Community leaders tour China Lake

Community leaders tour China LakePictured: Marty Krammer (right) ushers community leaders on a tour of the Weapons Survivability Laboratory. — U.S. Navy photo by Paul Kakert

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By STACIE BAILEY

NAWCWD Public Affairs

Community leaders representing educational, housing, civic and economic interests in the Indian Wells Valley recently toured the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division to get a closer look at the command’s capabilities.

“You are our partners,” said Harlan Kooima, director of the NAWCWD Software and Mission Systems Integration Department. “We can’t do our mission without the support of the community. A lot of bases have a large military presence — well this base is not that.

“The civilian workforce is quite large, but it’s not just numbers, it’s the actual capabilities that are produced here and delivered for our nation and we can’t do that without you.”

After receiving an overview of NAWCWD and its land and sea ranges, the group was briefed on developing laser and solid fuel ramjet capabilities.

A walking tour of the Applied Manufacturing Technology Division preceded an autonomy demonstration as well as tours of the Carl Schaniel Laboratory, Fuze Test Facility and Weapons Survivability Laboratory.

“I was born and raised here and I’ve had three generations of family members who’ve worked at NAWCWD,” said Ernie Bell, Sierra Sands Unified School District superintendent.

“I had a tour of China Lake years ago and the technology has changed so much. It’s just exciting to see.”

Story First Published: 2017-12-15