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Awardees honored for continuing NSWC Dahlgren’s heritage of supporting Warfighters with innovative technological solutions John Joyce NSWC Dahlgren Division Corporate Communications

Judges praise NavyMentored STEM students with awards – and a poem

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Navy scientist honored for making laser weapons a reality


Dahlgren — Eighty-two individuals and 18 groups were honored with 21 different Navy and Dahlgren Division awards as the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) held its annual honor awards ceremony on May 7, 2014. “We are recognizing individuals and groups who share a commitment to excellence in executing the important work we do in support of NSWC Dahlgren Division, the Navy and our community,” NSWCDD Commander Capt. Brian Durant told more than 220 military and civilian personnel at the University of Mary Washington Dahlgren campus. “What you are going to hear in the sound bites reflects a lot of hard work and accomplishments over the past year. This is why I am honored to be the commander of NSWC Dahlgren Division.” Dr. James E. Colvard - Technical Director of the Naval Weapons Laboratory from See AWARDS, page 5

Dwayne Nelson holds the Commander’s Diversity and Inclusion Award while Dr. Michael Hamilton (pictured to Nelson’s right) holds the Dr. Charles J. Cohen Science and Technology Excellence Award after they were presented the awards and congratulated by Capt. Brian Durant, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Commander, and Dennis McLaughlin, NSWCDD Technical Director at the command’s annual Honor Awards Ceremony.

Ret. Army Lt. Col. Awarded Legion of Merit at NSWC Dahlgren — Lt. Col. Jill Wagner, U.S. Army Ret., was awarded the Legion of Merit before an audience of senior Navy technical leaders and managers here April 14. Martin Westphal - Vice Director for Director Command, Control, Communications and Computers/ Cyber, Joint Staff, Pentagon pinned the Legion of Merit Medal on Wagner at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) weekly leadership team meeting, commending Wagner for her many achievements in service to the nation. The award honored Wagner for exceptionally meritorious service over a distinguished career

while serving in various positions of increasing responsibility, culminating as the Action Officer, Directorate for Command, Control, Communications and Computers / Cyber (C4), Joint Staff (J-6). “Lieutenant Colonel Wagner’s career accomplishment’s resulted in lasting improvements to intelligence support for warfighters worldwide,” according to the award’s citation. “Her exemplary service and commitment to the nation through times of war and peace has been steadfast, unwavering and in keeping with the Army core values.” The J-6 represents the joint warfighter in support of C4

requirements in validation and capability development processes while ensuring joint interoperability. Currently, Wagner supports the NSWCDD Asymmetric Defense Systems Department as a civilian. “The Asymmetric Systems Department congratulates Jill Wagner on her recent service recognition with the Legion of Merit Award, and is pleased to have her recently join our Mission Assurance Division team,” said Ted Ruane, NSWCDD Infrastructure, Networks, Analysis and Assessment Branch Head. “Her 21 years of See WAGNER, page 3

Lt. Col. Jill Wagner, U.S. Army Ret., displays her Legion of Merit award citation with Martin Westphal, Vice Director for Director Command, Control, Communications and Computers/Cyber, Joint Staff

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Judges praise Navy-Mentored STEM students with awards – and a poem John Joyce NSWC Dahlgren Division Corporate Communications

NSWCDD—mentored Commonwealth Virginia Governor’s School students – members of FIRST Team 339, also known as Kilroy – are pictured at the FIRST Robotics Competition 2014 Greater Washington D.C. Regional. A team member (center, front row) holds the “Industrial Design Award” the team won at the March 29-30 event. Another student (2nd row, black jacket) holds the “Innovation in Control Award” the team (U.S. Navy photo by Emanuel Pacheco/Released won at the North Carolina Regional two weeks earlier. Center. In honor of Kilroy’s Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors, the judges wrote a poem to recognize the team. “There once was a team that came from multiple places, Inventing a clean and elegant robot from distributed bases.

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Fairfax – What do Dancing with the Stars and American Idol competitors have in common with hundreds of rival middle and high school students vying to win a place at the FIRST Robotics World Championship in St. Louis April 23-26? Fascination, social significance – and the thrill of competition – keep contestants coming back for more. What’s more, the dancers, singers and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) students come back to face a panel of judges. While celebrity reality TV judges are famous for their entertainment, STEM-minded judges at FIRST Robotics Competitions are known for their scientific and low-key style. Until the recent 2014 Greater Washington D.C. Regional, that is. The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) judges added a new dimension to their STEM personas, March 29-30. The judges creatively – and poetically – heaped praise on the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD)— mentored FIRST Team 339 Kilroy at George Mason University’s Patriot

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process reflected the mission of FIRST, by demonstrating sound technology development from start to finish, according to the judges. Kilroy – sponsored by the National Defense Education Program (NDEP) - includes high school students from Virginia’s Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline and King George Counties who competed against 49 teams at the regional event. Students designed and built a robot – up to 5 feet tall and can weigh no more than 120 pounds – for the March 29-30 competition within six weeks. This year’s game was called “Aerial Assist,” and requires the robots to shoot exercise balls through goals. “Aerial Assist is more than just a game,” said Jim Smith, an NSWCDD computer engineer and one of the team’s mentors. “The FIRST Robotics Competition gives students the support they need to start a STEM career.” Smith is among scores of NSWCDD scientist and engineer volunteers who work with teachers to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting STEM programs such as FIRST. Kilroy finished 5th in qualification matches and participated in elimination matches as captain of the 4th seeded alliance. Judges also recognized Kilroy as one of the top See STEM, page 3


