employment or by assisting Federal employees to achieve their highest potential and productivity. Ariel Garcia, Underwater Systems Branch Manager, was recognized for his work as the Division’s Individual with Disabilities (IWD) Champion. In this collateral-duty role, Garcia identified barriers for Individuals with Disabilities at IHEODTD, researched accommodations solutions, and conducted training on the technologies available. Garcia educated hiring managers on implementation of the capabilities. Working closely with the Human Resources Division, Garcia also held workshops on hiring policies, accommodations, and information resources to assist hiring managers in matching their requirements with qualified candidates. Dr. Horst Adolph Award for Outstanding Patent recognizes an individual or group of inventors for the most significant and beneficial patent to the Navy and the country. Stephen Stiles, Scientist; and John Luense, Scientist; were recognized for their patent, “Methods of Making Double-Base Casting Power.” The patent improves the prior art for making double-base casting powder, and other double-base propellant, with high nitrocellulose content, and casting multiple-base rocket propellant. The invention is unique in that the solvent, diethyl ether, may be used in far smaller quantities than previous conventional processes. This invention also significantly reduces environmental impact and production cost of the propellant. Continuous Process Improvement Award recognizes individual or group efforts that result in significant administrative, business, or technical improvements accomplished through Lean and/or Six Sigma processes that yield benefits in cost, schedule, quality, and/or risk mitigation.

IED Team, Roger Smith Award. Seat Movement Detection Lasers Team was recognized for removing expired laser cells from returned Seat Motion Detection Laser (SMDL) units, and replacing them with new laser cells removed from external canopy fracture laser (ECL) and internal canopy fracture laser (ICL) units. The SMDL, ICL, and ECL independently provide energy to initiate the canopy fracture system of the T-6 aircraft during an emergency egress or ejection. Laser cell configurations are identical in all three systems. Recent service-life extensions had been granted for all installed ECLs and ICLs, resulting in the opportunity to use re-use salvaged laser cells and eliminate the need purchase spares. Command Award for Safety Excellence recognizes employees who have made a significant effort to enhance safe work practices in their area. ABL 2434 Plant Start-Up Team was recognized for getting the Moser Nitration Facility and Trident Plant online safely and reliably. More than 70 facilities make up the Moser and Trident complexes used to manufacture ABL 2434. The controls systems for remote operating equipment were completely redone, and the explosive processing equipment was completely overhauled. Detailed hazards analyses were conducted in support of four safety process review boards, three safety review committees, three production readiness reviews, and 21 standard operating procedures documents. The team’s total effort encompassed a five-year period. Capt. H.E. Lackey Community Service Award recognizes an individual or team who provided significant contributions to the community. Rae Azorandia, Engineer; Kevin Genson, Engineer; and Jon Kilikewich, Engineer; were recognized for their mentorship of students from Charles County Public High Schools as part of the FIRST Robotics Challenge. The mentors each committed many hours of personal time to advise students as they designed, built, and tested a working robot during the competition season. During the off-season, these mentors set up team challenges and facilitated engineering design, tool use, and mechanics lessons for the students. A.J. Perk Outstanding Operator/Technician of the Year Award recognizes model employees who serve as an example to others. Three individuals were awarded in this category. Bill Davis, Technical Specialist, was recognized for providing customers with high-quality products and services; and developing collaborative efforts with other IHEODTD branches. Davis was instrumental in planning, coordinating and executing Flash X-Ray test support to Land and Expeditionary Systems Branch. With limited test assets, Davis successfully worked with IHEODTD personnel and the customer to execute projects on time and within budget. He also assisted the command Radiation Safety Officers writing of the new Pulse X-Ray Instruction for the

