Dahlgren Vol. 24, No. 11, Mid-NOVEMBER 2013
Navy scientists and engineers mentor high school robotics teams from competitions to careers
Recently, at Kings Highway Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, Korean War veterans from four branches of the armed services received their due during the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War. On behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense, US Army Sgt. and Korean War 60th Anniversary ambassador Russell Claar handed out certificates of appreciation to the following veterans:JamesCunningham,George Luhmann, Wiilliam Applegate, Clyde Buchanan, William Taylor, Clyde Duncan, Gunter Buhrdorf, Arthur Louis Seay, Ralph Knight, Albert Carvell, Bill Hays, Bob Vaughn,
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Retired Air Force Sgt. Max Garland is the first to receive his 60-year Anniversary Korean War Certificate of Appreciation from US Army Sgt. and Korean War 60th Anniversary ambassador Russell Claar.
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Dahlgren — Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren Division held a change of command ceremony at the base theater Nov. 8. Capt. Brian Durant relieved Capt. Michael Smith as commanding officer. “I am honored and humbled to assume command of NSWC Dahlgren,” Durant told employees attending the ceremony in person and an audience of more than 6,000 government civilians and contractor personnel with video on demand
access to view the event. “The work we do here is vital to our nation’s defense and it is imperative that we be ready for whatever challenges lie ahead.” The new NSWCDD commander went on to tell the command’s workforce that he will be their most vocal advocate. “I am here to remove obstacles where possible, allowing you to deliver capability to the warfighter,” Durant said. “I am committed to our success, the strengthening of our Navy and our nation. Together we will overcome any and all challenges that lie ahead and emerge a stronger See Command, page 6
Rear Adm. Lawrence Creevy, center, commander of Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), is pictured with Capt. Brian Durant, left, and Capt. Michael Smith after Durant relieved Smith as commander of NSWC Dahlgren Division, during a change of command ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
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Marines Boost Energy, Lighten Load Eric Beidel Office of Naval Research Arlington — In an effort to move toward increased energy independence in the field, Marines used a wearable solar-powered system to extend the battery life of crucial electronic devices during a recent field exercise, officials announced Oct. 30. Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and assembled at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD), the Marine Austere Patrolling System (MAPS) combines solar power and an individual water purifier to help lighten the load of Marines conducting lengthy missions in remote locations with few or no options for resupply. “The primary challenge facing the Marine Corps in expeditionary environments is that we’re carrying too much weight,” said Capt. Frank Furman, logistics program manager for ONR’s Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism Department. MAPS gives individuals the ability to manage power and filter water on the move. A key features is a flexible solar panel, about the size of a piece of paper, made possible by breakthroughs at the Naval Research Laboratory. The new gear proved to be a go-to power source to keep radio communications up and running during a field test with the 1st Battalion 5th Marines at the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif. While in a remote mountainous area, company and platoon commanders had to rely on Marines using the MAPS gear because their radios were the only ones that still had power. “As engineers, we rely heavily on Marine feedback to improve
The Marine Austere Patrolling System’s (MAPS) vest power manager (VPM-402) connects and manages multiple, tactical power requirements through a single interface. MAPS is a technology being developed at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division for the Marine Expeditionary Energy Office. The system improves the sustainability of dismounted Marines on patrol by providing them with a central energy source, a wearable solar panel and a water filtration system. (U.S. Navy photo by Elliott Fabrizio/Released) system function, form and fit,” said Justin Miller, MAPS lead systems integrator based at NSWCDD in Dahlgren, Va. “Actually observing Marines use the system in this challenging terrain to sustain their gear is very positive, because we can incorporate their feedback into the design.” Marines use more electronic devices than ever before, including radios, night-vision goggles and GPS systems. Each comes with its own set of batteries and spares, which can add several pounds to what a Marine has to carry. “Marines planning a 24-hour mission may need four batteries, but we bring eight as a safety factor, because we can never risk running out completely,” said Furman, an infantry officer who served in two tours to Afghanistan. “MAPS provides two benefits. First, we can lessen the risk of batteries running out completely. Second, the weight
of spare batteries and extra water is eliminated. This directly affects on our endurance and ability to move and stay alert.” For a 96-hour patrol, MAPS has the potential to reduce the weight of batteries and water carried by a Marine from more than 60 pounds to 13 pounds. The system’s ability to sustain Marines for longer stretches reduces the need for dangerous logistics resupply operations, a goal stated in the Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Strategy and Implementation Plan. This month’s field evaluation followed on the heels of a similar evaluation in July by members of the 3rd Battalion 1st Marines at Camp Pendleton, Calif. The Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Office continues to work with partner agencies to collect data from exercises and inform future development and fielding of subcomponent systems.