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three “Safe Teams” with the Hard Hat Pin Award. “We are proud of our students’ efforts,” said Smith. “It’s important to remember that their awards are only the beginning. The skills students develop on a FIRST team will empower them to begin STEM careers that may include contributions to the nation and the warfighter, possibly at NSWC Dahlgren Division or similar commands t hroug hout t he Department of Defense.” NSWCDD mentors are also proud of FIRST Team 2402 – better known as the RoboJackets – who competed at the FIRST Robotics Virginia Regional Competition. “FIRST robotics brings science and engineering to life,” said Sen. Timothy Kaine, D-Va., who attended the Virginia Regional, calling it “one of the best spectator events in town.” The RoboJackets – representing James Monroe High School and Walker-Grant Middle School located in Fredericksburg, Va. – competed against 64 teams at the event, held in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Siegel Center, March 20-22. Neither Kilroy nor RoboJackets qualified to compete at the FIRST Robotics World Championship this year, but the students have big plans for future competitions as

they continue to learn and grow in STEM. “We placed 39 out of 64 teams with our highest rank of the weekend in the top 20,” said one of the team’s mentors, Marin Kobin, an NSWCDD computer scientist. “This year, we took 10 students to the regional – eight who were rookies and four still in middle school. The students also learned this year about strategizing and building a team image. We can’t wait to see how much more this group can accomplish as they continue to grow and learn with the FIRST progression of programs.” The RoboJackets will host a FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST LEGO League off-season event at James Monroe High School, May 10. NDEP videos filmed on location at NSWC Dahlgren give students a better idea of what it’s like to work in a STEM career field engaged with exciting technologies that protect our nation and warfighters. For an insight to these high interest STEMcentered videos, see: Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense: Chemical, Biological and Radiological Defense: http://www. More CBR Defense: http://www. More Human Systems Integration:

WAGNER: Legion of Merit From page 1 dedicated and honorable service, combined with her past C4/Cyber experience, has prepared her extremely well for her new role as a Senior Systems Analyst. In this capacity, she will be identifying operational requirements for the Mission Assurance Decision Support System, which supports U.S. Navy and joint warfighting communications missions across the world. Bravo Zulu to Jill and welcome aboard.” The Legion of Merit, the first United States decoration created specifically for award to citizens of other nations, was established by an Act of Congress of July 20, 1942,

amended by an executive order of March 15, 1955. The reverse of the medal has the motto taken from the Great Seal of the United States “ANNUIT COEPTIS” (He [God] Has Favored Our Undertakings) and the date “MDCCLXXXII” (1782) which is the date of America’s first decoration, the Badge of Military Merit, now known as the Purple Heart. The ribbon design also follows the pattern of the Purple Heart ribbon. Taking into account all service medals soldiers are authorized to wear, per AR 670-1, the Legion of Merit ranks as the ninth highest award, worn after the Defense Superior Service Medal and before the Distinguished Flying Cross.

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NSWC Dahlgren-mentored High School wins at robotics competition Raleigh,N.C.–Commonwealth Virginia Governor’s School students – members of FIRST Team 339, also known as Kilroy – are pictured at the FIRST Robotics Competition North Carolina Regional during the March 13-15 event. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) mentored team won the event’s “Innovation in Control Award” sponsored by Rockwell Automation. The award recognized the students for their innovative control system or application of control components – electrical, mechanical or software – to provide unique machine functions. “Judges recognized the team for the implementation of an encoder driven PID (proportional integral derivative) drive system, suite of subsystem feedback sensors, vision

targeting and ultrasonic sensors,” said NSWCDD computer engineer Jim Smith, one of the students’ mentors. Moreover, one Team Kilroy student was recognized as the “Safety Star of the Day”. This award can go to any student, mentor or volunteer who – in the opinion of the Safety Advisors and FIRST Robotics Competition participants – has made a noteworthy contribution to promoting a culture of safety and is a person that the rest of the FIRST community should emulate. The team – sponsored by the National Defense Education Program (NDEP) – includes high school students from Virginia’s Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline and King George Counties who competed against 54 teams from across the United States and The

Netherlands. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is 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. Since 2004, Navy scientists and 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.

Navy’s Principal Deputy for R&D to speak at forum Dahlgren — The principal civilian deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, the Honorable James E. Thomsen, will be the featured speaker at a community forum sponsored by the Dahlgren Heritage Foundation on May 28. The forum will be hosted by the University of Mary Washington at its Dahlgren Campus, Center for Education and Research, at 5 p.m. in University Hall, preceded by a reception at 4:30 p.m.

Mr. Thomsen’s responsibilities include oversight and policy support for all Navy and Marine Corps research, development and acquisition programs for shipbuilding, aviation, space, and weapons systems. This responsibility includes more than $100 billion annually and hundreds of technical development and procurement programs for the Department of Navy. Moderator for the forum program, and president of the Dahlgren Heritage Foundation,

Ed Jones, comments, “My understanding is that Mr. Thomsen is probably the most important civilian working for the Navy – other than SECNAV – when it comes to Dahlgren’s interests and activities.” The May 28 program is the latest in a series of community forums sponsored by the Dahlgren Heritage Foundation. The community forum is open to the public and is free of charge.

