Yuenger recognized for 40 years

Yuenger recognized for 40 yearsBy STACIE LAWRENCE

NAWCWD Public Affairs

A Feb. 20 ceremony at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division China Lake recognized Andrew Yuenger for 40 years of combined active duty and civil service.

“I remember when I thought getting to 30 years was cool,” Yuenger said. “Ten years later, I’m still here and I’ve really enjoyed it.”

After three years in the U.S. Army, Yuenger began his civilian career as a junior professional at the Pacific Missile Test Center, currently known as the Sea Range at NAWCWD Point Mugu.

During his tours Yuenger performed radar and telemetry work in addition to designing and integrating the Weapons Systems Center for Integration and the Subsystems Software Development Laboratories for the F-14D aircraft.

Yuenger transferred to China Lake and went on to support the AV-8B instrumentation group creating real-time displays for flight tests before moving on to support F/A-18 through Harpoon and Joint Standoff Weapons testing.

“It’s not uncommon for our folks to reinvent themselves multiple times, but it takes professional risk, and I appreciate you doing that,” said NAWCWD Commander Rear Adm. Brian Corey. “Thank you for what you have done. More importantly, thank you for what you continue to do to train those who are coming behind you.”

More recently Yuenger has been involved in ordnance and fuze design and directed energy. His current work in radio frequency and guidance for the Evolved SeaSparrow Missile.

“For all the young engineers starting out, I recommend being diversified like I have been,” Yuenger said.

“You can have a lot more jobs available to you if you diversify your background. I not only did software, I did hardware and it’s been a fun 40 years.”

Pictured: Yuenger (right) is honored for his 40 years of service by Rear Adm. Brian Corey. — U.S. Navy photo

Story First Published: 2018-03-02