Department of Defense

NAVAIR Commander to workforce: ‘I want you to challenge the norm’

NAVAIR Commander to workforce: ‘I want you to challenge the norm’

The world’s dynamic is rapidly changing and NAVAIR needs to rethink its processes to stay competitive, the commander of the Naval Air Systems Command said during an address to the command’s program management workforce (AIR-1.0) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River April 6. During his opening remarks, Navy Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags, NAVAIR Commander, emphasized...
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UPDATE : Name of Deceased Crew Member Who Died in Black Hawk Training Flight Released

UPDATE : Name of Deceased Crew Member Who Died in Black Hawk Training Flight Released

4/18/17 UPDATE – Official Military Press Release: One crew member died and two were injured when a UH-60 Black Hawk crashed during a routine training flight, April 17 at approximately 1:17 p.m., at Breton Bay Golf Course in Leonardtown, Maryland. Spc. Jeremy Darrell Tomlin, 22, a UH-60 crew chief assigned to the 12th Aviation Battalion...
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MQ-25 Program Validates Future Mission Control System Through Simulated Test

MQ-25 Program Validates Future Mission Control System Through Simulated Test

The Navy’s MQ-25 program completed its first demonstration representing how the mission control system located aboard the aircraft carrier will control and transmit information to an unmanned air vehicle in the future. The April 11 demonstration validated the first build of the MD-5 Unmanned Carrier Aviation Mission Control System (UMCS), a combined hardware and...
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St. Mary’s County Public Schools Celebrate Month of the Military Child

St. Mary’s County Public Schools Celebrate Month of the Military Child

Capt. Scott Starkey, NAS Patuxent River commanding officer, and Dawn Simpson, installation school liaison officer, met with the St. Mary’s County Board of Education April 5 to celebrate the Month of the Military Child. Starkey spoke at the event, thanking St. Mary’s County public Schools for their commitment to military children during Month of...
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Veteran Advocate Receives Navy Superior Civilian Service Award

Veteran Advocate Receives Navy Superior Civilian Service Award

In recognition of his advocacy and recruiting efforts, NAVAIR’s Wounded Warrior Program Senior Outreach Coordinator and Placement Advocate, Sonny Fann received the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award (NSCSA) during a ceremony here March 13. Fann received the award for his service to veterans and efforts in helping more than 2,000 Veterans and Wounded Warriors...
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U.S. Marine Corps Receives Approval for CH-53K King Stallion Production

U.S. Marine Corps Receives Approval for CH-53K King Stallion Production

The Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD(AT&L)) approved the Navy’s request for the CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter program to enter into the Production and Deployment April 4. “We have just successfully launched the production of the most powerful helicopter our nation...
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Navy Modernizes Tomahawk Weapons Control System

Navy Modernizes Tomahawk Weapons Control System

After more than a decade in service, the Navy recently delivered an upgraded Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System (TTWCS) to the fleet. The Tomahawk Weapons System Program Office (PMA-280) has maintained the system since 2004 with incremental updates, but to ensure future viability, more significant hardware and software modernization was required. “It is critical...
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Middle School Students Participate in National Week at the Labs

Middle School Students Participate in National Week at the Labs

More than 75 students of four Charles County middle schools headed to Naval Air Warfare Center — Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) — better known as Pax River — earlier this month to take part in National Week at the Labs activities. Organized by Pax River’s Educational Outreach Office, the program was launched in 2016 as...
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Maryland DNR Partners with St. Mary’s County and U.S. Navy on Waterfront Property

Maryland DNR Partners with St. Mary’s County and U.S. Navy on Waterfront Property

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced today that the Board of Public Works unanimously approved the acquisition of 163 acres in St. Mary’s County to provide for the development of both active and passive recreational opportunities, and critically-important water access to the Patuxent River. The property, known as the Snow Hill Farm, will...
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Navy Modernizes Tomahawk Weapons Control System

Navy Modernizes Tomahawk Weapons Control System

After more than a decade in service, the Navy recently delivered an upgraded Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System (TTWCS) to the fleet. The Tomahawk Weapons System Program Office (PMA-280) has maintained the system since 2004 with incremental updates, but to ensure future viability, more significant hardware and software modernization was required. “It is critical...
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Commander, Navy Installations Command To Hold Change of Command

Commander, Navy Installations Command To Hold Change of Command

Vice Adm. Dixon R. Smith will be relieved by Vice Adm. Mary M. Jackson as Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) during a change of command ceremony to be held at the Washington Navy Yard, Admiral Leutze Park on Friday, March 31 at 10 a.m. Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. John Richardson, will be the...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office to present at Health Awareness Seminars at NAS Patuxent River

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office to present at Health Awareness Seminars at NAS Patuxent River

Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency in response to the rising heroin, opioid and fentanyl crisis across the state of Maryland March 1. As reported in January 2017, Maryland is experiencing a rise in deaths from the use of potent and cheap synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, which is 80 times more...
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UPDATE: Suspect Who Stole Items From Military Career Center in Custody