CSCS awards 2014’s 1st quarter COQ Kimberly M. Lansdale Center for Surface Combat Systems Dahlgren — C enter for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) announced its Civilian of the Quarter (COQ) for the first quarter of 2014 May 6. “I was very surprised to learn that I was selected,” said Personnel Qualification Standards (PQS) and Non Resident Training Course (NRTC) Program Analyst John Hull. “I work with an amazing team and enjoy every facet of my job.” Hull has been part of the training team since February of 2009, maintaining the library of existing PQS and NRTCs and occasionally developing, or helping develop, PQS and NRTCs for new training systems. Hull’s supervisor, Tom Malley, the PQS / Rate Training Manual (RTM) Manager for CSCS Training Directorate, nominated him for

the award. “PQS is ‘By the Fleet for the Fleet,’” said Malley. “John excels at getting the right people, such as military Subject Matter Experts (SME) and System commands (SYSCOM) representatives, together to facilitate a productive workshop to update a PQS. This process ensures a quality PQS for the Sailor in the Fleet. He is an outstanding representative for CSCS who interacts with a wide spectrum of Navy commands to produce a valuable and relevant tool for the Surface Navy.” Hull served on active duty in the Navy for 20 years. He retired as a Fire Controlman Chief Petty Officer in 2007. “One part of my job that I really enjoy is going to where the Sailors work and train,” he said. “Our team will usually update or develop books in a workshop setting at the training site or onboard a ship. I am able to interact with the Sailors

and see the equipment they operate or maintain. Most importantly, I have the pleasure of witnessing a tangible level of pride these Sailors encompass as they discuss how they support the mission. This is my favorite part of the job; when I can tap into that pride and excitement! I remember feeling both pride and eagerness while serving my country and today, as a civilian, I still share that same enthusiasm with these Sailors.” The Center for Surface Combat Systems mission is to develop and deliver surface ship combat systems training to achieve surface warfare superiority. CSCS headquarters’ staff oversees 14 learning sites, including CSCS Det East, and provides almost 70,000 hours of curriculum for close to 700 courses a year to more than 40,000 Sailors. CSCS uses a mix of blended learning comprised of instructor led classes, hands-on labs, simulation and computer-based training.



Navy scientist honored for making laser weapons a reality John Joyce NSWC Dahlgren Division Corporate Communications Dahlgren — The scientist leading Navy Laser Weapon System efforts was commended at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) annual honor awards ceremony here May 7. NSWCDD Commander Capt. Brian Durant presented the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award to Theresa Gennaro for her leadership in the design, development and integration of the Navy Laser Weapon System – slated for deployment aboard USS Ponce later this summer. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead and work alongside these brilliant, hardworking and dedicated scientists, engineers and technicians,” said Gennaro. “This amazing Laser Weapon System Team designed and developed the initial prototype which has been demonstrated in repeated successes, including the Navy’s first ever shoot downs of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) from aboard a U.S. combatant –USS Dewey (DDG 105) – in 2012, making 12 for 12 total shoot downs in the testing series.” Durant presented the award to Gennaro as the audience – more than 220 civilian personnel and Sailors – listened to NSWCDD Asymmetric Systems Department Head John Lysher read the citation at the University of Mary Washington Dahlgren campus. “Through her direct leadership and work, the Solid State Laser Quick Reaction Capability (QRC) has continued successful integration and deployment of the Navy’s first high-energy laser system in an operational environment onboard

a U.S. naval combatant,” according to the citation. The deployment on Ponce will prove crucial as the Navy continues its push to provide laser weapons to the fleet at large. “I am extremely proud of our Laser Weapon System QRC team and their achievements to date,” said Dale Sisson, NSWCDD Electromagnetic and Sensor Systems Department Head. “The team is truly worldclass in every sense. Each and every member has gone above and beyond the call of duty, worked long hours, spent extended periods of time away from home, and pushed the envelope of technology to prepare the Navy’s first deployable high energy laser weapon for deployment aboard Ponce.” Gennaro’s team will install the prototype – an improved version of the Laser Weapon System – on Ponce for at-sea testing in the Persian Gulf, fulfilling plans announced by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert at the 2013 Sea-Air-Space Expo. “Our team has the experience, knowledge, and passionate drive to reach the goal of delivering a laser weapon system to protect our warfighters,” said Gennaro. “It is a great advantage to build an integrated team and lead this effort at NSWC Dahlgren where experts in multiple areas ranging from laser weapons technology and laser lethality to E3 (electromagnetic environmental effects), ship integration, laser safety, and range testing are all available here on base – enabling us to continue to be the Navy’s Directed Energy Center of Excellence.” The citation recognized Gennaro for establishing a strong project team across multiple integrated process teams and strengthening

“It is especially rewarding to see our civilian team working hand-in-hand with our warfighters to develop, demonstrate, and deliver this gamechanging capability,” —Dale Sisson

coordination with project sponsors, to include the Office of Naval Research and the Surface Navy’s Directed Energy and Electric Weapons Systems Program Office, also known as Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) PMS 405. “Eighteen months ago, the Laser Weapon System Team was challenged to do something that had never been done before, a task that many senior leaders stated was impossible,” said Cmdr. Vincent Chernesky, NAVSEA PMS 405 Deputy Program Manager. “Theresa Gennaro led the technical team at NSWC Dahlgren through a breakneck development cycle, sacrificing personal time towards a common goal they all believed in – that naval laser weapons are a reality, and the future of naval weaponry.” Over the past several months, Gennaro’s 65-member team – Navy engineers and scientists working with experts from industry and academia – significantly upgraded the Laser Weapon System. “I cannot laud her and the Laser Weapon System Team enough for their heroic efforts,” said Chernesky. Now, they are busy making final adjustments to the first of its kind laser weapon prototype. “This team has incredible perseverance and they are a pleasure to work with,” said Gennaro.

