Weapons Division team recognized for fulfilling critical DOD need

Weapons Division  team recognized  for fulfilling  critical DOD need By STACEY BAILEY

NAWCWD Public Affairs

The Low-Energy Exploding Foil Initiator Stop-Gap Team was recently honored for work in preventing the loss of critical Department of Defense weapons components. The award ceremony was on May 24 at China Lake.

In 2016 the team set up a low-energy exploding foil initiator assembly facility, which served as a duplicate of Reynolds Systems Inc. Tasked by the Office of the Secretary of Defense Improved Bradley Acquisition Subsystems Program, the NAWCWD team was granted a stopgap capability that resulted in millions of dollars of savings for the government.

Since the LEEFI components are used in several weapons systems, there was some concern that if something were to happen to RSI, a small facility in Northern California, the inability to get these fuzes could be detrimental to DOD.

“Nothing goes ‘boom’ until you get the first boom,” said Dan Carreno, director for the NAWCWD Weapons and Energetics Department.

“Your response sets the stage and that’s what NAWCWD and China Lake energetics are all about,” he told the team. “That sets the standard for how we are going to continue to push our in-house capability, our expertise and our ability to work with our suppliers as a team effort.”

According to Jeff Roquemore, head of the Fuze and Warhead Division, the team was tasked with identifying adequate existing facilities, making improvements to make these facilities suitable for the required operations as well as identifying and purchasing equivalent equipment, all while adhering to safety standards and adopting operations to meet Navy and NAWCWD standards. The LEEFI team underwent a substantial level of training required for RSI’s operations.

“The team was driven by a desire to support the warfighter and protect our inventory by standing up this capability,” Roquemore noted in his nomination.

“Each and every one on the team brought their unique skills, knowledge and expertise to overcome challenges and provide solutions that moved this project forward to its successful completion. This effort could not have been accomplished without the close coordination and collaboration between our China Lake team and RSI personnel.”

Pictured: Dan Carreno, right, director of the Weapons and Energetics Department at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, joins members of the Low-Energy Exploding Foil Initiator Team to commemorate a successful stop-gap initiative during an awards ceremony at China Lake on May 24. -- U.S. Navy photo by Paul Kakert

Story First Published: 2017-07-28