MOAB tested at China Lake

MOAB tested at China Lake

The “Mother of All Bombs,” the colloquial name of the massive ordnance air blast weapon dropped by U.S. forces Thursday on an Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan, was tested in China Lake. While the mission was deemed successful by the administration, little details . . . Read Full Story >>

China Lake poised to meet emerging threats

China Lake poised to meet emerging threats

Rebecca Neipp

“First and foremost, we are in a competition in this world. It’s a winner-take-all-scenario, and No. 2 is not a player. There’s first place and nothing else.” These were among the talking points from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, passed down during a . . . Read Full Story >>

Thornberry: ‘rebuild and reform’

Thornberry: ‘rebuild and reform’

Rebecca Neipp

“What we’ve got to do is rebuild the military. That means turning the defense budget around. It also means making sure we are spending money on the right things,” House Armed Services Committee Chair Mac Thornberry told scores of listeners during his address last week . . . Read Full Story >>

Smith recognized in D.C. as a  Modern-Day Technology Leader

Smith recognized in D.C. as a Modern-Day Technology Leader

By STACIE BAILEY NAWCWD Public Affairs Frederick Smith, an information technology specialist at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, was among those honored as a Modern-Day Technology Leader at the 31st annual National Black Engineer of the Year Awards Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Global . . . Read Full Story >>

Russell receives first ISSM Award

Russell receives first ISSM Award

By STACIE BAILEY NAWCWD Public Affairs Just before the start of a monthly Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division cybersecurity workforce meeting at China Lake, the team took time out to remember Mark Kolstoe, who served as NAWCWD’s information security system manger from 2007 to . . . Read Full Story >>

Capt. Dale reflects on first months here

Capt. Dale reflects on first months here

Rebecca Neipp

Just a few months after accepting command of Naval Air Weapons Station, Capt. Paul Dale is neck-deep in improvement projects, inspections, fleet-readiness drills — and the first major air show to come to China Lake in decades. “It has definitely been an exciting time,” he . . . Read Full Story >>

China Lake returns to its roots

Rebecca Neipp

To understand the resurgence of China Lake’s new “Good Old Days,” one must look back at the origins of the remote installation. It was 1943. The U.S. was locked in its most desperate conflict, and our leaders knew the outcome could be decided in a . . . Read Full Story >>

Petroglyph escort training planned

Petroglyph escort training planned

NAVAL AIR WEAPONS STATION, CHINA LAKE — Petroglyph escort and tour guide training will take place March 4, 8.a.m., at the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest. Training will be an all-day event that covers environmental, security and administrative issues related to the tours of Little Petroglyph . . . Read Full Story >>

Warfare centers connect for innovation jam at Weapons Division

Warfare centers connect for innovation jam at Weapons Division

By STACIE BAILEY NAWCWD Public Affairs Seven warfare centers responded when the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division sent out an invitation to jam. The challenge: address a joint emergent operational need. On Jan. 4-5 more than 70 participants representing Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft . . . Read Full Story >>

Bruce is China Lake’s Command Mentor of the Year

Bruce is China Lake’s Command Mentor of the Year

Capt. Karl Andina, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division vice commander (right), congratulates Cameron Bruce, director of the Business Development Office, as Naval Air Systems Command Mentor of the Year for China Lake. “Your dedication to mentoring combined with your commitment to the warfighter and . . . Read Full Story >>

Wittendorfer retires

Wittendorfer retires

Kurt Wittendorfer, mechanical engineer, receives the flag raised in his honor on Jan. 31 at China Lake. Wittendorfer retired from the Warfare Systems and Support Division at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division after 33 years of service. -- U.S. Navy photo by Paul Kakert . . . Read Full Story >>

Huckaba plans to support fleet even in retirement

Huckaba plans to support fleet even in retirement

By STACIE BAILEY NAWCWD Public Affairs Office “My dad is the one who put me on the bus,” Randy Huckaba said. “He’s the one who’s kept up and been there for most of my promotions and I want to make him proud. He’s been the . . . Read Full Story >>

Harvey leads award-winning team to SERDP Project-of-the-Year

Harvey leads award-winning team to SERDP Project-of-the-Year

By STACIE BAILEY, NAWCWD Public Affairs In 2012, Dr. Benjamin Harvey and his team at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, along with collaborators from the Air Force Research Laboratory at Edwards Air Force Base and the Naval Research Laboratory, were awarded a four-year . . . Read Full Story >>

Grosklags meets with  workforce  during  WD tour

Grosklags meets with workforce during WD tour

By STACIE BAILEY NAWCWD Public Affairs Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags, commander of the Naval Air Systems Command, visited Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Jan. 17-18 and met with members of the workforce about filling capability gaps for the warfighter. Critical thinking and challenging assumptions . . . Read Full Story >>

‘60 Minutes’ spotlights micro drones

‘60 Minutes’ spotlights micro drones

Rebecca Neipp

China Lake’s contributions to national defense were showcased on a national stage Sunday evening, when “60 Minutes” aired an in-depth report on the successful test of a game-changing drone technology being worked on by the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division. CBS National Security Correspondent . . . Read Full Story >>

China Lake makes national news

Residents of the Indian Wells Valley are encouraged to tune in, or set their DVRs, to “60 Minutes” on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. to see the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division at China Lake. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin and . . . Read Full Story >>

O’Neil to lead  China Lake  Alliance, EDC

O’Neil to lead China Lake Alliance, EDC

Scott O’Neil was confirmed this week as the new executive director for the Indian Wells Valley Economic Development Corpora-tion and its subsidiary, the China Lake Alliance. O’Neil capped his 40-year career at China Lake with more than a decade of service as the executive director . . . Read Full Story >>

NAWCWD employees donate to Toys for Tots

NAWCWD employees donate to Toys for Tots

Members of the Logistics and Industrial Operations Group at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division donate six boxes of unwrapped toys to the Marine Aviation Detachment heading up the local Toys for Tots drive. From left are Gunnery Sgt. James Seigfried, Cpl. Christopher Duell, Danny . . . Read Full Story >>

NAWCWD employees visit the fleet

NAWCWD employees visit the fleet

A group of Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division employees recently toured active-duty facilities at Camp Pendleton and Naval Air Station North Island. According to Gina Niesen of China Lake’s H-1 Weapon Systems Support Activity, NAWCWD produces, installs and maintains the software and hardware on . . . Read Full Story >>

The changing of the guard

The changing of the guard

Rebecca Neipp

Uncannily synchronized timing saw many high-level changes in leadership this week for those living in the Indian Wells Valley. On Wednesday afternoon, Rear Adm. Yancy Lindsey, commander of Navy Region Southwest, was on hand for the change of command at Naval Air Weapons Station China . . . Read Full Story >>