NAWCWD recognizes ESDP graduates

NAWCWD recognizes ESDP graduatesNAWCWD Executive Director Joan Johnson, left, poses with China Lake’s fall 2018 graduates of the Engineer and Scientist Development Program. ESDPs complete three to five years of rotational tours, mentoring and a minimum of 300 hours of training in addition to training toward receiving their certificate of completion. “We need to communicate and act with urgency and have a competitive mindset. We have to out-think, out-maneuver, out-partner and out-innovate our adversaries,” said Johnson. “Test assumptions, don’t accept the status quo. We’re proud of our rich 75-year history, but sometimes we can get into a mindset of ‘That’s how we’ve always done it.’ Don’t accept it.” When 55 percent of your workforce has less than 10 years of experience, you’re poised for a change, she said. “You must lead that change. I am confident that NAWCWD is going to thrive well into the future because you are our future leaders." —U.S. Navy photo by Ron Rodriguez

Story First Published: 2018-11-30