NAWCWD honors Nutter for 40 years

NAWCWD  honors Nutter  for 40 yearsValerie Nutter (left) accepts an award from NAWCWD?Executive Director Joan Johnson — U.S. Navy photo by Paul Kakert

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By STACIE LAWRENCE

NAWCWD Public Affairs

Valerie Nutter, a Defense Acquisition Workforce Improve-ment Act facilitator at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, celebrated 40 years of service during a Dec. 6 ceremony led by Executive Director Joan Johnson at China Lake.

Nutter served on active duty in the U.S. Navy as an air traffic controller at China Lake. She continued in the reserves and began her civil service career in the Electronic Warfare Department.

As a test conductor and project engineer, Nutter coordinated test and evaluation projects and fleet-training exercises, citing work with TOPGUN as one of her most memorable experiences in that area.

“That’s only a few reflections of an incredible career in the military and in supporting us as a civil servant,” Johnson said. “You’ve had such a positive impact for the warfighter and for the command, and you continue to do so. I want to thank you for your willingness to do a lot of hard jobs; you stepped up and you’ve made a difference.”

In 2012, Nutter helped the Software and Mission Systems Integration Department prepare for an inspection by seeking information on standards, processes and regulations associated with DAWIA.

By FY13, she had gained a significant understanding of DAWIA issues and how to resolve them, leading to her current position as a facilitator.

“I am really fortunate,” Nutter said. “I love my job! I work with really great people and I am so grateful. I have had a wonderful opportunity in the IPTs, and while I was in the Navy, my son was born here at China Lake. I’ve had a good life here, and I’m very fortunate to work in this community.”

Story First Published: 2019-01-04