‘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 >>

Rear Adm. Becker tours China Lake

Rear Adm. Becker tours China Lake

Nick Quigley, center, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division aerospace engineer, explains the importance of using a stainless steel spacer to separate the fuel grain from the combustor in a solid fuel ramjet to Rear Adm. Christian Becker, left, program executive officer for Command, Control, . . . Read Full Story >>

Corzine receives 25-year service award

Corzine receives 25-year service award

Director of China Lake Ranges Andy Corzine, left, is surprised with a 25-year length-of-service award from Tom Dowd, director of Naval Air Systems Command Ranges, during a ceremony at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division on Nov. 3 at China Lake. Since joining NAWCWD, . . . Read Full Story >>

‘We are NAWCWD’ seen as success

‘We are NAWCWD’ seen as success

NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER WEAPONS DIVISION — More than 800 NAWCWD employees took time out of their schedules to get a better understanding of how the command supports the warfighter during the “We Are NAWCWD” event at China Lake on Oct. 26. “We planned this . . . Read Full Story >>

Owens Valley students receive China Lake tour

Owens Valley students receive China Lake tour

During a visit to Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, students from Owens Valley High School receive a tour of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 31 from Lt. Craig Wright, project officer and test pilot at China Lake. The students visited the chemistry wing and . . . Read Full Story >>

Hodge awarded for 45 years of service

Hodge awarded for 45 years of service

Jay Hodge, a senior engineer at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, receives an award for 45 years of service. “Once upon a time, automatic target recognition meant staring at a black-and-white wet-film photo and a handdrawn map trying to put those together,” said NAWCWD?Commander . . . Read Full Story >>

Weapons Division honors development program graduates

Weapons Division honors development program graduates

NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER WEAPONS DIVISION — Thirty more NAWCWD scientists and engineers reached a milestone as they graduated recently from the Engineer and Scientist Development Program at China Lake. NAWCWD Executive Director Joan Johnson and Rear Adm. Brian Corey, commander, gave the graduates some . . . Read Full Story >>

Estrada, Di Pietro promoted to lieutenant commander

Estrada, Di Pietro promoted to lieutenant commander

Lt. Justin Estrada and Lt. Robert Di Pietro (pictured) were promoted to lieutenant commander during a pinning ceremony held at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, where they were surrounded by family and friends. “We don’t often enough pause and think about what it means . . . Read Full Story >>

Adm. Corey gives ‘state of NAWCWD’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Devision Commander Rear Adm. Brian Corey gave a “State of NAWCWD” to the Ridgecrest City Council on Wednesday night to discuss China Lake’s workload and budget, both of which are “steadily rising” because . . . Read Full Story >>

China Lake gets visit from Fleet Readiness commander

Rear Adm. Brian Corey, left, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division commander, welcomes Rear Adm. Michael Zarkowski, commander of Fleet Readiness Centers, to China Lake on Aug. 10. Zarkowski was in town to visit FRC West Detachment China Lake. -- U.S. Navy photo by Mark . . . Read Full Story >>

Visitor finds  innovation,  expertise at  China Lake

Visitor finds innovation, expertise at China Lake

NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER WEAPONS DIVISION — Vice Adm. David Johnson, principal military deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, recently visited the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division to learn about the emerging capabilities at China Lake. Rear . . . Read Full Story >>

NAWCWD employees go on Fleet Engagement tour

NAWCWD employees go on Fleet Engagement tour

Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division employees from China Lake and Point Mugu walk the flight deck of USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) during a recent tour of several active-duty installations and ships as part of the NAWCWD Fleet Engagement program. The June tour, conducted by . . . Read Full Story >>

NAWCWD camp students get test their piloting skills with flight simulators

NAWCWD camp students get test their piloting skills with flight simulators

Two Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Science Camp students practice their landing skills using flight simulators during the camp, which was held in July at the China Lake Museum. Thirty five students from the “Moving on Up” daycare center participated in two three-day classes. . . . Read Full Story >>

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 >>