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A Marine Squad Leader is pictured using two solar panels for recharging his Marine Austere Patrolling System (MAPS) gear while another Marine’s gear (left) is recharging with a solar panel. The system’s ability to sustain Marines for longer stretches reduces the need for dangerous logistics resupply operations.
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had a limited goal and tragic results. Like all international conflicts, the war also left permanent scars that left 103,284 American service members wounded, 8,177 missing in action, and 36,516 casualties. A total of 6.8 million American men and women served in Korea. Also, 7,140 U.S. personnel were interned
as prisoners of war. Technically, the conflict was never officially declared a war, but a police action. There are still 37,000 American troops serving in South Korea near the infamous Demilitarized Zone. Although there is a truce, a peace agreement has never been signed.
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Woodard, Rondol Comer, Clyde Jett, Cliff Palmer, Bobby Richters, Clarence Weimer, Auburn King, and Oscar Creasy. The presentation also included five families of deceased Korean War veterans. The keynote speaker for the presentation was first-district Congressman Rob Wittman. King George area residents in attendance included: Jones, Bumbry, Buchanan, and Garland. With Garland’s assistance, Claar was able to locate and contact many local Korean War veterans who would have otherwise gone unnoticed. “During the last three years, I’ve been going to American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War Posts in search of Korean War Veterans,” Claar said. “One day, my girl friend, Valerie, and I were having dinner at the Cracker Barrel restaurant in Fredericksburg, and Max Garland was sitting there alone with a cap on his head that read ‘US Air Force Korean War Veteran’.” After a short dialogue with Garland, Claar honored Garland with a certificate at his home. Prior to the presentation, Garland and a friend (Phil Hicks) provided Claar with a list of Fredericksburg-area Korean War veterans. According to Claar, over two-thirds of the veterans at the ceremony were present as a result of Garland’s help. “The ceremony would not have happened if I had not met Max,” Claar said. “He started giving me names, and it multiplied.” Assisting Claar during the ceremony was fellow ambassador Valerie Clarke. The certificate presentation was the final part of a three-year program, the sole purpose of which was to honor Korean War veterans. During the entirety of the program, Claar has handed out over 500 certificates for Korean War veterans in Virginia. The program is a small part of a nationwide effort to honor those in the war often called “The Forgotten Victory.” Over the course of three years, over 80,000 veterans have received certificates signed by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. Claar, now serving in the Army Reserves, served two tours of duty in Korea, from 1966 to 1967. In addition, he is the commander of VFW Post 7728, and the service officer for American Legion Post 247. Because of President Harry S. Truman’s Executive Order 9981, African-American troops were integrated into the armed forces. Fighting for outposts such as Pork Chop Hill, Bloody Ridge, Triangle Hill, the Punchbowl, and Old Baldy
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Navy scientists and engineers mentor high school robotics teams from competitions to careers John J. Joyce NSWC Dahlgren Division Corporate Communications Carneys Point Township, N.J. — A Navy-mentored high school team’s robot competed feverishly against 31 other robots to throw Frisbees for the most goals on a field here Oct 19. But the Commonwealth Virginia Governor’s School robot wasn’t alone. It formed an alliance with robots controlled by students from two other high schools. The alliance - one of 11 groups formed by high school teams played a game called, “Ultimate Ascent”. True to its name, the Frisbee game was not over until the robots ascended, or attempted to ascend, metal pyramids. The National Defense Education Program (NDEP) sponsored high school team, known as “Kilroy”, and its allies did not make the top three among 34 high schools in the “Duel on the Delaware 2013”. However, the team’s technology skills are number one, say their Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) mentors. “It’s more than a Frisbee game between robots,” said NSWCDD computer engineer Jim Smith. “We consider our Commonwealth Virginia Governor’s School team victorious because they excelled at designing and building their own robot with the science, technology, planning and teamwork skills that will serve them well in their future careers. These are the skills required to provide our warfighters with the best fleet in the world. We need future scientists and engineers to design, build and support the fleet
