China Lake to host ice cream social

CHINA LAKE — All with base access are invited to the All Faith Chapel’s 64th annual Ice Cream Social set for Tuesday, July 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. While people attending the festivities are asked to bring side dishes to go with the ice . . . Read Full Story >>

WD holds event to improve collaboration  with industry

WD holds event to improve collaboration with industry

By MARGO ALLEN NAWCWD Public Affairs The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division hosted a collaboration event for industry and government partners June 25 at the Kerr McGee Community Center. More than 300 participants representing 194 businesses from 25 states attended the event to learn . . . Read Full Story >>

Main Gate closed until November

CHINA LAKE — Within the next week or two, the Main Gate into China Lake from Inyokern Road will be closed until sometime in November for roadwork and guardshack modifications.  The contractor will start staging efforts June 30, placing temporary construction signage and traffic control . . . Read Full Story >>

New captain shares love of country, mission, small-town life

New captain shares love of country, mission, small-town life

Rebecca Neipp

After only four months at the helm of the Naval Air Weapons Station, Capt. Rich Wiley has by all accounts acclimated to his new role as steward of one of the Navy’s largest assets —and his new life in a remote, desert community — like . . . Read Full Story >>

WD leaders focus on people, work, infrastructure

Rebecca Neipp

Top military and civilian leaders at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division released a white paper last week outlining their objectives and strategies for weathering downturning budgets without losing critical capabilities. Their analysis was prepared for Under Secretary of Defense Frank Kendall, who toured the . . . Read Full Story >>

Discovery Channel films NASA test at China Lake

By Matthew Denny, NAWCWD Public Affairs A Discovery Channel Canada film crew, a University of Washington professor and 17 of his students visited the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division May 30-June 1 to complete a test for NASA. Professor Robert Winglee of the Univer-sity . . . Read Full Story >>

Capt. Wiley speaks at Memorial Day gathering

Linda Saholt

He’s been here only since February, but Capt. Richard Wiley, USN, commanding officer of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, is learning quickly about the patriotic spirit of the Indian Wells Valley. Impressed by the sheer number of flags on graves at Desert Memorial Cemetery . . . Read Full Story >>

Under secretary tours China Lake

Under secretary tours China Lake

Rebecca Neipp

A visit from a high-ranking official in the Secretary of Defense’s Office afforded China Lake leadership an opportunity to demonstrate first-hand some of the critical contributions to national defense that are developed on our remote, desert Navy base. “I am impressed to see the dedication . . . Read Full Story >>

Dunaway: we need a strong Navy

Rebecca Neipp

Over the financially and politically tumultuous last few years, those of us living in the Indian Wells Valley feel most acutely the way that budget cuts (arbitrary or otherwise) have complicated our ability to contribute to and support the groundbreaking, nation-securing work that goes on . . . Read Full Story >>

China Lake announces Schoeffel Field renovations

CHINA LAKE — Did you know it took more than 3 million gallons of water to irrigate Schoeffel Field each year?  Then, when the natural turf would go dormant, the geese would enjoy eating the root balls, causing damage that had to be repaired every year . . . Read Full Story >>

China Lake Alliance

China Lake Alliance

Vice Adm. David Duna-way, NAVAIR commander, chats with China Lake Alliance Boardmember Matt Anderson (right) and Barbara and Tom Frisbee at the former China Laker’s address to CLA?members and guests. Watch for a full report next week. Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

China Lakers celebrate civilian and military milestones

Janson retires After 44 years of combined military and federal service, Jim ?Janson is retiring from the Naval Air War-fare Center Weapons Divi-sion to spend more time with wife Elaine, their eight children and six grandchildren, and for more time to hunt, fish, travel and . . . Read Full Story >>

Symposium gains more heavy hitters

Rebecca Neipp

“I don’t know when we have ever had so many high-ranking officials from government, military, politics and industry in one place,” said Eileen Shibley, who confirmed two more prestigious speakers for the upcoming technical symposium on Tuesday, May 13, in Ridgecrest. In addition to keynote . . . Read Full Story >>

Adm. Dunaway to speak here May 12

Coinciding with an appearance from the office of the Secretary of Defense will be a visit from NAVAIR Commander Vice Adm. David Dunaway. In addition to touring the local Navy installation, Dunaway will address the community during a luncheon hosted by the China Lake Alliance. . . . Read Full Story >>

Undersecretary to visit IWV

Undersecretary to visit IWV

Rebecca Neipp

A rare visit from a dignitary in the Office of the Secretary of Defense offers an opportunity for public participation in conjunction with an official tour of Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake. “We are very excited to have the Honorable Frank Kendall . . . Read Full Story >>

Armitage Field runway repairs

Armitage Field runway repairs

Commander Navy Region Southwest Rear Adm. Patrick Lorge (second from right) discusses Armitage Field runway repairs with NAWSCL Operations Officer Lt. Cmdr. Brandon Warren, NAWSCL Executive Officer Cmdr. Matt Jackson, NAWSCL Public Works Officer Cmdr. Rod Tribble and NAWSCL Commanding Officer Capt. Rich Wiley during . . . Read Full Story >>

Bill would expand China Lake holdings

Last week Rep. Kevin McCarthy introduced a resolution that would help expand land holdings and operations of the Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake. According to a statement from McCarthy’s office, the proposed legislation would permanently withdraw the public land used by the base, . . . Read Full Story >>

NAWCWD veterans help veterans

By Matthew Denny NAWCWD Public Affairs The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division kicked off its first Veterans Resource Group gathering at China Lake on April 2. The VRG was created by NAWCWD military veterans Dalisia Mendoza, Matt Schmeiser, Eivind Forseth, Matt Denny, Chang Wong . . . Read Full Story >>

Deadline April 15 for ID, WW events

Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division will host recruiting events for individuals with disabilities and wounded warriors at Point Mugu on June 10 and China Lake on June 12. Participation in this event is by invitation only. Applications and required documentation must be received by . . . Read Full Story >>

Petroglyph escort training offered April 4, 5

CHINA LAKE — Training for new and current guides to conduct tours of Little Petroglyph Canyon, a national historic landmark located on the Naval Air Weapons Station, will take place April 4 and 5. The schedule is as follows: Friday, April 4 — Refresher training . . . Read Full Story >>