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Combined Federal Campaign kicks off at Dahlgren By Andrew Revelos Staff Writer

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Furloughs and the sequester were not enough to keep federal employees and service members at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren from giving back to their communities at the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) kickoff Oct. 8. This year’s campaign was interrupted at Dahlgren due to the shutdown, but the campaign started back up and multiple events at Dahlgren offered charities a chance to discuss their work. One such charity, Loudon County based Project Horse, brought lots of smiles to children on base with miniature therapy horses Jack and Valentine. Base resident Chase, 4, was a little hesitant when he first saw the horses, but quickly warmed to the gentle animals and offered them bits of grass as a snack. The rest of the project’s rehabilitated rescue horses have a similar effect on clients during therapy sessions. “Our programs are. designed to deal with mental, cognitive, emotional and behavioral issues,” said Darcy Woessner, executive director of Project Horse. “One of the major things our therapy horses do with any client-no matter what they’re dealing with-is providing self-esteem and confidence, just by building

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BM1 Jesus Lopez, right, has a laugh after he dunked GSMC Terrance Rambeau at Dahlgren’s Combined Federal Campaign kickoff Oct. 8. relationships and having some success working with the horses. And they build a sense of hope. We work with children on the autism spectrum. Horses are wonderful teachers of social skills-how to read body language and get along with others.” Jack and Valentine serve as the project’s ambassadors on its “Mobile Minis” unit. Though the therapy offered by Project Horse does not involve riding, the horses have a unique way of touching people faced with a variety of challenges. “We work with kids and

adults who have trauma histories,” said Woessner. “Horses are a gentle way to approach healing and building trust. It’s amazingly rewarding. We’re an all-volunteer organization and we do it because we believe in it and we’re passionate about it.” The charities were not the only attractions at the CFC kickoff. Sailors assigned to Naval Support Activity South Potomac wowed attendees with their best dish in a cooking contest. Patrons had a hard time deciding between the scrumptious offerings-

Chase, 4, kindly offers a leaf as a snack to Jack, a miniature therapy horse of the charity Project Horse, at Dahlgren’s CFC kickoff Oct. 8. chicken roulade, chicken and rice, stuffed chicken in bourbon sauce, jerk chick-

CS3 Tamika Lymon serves up her sweet potato pie at Dahlgren’s CFC kickoff Oct. 8. Lymon’s pie was voted the best out of the seven dishes presented by Naval Support Activity South Potomac Sailors. en, rice pudding-but in the end, CS3 Tamika Lymon’s delicious sweet potato pie reigned supreme. Gas Turbine Mechanic Chief (GSMC) Terrance Rambeau and Cmdr. Elvis Mikel, executive officer of Naval Support Activity South Potomac, took turns providing a different kind of entertainment: sitting atop a dunk tank. Mikel trash talked those who attempted to dethrone him until BM1 Jesus Lopez put a threw a ball on tar-

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Tactical class trains at Dahlgren By Andrew Revelos Staff Writer

Local, state, federal and military police officers trained at Naval Support Activity South Potomac’s Police Training Facility in Dahlgren as part of an eight-day course designed to teach them the art and science of tactical operations. The training took place at Dahlgren, the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy, the Fredericksburg Police Department and the O’Gara Training Facility in Montross. Robert Brooks, chief of police of Naval Support Activity South Potomac, instructed the class with the help of other local, senior law

enforcement leaders. Sailors assigned to the NSASP Police Department and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 12 Dahlgren Detachment participated in the course, which covered law enforcement responses to things like active shooters, barricaded subjects and improvised explosive devices. “The emphasis was on providing the student the basic tactical skills to integrate into an operations [or] special operations team,” said Brooks, “but the focus was to develop in each officer the effective combat mindset and skill sets of situational awareness, to not only enable the officer survive, but operate in

this very challenging tactical environment.” The challenges facing police officers were tragically underscored in September with the shootings at the Navy Yard. The nature of the active shooter threat and the speed with which such situations unfold, demands a quick and aggressive response by law enforcement. Building that kind of capability in young police officers involves training both body and mind. “Officers were challenged physically and mentally on a daily basis in a course which historically has a very high attrition rate,”

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EOD 1 Chad Hovde, right, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 12 Dahlgren Detachment, grapples with Dep. Charles Wheeler, left, of the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Department, during law enforcement training at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren on Oct. 18.



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CDC’s Halloween Parade at Dahlgren

US Navy photos by Andrew Revelos

NSF Dahlgren’s Child Development Center held its Halloween Parade on Oct. 25, bringing ghouls, super heroes, princesses and cuddly animals out of the shadows for a stroll with their parents and CDC staff.

Vendors highlight green options at Dahlgren Energy Fair

U.S. Navy photos by Andrew Revelos

Naval Support Facilities Indian Head and Dahlgren held energy fairs Oct. 22 and 23 highlighting the latest energy-saving technologies. Vendors demonstrated green options available for budget-stressed Feds, such as LED lighting technology that can be used in existing light fixtures.