command. Ronald Carroll, Explosives Operator Leader, was recognized as the senior explosive operator leader for the Division’s CartridgeActuated Device and Propellant-Actuated Device (CAD/PAD) Manufacturing Branch. Carroll has been in the CAD/PAD area for 40 years. He trains operators in identifying program manufacturing traits, and ensures safety protocols and procedures are followed. He is sought out for his guidance and expertise on device assembly/disassembly operations, equipment setup, and explosive manufacturing operations. Kevin Gibson, Engineering Technician, was recognized for his observations of slow cook-off reactions trends. Gibson’s curiosity and engagement with researchers led to a cascading series of research programs, funded by several sponsors, from 2006 to present, that explore the role and effects of binders on the cook-off sensitivity of explosives and gun propellants. He also participates in the development of new materials and formulations. Beyond these contributions to research and test programs, Gibson also mentors many new employees, sharing his knowledge and experiences with those who will carry on future work. Adm. Harold R. Stark Award for Innovation recognizes an individual or group who made a significant, state-of-the-art achievement in their field of endeavor. Magdy Bichay, CartridgeActuated Device / Propellant-Actuated Device (CAD/PAD) Technology Development Branch Manager; and Travis Thom, Engineer; were recognized for their work on NSWC IHEODTD’s Green Primary Explosives Team. Bichay and Thom developed and tested an environmentally-benign, drop-in replacement for the primary explosive lead azide. The manufacture, use, demilitarization, and disposal of lead azide have been impacted by recent environmental, health, and safety regulations on materials containing lead which is a toxic heavy metal. The team’s achievements and accomplishments in developing the replacement, DBX-1, will help the Department of Defense (DoD) and industry partners in reducing the amount of hazardous material used in detonators and fuzes. DBX-1 supports requirements and directives issued to reduce and eliminate procurement of hazardous substances and chemicals by federal entities; as well as those aimed at encouraging new technologies and environmentally-friendly products. The Green Primary Explosive team’s effort helps ensure future availability, and multiple sources, of primary explosive supplies while reducing the life cycle costs. Joe L. Browning Award for Managerial Excellence recognizes supervisors who demonstrate managerial excellence, practice quality leadership principles, and demonstrate coaching and teaming management skills. Madgy Bichay was also recognized for his management of the Division’s CAD/PAD Technology Development Branch. Bichay’s branch is responsible

for all new CAD/PAD development, product improvement programs, second sourcing, and qualifications. He guides the technical and execution of more than 150 projects, and supervises 28 employees. Bichay’s managerial excellence empowers his employees, and allows the Division to provide the Fleet with new, improved, cost-efficient CAD/PAD items. Dr. George W. Patterson Award for Outstanding Accomplishment recognizes an individual for his or her outstanding technical accomplishments which have a pronounced effect in support of NSWC IHEODTD operations, as well as advancement in this area of technology. John Macri, Chemical Engineer, was recognized for his 34-year career in the field of propellant and explosive development and processing. Macri developed a vacuum-casting process that reduced manufacturing cost increased production rates for the MK 152 warhead and MK 14 grenades. His technical accomplishments have significantly reduced the cost of munitions for the warfighter, and increased NSWC IHEODTD’s ability to more rapidly meet the needs of the Fleet and the warfighter. Ens.RobertB.DashiellAwardforExcellence recognizes the employee, who, within the past year, has made a significant contribution to the mission, and/or operation of NSWC IHEODTD. Byron Brezina, Advanced EOD Robotic System (AEODRS) Technical Project Manager, was recognized for contributions to the Advanced EOD Robotic System (AEODRS) program. Brezina’s management, guidance, and input toward realizing project goals have resulted in the first open systems architecture program of record for EOD robotic platforms. The implementation of this open-architecture model will reduce the timeliness and costs associated with the development and upgrade of the AEODRS platforms. “The people we are recognizing today represent a very small percentage of our total workforce of more than 1,700 employees. While we are here to recognize the accomplishments of our award recipients today, I want to also take a moment and acknowledge the larger Indian Head EOD Technology Division team and their contributions to our division’s success,” said NSWC IHEODTD Technical Director (Acting), Karen S. Burrows. “I know that each of you is committed to exceeding past standards and to setting new ones.” NSWC IHEODTD - a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command and part of the Navy’s Science and Engineering Enterprise - is the leader in ordnance, energetics, and EOD solutions. The Division focuses on energetics research, development, testing, evaluation, in-service support, and disposal; and provides warfighters solutions to detect, locate, access, identify, render safe, recover, exploit, and dispose of explosive ordnance threats.