“It’s more than a Frisbee game between robots.” —Jim Smith, NSWCDD computer engineer into the next century.” Billed as an intensive, handson, team-based engineering experience, “Duel on the Delaware” was part of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a non-profit organization with the mission to design accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology and engineering. “The FIRST program’s ability to build excitement through competitions draws the students into the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) aspects of the program,” said John Wright, NSWCDD STEM Coordinator. “The other aspect that we see as attractive for future
scientists and engineers is the program’s focus on team work. We have seen teams pull a part off their own robot to provide to another team in need of that part in order to compete. That level of teamwork is what we look for in engineers and scientists that support our mission at the Navy Warfare Centers - and we see FIRST developing it in future generations.” It took teamwork for the students to design and build their robots under the guidance of their teachers and mentors prior to competing at the offseason tournament. Ultimate Ascent - a game played by two competing alliances on a 27 x 54 foot field - featured alliances comprising three robots, striving to throw the most discs into their goals. Kilroy - officially called “FIRST Team 339” - includes high school students from Virginia’s Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline and King George Counties. The Governor’s School team is now working with three NSWCDD scientist and engineer volunteers, including Smith to prepare for their next competition Nov. 2 at Battlefield High School in Haymarket, Va. “This is the offseason for the FIRST teams with new students competing to learn the system and understand
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championship in late April. FIRST is one of many STEM programs that NSWC Dahlgren volunteers participate in to show a diversity of pre-teens and teens that math, science and engineering are fascinating, fun and socially relevant. Since 2004, Navy scientists and See Robots, page 5
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Opposite page: Commonwealth Virginia Governor’s School students and their mentor, Bob Brown - a computer scientist supporting Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) as a contractor - work to reset the student-built robot known as Kilroy before a match at “Duel on the Delaware 2013”. The National Defense Education Program sponsored high school team and its allies did not make the top three among 34 high schools in the competition. However, the team’s technology skills are number one, say their NSWCDD mentors.
Robots: Creating alliances From page 4 engineers at Dahlgren have been working with teachers and parents under the sponsorship of the NDEP and other sponsors to engage students with hands-on learning and generate STEM enthusiasm. The goal of FIRST and NDEP is the same – motivate and encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Virginia-based affiliate of FIRST works with its “program partners to deliver hands-on projectbased learning programs and activities to over 5,000 children in kindergarten through 12th- grade,” according to the organization’s website at http://www. virginiafirst.org. In addition to technical skills, students are gaining significant business, marketing and relationship experience as their teams prepare to compete. Mentors and students work yearround with other local teams to collaborate and generate ideas for fundraising, business planning and building a competitive robot. The fundraising supports competitions and other STEM activities. For example, registration for the FIRST Robotics Competition is normally $5,000. Robotics team members build their teams from the September to December “team building season”. During this time, students focus on fundraising, grant writing, publicity, learning skills for the upcoming season, developing team image
and community outreach, which includes public relations events for the team and fundraising for community causes. Next is the “build season”. The teams have six-and-a-half weeks from January to mid-February to build their robot. “Competition season” runs from February to April. NSWC Dahlgren scientists and engineers also mentor the James Monroe High School robotics team which competes – with the Virginia Governor’s School Kilroy team – at the FIRST Virginia Regional Robotics Competition at the Virginia Commonwealth University Siegel Center. All FIRST Robotics Competition regionals and tournaments are free and open to the public.