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NSWCDD introduces new technical director By John Joyce NSWC Dahlgren Division Corporate Communications

CARPOOL/VANPOOL WANTED Riders Needed for Vanpool from commuter lot at the corner of Houser Dr. and Rt. 208 in Spotsylvania. Depart 6 a.m., arrive on base 7 a.m. Depart base at 4 p.m. Mon. - Thurs., 3 p.m. on Fri. Drops at both sides of the base. Contact Nick Sunshine, 540-653-3816. Rider wanted for 7-passenger vanpool. Departs F’burg/Gordon Rd Commuter lot at 7AM. Departs NSWCDD/Dahlgren at 4:30PM. Transportation Incentive Program System (TIPS) qualified van. Contact Antonio at (540) 653-1512 Rider seeks rideshare from La Plata to Indian Head. Call Louie, 276-971-9837 Employee moving to either Fredericksburg, Va. or Maryland is in need of commute to NSF Dahlgren. Ideal commuting arrangement would be transportation that could pick-up and drop-off at or close to place of residence. Please call for more information, Sheila 214-529-3690. Starting a Van Pool, 7-passenger van, departs NLT at 6:35 a.m. from Fieldhouse/ Courthouse Rd. commuter lot to Dahlgren, Mon-Thurs 7:15 a.m. to 3:45p.m.; Friday 7:15 a.m. to 3:15p.m. Call Cheng at 540653-5909. A-Gate commuter wanted only. Van/carpool desired from any rideshare parking area or Reston Town Center. Depart between 6 to 7a.m., return from Indian Head between 4 to 5 p.m. Call Moses, 301-743-4180. Van or Car pool desired from Fredericksburg or King George to Indian Head, Monday thru Friday with one RDO, prefer 7a.m. to 4:30p.m., but hours can be negotiated. 703-909-3380.

Want to start a carpool? Need riders? “Commuter Clearinghouse” is a source for information on carpools or vanpools that already exist and need passengers, as well as a place for employees to advertise to start a carpool or vanpool. Whether you already operate a carpool or vanpool and are open to accepting new riders or need drivers, or if you are looking for a carpool or vanpool, provide us with information that might help you find or start a commuter opportunity, such as, where you will need to commute from and to, preferred schedule and contact information. You can send your information via e-mail to nsasp_pao_dlgr@ or contact our office toll free at 866-359-5540, or DSN 249-8153, or 540-653-8153.

FREDERICKSBURG RIDESHARING GWRideConnect is a free ridesharing service that assists persons who are seeking daily transportation from Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline and King George counties to employment locations in Dahlgren among other employment sites. connect.html.

Dennis McLaughlin is busy meeting command personnel and achieving goals since assuming duties as the new Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) technical director in October. “I am energized about my new role as technical director of NSWC Dahlgren Division and the opportunity to be part of this dynamic team,” he said in an all hands email introducing himself to more than 6,000 NSWCDD government and contractor employees. McLaughlin, who transferred from his position as NSWC Indian Head technical director, spoke to the workforce at the 95th Anniversary of the Dahlgren Naval Base on Diversity Day, visited with command departments, and discussed his goals with leadership at the command’s management forum held at the base theater Oct. 23. NSWCDD department, division and branch heads listened to the technical director outline goals that include maintaining the command’s position as a Naval technology leader, collaboration

with other warfare centers and Navy laboratories, and the ongoing development of employees in addition to the challenge of managing hiring in the face of a projected 20% reduction in manpower over the next five years. “People are our most important asset,” McLaughlin told NSWCDD managers, adding that in spite of the furloughs and sequestration, “you are still putting out great work”. His initial visits to command departments for briefings will be followed by a series of visits with managers, scientists and engineers to better understand the project work in each department. “Despite all the unknowns in government budgets, Dahlgren is in excellent shape for taking on the future technological challenges,” McLaughlin added in the email. “As we move forward, we will be striving for continual improvement in our business practices and processes. Achieving this objective requires both dedication and talent - both hallmarks of the Dahlgren workforce.” The NSWCDD technical director provides senior leadership and stewards Dahlgren’s technical excellence

McLaughlin in executing research, development, test and evaluation, analysis, systems engineering, integration, and certification of complex naval combat, sensor, weapon, and strategic systems associated with surface warfare as well as homeland and force protection. As NSWC Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division technical director, McLaughlin directed a workforce of more than 1,700 employees, oversaw annual operations of more than $1 billion, while providing technical capability in energetics and EOD technology for all Navy warfare centers. McLaughlin was commissioned as a Navy Officer in 1980, and held a variety of

positions on active duty and as a Naval reservist before he retired as a Captain. In 2004, McLaughlin was appointed to the Senior Executive Service. A significant accomplishment in his career was his work on the open architecture design for the Navy’s Virginia class submarine, the first such structural design for a U.S. Navy vessel. McLaughlin wrote the specification and led the design team for the submarine’s combat control system. In addition, McLaughlin has led the Navy’s Disabled Veteran Outreach efforts and served as Naval Sea Systems Command director of the Wounded Warrior Program. This effort has resulted in the hiring of more than 700 Disabled Veterans since 2008. “I have seen first-hand the benefits of hiring disabled veterans,” McLaughlin told those in attendance at the Diversity Day event on the parade field Oct. 16. “I salute the Dahlgren Division human resource office and Equal Employment Opportunity office for your success in hiring wounded warriors and making sure they are assured of their value to the division and the greater Navy mission.”

NSASP recognizes Sailor of the Quarter By Andrew Revelos Staff Writer Naval Support Activity South Potomac recognized Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Amanda Glover as its Sailor of the Quarter, third quarter of 2013, at an awards ceremony Oct. 21. The Cleveland native has served in the Navy for five years, first as a builder and later as a culinary specialist. She is currently assigned to Naval Support Facility Indian Head, where she works in the galley. “It was a different feeling,” said Glover about the recognition. “It was my first experience getting something like that [and] it felt pretty good.” Glover has only been a culinary specialist since April and has distinguished herself by quickly taking on responsibilities at the galley since coming onboard. “It’s going pretty well,” she said, describing her job transition. “Chief [Corey] Glenn is down there. Getting with him and asking him questions and just learning from him has made the transition easy, easier than

I thought it was going to be. He’s taking the time to teach me as we go.” Glover has learned a thing or two about leadership and the importance of knowing one’s Sailors during her Navy career. “You have to change your skills based on who you’re leading and how they’re going to take you as a person,” she said. Glover can draw on her wealth of Navy experiences as a guide, though she laughs when she says the only thing building and cooking have in common is “measuring.” “I’ve done two deployments to Afghanistan and one to the Philippines,” said Glover. “I didn’t do too much outside the wire [in Afghanistan], but I got a chance to work and interact with locals and teach them new skills.” The language barrier proved to be an especially challenging part of that job, though it would not be the only obstacle she encountered. On her second deployment to Afghanistan, Glover supported the Combined Joint Special Operations Taskforce. One day, a rou-

Glover tine airborne resupply operation became something much more intricate. “They overshot where they were supposed to be doing an air drop, so all the supplies went into the mountains,” said Glover. “You couldn’t let the locals get all the stuff. So we had to actually go up into these mountains and find all the stuff-we had to account for all of it. Everything we got we had to bring back down. Everything that was salvageable we took back; everything else they just [burned].”

