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 >>

China Lake expansion clears hurdle

Rebecca Neipp

A piece of legislation that would expand the borders of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake was voted through the U.S. House of Representatives last week. The proposal transfers the defunct Cuddeback Gunnery Range to NAWS to “enhance existing test and evaluation operations and to . . . Read Full Story >>

Navy achieves new milestone

Navy achieves new milestone

CHINA LAKE — Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division personnel have developed software that enables a radar to accurately alert the warfighter to adversary submarine periscopes on the cluttered and choppy surface of the ocean. The development team, within the Target Recognition Branch of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Finnell receives service award

Finnell receives service award

NAWCWD?Chief of Staff Melissa Finnell receives a Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award from NAWCWD?Commander Rear Adm. Mike Moran (right) and Executive Director Scott O’Neil. Finnell received the award for her leadership achievements as NAWCWD’s director of corporate communications since 2010. According to . . . Read Full Story >>

NAWCWD lures industry engineer

NAWCWD lures industry engineer

By THERESA GOLDSTRAND NAWCWD Public Affairs In the past, it was not uncommon for government employees to be lured from federal jobs into commercial industry. Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division wants to reverse that trend. Daniel Roper, who is new to China Lake, is . . . Read Full Story >>

Anderson earns national distinction

Anderson earns national distinction

Connor Anderson, Ridgecrest native and Burroughs High School Class of 2010 alumnus, has been named a Distinguished Military Graduate by the U.S. Army for his superior academic and athletic performance as an ROTC cadet. Connor is attending the University of San Diego on both Army . . . Read Full Story >>

Redesigned Main Gate opens on base

Redesigned Main Gate opens on base

CHINA LAKE — After more than four months of construction, and more than 70 years of use to the old Main Gate, which desperately needed modernization to meet new security standards, the Main Gate, also referred to as China Lake’s Main Gate Entry Control Point . . . Read Full Story >>

Backman celebrates 50-year milestone

Backman celebrates 50-year milestone

By Theresa Goldstrand NAWCWD Public Affairs Ron Backman recently attained a half-century milestone of federal service at China Lake. Rear Adm. Mike Moran, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division commander, and Executive Director Scott O’Neil honored Backman’s achievement during a presentation Sept. 25 with a . . . Read Full Story >>

Navy museum seeks partners in relocating

CHINA LAKE MUSEUM FOUNDATION – The China Lake Museum Foundation is currently negotiating for the purchase of the professional office building located adjacent to the Marriott SpringHill Suites. When transacted, the contract will include the donation of the almost two-acre vacant lot located just west . . . Read Full Story >>

Training exercise planned at Murray

NAVAL AIR WEAPONS STATION CHINA LAKE — Today, Nov. 12, the China Lake Police Department and other law enforcement and safety officers will join forces with Murray Middle School staff to conduct an active-shooter training exercise on campus. All children will be off campus by . . . Read Full Story >>

Grandin retires from the Navy after 30 years

Grandin retires from the Navy after 30 years

By THERESA GOLDSTRAND NAWCWD Public Affairs Command Master Chief Charles Grandin retired Oct. 17 after serving the Navy for 30 years. He came to Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake, in 2011 and served as command master chief to both NAWS and the Naval Air . . . Read Full Story >>

Marine Birthday Ball is Thursday, Nov. 6

CHINA LAKE — The Marine Aviation Detachment will hold its annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball on Thursday, Nov. 6, at Kerr McGee Center. This marks the 239th year of Marine Corps service to the nation. Members of the community with military affiliation (active, reserve, retired, . . . Read Full Story >>

China Lake Community Day well attended

China Lake Community Day well attended

Thousands of residents came out to China Lake Saturday for a rare glimpse of the Naval Air Weapons Station. Officials waived the required badging for NAWS’ second annual Community Day event, which included a car show, military displays, children’s activities, food, entertainment and more. - . . . Read Full Story >>

Leaders protect Navy innovation

Leaders protect Navy innovation

Rebecca Neipp

As an increasingly constricted federal budget drives the reduction in Department of Defense funding, local Navy leadership grapples with how to prevent those cuts from having a negative impact on DOD’s long-term ability to cultivate an environment that promotes innovation. Decades ago, the end of . . . Read Full Story >>