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Former Astronaut Teaches the Importance of Working Hard, Diversity of Thought

Former Astronaut Teaches the Importance of Working Hard, Diversity of Thought

From the roof of his childhood home in El Paso, Texas, gazing up at a blanket of stars from a telescope, John “Danny” Olivas could see what felt like forever. Years later, when he became a NASA astronaut, Olivas would look out at the same stars from the flight deck of the International Space...
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NAVAIR Industry Day Seeks Partnership, Electronics and System solutions

NAVAIR Industry Day Seeks Partnership, Electronics and System solutions

“Allow your folks to fail, learn, then recover,” said Daniel Nega, the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for air programs during an industry brief at PMA-209’s Industry Day, September 18-19, 2018. “Don’t just hire more people. Solve within your means.” His challenge to government and industry is to encourage a shift in perspective...
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Lemmon Assumes Command of Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division from Gahagan

Lemmon Assumes Command of Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division from Gahagan

Rear Adm. Shane G. Gahagan turned over command of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) to Rear Adm. John S. Lemmon during a change of command ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Vice Adm. G. Dean Peters, Commander of Naval Air Systems Command, presided over the ceremony....
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Employees Walk and Run for Suicide Awareness in “Laps for Life” Held on September 18th

Employees Walk and Run for Suicide Awareness in “Laps for Life” Held on September 18th

Spreading awareness about suicide was the goal of the ninth annual “Laps for Life” walk/run/team relay event held here September 18. Military members, civilians, contractors and their family members walked or ran 12 laps around the track to commemorate the fact that every 12 minutes, a life is lost to suicide. Capt. Christopher Cox...
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Additive Manufacturing, Collaboration Keep T-6Bs Flying

Additive Manufacturing, Collaboration Keep T-6Bs Flying

Recent delivery of 15 T-6B Texan II dorsal assembly ribs in a matter of weeks is an example of how quickly stakeholders can increase readiness through collaboration and innovation. “With additive manufacturing (AM), the fleet can now get the parts in a matter of hours in addition to having an additional source of production,”...
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Lemmon Assumes Command of Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division from Gahagan

Lemmon Assumes Command of Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division from Gahagan

Rear Adm. Shane G. Gahagan turned over command of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) to Rear Adm. John S. Lemmon during a change of command ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Vice Adm. G. Dean Peters, Commander of Naval Air Systems Command, presided over the ceremony....
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Phase I Complete for Navy’s Range Support Aircraft Replacement

Phase I Complete for Navy’s Range Support Aircraft Replacement

The Tactical Airlift Program Office (PMA-207) Commercial Modifications and Range Support (CMARS) Team accepted delivery of their newest commercial-derivative aircraft platform, July 30. The Gulfstream G550, with structural modifications, was further modified to house specialized telemetry equipment, unique to the Navy’s application. The G550 is slated to serve as the replacement for one of...
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NAS Pax River Successfully Transitions Civilian Watercraft Fuel Leak Containment, Clean Up to U.S. Coast Guard

NAS Pax River Successfully Transitions Civilian Watercraft Fuel Leak Containment, Clean Up to U.S. Coast Guard

Naval Air Station Patuxent River successfully turned over containment and cleanup efforts for the partially submerged civilian watercraft in the Patuxent River to the U.S. Coast Guard Aug. 30. Containment efforts by NAS Patuxent River’s Port Operations Division had been ongoing since 7:15 a.m. Aug. 28, when they noticed a sheen on the water...
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NAS Pax River, U.S. Coast Guard Monitoring Partially Submerged Civilian Craft in Patuxent River

NAS Pax River, U.S. Coast Guard Monitoring Partially Submerged Civilian Craft in Patuxent River

Naval Air Station Patuxent River’s Port Operations Division and personnel from U.S. Coast Guard Station St. Inigoes are monitoring a partially submerged civilian watercraft in the Patuxent River for potential environmental impact. The monitoring efforts began Aug. 21, 2018, at approximately 1:00 p.m. when NAS Patuxent River Port Operations personnel noticed what appeared to...
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United States Reaches $1.53 Million Dollar Settlement with Defense Contractor to Resolve Contract Claim

United States Reaches $1.53 Million Dollar Settlement with Defense Contractor to Resolve Contract Claim

CACI Technologies, LLC has agreed to pay the United States $1,531,928.77 to settle an allegation that it breached its contract with the National Security Agency (NSA), a component of the Department of Defense, by billing and accepting payment from the NSA for work performed by certain CACI employees who did not meet the required...
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Cruisin’ SOMD Car Show Raises Money for the at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home

Cruisin’ SOMD Car Show Raises Money for the at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home

Cruisin SOMD held The 7th Annual Cruisin’ SOMD Car show on May 26, 2018, at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home . The 100 mile cruise had over 170 cars, & trucks registered which ended at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. Over the years Cruisin’ SOMD has raised $82,000.00 for our Veterans at Charlotte Hall....
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NAVAIR Change of Command: Grosklags Retires, Peters at Helm

NAVAIR Change of Command: Grosklags Retires, Peters at Helm

Improving readiness and increasing speed to the fleet will remain priorities at the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) under its new commander, Vice Adm. Dean Peters, who relieved Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags during a May 31 ceremony. Peters received his third star minutes earlier from Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran, who...
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NAWCAD Employees Named Outstanding Technology Transfer Professionals