Fortunately, the recovery mission took place near a friendly village and the group encountered no enemy fighters. Though insurgents maintained a low profile, they still made their presence felt by launching rockets and mortars at the base Glover called home. “All the incoming-you just never know where it’s going to hit,” she said. “We had some hit pretty close, like right outside the building.” Life at NSF Indian Head is thankfully much quieter and Glover is using the time to take advantage of the Navy’s educational opportunities. She’ll attain her associate degree in December and will begin pursuing her bachelor’s degree in January. “I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in my life so I joined the Navy for the experience,” she said. “I’m going to college now and I’m going to major in business with a concentration in accounting.” When she isn’t on duty or studying, Glover enjoys running and playing with her dog Chance.

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Base Happenings Dahlgren Base-Wide Yard Sale

There will be a base-wide yard sale in the housing area on Friday, Nov. 1 and Sat., Nov. 2 from 6:30 a.m. - Noon. Many homes in the housing area will participate. Items for sale include furniture, toys, clothing, video games and systems, exercise and sports equipment, movies, music and more. Rain date for the yard sale will be Nov. 8-9.

VA Claims Agent at FFSC

A V.A. Claims Agent will be at the Fleet and Family Support Center in Dahlgren on Nov. 7 and Nov. 21. To schedule an appointment, call (540) 653-1839. VA Claims Agents are available the first and third Thursday of each month.

Army vs. Navy Blood Drive at NSF Dahlgren

For the second year, NSF Dahlgren will host the Army vs. Navy Blood Drive Challenge. The Armed Services Blood Program team will collect blood donations from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the Community House. At the Army/Navy football game on Dec. 14 in Philadelphia, a trophy will be awarded to the service that receives the most donations. All blood collected benefits military members and their families at home, overseas, in harm’s way and recovering from injuries. Give our troops the most precious gift of all, the gift of life - give blood!

Second Tour Thrift Store Open

Starting in October, the Second Tour Thrift Store will be open from 12:30 - 3 p.m. every Thursday. The store currently has some great Halloween costumes and lots of fall and winter items available. Second Tour accepts donations of gently used items at their store on Sampson Road next to the USO. All proceeds from sales at Second Tour are donated to charities in the Dahlgren/King George and surrounding communities, and provide scholarship funds to dependents of military personnel that are or were stationed on Dahlgren. Uniforms on the porch are free and available 24/7!

Indian Head IH Spouses’ Club “Treasures” Thrift Store Needs Your Donations!

The Indian Head Thrift Store “Treasures” is now open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We’re sure you’ll love all the treasures you’ll find. Open to everyone - military and civilian! Come by and check us out. The store is located at 12 Strauss Ave. next door to the USO. Donations of gently used items are currently being accepted. Want to earn up to $5 in free items from the thrift store every month? Volunteer! Stop by the thrift store during operating hours or email for information. To publish information on your event or program under “Base Happenings,” contact NSASP Public Affairs at 540-653-8153 or email jeron.

Naval Support Activity South Potomac military members and civilian employees received quarterly awards and other recognition during a command ceremony on Oct. 21. Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Jesus Lopez was selected as NSASP’s Sailor of the Quarter for July through September 2013, the fourth quarter of last fiscal year. Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Amanda Glover was recognized as the command’s Junior Sailor of the Quarter for July through September. Letters of commendation to both Sailors from Capt. Peter Nette, NSASP commanding officer, lauded the Sailors’ “outstanding performance of duty, meticulous military bearing, and positive attitude toward your shipmates.” Stephen Rebarchick, food and beverage director responsible for daily operation of Gray’s Landing on the Potomac restaurant at NSF Dahlgren, was honored as Civilian Supervisor of the Quarter for July through September. He was cited for his efforts to provide more diverse menu options at the MWR restaurant and for drastically reducing food prices at the Dahlgren base theater concession. Rebarchick has also worked with Naval District Washington regional child and youth programs, and with Joint Base Anacostia Bolling’s Furnari Hall to improve operations and menu options at those facilities. Hector Campos, a clinical counselor with the command’s Fleet and Family Support Center (FSSC), was honored as Civilian of the Quarter for July through September. His award recognized his service as a volunteer at the emergency family assistance center at Joint Base Anacostia Bolling, where he provided grief counseling to victims after the recent shooting incident at the Washington





Navy Yard. On the staff of the command’s FFSC, Campos has provided suicide prevention guidance, referring clients to proper medical facilities, and ultimately saving lives. In addition, he has conducted classes on child abuse prevention for employees at Dahlgren’s Child Development Center and to parents of enrolled children. The volunteer contributions by a group of Sailors in support of a staff appreciation day at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center earned them a letter of appreciation from USO of Metropolitan Washington, which sponsored the event. Chief Culinary Specialists Rodney Kayes and Corey Glenn, Yeoman 2nd Class Jordan Smith and Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Charlie Kirkpatrick were commended for their “passion for the culinary arts”

that “was instrumental in the planning, preparation and execution” of the event. Also during the ceremony, civilian employees were recognized for their length of service as federal government employees.

