Petroglyph escort training planned

Petroglyph escort training planned

NAVAL AIR WEAPONS STATION, CHINA LAKE — Petroglyph escort and tour guide training will take place March 4, 8.a.m., at the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest. Training will be an all-day event that covers environmental, security and administrative issues related to the tours of Little Petroglyph . . . Read Full Story >>

Warfare centers connect for innovation jam at Weapons Division

Warfare centers connect for innovation jam at Weapons Division

By STACIE BAILEY NAWCWD Public Affairs Seven warfare centers responded when the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division sent out an invitation to jam. The challenge: address a joint emergent operational need. On Jan. 4-5 more than 70 participants representing Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft . . . Read Full Story >>

Bruce is China Lake’s Command Mentor of the Year

Bruce is China Lake’s Command Mentor of the Year

Capt. Karl Andina, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division vice commander (right), congratulates Cameron Bruce, director of the Business Development Office, as Naval Air Systems Command Mentor of the Year for China Lake. “Your dedication to mentoring combined with your commitment to the warfighter and . . . Read Full Story >>

Wittendorfer retires

Wittendorfer retires

Kurt Wittendorfer, mechanical engineer, receives the flag raised in his honor on Jan. 31 at China Lake. Wittendorfer retired from the Warfare Systems and Support Division at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division after 33 years of service. -- U.S. Navy photo by Paul Kakert . . . Read Full Story >>

Huckaba plans to support fleet even in retirement

Huckaba plans to support fleet even in retirement

By STACIE BAILEY NAWCWD Public Affairs Office “My dad is the one who put me on the bus,” Randy Huckaba said. “He’s the one who’s kept up and been there for most of my promotions and I want to make him proud. He’s been the . . . Read Full Story >>

Harvey leads award-winning team to SERDP Project-of-the-Year

Harvey leads award-winning team to SERDP Project-of-the-Year

By STACIE BAILEY, NAWCWD Public Affairs In 2012, Dr. Benjamin Harvey and his team at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, along with collaborators from the Air Force Research Laboratory at Edwards Air Force Base and the Naval Research Laboratory, were awarded a four-year . . . Read Full Story >>

Grosklags meets with  workforce  during  WD tour

Grosklags meets with workforce during WD tour

By STACIE BAILEY NAWCWD Public Affairs Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags, commander of the Naval Air Systems Command, visited Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Jan. 17-18 and met with members of the workforce about filling capability gaps for the warfighter. Critical thinking and challenging assumptions . . . Read Full Story >>

‘60 Minutes’ spotlights micro drones

‘60 Minutes’ spotlights micro drones

Rebecca Neipp

China Lake’s contributions to national defense were showcased on a national stage Sunday evening, when “60 Minutes” aired an in-depth report on the successful test of a game-changing drone technology being worked on by the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division. CBS National Security Correspondent . . . Read Full Story >>

China Lake makes national news

Residents of the Indian Wells Valley are encouraged to tune in, or set their DVRs, to “60 Minutes” on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. to see the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division at China Lake. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin and . . . Read Full Story >>

O’Neil to lead  China Lake  Alliance, EDC

O’Neil to lead China Lake Alliance, EDC

Scott O’Neil was confirmed this week as the new executive director for the Indian Wells Valley Economic Development Corpora-tion and its subsidiary, the China Lake Alliance. O’Neil capped his 40-year career at China Lake with more than a decade of service as the executive director . . . Read Full Story >>

NAWCWD employees donate to Toys for Tots

NAWCWD employees donate to Toys for Tots

Members of the Logistics and Industrial Operations Group at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division donate six boxes of unwrapped toys to the Marine Aviation Detachment heading up the local Toys for Tots drive. From left are Gunnery Sgt. James Seigfried, Cpl. Christopher Duell, Danny . . . Read Full Story >>

NAWCWD employees visit the fleet

NAWCWD employees visit the fleet

A group of Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division employees recently toured active-duty facilities at Camp Pendleton and Naval Air Station North Island. According to Gina Niesen of China Lake’s H-1 Weapon Systems Support Activity, NAWCWD produces, installs and maintains the software and hardware on . . . Read Full Story >>

The changing of the guard

The changing of the guard

Rebecca Neipp

Uncannily synchronized timing saw many high-level changes in leadership this week for those living in the Indian Wells Valley. On Wednesday afternoon, Rear Adm. Yancy Lindsey, commander of Navy Region Southwest, was on hand for the change of command at Naval Air Weapons Station China . . . Read Full Story >>

Rear Adm. Becker tours China Lake

Rear Adm. Becker tours China Lake

Nick Quigley, center, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division aerospace engineer, explains the importance of using a stainless steel spacer to separate the fuel grain from the combustor in a solid fuel ramjet to Rear Adm. Christian Becker, left, program executive officer for Command, Control, . . . Read Full Story >>

Corzine receives 25-year service award

Corzine receives 25-year service award

Director of China Lake Ranges Andy Corzine, left, is surprised with a 25-year length-of-service award from Tom Dowd, director of Naval Air Systems Command Ranges, during a ceremony at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division on Nov. 3 at China Lake. Since joining NAWCWD, . . . Read Full Story >>

‘We are NAWCWD’ seen as success

‘We are NAWCWD’ seen as success

NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER WEAPONS DIVISION — More than 800 NAWCWD employees took time out of their schedules to get a better understanding of how the command supports the warfighter during the “We Are NAWCWD” event at China Lake on Oct. 26. “We planned this . . . Read Full Story >>

Owens Valley students receive China Lake tour

Owens Valley students receive China Lake tour

During a visit to Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, students from Owens Valley High School receive a tour of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 31 from Lt. Craig Wright, project officer and test pilot at China Lake. The students visited the chemistry wing and . . . Read Full Story >>

Hodge awarded for 45 years of service

Hodge awarded for 45 years of service

Jay Hodge, a senior engineer at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, receives an award for 45 years of service. “Once upon a time, automatic target recognition meant staring at a black-and-white wet-film photo and a handdrawn map trying to put those together,” said NAWCWD?Commander . . . Read Full Story >>

Weapons Division honors development program graduates

Weapons Division honors development program graduates

NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER WEAPONS DIVISION — Thirty more NAWCWD scientists and engineers reached a milestone as they graduated recently from the Engineer and Scientist Development Program at China Lake. NAWCWD Executive Director Joan Johnson and Rear Adm. Brian Corey, commander, gave the graduates some . . . Read Full Story >>

Estrada, Di Pietro promoted to lieutenant commander

Estrada, Di Pietro promoted to lieutenant commander

Lt. Justin Estrada and Lt. Robert Di Pietro (pictured) were promoted to lieutenant commander during a pinning ceremony held at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, where they were surrounded by family and friends. “We don’t often enough pause and think about what it means . . . Read Full Story >>