Amster honored for 40 years of service

Amster honored for 40 years of serviceNaval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division –  Ken Amster was honored for 40 years of federal service during a Jan. 14 ceremony in China Lake, California.

Currently serving as division head for Cyber Test and Evaluation at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, Amster began his career at China Lake in 1981 shortly after graduating from University of Maryland with a degree in economics.

In 1987, Amster earned a fellowship to attend the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey and consequently, received a second masters degree in Operations Research.

Throughout his career, Amster was recruited to several other assignments on the east coast, to include the class desk engineer for free-fall weapons in support of Operation Desert Storm and a an analyst role within the Assessment Division of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. Once these assignments ended, Amster always returned to the desert and his position as a senior analyst NAWCWD.

Eventually, Amster transitioned to the Test and Evaluation Department, where he led the Tomahawk Test Team and conducted the synthetic guidance demonstration. He also participated in the revisions of the Test and Evaluation training curriculum.

Working at NAWCWD has offered Amster a variety of experiences outside of the normal day-to-day. He participated in Tomahawk Flight tests, lived on a carrier during a RIMPAC Exercise, and even briefed admirals at the Pentagon.

“My time at China Lake has given me the opportunity to have incredible experiences, both here and elsewhere,” said Amster. “I don’t believe there is another place that offers such a breath of experiences.”

Ron Rodriguez U.S. Navy photo: Commander Rear Adm. Scott Dillon honors Ken Amster, division head for Cyber Test and Evaluation at NAWCWD, with a 40-year length-of-service award during a Jan. 14 ceremony in China Lake, California.

Story First Published: 2022-02-04