NAWCAD Employees Named Outstanding Technology Transfer Professionals

NAWCAD’S Michelle Miedzinski and Rick Tarr of the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) were recently named this year’s Outstanding Technology Transfer Professionals by the Federal Lab Consortium. The award recognizes the efforts of the professional or team who has demonstrated outstanding work transferring a technology in a manner significantly over and above what was called for...
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Memorial Day: A Day to Remember the Fallen

Memorial Day: A Day to Remember the Fallen

May 28, 2018, is Memorial Day. This day is a national holiday, for remembering and honoring men and women, who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. Waterloo, New York, was declared the official birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966. The holiday had many origins, and...
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NAWCAD Personnel Honored with Navy Awards for Excellence in Test and Evaluation

NAWCAD Personnel Honored with Navy Awards for Excellence in Test and Evaluation

Two NAWCAD personnel and one team were honored with Department of the Navy (DON) Test and Evaluation Awards during a ceremony. Rick Quade, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, presented the awards to the recipients for their outstanding efforts and significant achievements in the field. Now retired, Christopher...
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Employees Take the First Step in Their Leadership Development Journey

Employees Take the First Step in Their Leadership Development Journey

So you want to be NAVAIR’s next leader? Where do you start? Potential applicants to NAVAIR’s Leadership Development Program learned the answers to these questions and more at a national application seminar held here April 24. The command’s flagship leadership program gives mid- to senior-grade employees the opportunity to broaden their leadership and management...
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New Atlantic Test Ranges High-Security Operations Center Dedicated at Pax River

New Atlantic Test Ranges High-Security Operations Center Dedicated at Pax River

The long-awaited ribbon cutting for a new high-security operations center at the Atlantic Test Ranges (ATR) took place March 27 before a group of Navy officials and distinguished visitors at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Leslie Taylor, executive director of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, wielded the giant ceremonial scissors for the...
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NAS Patuxent River to Conduct Security Drill April 6

NAS Patuxent River to Conduct Security Drill April 6

NAS Patuxent River will be conducting a security exercise April 6 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The exercise area will be clearly marked with exercise in progress signs and the perimeter of the immediate drill location will be secured by NSF personnel. Personnel are advised to remain clear of drill areas and to...
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Annual NAVAIR Commander’s Awards Celebrate Speed, Readiness and Innovation

Annual NAVAIR Commander’s Awards Celebrate Speed, Readiness and Innovation

The 18th annual NAVAIR Commander’s Awards, held here March 14, celebrated teams that helped further the command’s strategic priorities: increasing readiness and speed of capability to the fleet. “The depth and breadth of what is represented in this room is eye-watering,” NAVAIR Commander Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags told a room full in Patuxent River...
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Naval Air Station Patuxent River will Operate Under 2 hour Delay

Naval Air Station Patuxent River will Operate Under 2 hour Delay

NAS Pax River, Webster and NRC Solomons will operate under a 2 hour Delayed Arrival/Unscheduled Leave/Telework Status on March 22, 2018 NAS Patuxent River will open on a 2-hour delayed arrival schedule on 22 March. Critical personnel must report to work as previously scheduled. Civil service employees designated as non-critical who choose to report...
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Guyette earns Marine Corps Test Pilot of the Year award

Guyette earns Marine Corps Test Pilot of the Year award

Maj. Robert Guyette, the test pilot who last year led the team of engineers in resolving mission critical deficiencies with the F-35 helmet mounted display, was honored as the Test Pilot of the Year during a ceremony Feb. 8. Guyette, F-35 Pax River Integrated Test Force test pilot, received the award from the John H....
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Governor Larry Hogan Submits 160 “Green Bag” Appointments

Governor Larry Hogan Submits 160 “Green Bag” Appointments

Governor Larry Hogan today submitted 160 appointments to the Maryland State Senate. Secretary of Appointments Chris Cavey presented Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller with the names of the “Green Bag” nominees. “Marylanders deserves nothing less than the most capable and well-qualified representatives for these critically important positions and the names submitted today uphold...
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NOISE ADVISORY – Controlled Detonation at NAS Patuxent River Scheduled for February 14, 2018

NOISE ADVISORY – Controlled Detonation at NAS Patuxent River Scheduled for February 14, 2018

NAS Patuxent River will conduct a single controlled detonation near the water by Fishing Point (just to the north of East Basin) between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 14, 2018. Cedar Point Road in the vicinity of Bronson Road will be secured during this time and personnel on base will need to use...
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What an Increased Force Protection Condition Means for Pax River Personnel

What an Increased Force Protection Condition Means for Pax River Personnel

The Navy’s annual Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield (SC-CS) anti-terrorism/force protection exercise is underway across NAS Patuxent River through Feb. 9, and part of that exercise will involve increasing the force protection condition (FPCON) which may affect Pax River personnel. FPCON is a terrorist threat system that describes the measures needed to be taken by security...
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Pax Volunteers to Exhibit, Lend a Hand at Naval Air Museum STEAM Event

Pax Volunteers to Exhibit, Lend a Hand at Naval Air Museum STEAM Event

Volunteers from across NAS Patuxent River will lend their expertise and assistance at the Technology and Arts Expo hosted by the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum (PRNAM) Saturday, Feb. 10. Open to the public for the cost of museum admission, the expo will introduce and reaffirm Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) concepts...
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