Civilian Length of Service Awards

15 Years Dacia Bell Gilbert Ward Jr.

10 Years Tiffany Bayliss-Overton Zachary Butler Harry Hermann Floyd Walton

5 Years Ronald Estoque Ronald Robers Sheila Taylor

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MWR Highlights Liberty Center Outlet Mall Shopping Trip

November 2 Liberty Center patrons only: E1- E6 single/unaccompanied active duty military. Spend the day shopping for deals at Potomac Mills! Please sign-up at the Liberty Center. For more information, please contact the Liberty Center at 540-653-7277.

Veteran’s Day Golden Corral Trip

November 11 - van leaves at 2:30 p.m. Liberty Center patrons only: E1- E6 single/unaccompanied active duty military. Join Liberty for their annual Veteran’s Day trip to Golden Corral. For more information, please contact the Liberty Center at 540-653-7277.

Bowling Center Turkey Bowl

November 1 - 22 Eligible patrons include all with base access. Bowl a turkey, three strikes in a row, and drop your name in the box with your phone number. The drawing will take place on Friday, November 22 at noon. The winning name drawn will receive a free Thanksgiving turkey! For more information, please contact Cannonball Lanes at 540-653-7327.

Youth Learn-2-Bowl

November 2, 2 - 4 p.m. Eligible patrons include children ages 5 - 12 with base access. Cost: $7.50 per child. Bowling instruction will be provided for children (ages 5-12) who want to learn how to bowl. Price includes two games and shoes. For more information, please contact Cannonball Lanes at 540-653-7327.

Scotch Doubles Tournament

November 16, 6 p.m. Eligible patrons include all with base access. Cost: $20 per team. Teams of two will bowl three games and the top three teams will be awarded trophies. Please register by November 8. For more information, please contact Cannonball Lanes at 540-653-7327.

General Library Holiday Cards to the Troops

November 1 - 8 Eligible patrons include all with base access. Come to the library and make Christmas cards to send to our troops! We will have all of the supplies you will need to make the perfect card. For more information, please contact the Library at 540-653-7474.

Zumbathon at NSF Dahlgren In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the NSF Dahlgren Fitness Center held its 2nd Annual Zumbathon on Wednesday, October 23. Zumba instructor LeAnn Hunt, who teaches Zumba at the Fitness Center every Wednesday at 4 p.m., and five other instructors led more than 80 participants on a fun-filled two hours of dancing and working out to music.

One-on-One Computer Help

November 5 - by appointment only Free to all eligible patrons Need help with a certain computer program? Don’t know where to start? Sign up for a 30 minute, one-on-one session at the library, to work on whatever you’d like. Please call on the previous Friday to make an appointment for training on the upcoming Tuesday. For more information, please contact the Library at 540-653-7474.

Movie Theater

Paws for Reading

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

Youth Activity Center

Friday, November 1st 7 p.m., The Family, R Saturday, November 2nd 7 p.m., Rush, R

November 12, 3:45 - 5 p.m. Free to all eligible patrons Sign up for your 15 minute appointment to read to and pet a furry friend. Register at the Library in advance. For more information, please contact the Library at 540653-7474.

Family Fun Night Bingo

November 13, 6:30 p.m. Free to all eligible patrons Meet and socialize with other families in the community, while playing bingo with the opportunity to win some prizes! Snacks and refreshments will be served. Please register at the Youth Activity Center by November 8th. For more information, please contact the Youth Center at 540-653-8009.

Special Event Fishing Derby

November 2, 8 a.m. Noon at the Area 8 Pond on Stump Neck. The Derby is open to all children under age 12 accompanied by a parent. All participants and their parents must register at the ITT Office by October 28 in order to have access to the event. For more information contact

Weight House Fitness Center

Friday, November 8th 7 p.m., Prisoners, R Saturday, November 9th 7 p.m., Parkland, PG-13 eligible teens. This program is open to all teens age 11 and in 6th grade through 18 and not yet graduated.

Auto Hobby Shop Recreational Gear Rentals The MWR Auto Hobby Shop rents an extensive selection of equipment for your recreational needs. Available items include tents, canoes, tarps, picnic tents, tables, chairs, moon bounce, grills, lanterns, sporting equipment and more! Rentals are available on a daily, weekly or weekend basis. Call the Hobby Shop at 301-744-6314 for more information or stop by and see what we have to offer.

WHFC Personal Training

Campers Available

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Need a little help fine tuning your workout? Check out our personal trainers Call the WHFC front desk at 301-7444661 to schedule your session. $10 per session for Military/$15 per session for all other eligible patrons. First 2 sessions are free for Military.

Teen Center Open Rec

Looking for something to do on Friday? The Teen Center will be open every Friday from 6 - 9 p.m. and is free for all

15’ Cozy Traveler Recreational Trailer (sleeps up to 6) $55 per day $100 per weekend $245 for a week Call 301-744-6314 for more information.

The Indian Head Thrift Store “Treasures” is now open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. We’re sure you’ll love all the treasures you’ll find. Open to everyone - military and civilian! Come by and check us out.

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Diversity and 95 Years of Naval Weapons Technology Celebrated at Dahlgren By John J. Joyce NSWC Dahlgren Division Corporate Communications Navy scientists and engineers, famous for building the future fleet, looked back at their history while celebrating the 95th Anniversary of Dahlgren Naval base on Diversity Day Oct. 16. Naval weapons technology artifacts, including the first gun tested at Dahlgren 95 years ago, bring history to life. The World War I era seven-inch 45 caliber tractor mounted artillery gun on display seemed to relish its role in igniting the command’s history, as Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Commander Capt. Michael Smith spoke to personnel gathered on the Parade Field. “The game-changing technology developed here is truly amazing,” said Smith. “From the first shot fired over the Potomac River