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Above: A referee watches while robots hang for points at the end of a “Duel on the Delaware 2013” match. The “FIRST Team 339” robot was designed, built and programmed by Commonwealth Virginia Governor’s School students. The student team - mentored by scientists and engineers from Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division - formed an alliance with two other high school teams in a competition against 11 alliances. The Frisbee game, called “Ultimate Ascent” was not over until the robots ascended, or attempted to ascend, metal pyramids. The offseason FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) event helped prepare students for the official FIRST Robotics Competition that kicks off in January and culminates in a world championship in late April. (U.S. Navy photo by James R. Smith/Released)
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Command: Capt. Durant assumes command of NSWCDD From page 1 warfare center for the effort.” NSWC Commander Rear Adm. Lawrence Creevy, the event’s principal speaker, linked the ceremony’s rich heritage with the dedication and sacrifices of Sailors and their families. “None of us who have the privilege of serving and wearing the Navy uniform can achieve or enjoy our successes without the unconditional love, support and sacrifices of our families,” said Creevy. “Being the commander here has been an absolutely tremendous honor - the pinnacle of my career,” said Smith. The command’s technical programs make Dahlgren great, he told the audience, including former NSWCDD commanding officers. “Aegis (combat systems), Aegis BMD (Ballistic Missile Defense), Tomahawk, strategic systems, electronic warfare, electromagnetic environmental effects, topside design, safety, radars, chemicalbiological detection systems, gun systems, unmanned systems - all of those programs are really vital to the Navy,” said Smith. “We have a lot of great facilities here - integrated warfare systems lab, Potomac River Test Range, ground plane complex, the gun line, the CBR (chemical, biological and radiological) Defense Laboratory.” Smith commended NSWCDD personnel for their eagerness, honesty and technical excellence, noting that “even with forced days off last summer, they came through in flying colors,” passing every assessment. He also remarked on their volunteering, mentoring of new employees and local students, and their willingness to go into harm’s way in theater to perform missions in support of the warfighter. “It’s not just the programs and facilities that are great, it’s the people here that have made the difference,” said Smith. “The employees here are
at least as dedicated and patriotic as anybody in uniform. I’m incredibly proud of all of the employees here. In the three and a half years that I’ve been here, I’ve just been absolutely awestruck at what they do.” The NSWC commander credited Smith for improvements made under his leadership to make NSWC Dahlgren a more effective and efficient organization. “You took on a full range of daunting challenges head on and delivered great things for this organization,” said Creevy, recounting accomplishments, including 64 patents and a myriad of advancements in ship capabilities and new technical products and solutions for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Department of Defense. Among the technological developments he attributed to Smith’s leadership: • Griffin Missile System for Patrol Coastal class ships. • Battle Management System for special operations forces’ gunships. • The 30mm gun module for Littoral Combat Ships. • Elec tromagnetic R ailgun prototype launcher’s muzzle energy of 32 mega joules while advancing pulsed power from single to multi-shot capable designs. • More than 700 computer program installations, including software supporting Ballistic Missile Defense and Aegis weapons systems. • Chemical, biological and radiological collective protection systems in ships, including more than 100 installations of biological agent detection and diagnostic systems. • Construction of an unmanned aerial vehicle runway. • Weapon system for the Precision Strike Package for Dragon Spear - 12 aircraft delivered within 36 months. • High energy laser systems
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Rear Adm. Lawrence Creevy, center, commander of Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), watches as Capt. Brian Durant, right, relieves Capt. Michael Smith as commander of NSWC Dahlgren Division.
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Durant reports to NSWC Dahlgren Division following his tour as Standard Missile Program Office deputy program manager from September 2010 to September 2013. “With your dynamic leadership an d pro g r am m an a ge m e nt experience, I look forward to you taking the NSWC Dahlgren Team even farther in delivering cuttingedge science and engineering to our 21st century warfighters,” Creevy told Durant.
Durant’s career began in 1992, first serving as ordnance officer, main propulsion and damage control assistant aboard USS Jarrett (FFG 33). He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science in physics. Durant attended the Naval Postgraduate School earning a master’s degree in mechanical engineering while also satisfying the curricular requirements for applied physics.
