China Lake welcomes Under Sec’y Davidson

China Lake welcomes Under Sec’y Davidson

By STACIE BAILEY NAWCWD Public Affairs Dr. Janine Davidson, undersecretary of the Navy, made her first trip to the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division China Lake recently. Hosted by Rear Adm. Brian Corey, NAWCWD commander, and Joan Johnson, NAWCWD executive director, Davidson’s tour primarily . . . Read Full Story >>

Doc completes 19-year journey from the desert back to the sky

Doc completes 19-year journey from the desert back to the sky

B-29 “Doc” roars into flight at about 6:36 a.m. Wichita time for a seven-minute flight over an avid group of volunteer workers gathered at McConnell Air Force Base Sunday, July 17. The flight marks a return to the skies for only the second B-29 now . . . Read Full Story >>

Weapons Division engineers earn awards for excellence

By Stacie Bailey, NAWCWD Public Affairs Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division China Lake Research Mechanical Engineer Dr. Jonathan Essel and Aerospace Engineer Jeremy Abshire received 2015 Dr. Delores M. Etter Top Scientists and Engineers of the Year Awards in the Scientific Excellence and Engineering . . . Read Full Story >>

B-29 ‘Doc’ scheduled to return to flight

B-29 ‘Doc’ scheduled to return to flight

By LIZ BABCOCK, News Review Correspondent If all goes according to plan, Sunday, July 17, will see “Doc,” the grand old B-29 bomber, S/N 44-69972, return to flight. After nearly two decades of restoration efforts, the aircraft, with its signature Disney character proudly emblazoned on . . . Read Full Story >>

NAVAIR Vice Commander explores  technology, international affairs at WD

NAVAIR Vice Commander explores technology, international affairs at WD

By SUSAN WALKER NAWCWD Public Affairs Office Capt. Francis Morley, Naval Air Systems Command vice commander, gained insight on upcoming developments in technology and international relations during a recent tour of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake and Point Mugu. Morley’s visit, . . . Read Full Story >>

Navy museum starts bid process

A spokesperson of the China Lake Museum Foundation has announced that the organization is ready to proceed with Phase 1 of its construction project, which will move some of the museum exhibits off the base and into Ridgecrest. The museum will be situated on Kern . . . Read Full Story >>

McManigal receives NAWCWD award

McManigal receives NAWCWD award

Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division mechanical engineer James McManigal receives the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award from Joan Johnson, NAWCWD executive director. McManigal was honored for his contributions to weapon airframe analysis, weapon and aircraft integration and life cycle sustainment. As a leader in . . . Read Full Story >>

Navy museum aims to break ground in August

Navy museum aims to break ground in August

Rebecca Neipp

With official approval of a $250,000 grant to help move off the base and out into the community an installation that celebrates local contributions to defense, members of the China Lake Museum Foundation are finally prepared for Phase I of development after more than a . . . Read Full Story >>

Kowalchick takes final flight at China Lake

Kowalchick takes final flight at China Lake

NAWCWD Chief of Staff Melissa Finnell thanks Grant Kowalchick, the safety officer for the Naval Test Wing Pacific, for his service to the Navy and the Weapons Division after his final flight at China Lake on June 9. -- U.S. Navy photo by Ron Rodriguez . . . Read Full Story >>

Capt. Mercer tours China Lake

Capt. Mercer tours China Lake

Greg Hill, senior planner of Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division’s Applied Manufacturing Technology Division, explains a torque-measuring tool for a Sidewinder test set to Capt. Christopher Mercer, the Navy’s rapid-prototyping and experimentation director, during a recent tour of China Lake Hill discussed the complexity . . . Read Full Story >>

Burroughs grad serves in Japan

Burroughs grad serves in Japan

By JAMES GREEN Mass Communication Spec. 1st class SASEBO, JAPAN – A 2014 Burroughs High School graduate and Ridgecrest native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard USS Germantown, a forward-deployed dock landing ship. Seaman Michael Smith is a sailor aboard the Whidbey Island-class dock . . . Read Full Story >>

Carreño takes over weapons-energetics

Carreño takes over weapons-energetics

By STACIE BAILEY NAWCWD Public Affairs Dan Carreño has always looked forward to doing his “small part” at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in support of the warfighter. His role just got bigger as he was selected for Senior Executive Service and will . . . Read Full Story >>

WD shows innovative work at Pentagon

WD shows innovative work at Pentagon

By RENEE HATCHER NAWCWD Public Affairs Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division employees showcased some of their most innovative research with nanoparticles, supercapacitors and fire-resistant polymers at a Naval Innovative Science and Engineering Expo held at the Pentagon in April. Hosted by the Office of . . . Read Full Story >>

NOTS  in-house  funny films  featured  May 24

NOTS in-house funny films featured May 24

The creative China Lake team of Mark Pahuta and Leroy L. Doig III will be featured at a special program Tuesday, May 24, at 7 p.m. in the Historic USO Building. They will show the 14th and last video of their “Pictures of Us” series . . . Read Full Story >>

Sea range featured in historic Point Mugu video

Sea range featured in historic Point Mugu video

The China Lake communication team of Mark Pahuta and Leroy Doig III will be at the Historic USO Building on Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m., to present a special edition of their historical video series — an information-packed peek at Point Mugu. “Missile Beach” . . . Read Full Story >>

New leadership, new jobs, same mission

New leadership, new jobs, same mission

Rebecca Neipp

“We take a problem that can’t be solved, and we solve it.” While the leadership, organizational structure, political landscape and nature of the threats to national defense have shifted over the 72-year history of the Navy at China Lake, the unofficial mantra of the Naval . . . Read Full Story >>

Sea Cadet program to begin in Indian Wells Valley

Sea Cadet program to begin in Indian Wells Valley

By DIANA REGIER, News Review Correspondent Retired Army 1st Sgt. Thomas Howes will soon begin a Navy Sea Cadet Corps program for the youth in the Indian Wells Valley. So, how did someone serving in the Army become involved in a Navy program? The IWV . . . Read Full Story >>

New director excited about WD future

New director excited about WD future

By RENEE HATCHER NAWCWD Public Affairs When Joan Johnson left her job in industry to come work at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in 2000, the furthest thing from her mind was leading the organization as its executive director. But, just 16 years later, . . . Read Full Story >>

Lively, Criss receive Bluejacket honors

Lively, Criss receive Bluejacket honors

CE2 Rodney Lively, Junior Bluejacket of the Year, and HM1 Jarrod Criss, Senior Bluejacket of the Year, show the award plaques they received at the Navy League Awards Dinner Saturday. The two and other outstanding sailors and Marines were nominated by their commands, and the . . . Read Full Story >>

Special wpns. featured in NOTS video

Special wpns. featured in NOTS video

Mark Pahuta and Leroy L. Doig III, China Lake technical communicators known for their creativity and skill, will appear at the Historic USO Building on March 22 at 7 p.m. to show the next video in their “Pictures of Us” series. The fast-paced video takes . . . Read Full Story >>