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MWR Highlights

Base Happenings Dahlgren

Movie Theater

Health and Wellness Fair

A Health and Wellness Fair will be held on June 4 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the Parade Field. Over 30 vendors will be present, including exercise groups, yoga and martial arts programs and the base clinic doing health assessments. Demonstrations will be held on the main stage. NSASP Navy Ball Committee will have lunch for sale. This event is free and open to all with base access.

First Friday Range Tours

Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Range Operations Center (ROC) is pleased to announce a revamped First Friday Range Tour open to all civilian employees, military and contractors at NSF Dahlgren (no guests, please). The tour will run on the first Friday of each month from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The focus of the tour is to provide participants awareness and insight of NSWCDD’s dynamic test and evaluation ranges and capabilities. The tour begins at B.997 (Range Control) 2nd floor conference room with a brief introduction and video. Please contact Beverly Reed at 653-7993 or Beverly.a.reed.ctr@ to sign up.

Support the NSASP Navy Birthday Ball!

The NSASP Navy Birthday Ball has several fundraisers scheduled to benefit this year’s event. Buy Krispy Kreme on Thursday, June 15 at various locations across NSF Dahlgren. Burger burns are scheduled for June 3 at JWAC, and June 4 at the Health and Wellness Fair. The Navy Ball Committee is also seeking volunteers to help support the ball. For more information, visit

Worship Schedule for Dahlgren Chapel

Roman Catholic Mass, every Friday at 12 p.m., Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. Protestant Worship, every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Indian Head

Craftech Beginner’s Lead Glass Class

June 5-26 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Eligible patrons include all with base access. Cost $80.00, which includes all materials and use of equipment. This is a 4 week class, meeting once a week, which will teach you the basics of lead glass. You will create a panel using the lead glass techniques learned in class. Please register no later than June 2nd.

Framing and Matting Class at Craftech

June 11-18 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Eligible patrons include all with base access. Cost $35.00 plus materials. In this two-day, evening workshop, learn how to mat and frame a piece of artwork. No larger than 16x20, no oils or crossstitch. Maximum class size is four. For more information, please contact Craftech at 540-653-1730.

Fitness Center 540-653-8580

Cancer Survivor 1.5m Run/Walk - FREE

June 2 at 8 a.m. at the Dahlgren Fitness Track. Eligible patrons include all with base access. Come out to share your support for all of the cancer survivors. Walk to celebrate your story or to share the story of a family member or friend.

T&J Barbeque truck at IH, Stump Neck

Enjoy delicious T&J Barbeque at NSF Indian Head on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from approximately 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., next to the library, and at the NSF Indian Head Stump Neck Annex on Tuesday, from approximately 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., next to Building 2195.

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Price of Shows Civilians - $5; AD, Retired, Reserve, Family Members (E7 - above) $4; AD, Reserve, Family Members (E6 below) - $2.50; Child (6-11) - $2; Child (5 and under) - Free; Tickets for a movie shown in 3-D are an additional $1 Friday, May 30th, 7 p.m. Oculus R Saturday, May 31st, 7 p.m. Transcendence PG-13 Friday, June 6th, 7 p.m. The Other Woman, PG-13 Saturday, June 7th, 4 p.m. Amazing Spider Man (2-D) Free Admission, PG-13 Saturday, June 7th, 7 p.m. Amazing Spider Man (3-D), PG-13

Day! Join in the fun with Liberty and enjoy a day of hiking. For more information and to register, please contact the Liberty Center at 540-653-7277.

Battle of Midway Remembered 5k Run/Walk - FREE

June 4 at 11 a.m. at the Dahlgren Fitness Center. Eligible patrons include all with base access. Join the fitness center in remembering the Battle of Midway. Registration for the 5k is taking place now through the morning of the event.

