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FREDERICKSBURG, VA. — Marines are known for landing on beachheads. But two Marine captains landed on the Fairway Stage across from the cow barn at the Fredericksburg Agricultural Fair in late July. Capt. Matt Smith and Capt. John Ed Auer’s Smith Auer Band was one of fourteen acts that qualified to perform in the first night of onstage Country Music Showdown competition. Their July 30 performance of Smith’s original song “Where I Come From,” the folk tune “Boil The Cabbage,” and “Rocky Top” earned them a spot among the seven finalists. The following night they performed Smith’s original “The Momma Looks Good on You,” along with the classic “Tennessee Waltz,” and “Wagon Wheel.” Contestants must qualify during preliminaries prior to the annual showdown at the fair where the entrants are judged on a variety of elements including stage presence.
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Matt Smith, left, and John Ed Auer rock the stage during the final competition of the Country Music Showdown at the Frederickburg Agricultural Fair last month. Although the Smith Auer Band made a successful landing, they lost their foothold to a formidable competitor.
Country singer and guitarist Blake Esse of Culpeper was the 2014 winner of the 33rd Country Music Showdown on July 31.
Smith and Auer were previously stationed on opposite coasts and See FAIR , page 2
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DAHLGREN, Va. – A new development in electromagnetic technology patented in May will impact future military capabilities, Navy officials announced Aug. 13. The superconducting stator patent describes a discovery that enables a magnetic flux compression generator to produce an electromagnetic pulse. “Most conventional magnetic flux compression generators are
explosively driven, dangerous to handle, and limited to one-time use,” said Albert Corda, a Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) physicist. “The novel architecture of the generator described in this patent, however, is not explosive in nature. It’s inherently safer to handle and potentially reusable.” An EMP is characterized as a broad band signal with a frequency-
power distribution ranging from a few hundred kilohertz to a few gigahertz. The magnetic flux compression generator is designed to generate a high-voltage pulse output that can be incorporated into an EMP generator. The patent – jointly filed by scientists from NSWCDD in Virginia and NSWC Carderock Division in Maryland – began as they collaborated at the Chief of
Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group in 2008. “The idea originated from a side-bar discussion that centered on the utility of high-temperature superconducting materials,” said Dr. Jack Price, NSWC Carderock scientist. “These materials – composed of particular copper oxides called cuprates and
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FAIR from page 1 only met two years ago when both were transferred to Washington, D.C. “John Ed was stationed at Camp Lejeune (North Carolina) and I was at Camp Pendleton (California),” said Smith. The duo won a Department of Defense wide competition to appear on the May 20, 2014 Country Music Awards’ Salute to the Troops that aired on CBS. The Smith Auer Band was featured with Lady Antebellum on the song “Compass” with Auer playing fiddle and Smith singing and playing guitar. “Matt writes the songs and I just play them,” said Auer. However, Smith said, “John Ed is the real talent.” Auer is a native of Nashville, Tennessee and has played the fiddle since he was three. Smith hails from Shelby County, Kentucky and plays guitar and writes songs.
Though both men are musicians, they are not members of the Marine Band. Auer is an infantry officer and Smith is an intelligence officer. The two are assigned to the Marine Silent Drill Team at the Marine Barracks at 8th and I Streets. “I was commander last year and John is commander this year,” said Smith. Auer supports the Marine’s Corps Values of “Honor, Courage, and Commitment,” but lists his priorities as God, family, and Corps. He seems to have found a home in the Marine Corps and intends to continue his military career. “God’s got a plan and I’m just going with it,” said Auer. Smith has contemplated leaving the military and finding a job in Nashville to try to pursue a career in music. He said, “If I ever decide to leave active duty, I will continue to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve.” Information on the Smith Auer Bandcanbefoundatwww.Facebook. Com/MattSmithCountry Details on the Country Music Showdown competition sponsored by Falmouth country station WGRX Thunder 104.5 can be found at the www.Thunder1045. com. ©Marty van Duyne/News Net News
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Eli Maynard, 5, helps Matt Smith strum his guitar during a jam session. His mom, Sgt. Katie Maynard works with the two Marines in the Smith Auer Band.
