Ron Merrill receives service award

Ron Merrill receives service awardRon Merrill, left, receives as 20-year length of service award from Ken Chirkis, head of the System Safety Engineering Branch at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, during a ceremony Oct. 27 at China Lake. Merrill arrived at China Lake in 2003 as an O-3 supply officer. He served as the aviation support division officer until 2005 before he left active duty and began working for Naval Air Systems Command as the principal for safety for conventional freefall weapons fuzes. In 2008 he made the transition from fuze work to software safety support for the Air Wing Integration Lab Software Development Task Team before becoming the AWIL software safety lead. — U.S. Navy photo by Ron Rodriguez

Story First Published: 2017-12-01