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“The opportunity to take part in delivering such an advanced concept to protect our warfighter is a career highlight.” Using a video game-like controller, Sailors will be able to manage the laser’s power to accomplish a range of effects against a threat, from disabling to complete destruction. “It is especially rewarding to see our civilian team working handin-hand with our warfighters to develop, demonstrate, and deliver this game-changing capability,”

said Sisson. “This is yet another great example of NSWC Dahlgren Division’s ability to design, develop, and deliver an innovative and integrated solution to the fight.” Navy leaders have made directedenergy weapons a top priority to counter what they call asymmetric threats, including unmanned and light aircraft and small attack boats that could be used to deny U.S. forces access to certain areas. High-energy lasers offer an affordable and safe way to target these threats at the speed of light with extreme precision and an unlimited magazine, experts say. “I’m most appreciative of the opportunity to play a role in shaping the Navy’s future weapon systems,” said Sisson. “Without a doubt, I believe that time will prove our current period to be a major inflection point in Naval weapon system development. Simply put, we are making history.”

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Awards: NSWC honors From page 1 1973 to 1974 and the Naval Surface Weapons Center from 1974 to 1980 - recounted the command’s history during his keynote speech. NSWCDD evolved to become “the intellectual heart blood of the surface navy” since it fired the first shot over the Potomac River Test Range to test a seven-inch 45 caliber tractor mounted artillery gun in 1918, he said. In attendance were scientists and engineers who develop and test guns – including the electromagnetic railgun and laser weapon systems – over the same test range 96 years later. “It’s important to recognize the institutional history you are a part of,” Colvard told the audience. “Your accomplishments have added to the heritage here at Dahlgren – a long and distinguished heritage. You should be proud of being part of the organization and this special recognition.” Families and co-workers watched as awardees were honored at the morning individual awards and afternoon group awards sessions. “It is also important to recognize our awardees’ families and coworkers, who are partners in the career successes we celebrated today,” said Durant in the program provided to all in attendance. “To the spouses, children, parents, and friends – thank you for your patience and understanding when long hours and extended travel were necessary.” John Adolphus Dahlgren Award Durant presented the John Adolphus Dahlgren Award, the command’s highest award, to Jack Bernardes and Michael Pompeii. The Dahlgren Award is named for Rear Adm. John A. Dahlgren - who is considered the “Father of Modern Naval Ordnance” - and honors individuals with significant achievement in science, engineering or management. Bernardes – honored for his

leadership and technical work supporting the Navy’s Railgun Program – led the efforts to establish a world-class electromagnetic launch laboratory capable of firing projectiles at muzzle energies exceeding 32 mega joules. Pompeii was recognized for shaping Dahlgren’s Chemical, Biological and Radiological Defense capabilities which have expanded NSWCDD’s enduring capabilities to research, develop and field revolutionary systems of systems to the Sailor, Department of Defense and the nation. C.J. Rorie Award Information Systems Technician First Class Daniel Heidbreder and Operations Specialist Master Chief John Appleton received the C.J. Rorie Award, established to recognize military personnel assigned to NSWCDD whose excellence in the performance of their duties contributed significantly to the effectiveness of the Division’s military operation. Heidbreder – cited for his leadership as the command’s military training officer – increased systems’ efficiencies, cost savings, and military readiness. Appleton’s technical expertise in supporting the battle management organization—human machine interface working group for dual band radar development and implementation aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), resulted in improved coordination, visual interaction and responsiveness by the Sailor. Bernard Smith Award Two Dahlgren employees were recognized with the Bernard Smith Award, established to recognize individuals with exceptional, significantandtechnicalcontributions in engineering or science, especially those made in the face of unusual odds or significant opposition. Craig Phillips was honored for his dedication to NSWC Dahlgren Division’s leadership in missile and guided munition engineering and

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integration. Howard Woodard’s technical and programmatic leadership relating to Aegis combat system capability upgrades will enable the government to introduce designs to increase commonality that will reduce lifecycle costs over time. Dr. James E. Colvard Award Three employees – Patricia Fetter, Alan Tolley and Robert Band – received an award named in honor of the guest speaker. The Dr. James E. Colvard Award recognizes individuals who, through their leadership, have made substantial contributions to the development of NSWCDD as a technical institution. Fetter’s contributions in mission planning, targeting and development of software intensive systems enhanced NSWC’s leadership and technical excellence of strategic weapons systems and served to strengthen the overall integrity and standing of the warfare center. Tolley was honored for his systems engineering leadership in the development of critical radar systems including the dual band radar and the air missile defense radar. Robert Band’s multi-year leadership and vision in support of the Hydra Hunter Program enabled NSWCDD to rapidly develop multiple unique electro-mechanical designs and field thousands of systems. The team he developed and led provided capabilities that resulted in countless American and coalition lives saved and enabled U.S. forces to deny and degrade the warfighting capabilities of terrorists and insurgents in multiple theaters. Dr. Charles J. Cohen Science and Technology Excellence Award Five employees received the Dr. Charles J. Cohen Science and Technology Excellence Award for fundamentally impacting science or technology with work that also measurably impacted capability. William Roberts was honored for his efforts in leading the Spectral Mitigation Project to

evaluate and improve the abilities of naval materials (paints, pigments, weapons and uniforms) to provide effective camouflage across the optical spectrum. Dr. Kevin Adams was recognized for his work in the area of secured workstation framework. With the increasing concern of cyber threats, Dr. Adams identified, developed and configured hardware, firmware and software mechanisms allowing for the establishment, isolation, and separation of multiple partitions within a system. Dr. Kevin Boulais – cited for his contribution in developing next generation electromagnetic materials geared toward Navy applications – led numerous initiatives to progress optically controlled, broadly tunable electromagnetic components. Dr. Michael Hamilton’s innovative contributions advanced the state of the art in human-device interaction principles for the warfighter. His research helped pave the way for delivering new, more effective interaction modalities to the warfighter, with the potential to greatly increase the combat effectiveness of current and future naval warfare systems. Dr. Derrell McPherson established new lines of research in spore physiology and biology. These lines have generated a unique national capability at NSWCDD, promoting greater fidelity in evaluating candidate biological detection technologies by providing more relevant challenges to the systems under test. Helen Springer Award Three employees received the Helen Springer Award, newly established to recognize individuals who have made a notable and significant impact to business operations at NSWCDD. The award was named in honor of Helen Springer,aformerNSWCDDDeputy Human Resources Director who was instrumental in transforming business operations at Dahlgren from a paper-based system to an electronic environment.


