Orion breaks record over IWV

Orion breaks record over IWV

By BRIAN WULFEKOTTE, NAWCWD Public Affairs The U.S. Air Force’s Big Safari Program Office tipped its hat to the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Feb. 10 for its support during the recent Orion endurance flight. “Overall NAWCWD provides a facility and a capability that . . . Read Full Story >>

Outlook conference highlights local growth indicators

Rebecca Neipp

Hundreds of new jobs in both the community and the defense realms of the Indian Wells Valley were among the indicators of economic recovery, and even growth, highlighted at the recent IWV Economic Outlook Conference, hosted by the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce and the city . . . Read Full Story >>

Navy League Bluejacket dinner is March 21

Navy League Bluejacket dinner is March 21

Sponsors of the Indian Wells Valley Council of the Navy League announce “Bluejacket of the Year” candidates (front, from left) ABE1 (AW/SW) Michael Vertrees, Sgt. Richard McGoldrick, LS1 (SW/AW) Michael Schenk and HM3 Rapido Briccio.  Nominees not shown are AM2 (AW/SW) Angelo Graham, AWS2 (NAC/AW) . . . Read Full Story >>

Tomahawk test shifts paradigm

Tomahawk test shifts paradigm

Rebecca Neipp

China Lake made history once again with a successful test of a Tomahawk cruise missile striking a moving maritime target through the use of synthetic guidance. Military and DOD officials are calling the new capability a game-changer in firepower and a paradigm shift in modern . . . Read Full Story >>

SNORT alert

CHINA LAKE — The Naval Air Weapons Station announced that a parachute design verification test is scheduled for Thursday, March 5, between 8 and 10 a.m. at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division’s Supersonic Naval Ordnance Research Track. The backup test date is March . . . Read Full Story >>

Live, virtual, and constructive communities talk at Weapons Div.

Live, virtual, and constructive communities talk at Weapons Div.

By Brian Wulfekotte, NAWCWD Public Affairs Senior Navy leadership attended a two-day workshop held by the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in January aimed at uniting the live, virtual and constructive communities. More than 150 experts, program managers and department-level executives developed plans to . . . Read Full Story >>

WD research wins Popular Science ‘Best of’ award

WD research wins Popular Science ‘Best of’ award

CHINA LAKE — Popular Science magazine honored a new technology that the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division helped create for firefighters. As one of the top 100 “Best of What’s New” technologies for 2014, FLASH – Fire Line Advanced Situational Awareness for Handhelds – . . . Read Full Story >>

Innovation Challenge winners announced

Innovation Challenge winners announced

By JEFF POWERS, NAWCWD Public Affairs Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Executive Director Scott O’Neil announced two winning teams — one from Point Mugu and the other from China Lake — for the 2014-15 Innovation Challenge on Feb. 3. The teams presented the best . . . Read Full Story >>

Stephenson surprised with distinguished civilian award

Stephenson surprised with distinguished civilian award

By BRIAN WULFEKOTTE NAWCWD Public Affairs NAWCWD leadership surprised William “Bill” Stephenson with a Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award on Jan. 20 for his achievements as a visual information specialist. Executive Director Scott O’ Neil and Rear Adm. Mike Moran presented the award, which highlights . . . Read Full Story >>

IT professionals earn recognition

By JEFF POWERS NAWCWD Public Affairs Cyber security is everyone’s responsibility, but implementing the technology falls to IT professionals like the 22 employees recognized at a Jan. 21 NAWCWD awards luncheon. “Operation Rolling Tide” team members received certificates of appreciation from Jack Summers, Naval Air . . . Read Full Story >>

WD helps NASA Orion land softly

By JEFF POWERS NAWCWD Public Affairs The main parachutes used to bring the NASA Orion space capsule safely to earth arrived at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division on Dec. 9, 2014. The first unmanned and successful orbital flight test for Orion ended with . . . Read Full Story >>

Drill may cause minor disruption to base access

CHINA LAKE — Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces and Commander, Navy Installations Command will conduct Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2015 Feb. 2-13 on Navy installations located in the continental United States, including the Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake. “Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2015 provides an opportunity . . . Read Full Story >>

EYH has STEM workshops for girls

The Ridgecrest Women of Math and Science, Inc., in collaboration with the Ridgecrest Elks Lodge, announce that registration for the 14th annual Expanding Your Horizons conference begins Feb. 10. The conference will be held March 7, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at McLean Laboratory, China Lake. EYH . . . Read Full Story >>

Navy Chaplain Derrick Horne looks back on his years at China Lake

Navy Chaplain Derrick Horne looks back on his years at China Lake

By JOHN D. BENNETT Rocketeer Editor CHINA LAKE — Navy Chaplain Lt. Derrick Horne expressed the hope that “I hope I’ve made a difference for the better in the time that I’ve been here,” said, Navy Chaplain Lt. Derrick Horne, looking back on his three-and-a-half . . . Read Full Story >>

NAWCWD work attracts another senior Navy leader

NAWCWD work attracts another senior Navy leader

By Brian Wulfekotte NAWCWD Public Affairs Dr. John Burrow, the newly appointed special assistant to senior Defense Department leader Sean Stackley, came out Jan. 5 for a firsthand look at the breadth and depth of work being conducted at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division. . . . Read Full Story >>

UAVs to help combat wildlife trafficking

UAVs to help combat wildlife trafficking

CHINA LAKE — The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division recently responded to a request from the Office of the Secretary of Defense to support an executive order signed by President Barack Obama that committed the United States to help combat wildlife trafficking throughout the . . . Read Full Story >>

Runway change to cause temporary noise increase

CHINA LAKE — Starting next week, a major reconstruction project will begin on Runway 3/21, the primary runway for the Naval Air Weapons Station, taking the runway out of commission and necessitating the sole use of Runway 14/32 during the time of repair. This change . . . Read Full Story >>

Program to feature early NOTS history

Program to feature early NOTS history

The first meeting of the New Year for the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert will feature Mark Pahuta and Leroy Doig and an episode in “Pictures of Us,” their series of videos on the history of China Lake. The meeting will be held . . . Read Full Story >>

Supersonic booms possible Jan. 15 and 16

Supersonic booms possible Jan. 15 and 16

CHINA LAKE - Range activities will result in supersonic flights over the Panamint area crossing the Trona Gap the mornings of Thursday and Friday, Jan. 15 and 16. Flights should be high enough that the public won’t hear any sonic booms, but atmospheric conditions could . . . Read Full Story >>

Haley honored with civilian service award

Haley honored with civilian service award

Rear Adm. Mike Moran, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division commander, presents Charlene Haley with a Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service award on Nov. 12. Haley, a Weapons Division patent attorney, received the award for her role in the development of a biofuels . . . Read Full Story >>