“Treasures” Thrift Store Needs Donations!

The Indian Head Thrift Store “Treasures” is open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The store is located at 12 Strauss Ave. next door to the USO. Donations of gently used items are currently being accepted.

540-653-7336 Friday and Saturday: 7 p.m. Showings


General Library 540-653-7474

Paws for Reading - FREE

June 9 from 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eligible patrons include all with base access. Sign up for your 15 minute appointment to read to and pet a furry friend. Please register at the library in advance. For more information, please contact the General Library at 540-653-7474.

Liberty Center 540-653-7277

Hiking Trip

June 7, 2014. Liberty Center Patrons Only: E1- E6 Single/ Unaccompanied Active Duty Military. It’s National Trails

Aquatic Center 301-744-4616

Indian Head 2014 Pool Season Opening Not planning to travel for the holiday weekend? Help us officially kick off the 2014 pool season! Stop by the Aquatics Center and cool off in the pool! The pool opens for the summer season May 31, 2014. Summer Pool Hours June 2nd through Labor Day Lap Swim (Monday - Friday) 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open Swim (all week) 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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various training programs to streamline the training pipeline and improve skillsets for Sailors. “Don, you take your responsibilities seriously and have imparted that sense of importance to the CSCS staff. Your dedication to the Navy and our Sailors is core to the deep and abiding ethics which have been a part of your entire Navy career.” Schmieley said his tour of duty at CSCS was one of the most rewarding assign-

ments of his Navy career. “I look back at these past two years and I am amazed with the professionalism and excellence this organization exhibits on a daily basis,” said Schmieley. “I am proud to have served with each and every member of the CSCS community. My time with the Navy may be concluding but I am confident that CSCS will continue to strive and better our Navy.” Schmieley was presented his third Legion of Merit for

many of his accomplishments at CSCS. Part of the award citation lauded the captain as, ‘the driving force behind numerous combat systems training initiatives, such as the Fire Controlman challenge, which provides Fleet Commanders with trained Sailors in a shorter time without sacrificing training quality.” White also commented on the future of CSCS under the new leadership. “As you can see from his biography, Capt. Bill

Big Guns and Rockets

The Naval Support Activity South Potomac Big Gun of the Week and Rocket of the Week awards recognize outstanding employees at Naval Support Facilities Dahlgren and Indian Head, respectively, for the hard work and dedication they display on a daily basis. Congratulations to this week’s recipients!

Photo by Larry Cosby

Big Gun of the Week: Walter Ford


Rocket of the Week: Sheila Berry.

McKinley is exceptionally qualified to continue the critical work here at CSCS. What aren’t noted in the biography are reflections from those who have served with Capt. McKinley aboard USS San Jacinto (CG-56), his previous command. His shipmates say he is a detail oriented professional who is ‘meticulous,’ ‘sincere,’ and ‘patient.’ I am confident in the continued success of CSCS under your leadership Bill.” McKinley is looking for-

ward to building on these accomplishments with CSCS. “Today, we are on the leading edge of combat systems training,” said McKinley. “CSCS will continue to prepare today’s and tomorrow’s Sailor to achieve operational excellence for not only CSCS, but also the United States Navy.” The Center for Surface Combat Systems mission is to develop and deliver surface ship combat systems training to achieve surface

warfare superiority. CSCS headquarters’ staff oversees 14 learning sites and provides almost 70,000 hours of curriculum for close to 700 courses a year to more than 40,000 Sailors. The training center uses a mix of blended learning comprised of instructor led classes, handson labs, simulation and computer-based training. For information on the Center for Surface Combat System, visit https://www. cscs/

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Before Nette left the podium, he presented Charlie Armstrong, vice president of operations for NSWC Federal Credit Union, with the NSASP American Patriot Award for the “overwhelming” support he and his organization provide to Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs on base. Since 2005, NSWC Federal Credit Union has generously provided more than $160,000, funds that have supported service members, military families and events too numerous to list. “It there’s an event or cause out in the community, Charlie is likely to be there and he does it because he cares,” said Nette. “We truly appreciate it.” “We want to give back to our community,” said Armstrong after the meeting concluded. “It’s a fun part of my job.”