Kathy Clark was honored for her leadership in NSWCDD’s transformation of financial processes due to the transition from the Defense Industrial Financial Management System to the Navy Enterprise Resources Program. Michael Simulcik’s contribution to NSWCDD’s safety posture ensures command personnel are trained, equipped, and aware of the safety and environmental impacts of the tasks required for mission accomplishment. Tia Ward’s was recognized for her exceptional performance and multiple contributions to business operations and processes across NSWCDD. Walter T. Lewis Acquisition Award The newly established Walter T. Lewis Acquisition Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated the key tenets of teamwork, integrity and accountability in the achievement of acquisition excellence in support of the NSWCDD Mission. This award is named in honor of Walter T. Lewis who was the command’s first civilian contracting officer with unlimited contracting officer authority, the first small business specialist, the first competition advocate, and the first deputy for procurement serving as the NSWCDD acquisition expert. James Sherman – honored for his contributions as the NSWCDD Engagement Systems Department acquisition coordination lead managing a 400 million dollar contracts portfolio – developed strategic sourcing solutions for his customer base, resulting in ontime, quality, affordable products and services. Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award Eleven NSWCDD employees were presented with the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award. TaraRoane–honoredforpromoting equal employment opportunity (EEO) and diversity programs as NSWCDD deputy EEO officer – led

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for his technical and leadership contributions to the Zumwalt Class Destroyer program. Ja m i e P a t t e s o n d i r e c t l y contributed to critical Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense program successes, including the certification of two major capability upgrade developments, the conduct of five successful Aegis BMD flight tests, and the successful standup and integration of the Aegis ashore facility in Hawaii. Matthew Hornbaker’s leadership, management, and mentoring skills shaped the command’s capability to effectively develop and field solutions for the Navy’s future needs in the areas of combat systems, human systems performance, and chemical, biological and radiological defense. Kathrina Urann’s dedication and work ethic positively affected NSWCDD’s ability to acquire goods and services, specifically acquisition requirements across the Asymmetric Systems Department.

the organization in its core strategic objectives and efforts to value and leverage diversity and inclusion. KennethClementsandJamesWills were both recognized for innovation and diligence in developing and implementing new missile system integration approaches for the benefit of the Navy. David Jennings was honored for his technical contributions to the Strategic and Weapon Control Systems Department and to the Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile Program. TammyeThorntonwasrecognized for leadership that will result in significant improvements to the Navy’s ability to consistently develop and deliver secure and high quality software systems on schedule and within budget. Theresa Gennaro was cited for her leadership in the design, development, integration and deployment of the Navy Laser Weapon System. Robert Headley’s leadership enabled many critical developments and significant growth in the next generation of surface electronic warfare systems, improving the Navy’s operational effectiveness today and in the future. Gair Brown’s was honored




Award of Excellence for Analysis The NSWCDD Award of Excellence for Analysis is newly established to recognize individuals who have made a notable and significant impact to NSWCDD t h rou g h t he i r out st and i ng

performance in analysis - warfare, design, engineering, modeling and simulation. Five employees – Dr. Carl Sisemore, Jeff Hughes, Gregory Pilson, David Clawson and Larry Ground – received this award for performance or achievements that are exceptional in nature and have resulted in a significant organizational contribution. Sisemore was honored for his efforts in the development and use of engineering analysis codes for Navy programs. Hughes was recognized for his leadership and technical contributions to strategic targeting analysis for the Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile Strategic Weapon System. Pilson’s technical leadership impacted the development of a SPY1 radar analysis tool suite, providing the Navy with a capability to process tactically recorded data. Clawson’s contributions to warfare analysis set an institutional foundation for Dahlgren’s technical excellence in warfare analysis and enabled the command to expand its analysis capability. Ground’s leadership and analytical capabilities resulted in a better posture to minimize mission risks and significantly improve mission assurance for numerous DoD


Tomahawk program. Scott Ruff was cited for his dedication as the Littoral Combat Ship Surface Warfare Mission Package command and control cost account manager and as Mission Package application software command and control lead. Mike Wiseman – posthumously honored for his leadership and technical contributions to the Automated Test and Re-Test (ATRT) and Virtual Test Bed (VTB) projects – designed and implemented the first phase of VTB for non-AEGIS ships and served as co-lead for the VTB Demo initiative. Wiseman’s wife accepted the award on his behalf to a standing ovation. David Morad was recognized for his contribution to key chemical, biological and radiological defense software engineering and integration in support of modeling and simulation efforts.