Test Range in 1918, to today’s testing and development of the electromagnetic railgun and everything in between, we have used our scientific and engineering expertise to impact our nation’s defense at home and abroad.” Volunteers from groups such as the National Society of Black Engineers and the Hispanic Association interacted with government civilians, contractors and military members as diverse jazz, rhythm and blues, and African-Puerto Rican (Bomba) bands played music in support of the event’s theme: “Reflecting the Past... Building the Future.” Many of the NSWCDD scientists and engineers in attendance routinely take their technical expertise to sea aboard ships and into war zones to ensure U.S. warfighters can fight, win and come home safely. Today’s leaders in pulsed power and directed energy were also among those who listened intently while Smith and the command’s new

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Navy military and civilian personnel celebrated the 95th Anniversary of the Dahlgren Naval base and Diversity Day on Oct. 16. The World War I era seven-inch 45 caliber tractor mounted gun (pictured in 1918) that fired the first test shot over the Potomac River Test Range marked the establishment of Dahlgren as a naval proving ground on Oct. 16, 1918. The gun was on static display throughout the combined Diversity Day and anniversary event. technical director, Dennis McLaughlin, recounted the history of the base now known as Naval Support Facility Dahlgren. “Throughout the decades, the Dahlgren Naval



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A World War I era artillery gun frames Navy military and civilian personnel celebrating the 95th Anniversary of the Dahlgren Naval base and Diversity Day on Oct. 16. The seven-inch 45 caliber tractor mounted gun fired the first test shot over the Potomac River Test Range, marking the establishment of Dahlgren as a naval proving ground on Oct. 16, 1918. The gun was on static display throughout the combined Diversity Day and anniversary event. Navy’s Disabled Veteran Outreach efforts and later served as director of the Na-

val Sea Systems Command Wounded Warrior Program. “I salute the Dahlgren Division human resource office and Equal Employment Opportunity office for your success in hiring wounded warriors and making sure they are assured of their value to the division and the greater Navy mission.” “We are indebted to men and women who came here from universities and labs all across the country bringing their diverse ideas and their fervor for advancing science, technology engineering and mathematics as well as operational support skills,” said Smith. “We are also grateful to the many members of the local community who invested their futures in supporting the Navy at NSWC Dahlgren. Their diversity of thought coupled with their diversity of cultures and backgrounds have been key to our mission success.” Throughout its history, Dahlgren scientists and engineers provided the Navy’s core technical capability for the integration of sensors, weapons, and their associated weapon and combat

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“Real” spooks add frightful dimension to EODemon Run NSF Indian Head held their annual EODemon 5K Run on Oct. 17 at the Stump Neck Annex Fitness Center. Runners had to be wary of demons lurking on the trail, who attempted to capture the runners’ demon streamers. If a runner crossed the finish line with the streamer intact, 10 seconds were subtracted from the runner’s time. The group struck a ghoulish pose before the event.

Morale, Welfare and Recreation Fitness Director and Head Demon Megan Eicholtz haunts Gerry Winners were: Cariaga, an EODemon 5K runner on the trail Oct 17. First Place Male: Simon Tracey Barrett, Recreation Assistant and fellow Leightley demon, gave a scare to more runners up the road. First Place Female: Adanna Vardian Second Place Male: Chris

Simpson Second Place Females

(tied): Ashley Archibald and Amanda Vehslage

Local Veterans Day events La Plata

The La Plata Veterans Parade will be held Sun., Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. and will begin at the Charles County Government Building. A group of military members from Dahlgren and Indian Head will be walking in the parade. Please come out and support our local veterans!

Indian Head

The Town of Indian Head will hold a Veterans Day Observance and lunch on Monday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Village Green Pavilion. This event is open to everyone. Donations will be taken to benefit local families in need. Sponsored by the Town of Indian Head and American Legion Post 233.

Colonial Beach

The William I. Cooper Memorial VFW Post 10574 in Colonial Beach will host a

Veterans Day program starting at 11am at the Colonial Beach War Memorial. There will be patriotic music, a wreath-laying ceremony and speeches. Lunch will follow at the Post on Hawthorn St.

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ritan Club will hold a Veteran’s Day Ceremony on Mon., Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at King George High School Auditorium. Please come and honor our local veterans and their service to our country. This event is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served.

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Marine veteran still protects brothers, sisters in Corps By Sgt. Justin M. Boling Headquarters Marine Corps A Marine sergeant with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, prepares to enter another house in Fallujah, Iraq. But, he isn’t alone. His brothers surround him. He has their backs and they have his. It is two days before Christmas 2005, and he may not live to see it. He breaches the door and in a flash feels a searing pain surge from his legs as the force of an explosion knocks him to the ground. Sgt. Justin Schilling received a flesh wound to his inner thigh and a severe concussion from the explosion of several grenades, which caused a traumatic brain injury. Schilling, a Nanty Glo, Penn. native, ended his active duty service in the Corps in 2006 after a year of recovery with the Marine Corps’ Wounded Warrior Detachment. He tucked away his uniform and traded it for a new one. He returned to his home state and found a job as a corrections officer. “Things just were not going the way I had wanted after leaving the Marine Corps,” Schilling said. Schilling received a phone call from one of the coordinators from the Marine Corps Wounded War-

