Larry Peterson celebrates 40 years of service

Larry Peterson celebrates 40 years of serviceLarry Peterson receives a 40-year length-of-service award from Rear Adm. Scott Dillon, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division commander, during a ceremony Oct. 25 at China Lake — U.S. Navy photo by Paul Kakert

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By STACIE LAWRENCE

NAWCWD Public Affairs

Rear Adm. Scott Dillon, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division commander, recognized Larry Peterson for 40 years of service during a ceremony Oct. 25 at China Lake.

“The work that you’ve done during your 40 years of government service is impressive,” Dillon said after recounting Peterson’s work history.

“It’s really cutting-edge stuff. Every time I have the opportunity to talk in this forum, I learn more about the cutting-edge and unique skill set that we have here at NAWCWD, and that really is the accumulation of contributions by people like you.”

Peterson, who currently serves as head of the Image and Signal Processing Branch in support of the Research Directorate, arrived at China Lake with degrees in physics and electrical engineering.

He worked a short stint at what is now the Naval Research Laboratory in Monterey before returning to China Lake.

“This is an amazing place,” Peterson said. “It’s really the quality of the people.”

“It’s been a privilege to work with everyone here. Their insights and talents are amazing. I think that’s why this place contributes what it does to national defense.”

In his career, Peterson has researched and supported electro-optical mission systems, sig-

nals and target detection, collaborative autonomy, machine learning and more.

He is also the co-developer of an application that supports improved situational awareness, information integration, image-based navigation and targeting.

Story First Published: 2019-01-04