Award of Excellence for Software Engineering and Integration The NSWCDD Award of Excellence for Software Engineering and Integration was established to recognize individuals who have made a notable and significant impact to NSWCDD through their outstanding performance in S oftware Engineering & Integration. Six employees received this award which targets individuals with performance or achievements that are exceptional in nature and have resulted in a significant organizational contribution. Ashton Engledow was honored for his software engineering leadership contributions to the development and delivery of a Battle Management System baseline to the warfighter. Kimberly Gudyka was recognized for her leadership and technical contributions to the development of complexcomputationalandgraphical software for the Ballistic Missile Submarine Fire Control System and the U.S. Strategic Command Mission Planning System. Roger Brown’s leadership and personal achievements in software engineering significantly contributed to the success of the

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Continued from page 6 outstanding performance in systems engineering and integration. This award targets individuals whose performance or achievements are exceptional in nature and have resulted in a significant organizational contribution. There were five recipients this year. Brian Eaddy was honored for his contribution to the Fire Scout Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Control Segment Technical Refresh Activity. Annette Helm was recognized for her technical leadership and expertise for all Aegis Weapons Control System engineering activities in the NSWCDD Maritime Warfare Control Systems Division, including the development, management and approval activities. Ryan Mead was cited for implementing critical system and integration across two highly visible counter-improvised explosive device projects. Ashby Hall – honored for her systems engineering leadership on Aegis Advanced Capability Build 2016 – impacted the development and eventual fielding of future Aegis capabilities for the Navy.

Anthony Harris was recognized for his dedication to meeting asymmetric rapid resp onse integration demands. Award of Excellence for Test and Evaluation The NSWCDD Award of Excellence for Test & Evaluation was established to recognize individuals who have made a notable and significant impact to NSWCDD through their outstanding performance in Test and Evaluation, the collection, analysis, and assessment of data to characterize and/or measure the performance of a component, system, platform, or mission. Six employees received this award which targets individuals with performance or achievements that are exceptional in nature and have resulted in a significant organizational contribution. William Houchins helped establish NSWCDD as a recognized leader in the area of test and evaluation of explosive ordnance to assess system safety, compliance with insensitive munitions requirements, and performance. Lee Adler was honored for his contribution in leading the

Patrol Coastal Griffin Missile Test program. Jon Posch was recognized for his leadership and dedication in implementing automated testing of the ballistic missile submarine and guided missile submarine fire control software delivered to the fleet. Jeff Riggleman – cited for coordinating and leading the program level test events for the Tomahawk Weapons System – was instrumental in the testing and fielding of multiple Tomahawk Weapons System baselines. Mark Giewont was honored for his leadership to identify and resolve significant design, integration, and test issues discovered during test and evaluation of the USS Independence class of Littoral Combat Ship. Lindsay Sobota’s leadership in support for the Hydra Hunter Program resulted in the validation and certification of multiple unique electro-mechanical systems for operational deployment, resulting in the fielding of thousands of systems. Technology to the Warfighter Award The Technology to the Warfighter Award recognizes individuals or groups who have had a notable and

significant impact on the warfighter by developing needed capability and transitioning it into operations. Three employees received this award which recognizes direct contributions to the warfighter and their operational impact. James Chisholm was honored for his leadership and his contributions upon the integration of the Griffin Missile System on the U.S. Navy Cyclone-class Patrol Coastal ships. William Fones was recognized for his contributions to the systems integration efforts associated with the Littoral Combat Ship Surface Warfare Mission Package Application Software Project. Jennifer Dowell was cited for her efforts – crucial to the success of real-world operations – to develop and fabricate unique intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance sensors for the warfighter. Independent Applied Research Project of the Year Dr. Chris Weiland received the Independent Applied Research Project of the Year Award. An individual or group whose research results exhibit outstanding technical

or scientific merit relevant to the mission and thrusts of NSWCDD – and will have a positive effect on other command efforts – are eligible for the award. Weiland was honored for his research project entitled “Adaptive Fire Control using a Visual Targeting Algorithm.” Weiland’s research represents a paradigm shift in how gunfire data is collected for test and evaluation purposes and has the potential to significantly impact how gunfire corrections are collected and applied for both direct and indirect weapons on the battlefield. In-house Laboratory Independent Research Excellence Award Dr. Michael Lowry received the In-house Laboratory Independent Research Excellence Award which is granted to an individual or group whose research results exhibit outstanding technical or scientific merit – relevant to the mission and thrusts of NSWCDD. Lowry was honored for his research project entitled “Exploring the chemistry and physics of stressgrown carbon nanotubes”. Lowry and his colleagues developed Continued on page 9

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Images of kids playing stickball outside the 62-year old Caroline Stadium, a double header featuring two rival county high school baseball programs, and a World War II hero throwing out the ceremonial first pitch gave America’s favorite pastime a new meaning on Friday. Call it an historical walk down memory lane or just a simple day enjoying the fellowship of baseball competition - it was day to celebrate the U.S. military. Prior to the varsity game featuring the home-standing Caroline Cavaliers versus the King George Foxes, the stadium officials honored attending active duty military, former military members, retired military, Department of Defense Employees from A.P. Hill, and World War II veteran, Jimmy Farmer. Born and raised in Milford, Farmer enlisted in the Navy in 1943, at the age of 17. He served in the armed services for three years during the World War II era. Farmer was one of numerous unsung military heroes who unselfishly risked his life on a daily basis for

the sake of protecting his country. His most memorable time spent in the Navy was providing diversion/ smokescreen against enemy attacks by riding a small boat called a Landing Craft Personnel Vehicle (LCPV) to Omaha Beach. Farmer encountered ferocious storms that overturned his small boat, causing him and his comrades to swim to the shore. Wounded and battered, he spent time in a makeshift hospital tent, and later supported the U.S. forces on the beaches of the Normandy Invasion. He spent the remainder of his military duty on Landing Craft Ship 124 (LC124) in the Pacific. After a brief stay in Japan for six months, he later retired from the Navy in 1946. A small businessman determined to live out the American dream, Farmer operated Jimmy’s Texaco for 37 years, before retiring in 1992. Farmer has loved baseball throughout his life. In fact, he played baseball at Caroline Stadium long before it was rebuilt in 1952. On Friday, the citizens of Caroline and King George counties stood side-byside honoring a true war hero.