Schilling was wounded in combat in Fallujah, Iraq, and deployed to Afghanistan as a government site lead to install and develop upgrades for mine resistant ambush protected vehicles. division with Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division said. “They get out and they do not necessarily know where to go or what to do in the civilian sector. “We had a real opportunity to allow these folks to come on board.” Schilling skills were assessed to match him with several divisions. Each division works on different types of technologies including CBR equipment, communications and vehicle upgrades. “From the first time I came down here and I saw what they are all about and how they provide immediate support for the warfighter, I knew this is what I wanted to do,” Schilling said. “Ever since I left the Marine Corp all I ever wanted to do was get back in. I know that I cannot operate in the capacity that I did when I was

rior Regiment. The coordinator asked him, if he had updated his resume. Schilling put it off for a while, but eventually gave in to the persistent coordinator and found himself with a new employment opportunity. “Putting out my resume is what got me too where I am at today,” Schilling said. Schilling was accepted into a program with Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division located aboard Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, Va. The center designs and improves equipment and technology for sailors and Marines. “Any time you have war efforts spanning more than a decade you are creating a lot of veterans, many of these are wounded veterans,” Michael Purello, the head of chemical, biological and radiological defense


wearing the uniform, but I still wanted to find a way to give back to my brothers and sisters in uniform.” The injured Marine sergeant’s combat experience made him a good fit for a division that was developing upgrades for mine resistant ambush protected vehicles, or MRAPS. “I ensured that the vehicles were equipped with the latest and greatest armor improvements, “Schilling said. “The Marines I dealt with on a daily basis were all for the improvements being made to the MRAP. Schilling has deployed has deployed twice two Afghanistan as a civilian employee. He was the lead gov-

ernment employee on site for Joint Project MRAP. During his first deployment he worked with the Army. The most recent deployment had Schilling working closely with the Marines with 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). “He thrives off deployment - he has been awesome,”Purello said. Purello said sometimestechnical people, like the scientists at Dahlgren, who work in labs become a little bit detached from the war fighter. Employees like Schilling can bridge the gap between scientists and the troops who use the gear. “Somebody needed to educate the younger guys,”

Schilling said. “They believe in the armor and the outfitting, but they needed an explanation.” Schilling managed all of the maintenance, which contributed to armor upgrades for the mine resistant ambush protected vehicles. He also ensured installation of safety equipment for gunners and improved safety communication capabilities. “I brought my military experience and what I learned at Dahlgren to be an interface between the [Department of Defense] and my position and explain

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Community Notes

King George County Veterans Day Ceremony

King George County Ruritan Club will hold a Veteran’s Day Ceremony on Mon., Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at King George High School Auditorium. Please come and honor our local veterans and their service to our country. This event is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served.

“Retire With Confidence” Workshop

A free “Retire With Confidence” workshop will be held at Account, Inc., 7989 Kings Hwy. in King George on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The workshop will feature information from Vicki Thorpe of Thrivent Financial. The event is free to attend and should be very informative for both individuals and business owners. There is limited seating on a first come, first served basis. RSVP at or call (540) 709-7220.

Great Night Out

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Justin M. Boling

Justin Schilling, a wounded Marine veteran, helped to develop, install and educate troops on upgrades made to mine resistant ambush protected vehicles. Schilling works as a logistical management specialist for Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division. His experience bridges the gap between scientists, who develop technology, and the troops, who use it in the field.

The Rotary Club of King George-Dahlgren presents a Great Night Out with the famous dueling pianos as seen at Bobby McKey’s at National Harbor on Sat., Nov. 16 from 6 p.m. - midnight at the Riverboat on the Potomac in Colonial Beach. Tickets are $40 each and include dinner and the show. Event will also include a silent auction featuring items such as sporting event tickets, restaurant certificates, YMCA memberships, vacations

and more. Tickets are available by contacting or calling Deanna Kroner, (540) 226-1252.

KGP&R Craft Fair and Holiday Bazaar

King George County Parks & Recreation will hold their annual craft fair and holiday bazaar on Sat., Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 24 from noon 3 p.m. at the King George Citizen’s Center, 8076 Kings Highway, King George, VA. Start your Christmas shopping early! Come celebrate the season with crafts, toys, jewelry, quilts, ornaments, lanyards, and assorted new merchandise. There’s something for everyone! Please bring non-perishable food for the King George Food Bank. For additional information contact Janine Paulsen @ 540-775-4FUN.

Indian Head Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Nov. 2

The Charles County Department of Public Works would like to remind citizens that the next household hazardous waste collection for this year will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2. The household hazardous waste collection site is located in the parking lot of the Department of Public Works building, located at 10430 Audie Lane, off of Radio Station Road in La Plata. Collection hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Items accepted free of charge include: pesticides,

herbicides, fertilizer, gasoline, oil-based paint, cleaning supplies, pool chemicals, batteries, fluorescent lights, mercury thermometers, and other poisons found in the home. Please remember to mark any container that does not have a readable, original label. Unacceptable materials include bio-medical waste (sharps, needles, anything with bodily fluids) and ammunition. Used motor oil, anti-freeze, propane tanks, and batteries are accepted on a regular basis at various collection sites. Latex paint is not considered hazardous waste and can be placed in your household trash as long as it is solidified. This can be accomplished by adding kitty litter, shredded paper, or sawdust to the liquid latex paint to aid in drying it out. Household hazardous waste collection will occur on the first Saturday of each month through December. The next pick-up will be Dec. 7. For more information, call the Charles County Department of Public Works, Environmental Resources Division at 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778, or the landfill and recycling information line at 301-932-5656. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Walk to End Homelessness

The 11th Annual Walk to End Homelessness in Charles County will be held Sat., Nov. 16 at 9:00 a.m. beginning at the La Plata Town Hall, 305 Queen Anne St., La Plata, Md. Register now at www.lifestylesofmd. org or call (866) 293-0623.

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MILCON P-222 Construction Update

The contractor is working on all sites to relocate existing utilities and install new utility connections. Excavation work is proceeding to allow the foundations for the buildings to be installed. Extensive work is being done for the Primary Nodal Plant on Strauss Ave.

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get, sending Mikel plunging into the cold water. Lopez repeated his performance a few minutes later at Rambeau’s expense.