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Training specialist selected as Dahlgren Training Center’s Civilian of the Quarter Dahlgren — Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) recognized its Civilian of the Quarter (COQ) for the third quarter of 2013 at an awards ceremony at the Arleigh Burke auditorium onboard Naval Support Facility Dahlgren Oct. 29. “I was extremely humbled to be selected for such a prestige accolade,” said Training Specialist Eddie Taylor. Taylor has been part of the CSCS training department for nine months working as a lead analyst in the Learning Standards Office (LSO) division. “I receive, analyze and process Training Project Plans (TPP) routing to appropriate stakeholders for review and concurrence, validate content for accuracy, justification, instruction, manning, resource requirements and overall adherence to TPP guidelines,” Taylor explained. “I also provide timely guidance and support to the Integrated Learning Environment (ILE) Training Agent
(TA) and CSCS learning sites / detachments in matters related to ILE Curriculum of Instructions (COIs) under development, validate and approve internal and external requests for training materials, maintain the Master Course Record / Audit Trail spreadsheet for the CSCS domain, and conduct on-site analysis and observation of assigned courses.” As a retired Senior Chief Petty Officer, Taylor enjoys working in a military, training environment. “The idea of being able to communicate on every level with a myriad of personnel from diverse backgrounds, while providing unmatched suppor t to our military / civilian counter parts through continuous curriculum d e vel opme nt and st r ate g i c management, is what I enjoy the most,” he said. “The hard work, utilization of resources, maintaining opens lines of communication, coupled with continuous follow-up
procedures produces a rewarding working environment for me.” Taylor’s supervisor, Jessie Harris, the Learning Standards Officer, nominated him for the award. “Eddie has the skill and ability to communicate with people,” said Harris. “His introduction of the ‘Circle of Influence’ methodology, a process that promotes continuous communication, coordination and consistency along with identifying an individual role and responsibility, created a communication circle chain which has aided in directing and controlling the flow of information ensuring the right people communicate with each other.” The “Circle of Influence” was instrumental in the recent completion of the Ship SelfDefense System (SSDS) Phase One curriculum development project. “We were able to meet the scheduled Pilot and Ready dates,” Harris said. “This process has
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NSWC Dahlgren Division Corporate Communications Da h l g re n — D e n n i s 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 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
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Hispanic heritage, history and contributions explored at Dahlgren observance John Joyce NSWC Dahlgren Division Corporate Communications Dahlgren—Sailorsandcivilians celebrated Hispanic Heritage with stories, food, fun and reflection during an observance at the Aegis Training and Readiness Center (ATRC) Oct. 30. “We tend to see everything from the fun side,” said keynote speaker, Dr. Rafael Landaeta, as he cited unique traits of Hispanics. “Our strong families tend to celebrate everything.” Put Hispanics’ social disposition together with family and you will have a celebration that can last a year, said Landaeta, adding that, “we tend to have our personal space very close, if not zero. Close human interaction makes us unique.” Landaeta joined local Navy leaders - including Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Commander Capt. Michael Smith, Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP) Commanding Officer Capt. Peter Nette, ATRC C ommanding Officer Capt. Ian Hall, and Center for Surface Combat Systems
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and enhance what we have in common.” To spread the word among Hispanics that DoD is a model employer, the department engages with affinity groups, such as Latina Style, the National Organization of Mexican American Rights and the League of United Latin American Citizens to reach out to Hispanic Americans. The department also is pursuing opportunities for Hispanics in the science, technology, engineering and math fields - also known as STEM - by working with students, parents and teachers. “We understand that it takes a diverse, multi-talented workforce working together to meet the needs of today’s warfighters and provide innovation solutions for the demands facing our future Fleet,” said Smith in his opening remarks. “There is no question that our ability to meet our mission goals depends on our talent base, which is made stronger because of the capabilities of our engineers, scientists and business professionals of Hispanic descent.” About 11.5 percent of DoD’s military total force is Hispanic, and about 5.5 percent of that comprises officers. The greatest strides are being made by Hispanic women, or Latinas, and Latina officers in particular, whose numbers have nearly doubled to 2,000 in the military in recent years. “Being a Sailor, you will get a Sailor’s story,” said Schmieley in his closing remarks regarding Hispanics’ impact in the armed forces. The CSCS Commanding Officer told the story of Horacio Rivero, Jr. - the first Puerto Rican four-star admiral and second Hispanic-
Old Dominion University professor Dr. Rafael Landaeta tells Sailors and civilians at the Hispanic Heritage Observance Oct. 30 that he is amazed by the number of Hispanics who served in the Defense Department. The department is pursuing opportunities for Hispanics in the science, technology, engineering and math fields - also known as STEM - by working with students, parents and teachers. American to become a full admiral in the modern United States Navy. Rivero graduated third in his class at the Naval academy in 1931. During WWII, he participated in a number of notable Pacific battles. Adm. Rivero became Vice Chief of Naval Operations on July 31, 1964. During his tenure he oversaw the Navy’s day-to-day operations in the Vietnam War and was known as a big supporter of riverine forces. In February 1968, he reported as Commander in Chief of the Allied Forces, Southern Europe, responsible for the land, sea and air forces of five nations - Italy, Greece, Turkey, Great Britain and the United States - deployed in the Mediterranean area. Following Rivero’s retirement, he
served as U.S. Ambassador to Spain, the first Hispanic American to hold that position. “Adm. Rivero passed away in September 2000, but his contributions are still reflected in today’s Navy,” said Schmieley. “He not only positively impacted the Navy of the past but also the Navy of the future. He is one of many Hispanic Americans who have served and led our nation with pride and honor.” Hispanic Heritage Month was originally celebrated as Hispanic Heritage Week, established in September 1968 by President Lyndon Johnson. In 1988, thenPresident Ronald Reagan expanded the week and created Hispanic Heritage Month.