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achievement while serving as an E-6B mission commander, combat JWAC Public Affairs systems officer, and avionics division The Joint Warfare Analysis Center officer for Fleet Air Reconnaissance (JWAC) honored its employees for Squadron 4 from May 2011 to June their outstanding achievements at 2014. He led 61 junior enlisted chief the command’s quarterly awards petty officers and junior officers to achieve a 98 percent mission ceremony Aug. 6. completion rate. For completing five $22 million software modifications Medals Air Force Staff Sgt. Kristopher to jet aircraft, five $5.5 million service M. Morin received the Joint Service life extension modifications, and four Achievement Medal as a cyber other $130,000 modifications, the squadron earned the 2013 CSCW-1 control technician at JWAC from Maintenance Excellence Award. Lt. December 2009 to July 2014. During Geron’s tactical expertise while flying this time, he provided critical more than 1,540 error-free flight support to the Defense Information hours as a combat systems officer Systems Agency in the planning, contributed to the squadron winning implementation, maintenance, and the 2013 CNAF Battle Efficiency security of more than 2,300 circuits Award. His professionalism, supporting the military, government unrelenting perseverance, and loyal officials, and other mission partners devotion to duty reflected credit across the full range of operations. upon himself and were in keeping In addition, he led a team of with the highest traditions of the civilian and contractor employees U.S. Naval Service. in a major network infrastructure Anita Goss received the National installation initiative. Through his Intelligence Meritorious Unit distinctive accomplishments, Sgt. Citation for her outstanding service Morin reflected credit upon himself, with an intelligence agency analysis the U.S. Strategic Command, the team from March 2011 to May 2013. Swap out yourand oldthevehicle and of intoThe a new Airof Force, Department team developed analytic skills Defense.our Summer Swap Out Sales Ford during and reporting methodologies to Navy Taylor M. Geron provide comprehensive intelligence Event,Lt.with DISCOUNTS received the Navy and Marine Corps assessments. The team’s distinguished up to $10,000! Achievement Medal for professional accomplishments reflect the highest Steven Moore
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DAHLGREN, Va. â€“ A Navy civilian Radar Data Collection expert at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) has been selected to receive the Blacks in Government Meritorious Service Award. Willie G. McCallister, an engineer supporting NSWCDDâ€™s Electromagnetic and Sensor Systems Department, was cited for his excellence in leading responses
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Mary Washington students research Navy programs By John Joyce NSWC Dahlgren Division Corporate Communications DAHLGREN, Va. – Statistics research conducted by University of Mary Washington students currently is impacting myriad Navy technical programs, the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) announced July 22. The impact of student research on military technology began with a pilot program launched in the spring semester that matched NSWCDD scientist and engineer mentors with four teams of students enrolled in mathematics courses at the university. “Collaboration with the students provided us an opportunity to explore new research areas in topics that we are not typically involved in,” said Dr. Jeff Solka, Program Manager for In-House Laboratory
University of Mary Washington students Kimberly Hildebrand. left, and Candice Benshoff present their research on “Statistical Modeling and Analysis of Counts in Time.” they were part of a mentoring program that integrates academics with the Navy’s approach to statistical analysis. Independent Research (ILIR) and Independent Applied Research (IAR) at NSWCDD. “Working closely with the students helped sharpen our own understanding of these topic areas
while simultaneously providing a unique learning opportunity to the students.” During the semester, five Navy mentors worked closely with eight
undergraduate students and their mathematics professors to enhance students’ abilities and statistics research. “There is a powerful holistic
approach to building fundamental skills from the liberal arts, and Mary Washington is a leader in this approach,” said Rick Hurley, University of Mary Washington president. “This collaborative research program with the Dahlgren scientists is an excellent example of an approach to integrating academics with careers.” What’s more, the program is integrating academics with the Navy’s approach to statistical analysis. Solka sees Navy research enhanced by the discoveries students presented to their university and NSWCDD mentors at the end of the semester. “This experience will help students realize the benefit of applying mathematics and statistics to data analytics and provided us with some new ideas to apply to the analytical products for our sponsors,” said Solka. The university plans to continue providing opportunities for students to realize the benefit of applying mathematics and statistics to data analytics. “We’re very excited about the prospect of our students working side-by-side with real scientists at the naval base,” said Randall Helmstutler, the university’s department of mathematics chair. “This is a relationship that we are happy to cultivate and grow in the coming years.” University of Mary Washington student Benjamin Blalock said his collaboration with Navy scientists and engineers was inspirational. “The whole experience has transformed me into a more autodidactic learner, which already has proven to provide a variety of tangible as well as intangible benefits,” he said. Blalock and his teammate Cody Reibsome presented their research project entitled, “Simulation of a Social Network Graph”. They established a model of the collection of individuals that a member follows and the collection of individuals who are followers on Twitter. Jonathan Blauvelt and Anthony Bell explained to Navy officials their research - “String Edit Distance for Micro-blogging Text” - accounts for misspellings when following trends on Twitter. The students used a distance measure to determine the similarity of tweets. William Etcho and Josiah Neuberger explored methodologies for predicting the number of citations a paper or patent receives or for identifying emerging technologies in their research on “Citation Prediction and Analysis”. The mentoring program is designed to inspire students to consider potential careers at NSWCDD and other DoD research and development centers.
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NAVY from page 1 typically layered on top of a nickel substrate â€“ have very low resistance at liquid nitrogen temperatures. Someone posed a â€˜what ifâ€™ question. We earnestly discussed all the possibilities and technical difficulties and the concept was born.â€? The concept resulted in a device designed to produce a short-duration, highly localized electromagnetic pulse controlled by a superconducting stator that also enables multiple activations of the flux compression generator. â€œThe architecture provides elements of scalability and control not possible with conventional magnetic flux compression generator designs,â€? Corda said. Conventional magnetic flux compression generators have been
in existence since the 1950s with initial work for the United States being carried out at Los Alamos, N.M. Now, much smaller generators featuring high power pulses with very fast rise times can be made. â€œThe proposed superconducting stator is potentially practical and affordable given the commercial availability of high temperature superconductor materials that operate at liquid-nitrogen temperature,â€? said Price. Military and industrial applications depend on the output configuration but can range from the production of broadband radio frequency transmissions to the rapid acceleration of physical mechanisms to high velocities. â€œEach of the warfare center divisions has particular mission areas of expertise,â€? said Blaise Corbett, of
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and applications evidenced by their development of a HTS degaussing system and motor.â€? The patentâ€™s inventors included Price and Dr. Y. Dan Agassi from NSWC Carderock Division in
addition to Corda, Corbett, and Dr. Walter Sessions from NSWC Dahlgren Division. â€œOur leadership encourages collaboration between the warfare center divisions when synergies exist that can be effectively leveraged to benefit the Navy,â€? said Corbett. â€œThis is only one of a number of collaborations between scientists at Dahlgren and Carderock. Ongoing collaborative efforts can be expected to yield other novel and innovative concepts focused on the Navyâ€™s needs in the months and years ahead.â€?
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