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 >>

NAWS Navy Ball

NAWS Navy Ball

Rep. Paul Cook (Col., USMC, Ret.) helps the oldest and youngest sailors, Capt. Lee Niemeyer and ACAA Shawn Singh, cut the cake at the Naval Air Weapons Station’s Navy Ball held at the Paradise Community Center Friday, Oct. 17. Almost 200 people joined in to . . . Read Full Story >>

Visiting aircraft to appear over IWV skies

CHINA LAKE — The community may see unfamiliar aircraft, like the P-8 Poseidon, in the Indian Wells Valley between Oct. 22-24 as members of the fleet from the maritime patrol, fighter/attack and helicopter communities will fly in to meet with the China Lake workforce. Also . . . Read Full Story >>

NAWCWD reports growing workforce despite tight budget

NAWCWD reports growing workforce despite tight budget

CHINA LAKE — The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division grew in terms of people and work during the last fiscal year despite the challenging budgetary environment throughout the Department of Defense, according to Executive Director Scott O’Neil. “We had one of our most successful . . . Read Full Story >>

Community Day is Saturday

CHINA LAKE — On Saturday, Oct. 25, citizens of the Indian Wells Valley will have a rare opportunity to attend the annual Community Day at the Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake. Gates will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — . . . Read Full Story >>

RearAdm. Moran to speak to alliance today

Rear Adm. Mike Moran, commander, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, will address the China Lake Alliance today, Oct. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Victoria’s at the Heritage. Moran assumed command here in August 2013 after a long career in naval aviation . . . Read Full Story >>

Carl Schaniel dedication ceremony

Carl Schaniel dedication ceremony

China Lake Executive Director Scott O’Neil talks to family and friends of the late Carl Schaniel during a facility dedication ceremony Sept. 29. The explosives and propellants laboratory, located at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division China Lake, was named after Schaniel. “I am . . . Read Full Story >>

Marines to host birthday ball

CHINA LAKE — The Marine Aviation Detachment will hold its Marine Corps Birthday Ball on Nov. 6 at the 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, prior . . . Read Full Story >>