New ways to donate in 2013

This year’s campaign offers donors new, easier opportunities to donate beyond the traditional pledge card. Government civilians and military members that would like to give to their favorite local, national and international charities can do so electronically through MyPay by choosing the CFC option that appears on the MyPay service screen. Donations can also be made by check, cash or credit card by using the online Nexus giving system. CFC keyworkers have been trained and will work to educate the workforce on the new options and can answer any questions regarding making a donation. All offer not only convenience, but aid in efficiency and accuracy of the pledge. Online givers will not only be able to search for charities by name or category, but they’ll see a small bio for each to ensure they’ve chosen the proper charity. Dahlgren’s CFC campaign is part of the Potomac Combined Federal Campaign that includes Quantico Marine Corps Base, Ft. A. P. Hill and several other federal agencies. The 2013 charity brochure along with information on donating can be found at The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all. CFC is the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with almost 200 CFC campaigns throughout the country and overseas raising millions of dollars each year. Pledges made by Federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season (September 1st to December 15th) support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world.

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said Brooks. “Students came from local and federal LE institutions as well as from the US Navy and Marines. Besides classes and hands on training evolutions, a great deal of emphasis was placed on leadership.” Repetition of tactics and techniques in training helps officers effectively put those skills to work in stressful situations. “Weapons utilization and handling was. a priority and the class expended over 20,000 rounds of live ammo and about the same in simunitions rounds,” said Brooks. “The class also included exposure to live breaching and explosive diversionary devices.” Though many associate these kinds of skills with special tactical teams, the active shooter threat has led many police departments to offer such training to rank-and-file police officers. For police officers and EOD techs at Dahlgren, the training program “increased [the] capability of our command’s special response ability, not to mention skill set improvement and self-confidence of the officers who completed the course,” said Brooks. Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Amber Malizia has served as a police officer for NSASP since 2010 and the course helped her build upon her basic police training. She thought the biggest challenges of the course were developing a combat mindset and working with new team members. “We had to go through an obstacle course in the rain while we were tethered together,” she said. “That definitely required teamwork.” Malizia credited the course’s “excellent” instructors for stressing the importance of not only attaining advanced law enforcement skills, but also maintaining them. “It takes continuous training,” she said. “You have to train with your team every day.” Explosive Ordnance Disposal 1st Class Chad Hovde was one of four EOD techs from Mobile Unit 12 Dahlgren Detachment to attend the course. Hovde and the other EOD techs already had a wealth of tactical knowledge coming into the course, but came away impressed. “I thought the concepts taught in the class were on par with some of the advanced expeditionary skills schools I have attended,” he said. Hovde thought the active shooter training was particularly useful to EOD techs. “All of us from DET Dahlgren learned quite a bit when going through the ‘active shooter’ training,” he said. “That is just not a scenario we readily trained for in OCONUS ops. So movement inside a crowded building with panicked civilians and how to react was insightful for us as a group. because if that situation turns in to a barricade situation, with possible explosive devices, we may be needed to integrate with [law enforcement] to provide on-scene assistance.”

Like all of Dahlgren’s EOD techs, Hovde is a master of his craft when it comes to supporting combat operations overseas. The course offered a few lessons to Hovde, however, when it came to doing his job stateside. “As an EOD Technician just coming off sea duty I have OCONUS experience, but virtually no CONUS experience,” he said. “With this class I was able to see local tactics and make local contacts that I hope will lead to [more] cross training between both our organization and local Virginia police departments.” Though the training course’s busy schedule did not leave much down time, class leaders still found time for a fun event known as the “SWAT Olympics” on Oct. 18. The “games” tested many of the intangible skills impressed on the class during the course-leadership, teamwork and endurance-by way of a friendly competition. Brooks offered some motivation to the class during morning physical training before the event kicked off. “The only easy day was?” he asked. “Yesterday!” the class thundered. “Remember,” Brooks reminded the class, “it pays to be a winner.” Three teams of police officers and EOD techs competed for bragging rights and a break from Brooks’ near-constant demand for pushups. The events included an obstacle course, log and truck tire carrying, and “gladiatorial” combat. The latter was a fun test of the officers’ hand-to-hand combat skills. Contestants “fought” to knock each other off a log lying an inch or so off the ground. Hovde knocked his opponent off the log and onto the soft ground for at least three bouts, cheered on enthusiastically by his teammates. Though he and his fellow EOD techs are on shore duty while serving at Dahlgren, the class not only brought them greater understanding of how EOD supports law enforcement, but also helped them maintain their skills and combat mindset. “Keeping your mind and body ‘in the fight’ is our top priority,” said Hovde. “We use military athlete [training] three to four days a week, mixed in with run-swim-runs on base the other days. If something were to happen locally or internationally we all want to be able to enter the fight. There are no second chances with EOD and while that is a humbling realization, as Navy EOD we embrace that challenge. I believe that core principle is what makes and maintains the close camaraderie of the Navy EOD brethren.” Keeping one’s mind and body “in the fight” is just as important for police officers. Malizia and the other police officers at the course understand the complex threats they face and embraced the training, despite its challenges. “I want to be the best police officer I can be,” said Malizia, a young mother. “I do it for our children and for our community.”


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IHEODTD employee receives award

U.S. Navy photo

Lt. Teng Ooi (front row, far right) is pictured with Midshipmen of his Calculus II class.

U.S. Naval Academy Seeks Navy Reserve Instructors By Lt. Teng Ooi and Capt. Linda Beltra Attention Navy Reserve officers! Are you interested in an opportunity to teach, inspire, and empower the next generation of American leaders to serve our nation? The U.S. Naval Academy needs qualified Navy Reserve officers, especially at the ranks of lieutenant and lieutenant commander, with at least a master’s degree in an appropriate academic discipline to instruct in designated academic departments for Fall 2014 and to serve as outstanding military role models and mentors for midshipmen.

