Conaway earns prestigious Navy award

Conaway earns prestigious Navy awardBy STACIE LAWRENCE

NAWCWD Public Affairs

Jeff Conaway, a retired program manager from the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, has a great support system as was evidenced by the crowd that gathered to celebrate his receipt of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award during a ceremony Dec. 13 at China Lake.

“The world is changing faster than ever,” said Rear Adm. Brian Corey, NAWCWD commander, as he presented Conaway with his award. “But, the work that you and your colleagues do, Jeff, has set us on an amazing, solid foundation.”

Conaway, a Long Island, N.Y., native, grew up in the Indian Wells Valley before joining the Weapons Division in 1981. Beginning in the Range Department working on radar and optical servo systems, Conaway spent time at the Electronic Combat Range before becoming a section head in the Instrumentation Division.

Prior to his retirement in July, Conaway made career contributions from providing leadership and guidance to project leads across the Navy and the Department of Defense to developing acquisition strategies that helped invest in and modernize capabilities across NAWCWD as well as Naval Air Systems Command ranges.

“I want to start by thanking my family, friends, coworkers and mentors,” Conaway said. “I believe we created a great team and a family to get all these things done and I couldn’t have done it without help from all of you. Thank you very much.”

Pictured: Rear Adm. Brian Corey, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division commander, presents Jeff Conaway with a Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award during a Dec. 13 ceremony at China Lake. — U.S. Navy photo by Paul Kakert

Story First Published: 2018-01-05