Rear Adm. Lorge predicts China Lake expansion

Rear Adm. Lorge predicts China Lake expansion

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Navy Region Southwest Commander Rear Adm. Patrick Lorge appeared in Ridgecrest Monday to speak to the China Lake Alliance. In the audience were Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Commander Rear Adm. Mike Moran and Naval Air Weapons . . . Read Full Story >>

Executive associate steps down after 31 years

Executive associate steps down after 31 years

By Brian Wulfekotte NAWCWD Public Affairs Executive Associate Carol Barry is following through on a promise she gave a room full of colleagues and friends at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division 2014 Administrative Professional Luncheon exactly a year ago – she’s retiring at . . . Read Full Story >>

GATE students tour Sidewinder lab

GATE students tour Sidewinder lab

An electronics technician in Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division’s Weapons and Energetics Department describes the Sidewinder missile to students from Pierce Elementary School’s Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program during a recent tour of the Sidewinder laboratory at China Lake. -- U. S. Navy . . . Read Full Story >>

Coso students tour China Lake engineering lab

Coso students tour China Lake engineering lab

Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division employee Dan Connor, right, gives a tour of China Lake’s Materials Engineering lab to students from Cerro Coso Community College. Connor shows the students a bag of cryostats, which the lab inspects for defects that cannot be seen by . . . Read Full Story >>

RearAdm. Lorge to speak to China Lake Alliance

Rear Adm. Patrick Lorge, commander of Navy Region Southwest, will address the China Lake Alliance at noon on Monday, May 18, at SpringHill Suites Conference Center. Lorge, a Naval Academy graduate, has operational experience in both F-14s and FA-18s. Prior to his current assignment, he . . . Read Full Story >>

Biofuel breakthrough earns  chemists national recognition

Biofuel breakthrough earns chemists national recognition

By BRIAN WULFEKOTTE NAWCWD Public Affairs Chemist Dr. Benjamin G. Harvey and colleagues Walter W. Merriman and Thomas A Koontz received national acclaim in March for publishing an article citing their creation of a renewable, high-performance biofuel at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division. . . . Read Full Story >>

Second phase limits gate access

CHINA LAKE — Starting May 4, the Naval Air Weapons Station Main Gate on Inyokern Road will limit incoming traffic to one lane for the second phase of roadwork modification at the front gate.  This means merging three lanes of traffic into only one lane. . . . Read Full Story >>

Ass. Sec. of the Navy visits China Lake

Ass. Sec. of the Navy visits China Lake

From left, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Executive Director Scott O’Neil; Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment Dennis McGinn; Navy Lt. Cmdr. Joe Charles, and Chemistry Division Head Dr. Steve Fallis listen to Dr. Larry Merwin, head of the Research . . . Read Full Story >>

Asst. sec.  addresses future of China Lake

Asst. sec. addresses future of China Lake

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Former China Laker and Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment Dennis McGinn addressed a handful of attendees at the China Lake Alliance’s April 22 luncheon. One topic of discussion was Base Realignment and Closures. . . . Read Full Story >>

Moore named new executive associate

Moore named new executive associate

NAWCWD?Public Affairs Rosalyn “Roz” Moore will be the new executive associate to Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Executive Director Scott O’Neil. “I’m pleased to announced that Rosalyn Moore has agreed to take on the new position,” said O’Neil. “She has displayed extensive levels of . . . Read Full Story >>

Dozens graduate from NAWCWD - “Professional at All Levels” class

Dozens graduate from NAWCWD - “Professional at All Levels” class

Pictured are some of the most recent graduates of the Professional at All Levels class at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Deivision, China Lake. “I love this class,” said NAWCWD Commander Rear Adm. Mike Moran (at right above, along with Weapons and Energetics Department . . . Read Full Story >>

SNORT test scheduled today

CHINA LAKE — A supersonic aerodynamic inflatable decelerator design verification test is scheduled for today between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division’s Super-sonic Naval Ordnance Research Track. The backup date is April 18. This test will be conducted . . . Read Full Story >>

McGinn to address alliance

The China Lake Alliance will host Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment, at its luncheon on Wednesday, April 22, starting at noon. McGinn, a Naval Academy graduate, is a former China Laker who served as an operational test pilot . . . Read Full Story >>

China Lake is ‘case study’ for water rights

China Lake is ‘case study’ for water rights

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Last month, a panel of speakers including Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason and China Lake Alliance Executive Director Jack Connell addressed water resource security at the Association of Defense Commu-nities’ Installation Innovation conference in Monterey, Calif. . . . Read Full Story >>

China Lake Superfort may soon fly again

China Lake Superfort may soon fly again

Gary Hareland

Of the nearly 4,000 B-29 aircraft Boeing produced between 1943 and 1946, only one is airworthy in 2015 — “Fifi,” owned by the Commemorative Air Force out of Texas. But there may soon be two flyable B-29s if the “Friends of Doc” are able to . . . Read Full Story >>

A brief history of the B-29

The Boeing B-29 Superfortress was the largest, fastest, most advanced bomber in the World War II U.S. inventory. Among a plethora of technological advances, the B-29 was the world’s first pressurized bomber, was powered by four of the largest piston engines available at the time . . . Read Full Story >>

Orion breaks record over IWV

Orion breaks record over IWV

By BRIAN WULFEKOTTE, NAWCWD Public Affairs The U.S. Air Force’s Big Safari Program Office tipped its hat to the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Feb. 10 for its support during the recent Orion endurance flight. “Overall NAWCWD provides a facility and a capability that . . . Read Full Story >>

Outlook conference highlights local growth indicators

Rebecca Neipp

Hundreds of new jobs in both the community and the defense realms of the Indian Wells Valley were among the indicators of economic recovery, and even growth, highlighted at the recent IWV Economic Outlook Conference, hosted by the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce and the city . . . Read Full Story >>

Navy League Bluejacket dinner is March 21

Navy League Bluejacket dinner is March 21

Sponsors of the Indian Wells Valley Council of the Navy League announce “Bluejacket of the Year” candidates (front, from left) ABE1 (AW/SW) Michael Vertrees, Sgt. Richard McGoldrick, LS1 (SW/AW) Michael Schenk and HM3 Rapido Briccio.  Nominees not shown are AM2 (AW/SW) Angelo Graham, AWS2 (NAC/AW) . . . Read Full Story >>

Tomahawk test shifts paradigm

Tomahawk test shifts paradigm

Rebecca Neipp

China Lake made history once again with a successful test of a Tomahawk cruise missile striking a moving maritime target through the use of synthetic guidance. Military and DOD officials are calling the new capability a game-changer in firepower and a paradigm shift in modern . . . Read Full Story >>