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leadership, line management or both. Andy Knott was honored for as a significant contributor in the development of leaders within the Test and Evaluation Division. Jerome Scott was recognized for his service to NSWCDD and the Navy in the position of acting Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile Program director. Matthew McQuage - serving as the High Power Radio Frequency Area Director for the Directed Energy Warfare Office – developed a fiscal year 2013 portfolio of more

than 16 million dollars, including 20 projects that required collaboration with numerous external sponsors and stakeholders. Dennis White established the Human Systems Integration (HSI) branch as a magnet organization for development of HSI as a discipline within Navy systems engineering. Under his stewardship, the HSI branch became a “provider of choice” for projects across the naval enterprise. Richard Hodge was cited for his leadership of the NSWCDD Chemical, Biological and

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It was fun day for everyone at the first MWR Dog Gone Family Fun Day. Leonard Banks Who let the dogs out? On Saturday, the parade field at the base at Dahlgren appeared to be a swarming sea of fur-bearing critters eager to showcase their athletic appeal. Labrador retrievers, poodles, pit bulls, bulldogs, great danes, and nearly every breed of dog along with their families came out to the first annual Morale Welfare & Recreation (MWR) Dog Gone Family Fun Day. From beginning to end, it was a festival of canine jubilation. In an effort to spread the joy of canine education, numerous animal-friendly vendors were invited to the bark in the park extravaganza. Thrilled with the huge turnout, MWR recreation director, Alice Stanton said, “We wanted to do something family-friendly for the families on the base. The event provided information for nutrition,

canine health, police protection, and adoptions.” After a brisk one-mile run through the neighborhoods of the base, dogs and their owners were given an opportunity to showcase their agility skills on the obstacle course. King George resident, and Fancy & Friends Therapy Dogs president Sue Coleman and her assistant, King George Elementary School student, Abigale Sites assisted each dog and family member through the course of barrels, tire jumps, walk-it boards, and puppy jumps. While some dogs quickly made their way through the course, others were a bit tentative. Thrilled to have her dogs participate, Coleman said, “Among the many community activities that we participate in are visits to the hospitals, Reading Paw Program at Sealston and King George Elementary School, Heritage Hall, the King George Farmer’s Market Reading Program and the

YMCA Healthy Kids Day.” Coleman’s therapy dogs are all certified through Therapy Dogs Inc. Currently, there are 13 members in her organization. Sites, also a member of the King George 4-H Club said, “I like working with our dogs and I love the community service part of it.” Other vendors who attended the event included the Charles County Humane Society, Veterinary Care with Dr. Monica Aukward DVM, Bully Paws, First Animal Rescue League, Balloons First, Safe Harbor, King George Veterinary Clinic with Dr. John Niznik, Dr. Pauline Knowles, DVM (Mobile Veterinarian), King George County Sheriff ’s Office K-9 unit, Wounded Warriors, Music DJ and Paw Prints. The event also featured face painting and kid-friendly dog interactive events such as taking a photo with your dog, and the beagle belly bounce.

R adiological C oncepts and Experimentation Branch in growing the branch’s expertise, capabilities and resource sponsors. Paul J. Martini Award Eleven employees received the Paul J. Martini Award – established to recognize individuals who demonstrated excellence in an administrative or other support function. The award is named in honor of Paul J. Martini, who was head of the Engineering Support Directorate of the Naval Ordnance Laboratory from November 1951 to December 1973. Kimberly Beswick was honored for her significant contributions to the improvement of various accounting processes internal to the Comptroller Department and for helping all departments to better perform key accounting functions within Enterprise Resource Planning. Kevin Deal was recognized for his contribution to the University of Mar y Washington in the development and execution of a government contracting program. Christina Good was commended for her commitment to balancing the legality of contracting with the ultimate goal of supporting the warfighter in a timely and effective manner and at a fair, reasonable price. Catherine Corbin was honored for improving case management operations in the Human Resource system, ultimately ensuring that NSWCDD employees going into harm’s way are properly deployed and compensated. Diana M. Weigel was recognized for her commitment to excellence and exceptional initiative in support of the NSWCDD workforce development program. Susan Broad was cited for her contributions to the Engagement


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Continued from page 9 unique approaches to enable continued learning in concert with response to technical work from more than 20 sponsors. William Coleman – recognized for his dedication in developing some of the best software engineers at NSWCDD – contributed to the success of numerous programs, enhancing the careers of many software engineers. Carol Lee was cited for her exceptional leadership and dedication in coaching and mentoring members of the Cyber Security Branch Advanced Concepts Group. Edward Lunney – honored for leadership in developing a high caliber electrical engineering workforce in support of the Hydra Hunter Program – coached and mentored engineers, helping to shape and develop a team capable of tackling extremely challenging technical tasks. Distinguished Community Service Award The Distinguished Community Service Award was established to recognize individuals and groups who have made a significant contribution to their communities through volunteer service. Tiffany Owens was honored for her exceptional commitment to the community through her diverse volunteer services involving education, workplace volunteer activities, youth services and the mobilization of her coworkers for volunteer services in the community. Donald Jennings was recognized for his long-standing and exemplary commitment to humanitarian mission trips to Haiti. For more than a decade, he served as a team organizer, coordinator, or leader for at least one or two trips to Haiti each year. Eunice Mercado-Rodriquez was cited for her leadership and contribution to the Hispanic community at NSWCDD and the surrounding area. She led efforts to provide a support community for people of Hispanic descent and spearheaded efforts to educate the Dahlgren workforce and surrounding communities about Hispanic cultures. Thomas O’Neill was honored for sharing his corporate knowledge with personnel, particularly working to contribute to their overall professional development. Commander’s Diversity and Inclusion Award The Commander’s Diversity and Inclusion Award recognizes the continuing contributions of NSWCDD employees in management and leadership positions who demonstrated commitment to policies and

