DeRuiter retires after 39 years

DeRuiter retires after 39 yearsAfter 39 years of federal service, Paul DeRuiter, a project team lead at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, receives the flag flown in his honor on April 24 at China Lake. DeRuiter’s time at NAWCWD began through a co-op opportunity and the Junior Professionals Program. He spent his entire career with the Signals Collection and Exploitation Branch with the exception of a year tour in Washington, D.C. with the Chief of Naval Operations Technical Support Group. Being involved with projects from cradle to grave, interacting directly with the personnel who use the products WD has developed and being able to see and experience their appreciation are some of things he’s enjoyed most in his career. After retirement, DeRuiter and his wife plan to relocate to eastern Washington to enjoy the four-season climate, traveling, and for him to explore the Pacific Northwest through his hobbies of hiking, biking and climbing. “When I first arrived to China Lake on a hot, dusty and windy day in June of 1978 as a 20-year-old college student, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect,” he said. “What I’ve experienced is an incredible career, a close-knit community that was a great place to raise a family, and lots more hot, dusty and windy days!” -- U.S. Navy photo by Paul Kakert

Story First Published: 2017-06-09