UPDATE: Suspect Who Stole Items From Military Career Center in Custody

Prince George’s County Police patrol officers today arrested the man wanted for breaking into the United States Army Career Center in Oxon Hill earlier this month. The suspect is 30-year-old Kyle Pedigo from Norwich, Connecticut. Officers arrested him this morning when he tried to break into a pool and spa company in Upper Marlboro....
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Pax Sailors volunteer with D.C. Special Olympics Bowling Championship

Pax Sailors volunteer with D.C. Special Olympics Bowling Championship

Sixteen Sailors from across NAS Patuxent River volunteered their services at the 2017 District of Columbia Special Olympics Bowling Championship, which took place Feb. 22 and 23, in Hyattsville, Maryland. For two days, from start to finish, the Sailors helped out wherever they were needed, kept score, and interacted with and provided encouragement to...
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NAVAIR Veteran Seeks to Make a Difference for Other Vets

NAVAIR Veteran Seeks to Make a Difference for Other Vets

It took a few minutes for Ryan Daniels to realize what had happened. The former Marine Corps Staff Sergeant was traveling with a convoy in May 2011 in a restive part of southwestern Afghanistan that had seen plenty of combat action. His mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, or MRAP, had just hit a large, improvised...
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Charlotte Hall Veterans Home Now Accepting Online Donations

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home Now Accepting Online Donations

The Charlotte Hall Veterans Home is excited to announce they now accept ONLINE donations! All donations go to their Veterans Assistance Fund, which is used to assist the residents as their needs arise such as dental and optometry costs, Final Honors arrangements, personal care items, various sponsorship projects, and activities in and outside the home....
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VX-23 Shows Support for Nolan Scully and Family

VX-23 Shows Support for Nolan Scully and Family

For the last few months VX-23 has proudly displayed the “NOLAN” name on F/A-18C #400 in honor of Southern Maryland’s Nolan Scully, whose courageous struggle served as a beacon of hope and inspiration for the entire Salty Dog team. Despite a heroic battle with cancer, 4-year-old Nolan passed away Feb. 4, 2017.
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Governor Larry Hogan Delivers 2017 State of the State Address

Governor Larry Hogan Delivers 2017 State of the State Address

On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, Governor Larry Hogan emphasized bipartisan achievement and outlined his plans to reform redistricting, foster economic growth and fight Maryland’s heroin and opioid crisis in his third State of the State address Wednesday… Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, members of the General Assembly, distinguished guests, and my fellow Marylanders: It is...
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NAS Patuxent River Holds Emergency Response Exercise

NAS Patuxent River Holds Emergency Response Exercise

Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River held an emergency response exercise, Feb. 1, as part of the Navy’s Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield 2017 (SC-CS17) exercise. SC-CS17 is an anti-terrorism/force protection exercise conducted by Navy installations within the continental United States. The purpose of SC-CS17 is to ensure that the Navy is ready to respond to...
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Naval Air Station sounds All Clear Following Suspicious Package Response

Naval Air Station sounds All Clear Following Suspicious Package Response

UPDATE 2/2/17 @ 1:15 p.m.: NAS Patuxent River evacuated Building 2185 temporarily Feb. 2 as a response to a suspicious package. Following a call of a suspicious package in Building 2185 at NAS Patuxent River at shortly before 11 a.m. the building was evacuated for the safety of personnel. The package was inspected by...
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NDW Participate in Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield Annual Exercise

NDW Participate in Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield Annual Exercise

Naval installations in the National Capital Region will participate in the United States Fleet Forces Command annual anti-terrorism/force protection exercise, Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield (SC-CS), Jan. 30-Feb. 10. These Naval installations include Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Naval Support Activity Washington, Naval Support Activity Annapolis, Naval Support Activity Bethesda, Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSF Indian Head...
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Advanced Arresting Gear Remains Navy’s Choice for Next-Gen Recovery System

Advanced Arresting Gear Remains Navy’s Choice for Next-Gen Recovery System

On the heels of continued progress of the Advanced Arresting Gear’s test program, to include completion of the 350th trap of an F/A-18E Super Hornet in December, senior Navy officials announced the decision to continue with AAG as its choice of recovery system aboard the future USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). The determination...
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Nammo to Bring More Than 130 New Manufacturing Jobs to Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head

Nammo to Bring More Than 130 New Manufacturing Jobs to Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head

The Nammo Group, based in Norway, will bring more than 130 new manufacturing jobs to Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Indian Head in Southern Maryland over the next five years. As part of an agreement signed today, Nammo Energetics Indian Head, a Maryland corporation, will partner with the installation’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division...
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Hoyer Attends Signing Ceremony at Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head

Hoyer Attends Signing Ceremony at Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head

On Thursday, January 19, 2017, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer joined Ambassador Kåre R. Aas of Norway at a signing ceremony marking the new public-private-partnership between NAMMO and the United States Navy’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal Division at Indian Head. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: “Good morning. I’m honored to be here at...
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Blackjack Soars over Southern Maryland

Blackjack Soars over Southern Maryland

The RQ-21A Blackjack Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) flew for the first time from Patuxent River Naval Air Station Webster Outlying Field, Maryland, in December. Before flying at Webster Field, the system conducted testing at the manufacturer Insitu’s facility, in Boardman, Oregon, as well as at Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadrons (VMUs) on the East...
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