Woods impressed with capabilities, passion at China Lake

Woods impressed  with capabilities,  passion at China LakePictured: Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Robert Woods experiences mixed reality technology during his visit to China Lake. — U.S. Navy photo by Paul Kakert

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By STACIE LAWRENCE, NAWCWD Public Affairs

Robert Woods, acting assistant secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, toured the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, during a visit March 1-2.

NAWCWD Commander Rear Adm. Brian Corey and Dan Carreño, director of the NAWCWD Weapons and Energetics Department, gave Woods a command overview and discussed recruiting and retention, personnel numbers and community relations efforts. Corey pointed out NAWCWD’s expansive land ranges and highlighted its one-of-a-kind capabilities. Carreño, who came to China Lake as a young engineer and is now a member of the Senior Executive Service, shared some of his own experiences and his excitement about the tour stops to come.

“You can see it all come together here,” Carreño said. “The talent here is just amazing. What you’re going to see today hones in on that work and innovation. They’re really taking it into their own hands.”

During his trip Woods was escorted through some of China Lake’s laboratories and facilities, learning about the command’s work with autonomy, a solid fuel ramjet, additive manufacturing and energetics.

On the final day of his visit, Woods spoke with members of the NAWCWD Engineer and Scientist Development Program and discussedd how his office supports military and civilian personnel. Before leaving, he shared his impression of the NAWCWD workforce.

“I visited so many labs and talked to so many really smart people,” Woods said. “The work that gets done out here is really amazing, and I saw passion in all the folks that were working on these projects; it was just totally impressive. I’m so happy I was able to come out.”

Story First Published: 2018-03-23