Department of Defense

Great Mills Native Serves Aboard Navy Warship in San Diego

Great Mills Native Serves Aboard Navy Warship in San Diego

Petty Officer 3rd Class Nevyn Harris, a native of Great Mills, Maryland, serves the U.S. Navy aboard USS Tripoli operating out of San Diego. Harris graduated from Great Mills High School in 2017. The skills and values needed to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in Great Mills. “I learned in...
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NAS Patuxent River Announces Its Sailors of the Year for 2023

NAS Patuxent River Announces Its Sailors of the Year for 2023

NAS Patuxent River announces its Sailors of the Year, marking the command’s top Sailors for 2023. “I am regularly impressed by the commitment our Pax Sailors show to their command, their Navy, and each other,” said NAS Patuxent River Commanding Officer Capt. Douglas Burfield. “The Sailors chosen as this year’s Sailors of the Year...
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Pax River MWR Recognized by CNIC for Program of the Year

Pax River MWR Recognized by CNIC for Program of the Year

NAS Patuxent River’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) Glow Party Skate Night was recognized by Commander, Navy Installations Command as the Program of the Year 2023. The all-ages event was held in August 2023 after a review of programs that saw a rise in popularity over the previous years. “During COVID, roller skating had...
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Governor Moore and Congressman Hoyer Meets with Military and National Security Technology Development Leaders in Southern Maryland

Governor Moore and Congressman Hoyer Meets with Military and National Security Technology Development Leaders in Southern Maryland

On Friday, February 2nd, 2024, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer met with military and business leaders in Southern Maryland to discuss how continued state and federal partnership will support national defense and economic development initiatives in St. Mary’s County. “Southern Maryland has long been an innovator in national security and defense,” said Congressman Hoyer. “I was proud...
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Virginia Beach Man Sentenced to 78 Months in Prison for Abusive Sexual Contact with a Minor at Patuxent River Naval Air Station

Virginia Beach Man Sentenced to 78 Months in Prison for Abusive Sexual Contact with a Minor at  Patuxent River Naval Air Station

U.S. District Judge Deborah L. Boardman sentenced Delvon Lashawn Redd, age 30, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, yesterday to 78 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for abusive sexual contact with a minor.  Judge Boardman also ordered that, upon his release from prison, Redd must continue to register as a...
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Sustainment Group Master Chief Named NAVAIR Mentor of the Year for HQ and PEO

Sustainment Group Master Chief Named NAVAIR Mentor of the Year for HQ and PEO

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, MD: Mentoring is a symbiotic and dynamic relationship, providing mutually advantageous professional and personal advantages to both parties, according to Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Sustainment Group Senior Enlisted Leader Master Chief Timothy Hucko. Hucko was named as the NAVAIR Mentor of the Year for Headquarters and Program...
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Naval Air Station Patuxent River Annual Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain Feb. 5-16, 2024

Naval Air Station Patuxent River Annual Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain Feb. 5-16, 2024

Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2024 (CSSC24) is conducted by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command(USFFC) and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) on all Navy installations in the continental U.S. “Pax River joins Navy bases across the region and country in training to protect our personnel and mission from possible attack,” said NAS Patuxent River Commanding...
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SPB Dashboard Raises Stakeholders’ Awareness of Long-term Sustainment Health

SPB Dashboard Raises Stakeholders’ Awareness of Long-term Sustainment Health

Program office decision makers, engineers, logisticians and other stakeholders now have an improved and comprehensive information technology solution that supports quicker and deeper analyses of weapon systems’ long-term sustainment health and interdependent processes. Called the Sustainment Program Baseline (SPB) Dashboard, it tracks a weapon system’s sustainment phase performance against an established baseline. First developed...
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NAVAIR Names Their 2023 Mentors of The Year

NAVAIR Names Their 2023 Mentors of The Year

Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) named its 2023 Mentors of the Year as part of its National Mentoring Month observance on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024. Out of 86 nominations, 11 employees received the honor. Initiated in 2013, to earn a Mentor of the Year award, peers or mentees nominate mentors through a written submission...
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No Injuries and All Children Accounted for as Firefighters Investigate Odor of Smoke at NAS Patuxent River Daycare Center

No Injuries and All Children Accounted for as Firefighters Investigate Odor of Smoke at NAS Patuxent River Daycare Center

