Banks celebrates 50 years at NAWCWD

Banks celebrates 50 years at NAWCWDJoan Johnson, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division executive director, celebrates with Ken Banks after a presentation honoring his 50 years of service at China Lake on July 29.

Banks, a Harvard grad, has been employed at NAWCWD since 1967, except when he was a graduate student at the University of California, San Diego. He currently serves as a project chief engineer and consultant in technology development.

“What a momentous occasion,” Johnson said. I am humbled to know you, work with you, and support you in everything you have done for our Navy, our warfighters, and our military allies around the world. The scope of the programs and technology, and the influence you have had through the years is boundless. ‘National treasure’ is the best way to describe you.”

Because of his work on programs like AIM-9 and ASRAAM, Banks, a Naval Air Systems Command Esteemed Fellow, earned several prestigious awards including a Meritorious Civilian Service Award and a Superior Civilian Service Award.

“I could not have lasted this long had I been working somewhere else,” Banks said. “I can’t think of another place that would have had near the tolerance for my direct opinions at times, or a working environment where you are permitted to do what you think is right.”

Pictured: Ken Banks, pictured with NAWCWD Executive Director Joan Johnson. — U.S. Navy photo by Paul Kakert

Story First Published: 2020-08-07