Hennings earns award for parachute contributions

Hennings earns award for parachute contributions

By STACIE BAILEY NAWCWD Public Affairs Elsa Hennings, the senior systems engineer in the Escape, Parachute and Crashworthy Division at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, has made a career out of creating safe landings while she, herself, has remained grounded throughout her successes. . . . Read Full Story >>

DeRuiter retires after 39 years

DeRuiter retires after 39 years

After 39 years of federal service, Paul DeRuiter, a project team lead at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, receives the flag flown in his honor on April 24 at China Lake. DeRuiter’s time at NAWCWD began through a co-op opportunity and the Junior Professionals . . . Read Full Story >>

Olson completes Leadership Development Program

Olson completes Leadership Development Program

Jeff Thompson, right, head of the Warfare Technology Office, presents Barry Olson with a letter on behalf of Todd Balazs, deputy assistant commander for Logistics and Industrial Operations, commending Olson on his completion of the Naval Air Systems Command Journey Leadership Development Program. JLDP is . . . Read Full Story >>

Smiley recognized for 30 years at NAWCWD

Smiley recognized for 30 years at NAWCWD

In honor of her 30 years of service to the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, Donna Smiley, right, receives an award from Susie Raglin, director of Corporate Operations. During Smiley’s career, she has supported the Standard Missile, AV-8B Weapons Systems Support Activity, Harrier program . . . Read Full Story >>

Adm. Grosklags stresses urgency

Adm. Grosklags stresses urgency

NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER WEAPONS DIVISION — An April 24-26 visit to the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division gave Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags, commander of the Naval Air Systems Command, an opportunity to give a talk during the 46th Annual Collaborative Electronic Warfare Symposium . . . Read Full Story >>

Nelepovitz earns civilian service award

Nelepovitz earns civilian service award

By STACIE BAILEY, NAWCWD Public Affairs James Nelepovitz found himself the center of attention as Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division leadership and colleagues gathered to honor him with a Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award during a surprise ceremony on April 18 at China Lake. . . . Read Full Story >>

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 >>