Virginia Veterans and Defense Affairs

John Newby, deputy secretary of Virginia Veterans and Defense Affairs, briefed the COMREL about changes in his organization since the inauguration of Gov. Terry McAuliffe earlier this year. The newly-named secretariat reflects organizational changes in recent state legislation; previously, the secretariat was Virginia Military Affairs and Homeland Security. The purpose of the name change, said Newby, is to not only emphasize his organization’s ongoing commitment to veterans, but to maintain and enhance the military presence in the Commonwealth. “I’m really glad to have the opportunity to work with [military installations] and the communities to keep those activities here,” he said. “We want to keep that strongthat is our goal and mission.” Newby told the COMREL that the reorganization gives Veterans and Defense Affairs more flexibility to prepare for potential budget actions that may result from ongoing fiscal uncertainty at the Department of Defense.

Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP)

Nelson Mills, senior engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD), briefed the COMREL about the Federal Aviation Administration’s recent integration of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into the National Airspace of Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey, along with five other sites across the nation. The Mid-Atlantic UAS Test Site is led by Virginia Tech and Rutgers University. The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 allows for increased UAS research and development in the six designated areas, announced by the FAA in April. The FAA’s decision was preceded by months of campaigning on the part of several state and academic entities. NSWCDD was a supporting agency in that process, lending its experience and expertise to ensure safe, productive UAS test operations. The MAAP itself is comprised of diverse partners, including academia, industry and government. “The idea is to develop safe, responsive and economical business [in the region] with UAS,” said Mills. “It’s quite an opportunity for the area.” Virginia Tech and the MAAP are currently assessing sites in several localities in Virginia for potential UAS runways. “We’re looking at a walk-beforeyou-run type of approach,” said Mills. “We want to get community support and mitigate any risk there is.”

those fiscal obstacles, however, officially opening the Dahlgren Heritage Museum last October as the installation celebrated its 95th anniversary. The foundation is currently working with NSWCDD to include more Dahlgren artifacts in its exhibits. In addition to telling Dahlgren’s story, the foundation also participates in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) outreach. “We’ve taken the lead with the STEM 16 group with the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce,” said Gates. “We’re trying to expand STEM activities in King George County.” All of the good things the Dahlgren Heritage Foundation does for the base and community are made possible by donations and grants from its members and local businesses. It is also currently seeking volunteers. For more information about the Dahlgren Heritage Foundation, visit

Encroachment Partnering/Buffering

William Rau, NSASP community planning liaison officer (CPLO), and Steve Duboyce, regional CPLO, briefed the COMREL about Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI), a cost-sharing partnership between the Navy, communities and conservation

groups to promote environmental stewardship while maintaining the ability of the military bases to accomplish missions. An obstacle to compatible land use is encroachment, which the Navy defines as a non-Navy action that impedes its ability to conduct Navy activities. REPI is a land acquisition authority that can alleviate encroachment by pur-

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and water,” said Rau. “It’s a win-win. Some of the benefits of REPI are enhanced military readiness and protecting valuable habitat and open space. REPI also forges partnerships with local, state and federal agencies, local communities and local conservation groups.” For more information about REPI, visit www.


Dahlgren Heritage Museum Update

Dr. Robert Gates, president of the Dahlgren Heritage Foundation, talked to the COMREL about the progress of his organization as it seeks to tell the story of Dahlgren. Navy History and Heritage Command underwent changes as the effort to establish a museum in Dahlgren began three years ago. Chief among the changes, said Gates, was that the Navy restricted the amount of funding it provided its museums. The Dahlgren Heritage Foundation and its many volunteers overcame

chasing land adjacent to military installations and establishing buffer zones. The buffer zones not only allow the military to conduct its activities unimpeded, but also preserve environmental habitat and local character. Participation in the program is entirely voluntary. “REPI is here to help us deal with increasing competition for land, airspace


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