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The Joint Warfare Analysis Center (JWAC) held a quarterly awards ceremony for the third quarter of 2013 Nov. 6. Alexander F. Hanisch received the Joint Civilian Commendation Award for exceptionally meritorious achievement as an analyst to a joint task force in Afghanistan between December 2012 and May of this year. As an adviser to task force commanders, he was cited for his professionalism, technical knowledge, and analytic skill. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Veronica J. Babauta was chosen the Mid-Tier Military Member of the Quarter. As a project team lead, she led six joint military members in support of a combatant command. The team answered more than 150 requests for information from the combatant command and provided it ten products, which influenced the decisions of high government officials. For another customer, Babauta applied more than 100 hours of the team’s analysis on an emerging
strategic threat to provide engagement options. As the vice present of the Enlisted Association, Sgt. Babauta coordinated and volunteered for eight fundraisers and community programs. She helped with a wounded warriors tribute and at a Washington, DC soup kitchen where she gave out more than 200 meals to homeless people. Bradley E. Anderson was chosen the Senior Employee of the Quarter. He distinguished himself for his analysis, providing 46 products to a combatant command, leading a five-man project team that achieved several days of work in 28 hours, mentoring other JWAC analysts, and building a complex model for a combat operation. In addition, Anderson volunteers with youth, coaches many sports teams, and raises money for the community. Anderson also received a Length of Service Award for 20 years of government service. Michael J. Muller, also received a Length of Service Award for 30 years of government service.
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Inmates brighten their chances through RCC education Nineteen Haynesville Correctional C e nte r i n m ate s we re aw ard e d Rappahannock Community College associate degrees on October 25, through RCC’s partnership with the Center and the Sunshine Lady Foundation Scholarship program. Dr. Elizabeth Crowther, president of the college, conferred the degrees. Nine of these were Associate of Applied Science degrees in business management; the remaining ten were Associate of Arts and Sciences degrees, which are designed to lead to transfer to a fouryear institution. “One of the most touching portions of the graduation ceremony,” says RCC’s Warsaw Campus dean, Patricia Mullins, who was invited to deliver the keynote address, “was listening to each student speaker talk about what obtaining an education has meant to them. It was obvious that all the students appreciated the new path that an education has to offer them.” She added, “Research has shown that an education is the best deterrent to recidivism, and RCC is proud to be part of a program whose goal is to prevent
a return to criminal activities.” The program, Mullins emphasized, “provided the graduates a solid educational foundation to assist them in making the transition from prison life to productive citizenship.” All 19 graduates qualified for one of the traditional honors: cum laude, which requires a 3.2 to 3.49 grade-point average; magna cum laude, requiring a 3.5 to 3.79 average; or summa cum laude, requiring an average of 3.8 or above. In addition, the seven who attained summa cum laude were awarded RCC’s Academic Medallion in recognition of their achievement. The program has been in place since 2008, when the Correctional Center’s education department asked RCC to inaugurate the partnership with the Sunshine Lady Foundation. “It has been a very good partnership,” says Mullins, “and we have appreciated all the financial support provided by the Sunshine Lady Foundation. Without it, this program would not have been possible, and these men would not be graduating with their college degrees.”
During “Save a Life” Tour presentations at both Rappahannock Community College campuses on October 14 and 15, students and members of the public watched a video warning of the effects of distracted driving, and then had the opportunity to experience those effects firsthand in a driving simulator.
