Weapons Division graduates three from NADP

Weapons Division graduates three from NADPNADP graduates are flanked by Mical Bindschatel, right, and several members of the 6.0 leadership team who were instrumental in the graduates’ completion of the program. The three graduates, from center left, are Anil Jnawali, Jacob Bell and Nhat Nguyen. — U.S. Navy photo by Ron Rodriguez



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A Sept. 26 ceremony honored three Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division employees for graduating from the Naval Acquisition Development Program at China Lake.

NADP is two- to three-year training program established by the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act to provide employees with opportunities for professional development and career-broadening assignments through mentoring opportunities and program tours. This year’s ceremony honored Jacob Bell, Anil Jnawali and Nhat Nguyen.

“I got to see these guys grow personally and professionally, and they’ve all come so far over the past three years,” said Justin Ruggiero, who served as the interns’ career field manager. “It’s a great privilege and an honor to be here, and I’d like to say that I am very proud of all of you.”

Through NADP, the graduating interns toured with programs such as Harpoon, Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile, Long Range Anti-Ship Missile, Precision Attack Weapons System and Rolling Airframe Missile before gaining permanent positions.

Each graduate agreed that the program offered an awesome opportunity to grow. For Nguyen and Jnawali, who served in the Navy prior to the program, it was an opportunity to work with the fleet again.

“Our NADP interns are the future of the 6.0 workforce,” said Mical Bindschatel, director of the Logistics and Industrial Operations Group.

“Many have graduated and gone on to become product support managers, assistant program managers of logistics, deputy assistant program managers of logistics and even engineer and test product leads.”

Story First Published: 2018-11-16