programs that promote equality, diversity and inclusion in the federal workplace. Jessica Delgado was honored for her promotion of equality and diversity in the federal workplace both within NSWCDD and externally. Delgado served as the command’s Hispanic Employment Program Manager where she helped coordinate the Center’s participation in the Mexican American Engineers and Scientists Leadership Conference. Dwayne Nelson was recognized for his significant contributions to the mission and ideals of NSWCDD as the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) President. Nelson fostered recruitment and retention of African-American engineering employees while promoting diversity in the workplace through NSBE’s programs. Group Achievement Awards Eleven groups of NSWCDD

employees received the Award of Merit for Group Achievement; seven groups received the Technology to the Warfighter Award; and one group received the Commander’s Diversity and Inclusion Award for their accomplishments during 2013. The group awards are intended to promote the spirit of teamwork among employees and recognize group effort where cooperation has contributed to the success of the group. Awards of Merit for Group Achievement The Operating Materials and Supplies (OM&S) Wall-to-Wall (W2W) Inventory Team – honored for its successful deployment of OM&S at NSWCDD – developed end-to-end processes for new m ate r i a l pro c u re m e nt an d management requirements. The Combat Direction Systems Activity Cyber T&E/Surface Combat Systems Center Team was recognized for innovative technical and engineering solutions

that enhanced maritime cyber readiness. The MK 60 MOD 0 Griffin Missile System Installation Team was cited for their installation of MK 60 MOD GMS on four Patrol Coastal ships over a five-month period in Bahrain – providing the fleet with an urgently needed capability. The STANDARD Missile 3 (SM3) Safety Team was honored for their significant design recommendations to mitigate potential safety risks. The team’s efforts culminated in the deployment of the SM-3 Block IB and positioning the SM-3 Block IIA Cooperative Development Project for a successful critical design review. The Strategic Weapon System Employment Engineering Focus Team was commended for its work to formally establish NSWCDD’s role as Navy technical experts in the employment of strategic weapon systems. Through their efforts, a formal product line has been created to sustain the command’s

employment engineering capability into the future. TheAN/TPS-80G/ATORTechnical Team was honored for their support to Program Management Office— Ground Based Defense G/ATOR that led to a successful milestone decision in January 2014. The Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3) Test Operations Team was recognized for its test support, enabling test engineers to evaluate and mitigate E3 issues to various military systems. The team ensures that the warfighter can operate military systems safely and reliably while exposed to tactical high-powered radar and communication systems. The Aegis Combat System Engineering Agent Technical Evaluation and Cost Team was commended for its contributions in selecting the next prime contractor for development of the Aegis Combat System. The team’s rigorous Continued on page 11


technical analysis directly resulted in selection of the best-qualified and best value offer to develop the future capabilities of surface Navy combat systems. The Technology Insertion for Fiscal Year 16 (TI-16) Design Team was honored for their design and specification of the future Aegis Weapon System computing hardware suite. The team emphasized reducing life-cycle costs, improving maintainability, and decreasing ship space requirements, while reducing overall logistics and system-level costs. The Counter Narco-Terrorism P ro g r a m O f f i c e ( C N T P O ) Transition Team was recognized for their successful transition of a large and fast-paced program office to the U.S. Air Force. As the CNTPO Program Office transitioned between services, counter-narcotics requirements worldwide continued to be contractually supported in a timely, effective, and efficient manner throughout the process. The NSWC Dahlgren Division’s Pentagon CBR Systems Preventative Maintenance and Repair Team was commended for continuing to ensure the Pentagon remains protected from potential chemical, biological, and radiological threats. Technology to the Warfighter Award The Technology to the Warfighter Award recognizes individuals or groups who have had a notable and significant impact on the warfighter by developing needed capability and transitioning it into operations. The intent of this award is to recognize direct contributions to the warfighter and their operational impact. The Joint Knowledge Online Knowledge Services Team was honored for its contribution in meeting White House-directed trainingrequirementsfortransitioning

service members. The team managed the development and fielding of a 50-hour web-based curriculum that will save DoD millions of dollars by eliminating the need for transitioning service members to attend resident training. The Battle Management System Baseline 3 Team was recognized for its system and software engineering in a rapid development environment to produce BMS baseline 3 for deployment on the surrogate platforms. The Radar Data Collection and Analysis Group was commended for their support to more than 20 deployed ships operating in three major fleet concentration areas, resulting in more than 250 successful operations and various Combatant Command-supported fleet and multi-national exercises. The Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 2 Engineering Team was honored for their technical leadership and expertise in executing the SEWIP Block 2 program requirements. The team helped guide the prime contractor’s design and provided systems engineering for the development, test, integration and evaluation of a new surface electronic warfare capability. The Naval Integrated Fire ControlCounter Air (NIFC-CA) Team was recognized for its contribution to providing a complete NIFC-CA System-of-Systems capability that is ready for fleet implementation. The Disk-Based Recovery System Innovation Team was commended for its design, development, testing and fielding of the Disk-Based Recovery System for installing and restoring Aegis and Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense computer programs aboard Navy ships. The CAPE RAY Collective Protection Team was recognized for providing chemical protection systems for the crew and all embarked personnel aboard Navy

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diversity and inclusion in the federal workplace. The Individuals With Targeted Disabilities (IWTD) Advocate Group – honored for their promotion of equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities – doubled the number of talented personnel selfidentifying with disabilities and allowed NSWCDD to meet its NAVSEA FY13 IWTD goal early. “From innovation solutions for strategic weapon systems, systems integration and business operations to expanding community awareness

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