POSITIONS AVAILABLE Rappahannock Community College, a two-campus institution serving a rural 12-county area in the Chesapeake Bay region of Virginia, seeks applicants for evening adjuncts at our King George site to teach transfer level classes for the Spring 2014 semester in the following disciplines: Math Instructor Qualifications Required: MS in Math or with 18 graduate hours in Math. Candidates should possess sufficient technology skills to work productively in an organization that utilizes significant information and instructional technology resources. Qualifications Preferred: College teaching experience in discipline. Candidates should possess sufficient technology skills to work productively in an organization that utilizes significant information and instructional technology resources. Science Instructor Qualifications Required: MS in Biology with graduate hours in Human Anatomy & Physiology or MS with 18 graduate hours in Human Anatomy & Physiology. Qualifications Preferred: College teaching experience in discipline. Candidates should possess sufficient technology skills to work productively in an organization that utilizes significant information and instructional technology resources. Phlebotomy Instructor Qualifications Preferred: Baccalaureate’s degree in Health or related field. Considerable full time practice, supervisory and clinical teaching experience preferred. Candidates should possess sufficient technology skills to work productively in an organization that utilizes significant information and instructional technology resources.
Transfer Fairs serve RCC students Rappahannock Community College’s Student Support Services (SSS) Office recently sponsored Transfer Week activities which included Transfer Fairs on Nov. 5 (Glenns) and Nov. 6 (Warsaw). Numerous students took advantage of the opportunity to consult representatives of Bluefield College, the College of William and Mary, Christopher Newport University, George Mason University, Hampton University, Liberty University, Mary Baldwin College, Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University, Regent University, Saint Leo University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia State University, and Virginia Wesleyan College. Most of these maintain Guaranteed Admission Agreements covering any RCC student who graduates with an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree and meets the individual requirements of the desired institution. Other Transfer Week activities included “All You Need to Know About Transferring” workshops, held simultaneously in the lecture halls on both campuses. Also, on Thursday, November 7, “RCC Gear Day” allowed students express their pride in the college by wearing their favorite RCC-logo attire. Faculty members were asked to wear items from their own alma maters, and to tell stories about their college experiences.
Qualifications Preferred: Baccalaureate’s degree in Health or related field. At least five years of full time practice within the last 7 years of employment, supervisory and clinical teaching experience preferred. Candidates should possess sufficient technology skills to work productively in an organization that utilizes significant information and instructional technology resources. The College desires candidates with a commitment to the community college mission and experience working in a diverse student population, including adult learners and at-risk students. The successful candidate will be committed to academic excellence, continuous improvement through professional development, assessment, program and course development, and creating a collegial environment of civility, collaboration and open communication. The college strives for a faculty of content experts who are also knowledgeable about best practices, innovative strategies, and instructional technologies that support teaching and learning. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. A completed Commonwealth of Virginia employment application, CV, cover letter describing qualifications, and a complete set of unofficial transcripts are required. Applications will be received and considered on a continuous basis. Resumes will not substitute for a completed state application. To apply, please visit http://jobs. virginia.gov. Only online applications from this site will be accepted. Questions about this position may be directed to email@example.com. Applications from minorities and women are strongly encouraged. Rappahannock Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, national origin, sex, or disability in recruiting and employment. Inquiries related to the college’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed to the Human Resources Manager, 12745 College Drive, Glenns, Virginia 23149.
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King George resident to be student speaker at Germanna’s December commencement Raymond Hennessey has always wanted to make a difference. When the 41-year-old Florida native and King George County resident retired from the Navy as a Petty Office First Class at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division in 2011, he had already entered Germanna Community College’s nursing program. Toward the end of his Navy career he had spent some time in the hospital and was impressed by the dedication of the nurses. “That was definitely huge, the folks were going the extra mile,” he says. “It’s one of those jobs that can be incredibly rewarding … Part of the draw was
that it wasn’t a desk job. And it was brand new. What I was doing before was as far from the medical field as you can get.” Hennessey graduates from Germanna on Dec. 17, and will be the college’s Fall Commencement studentspeaker attheFredericksburg Expo Center, addressing a crowd expected to exceed 2,000. He had spent two decades working in electronics, with computers, with the AEGIS weapons system aboard Navy ships and in anti-terrorism force protection, preparing ship’s personnel for threats they might encounter in each port. “I didn’t think I was done giving
back,” he says. “I wanted something that would challenge me for the next 20 years.” He said clinical work at Mary Washington Hospital has helped him develop the skills needed to work in a hospital environment. Hennessey was also impressed by Germanna’s Virtual Hospital, which uses high-tech, computerized human simulators to mirror real-life patient responses to treatment--or the lack of proper treatment. “You definitely roll out of there knowing your strengths and weaknesses,” he says. “You want to know you’ve got the knowledge, the know-how, the expertise.”
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