Lt. Cmdr. Longley Thomason, NAWCWD Range chief test pilot

Lt. Cmdr. Longley Thomason, NAWCWD Range chief test pilot

Lt. Cmdr. Longley Thomason, Range chief test pilot for Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, is pinned by his wife, Heather, left, and mother, Ivy Loftice, in honor of his promotion to U.S. Navy commander during a ceremony Sept. 10 at China Lake. Also in . . . Read Full Story >>

Mike Stone, NAWCWD information technology specialist

Mike Stone, NAWCWD information technology specialist

Mike Stone, an information technology specialist at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, is recognized as the top Comptroller employee for the third quarter of fiscal year 2018 by Comptroller Merrie Giles during a ceremony Sept. 10 at China Lake. His nomination notes that Stone . . . Read Full Story >>

China Lake Trivia

China Lake Trivia

A: Capt. Levering Smith, a brilliant Navy scientist serving as a section head in the Research Division of the Navy’s Bureau of Ordnance as World War II ended. As California Institute of Technology scientists returned to academia, they sought to wrap up their WWII rocket . . . Read Full Story >>

NAWCWD recognizes Project Management grads

NAWCWD recognizes Project Management grads

Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division recognizes 25 graduates of Project Management 101 during a recent ceremony at China Lake. “We need faster deliveries of more capable products,” said keynote speaker Harlan Kooima, director of the Software and Missions Integration Department. “Our warfighters have already . . . Read Full Story >>

Channer receives flag for 36 years of service

Channer receives flag for 36 years of service

During a July 30 ceremony at China Lake, John Channer of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division receives the flag flown in honor of his 36 years of federal service. Throughout his career, Channer has become a recognized technical expert, team leader, expert consultant . . . Read Full Story >>

James Witham recognized for 30 years

James Witham recognized for 30 years

James Witham, left, head of the Weapons Control and Integration Branch at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, is recognized for 30 years of service by Brad Harlow, technical director for the Weapons and Energetics Department, during a ceremony July 25 at China Lake. . . . Read Full Story >>

Prusia awarded for 35 years at NAWCWD

Prusia awarded for 35 years at NAWCWD

Ronald Prusia, left, head of the Weapon Electronics Development Branch at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, receives a 35-year length-of- service award from Brad Harlow, technical director for the Weapons and Energetics Department, during a July 25 ceremony at China Lake. Prusia, who . . . Read Full Story >>

China Lake history comes to life in ‘Project Camel’ talk

China Lake history comes to life in ‘Project Camel’ talk

Technicians packing a "Fat Man" test shape at China Lake Salt Wells Pilot Plant, a highly secret facility of the Manhattan Project, circa 1945. Bomb-shape drops and explosives and explosive-lens development and production were part of Project Camel at NOTS. — Courtesy Photo The China . . . Read Full Story >>

Olson receives excellence award

Olson receives excellence award

Mical Bindschatel, left, director of the Logistics and Industrial Group at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, presents Barry Olson with the competency’s Logistics Excellence Award during a July 10 ceremony at China Lake. Among Olson’s accomplishments, he was instrumental in the coordination and . . . Read Full Story >>

WD teammates recognized at awards ceremony

WD teammates recognized at awards ceremony

By STACIE LAWRENCE NAWCWD Public Affairs Individuals and teams at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division were recognized for their technical, business and leadership excellence in support of the warfighter at NAWCWD’s recent Honorary Awards ceremony. “I have the unique privilege of being able to . . . Read Full Story >>

New admiral addresses China Lake Alliance

New admiral addresses China Lake Alliance

Rebecca Neipp

“Having an opportunity to speak with you is much more beneficial than you probably realize,” Rear Adm. Scott Dillon, who recently accepted command of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, told the members and guests of the China Lake Alliance at a luncheon last . . . Read Full Story >>

WD-produced videos earn ‘Telly’ awards

WD-produced videos earn ‘Telly’ awards

By STACIE LAWRENCE NAWCWD Public Affairs The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Public Affairs Office recently received Bronze and Silver honors in the 39th annual Telly Awards this May. There are only two awards within a Telly Award category, with Silver being the highest . . . Read Full Story >>

Asbestos detected in base soil

According to a press release issued this week by officials of the Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake, a site inspection revealed asbestos-containing material scattered throughout the vacant lot located north of Blandy Avenue, and the subsequent detection of substance in the surface soil. contains . . . Read Full Story >>

Children experience "Flyin’ Fun"

Children experience "Flyin’ Fun"

Youngsters learn about the forces of flight, gravity and Newton’s laws of motion during the “Flying Fun” hands-on STEM camp, sponsored by High Desert Leapin’ Lizards at the Kerr McGee Center. Registration is available at www.ridgecrest-ca.gov/recreation for future sessions, which will explore topics such as . . . Read Full Story >>

WD sponsors STEAM summer camp

WD sponsors STEAM summer camp

Meghan Baronowski, a Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division materials engineer, helps a student operate their Ozobot during the STEAM camp. — U.S. Navy photo by Paul Kakert ------ By STACIE LAWRENCE NAWCWD Public Affairs Through the sponsorship of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons . . . Read Full Story >>

Keeter, Pearl pass on their Johnson  family legacy at China Lake

Keeter, Pearl pass on their Johnson family legacy at China Lake

Camie Keeter and her son, Gavin Fielder, are pictured with Camie’s parents, William and Betty Johnson, in a family photo from 1989. — Courtesy photo ------ By STACIE LAWRENCE NAWCWD Public Affairs Though the last name Johnson is common at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons . . . Read Full Story >>

Bruce honored for 35 years of service

Bruce honored for 35 years of service

Cameron Bruce receives the flag flown in honor of his service. — U.S. Navy photo by Paul Kakert ------ Cameron Bruce, outgoing director for business development, was recognized for 35 years of service at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division during a May 17 flag-raising . . . Read Full Story >>

China Lake announces guidelines for drone flights

NAVAL AIR WEAPONS STATION CHINA LAKE – Flying drones for recreational purposes can be a lot of fun, as long as rules and safety precautions are followed. The city of Ridgecrest is located within several airspace areas, each falling under different Federal Aviation Regulations for . . . Read Full Story >>

NAWCWD flag aide  receives commendation

NAWCWD flag aide receives commendation

Lt. Thomas McGee, right, receives a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal from Rear Adm. Scott Dillon. — U.S. Navy photo by Paul Kakert ------ NAWCWD flag aide receives commendation By STACIE LAWRENCE NAWCWD Public Affairs On May 15, during a ceremony at China Lake, . . . Read Full Story >>

NAWCWD honors EYH volunteers

NAWCWD honors EYH volunteers

Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Executive Director Joan Johnson (right) honors volunteers of the Expanding Your Horizons conference at a recent ceremony. Volunteers at the annual event hosted 137 girls to offer them hands-on activities and instruction in a variety of STEM careers. “Even . . . Read Full Story >>