WD teammates recognized at awards ceremony

WD teammates recognized at awards ceremonyBy STACIE LAWRENCE

NAWCWD Public Affairs

Individuals and teams at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division were recognized for their technical, business and leadership excellence in support of the warfighter at NAWCWD’s recent Honorary Awards ceremony.

“I have the unique privilege of being able to read every nomination package before we make a lot of difficult decisions,” said NAWCWD Executive Director Joan Johnson. “Every package is quite frankly eye watering in terms of what our team members are doing.”

The Michelson Laboratory Award winners at China Lake were Christopher Antonsen, Gregory Bell, Jason Cushing, Robert Floyd, Abbey Horning, Daniel Horning, Kirk Hultgren, Andrew Ihnen and Clinton Johnson. Established in 1996, this award recognizes individuals for technical excellence based on outstanding performance of individual duties. Recipients of this award are selected for significant achievements in management and leadership that further the mission or resolve specific technical problems in ordnance development, test and evaluation.

At China Lake Brian Winder received the Dr. Manuel A. Garcia Memorial Award. This award honors civilian employees who have made significant contributions to the methodology and/or validity of the processes for test and evaluation of weapon systems through innovation and/or application of sound engineering principles.

Daniel Crabtree was this year’s winner of the Dr. L.T.E. Thompson Memorial Award. In 1956 the commander at NAWCWD created this award as the center’s highest recognition for outstanding individual achievement. Candidates for this award, which pays tribute to the command’s first technical director, are selected based on a single outstanding achievement or for continued excellence. An individual must have already received a Michelson Laboratory Award to receive the Thompson Award.

The winner of the Dr. William B. McLean Memorial Award was Orson Eggleston. This award was established in 1968 and honors McLean, who served as the technical director at China Lake from 1954-1967. Recognized individuals have demonstrated exceptional creativity through significant inventions. Selection is based on originality and significance to the mission of NAWCWD.

Bruce Hornberger, Frederick Kallberg and Vincent Schuetz were the recipients of the Dr. Charles C. Lauritsen Memorial Award. The award honors Lauritsen’s successful development and utilization of rockets and missiles, and the establishment of the civilian-military team concept in the Navy lab structure. The winners have significantly contributed to the advancement of technology in energetic materials, ordnance, propulsion and fuzing, or for career achievement in the field of energetics.

The Gwendolyn Elliot Hunt Memorial Award was awarded to Tracy Lind and Raena Phillips. Hunt was a leader and technical professional who rose to each challenge in her professional and personal life and is said to have made improvements to the efficiency and quality of life at NAWCWD. The award is given to those who have made significant strides in personal development, academic achievement, career advancement and/or mission accomplishment.

Recipients of the Dr. Twain C. Lockhart Memorial Award were Jared Berry, Eric Dictson and Erin Duchow. This award honors Lockhart’s innovative spirit and approach in shaping the targets organization into what it is today. Recipients have made significant leadership contributions to the development of target systems to meet the developmental and operational testing requirements.

At China Lake David Belasco and Rodney Robbs were awarded the Captain Kenneth A. Walden Memorial Award. In honor of Walden’s personal involvement in providing motivation and leadership to others to achieve technical and operational objectives, this honor is given to civilian or military employees who have made significant strides in personal development and career advancement or have made contributions to success in technical and operational goals within the last three years.

The Business Management Excellence Award, presented to Sheryl Allen, Deborah Ireland and Jean Johanboeke, recognizes excellence in business management or any of the various business or business-related fields in support of NAWCWD’s mission success. These fields include financial management, total force management, human resources, contracts and acquisition, information technology, security and legal.

Diana Eggleton was the China Lake recipient of the Equal Employment Opportunity Award, recognizing employees who have made outstanding contributions to NAWCWD’s EEO program through excellence in leadership, imagination and perseverance.

Individual awards in the Logistics Excellence Award category went to Gregg Edwards and Celeste Wood. This award recognizes significant contributions in logistical and industrial operations. Those honored have demonstrated innovative planning and logistics program execution, demonstrated leadership skills that have resulted in the improved organization, practices or general health of the Logistics and Industrial Operations competency and helped achieve affordable readiness, improved reliability, improved material management and/or balanced integrated logistics industrial operations support.

The team version of the Logistics Excellence Award went to the following teammates supporting the Air-to-Air Missiles Program Office and the Joint Air Tactical Missile Technical Program Office: David Beasley, Zack Daugherty, Kevin Meagher, Lori Minnick, Barry Olson, Senior Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Thomas Robinson, Richard Sherman, Karli Tedder, Joseph Thibault, Shannon Thompson and Master Sgt. Jacob Wise.

The Warfighter Support Award was established to recognize employees for specific efforts that provide in-service support for weapons systems or improve warfighter operational capabilities and readiness. Recipients have demonstrated outstanding fleet support, which enhance or greatly improve the operational capabilities and readiness of warfighters. Nominees must receive official recognition from an operational activity identifying the value and improvement provided to the warfighter. For this award at China Lake, the following Naval Air Systems Command Shipboard Weapons Integration Team members were honored: William Ayers, Thomas Brouwer, Marcus Culver, Roy Daniels, Richard Duro, Dion Edon, Jeffrey Gardner, John Mullery and Gabriel Torres.

“Today’s award winners are demonstrating, for the entire rest of the organization, that they are setting the bar,” said Rear Adm. Scott Dillon, NAWCWD commander. “We, as an organization, are known to continuously step it up, improve and deliver ever-better products to the fleet as a result. You should all be very proud of the work that you put forward on a daily basis.”

Story First Published: 2018-08-03