Harlow earns NMCS award

Harlow earns NMCS awardBy AARON CRUTCHFIELD, NAWCWD Public Affairs

In an Aug. 29 ceremony at China Lake, in the presence of family and friends, Brad Harlow was presented a Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award by Rear Adm. Scott Dillon, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division commander.

The citation recognizes “your critical role in the transformation of the Weapons and Energetics Department to have a clearly established vision toward improving speed to the fleet, while increasing in-house weapons development capability, and rapidly advancing knowledge transfer to the workforce’s most critical skill areas.

“With 35 years of diverse technical experience in weapons development and business management, you have been an influential leader in the development of vital weapons systems and the advancement of many technologies.”

The citation went on to state that Harlow’s leadership for the 21-inch Standard Missile rocket motor program, which successfully underwent testing just eight months after its design, and the standup of the technically diverse team to execute the Fleet Supersonic Training Target program on an accelerated timeline exemplified his skills.

Dillon said the NMCS is rarely awarded and typically represents significant accomplishments over many years.

It’s one thing to be a technical expert, he said. “But it’s another thing entirely to move those efforts forward, to produce some sort of a concrete result, to deliver on the efforts that the organization has been putting in over the years, and to see your work translated into a product that makes a big difference to the fleet.”

“I often say that I’m never the smartest person in the room; haven’t been for my entire 35 years,” said Harlow. “I’ve been surrounded by really talented people. The thing that I do is just make them maybe a little bit better. I’ll never be accused of being the expert, or being the person that’s really responsible for any of these things. I just played a small role along the way.”

“Don’t let him understate the significance of this accomplishment,” Dillon said. “This is a big deal, and we’re proud of you for earning it.”

Pictured: Brad Harlow (right) accepts his award from Rear Adm. Scott Dillon. — U.S. Navy photo by Paul Kakert

Story First Published: 2019-09-20