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cyber security, information systems, and information technology; electrical engineering, computer engineering, general engineering, nuclear engineering, mechanical engineering, naval architecture, ocean engineering, aerospace engineering, and control systems engineering; mathematics, chemistry, physics, computer science, and oceanography; political science, economics, English, history, and foreign languages, including Spanish, French, German, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, or Japanese. Interested Navy Reservists should reply by email to with the following information: a


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these upgrades at a military level for those guys,” Schilling said. “They were receiving the information from one of their own. “In the Marine Corps we are all still brothers and sisters whether in or out of the uniform. When I came into this I learned everything I could so I could educate my brothers who are over there using these vehicles.” Even on the days Schilling struggles, his love for his fellow service members pulls him through. Schilling looks up at a poster on the harder days. The poster is right behind the ever-locked, security doors. It depicts a group of Marines. Their uniforms are from the same era he served in, and they are preparing to charge into a room, much like Schilling did nearly a decade earlier. The words on the poster read, “We work for those who fight for us.” “It makes me realize that when I am having a bad that one of my brothers or my sisters is having a really bad day,” Schilling said. Long after his uniform was folded and put away, Schilling still strives to take care of his own. “I don’t have to wear a uniform and I can still give back,” Schilling said. “If there is anything I could say to the guys and girls who are struggling out there, who think that this is it. I’d say ‘There is a light at the end of the tunnel. There is someone out there, who needs your experience.’”

cover letter that states which discipline(s) you are applying for and your qualifications for the position; a resume of experience (academic, professional, and naval experience, including any recent mobilizations, recalls, or extended active duty periods); and a full-length khaki photo. The USNA point of contact is Reserve Recall Liaison Officer, Cmdr. John Schedel, U.S. Naval Academy, Code 11C, 121 Blake Rd., Annapolis, MD 21402-1300; telephone (410) 293-6513, DSN: 281-6513, Fax: (410) 293-2591. To receive full consideration, interested officers for Academic Year 2014-2015 should apply no later than Dec. 15, 2013. Officers selected will be recalled to active duty and assigned orders for an officer-instructor tour, not to exceed three years, commencing July 2014. Recalled officers will remain on the reserve active status list and will remain eligible for promotion consideration before reserve selection boards. Selections will be made only after USNA placement officers are confident that USNA billets will not be filled from the active duty pool of potential officer instructors. Applicants will be made aware of their selection status by midApril 2014. Final arrangements are contingent upon PCS funding being available through the Navy. Lt. Teng K. Ooi, PhD, is an instructor with the U.S. Naval Academy’s Math Department. Capt. Linda J. Beltra, MD, serves on staff with Naval Hospital Jacksonville.

UMW Spring 2014 Professional Development Courses UMW is scheduling professional development courses for spring 2014. Currently scheduled are the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Exam prep course and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) PHR/SPHR Certification Exam prep course. Both the PMP courses and the SHRM course will start in February and run for 10 weeks. Please visit for course dates, locations and registration information. Interested in CSEP or Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) training? The university is working to schedule these programs as well. Interested individuals are asked to email Kristine Stoneley at kstonele@ to provide feedback on which course you’re interested in attending, and which UMW campus location you prefer (Dahlgren or Stafford campus, or the Stafford Technology and Research Center in the Quantico Corporate Center). This information will help the university with scheduling the CSEP and CEH courses.

Jerry Decker, logistics director for Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division’s (NSWC IHEODTD) EOD Department, received the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award from NSWC IHEODTD Commanding Officer Capt. Thomas Smith during an awards presentation ceremony at the Division’s South Campus auditorium, Sept. 19. Decker received recognition for implementing a new business model that increased the availability of operational robots used by Defense Department EOD forces worldwide from 25 percent to 95 percent. The model combined Item Unique Identification (IUID), Supply Chain Management Software, and Passive Radio Frequency Identification technology to create a warehouse system automatically track inventory. “Jerry has provided vision and superior leadership to our logistics efforts in support of EOD warfighters from all services,” said Smith. “The cost-effective implementation of IUID by EOD is being used as a role model for the rest of the Navy.” Decker retired from the Navy as a chief petty officer in August 1996, and began work at then Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division as a supporting contractor in December 2003. He converted to government service in August 2004. Decker recently co-authored, “A Cost-Effective Approach to Inventory Management,” featured in the January/February issue of Defense Acquisition University Magazine. NSWC IHEODTD, a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command, focuses on the research, development, test, evaluation, in-service support, and disposal of energetics and energetic systems as well as works to provide Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, and Airmen worldwide with the information and technological solutions they need to detect/locate, access, identify, render safe, recover/exploit, and dispose of both conventional and unconventional explosive threats.

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systems into surface ships and vehicles. “What makes the warfare center here at Dahlgren particularly effective is our co-location with our sister commands,” said Smith later in the day at another 95th Anniversary Celebration sponsored by the Dahlgren Heritage Foundation at the University of Mary Washington-Dahlgren Campus. “By working together in partnership, we support the full spectrum of Navy defensive combat systems needs to counter the threats from ballistic missiles, to aircraft, to cruise missiles as well as providing strike capabilities and Naval Surface Fire Support,” he said. NSWC Dahlgren works closely with Aegis Ballistic Missile and Naval Air and Missile Defense Commands to provide everything from initial requirements to delivered products. For example, the command’s scientists and engineers train Sailors from the Aegis Training and Readiness Center on how to use those products. “Analysis of what is going on in the world is part of what another sister command here at Dahlgren does,” explained Smith. “The Joint Warfare Analysis Center ensures optimal employment of our systems and leads to new requirements and new systems as the world changes. Through our collaborative efforts, we are providing innovative enhancements, analysis and designs that are making a difference to ensure optimal support for our warfighters and the Fleet.” The NSWCDD commander emphasized that it takes a diverse, multi-talented workforce to meet the needs of today’s warfighters and provide innovation solutions for the demands facing our future Fleet. The command’s ability to bring together the best and brightest professionals from a broad spectrum of backgrounds and cultures is critical to address today’s challenges and ensure our readiness for the Navy’s future mission needs across the globe.

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