UPDATE: As of 2:26 p.m., all St. Mary’s County First Responders have been placed in service. No smoke or fire reported and units from NAS Patuxent River Company 13 remain on scene to investigate further. On Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at approximately 2:10 p.m., firefighters from NAS Patuxent River, Bay District, and Hollywood responded...
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Iranian and Two Canadian Nationals Indicted in Murder-for-Hire Scheme in Maryland

Iranian and Two Canadian Nationals Indicted in Murder-for-Hire Scheme in Maryland

One Iranian and two Canadian nationals have been charged with conspiracy to use interstate commerce in the commission of a murder-for-hire plot. According to court documents, from December 2020 through March 2021, Naji Sharifi Zindashti, 49, Damion Patrick John Ryan, 43, and Adam Richard Pearson, 29, conspired with each other in a plot to...
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Noise Advisory for NAS Pax River, Webster Outlying Field January 29 – March 8, 2024

Noise Advisory for NAS Pax River, Webster Outlying Field January 29 – March 8, 2024

Communities surrounding the Outlying Field Webster and the Naval Air Station Patuxent River are advised that there will be an increase in aircraft flight activities associated with the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School training. This increase in aircraft activity will occur from January 29 through March 08, 2024. The U.S. Naval Test Pilot School...
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Noise Advisory – NAS PAX RIVER Sets Noise Advisory for FCLP flights January 22 – February 9, 2024

Noise Advisory – NAS PAX RIVER Sets Noise Advisory for FCLP flights January 22 – February 9, 2024

PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – Communities surrounding NAS Patuxent River are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place January 22 – February 9, 2024 from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Pilots at NAS Pax River will be conducting Field Carrier Landing Practices (FCLPs). FCLPs are simulated carrier landings conducted to prepare...
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SMECO and U.S. Navy Sign Privatization Agreement for 50 Years of Service

SMECO and U.S. Navy Sign Privatization Agreement for 50 Years of Service

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) and the U.S. Navy have signed an agreement to privatize Naval Support Facility (NSF) Indian Head to include main base Indian Head and the Stump Neck Annex. In the case of military bases, privatization means that a public utility takes over ownership and the operation of the facility’s electric...
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Eight NAVAIR Individuals and Teams Recognized in Department of the Navy Acquisition Excellence Awards

Eight NAVAIR Individuals and Teams Recognized in Department of the Navy Acquisition Excellence Awards

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, MD: In a ceremony held on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the Pentagon Auditorium, eight Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) individuals and teams were honored with Department of the Navy (DON) Acquisition Excellence Awards (AEA). The annual awards recognize individuals and teams who have made exceptional contributions in promoting...
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Rhonda Link Wins Top Defense Acquisition Award

Rhonda Link Wins Top Defense Acquisition Award

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, Patuxent River, MD: The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, William A. LaPlante, announced the winners of the 2023 Defense Acquisition Workforce Awards, naming Rhonda Link, Adversary and Specialized Aircraft Program Office (PMA-226), as the winner of the Individual Achievement Award for Services Acquisition. The five annual awards,...
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NAS Patuxent River Operating under Two-Hour Delayed Arrival/Unscheduled Leave/Telework Status for Non-Essential Personnel due to Weather Friday, January 19, 2024

NAS Patuxent River Operating under Two-Hour Delayed Arrival/Unscheduled Leave/Telework Status for Non-Essential Personnel due to Weather Friday, January 19, 2024

NAS Patuxent River has announced it will be open on a 2-hour delayed arrival schedule Friday, January 19, 2024 for non-essential personnel. Essential personnel must report to work as previously scheduled; Essential Personnel are designated as those performing duties that are critical to the operations of security, emergency management, medical facilities, public safety, and...
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UPDATE: St. Mary’s, Charles, Calvert, Prince George’s and Anne Arundel County School Status – Wednesday, Jan.17th, 2024

UPDATE: St. Mary’s, Charles, Calvert, Prince George’s and Anne Arundel County School Status – Wednesday, Jan.17th, 2024

UPDATE 1/17/2024: Charles County is operating with a two-hour delay on Wednesday, January 17, 2024. Calvert County – Two hour delay. There is no a.m. Pre-Kindergarten. 12-month administrators, emergency personnel, report on time. 12-month educational support staff may report up to one hour late. Childcare will open at 7:30 a.m. St. Mary’s County –...
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NAS Patuxent River Operating under Two-Hour Delayed Arrival/Unscheduled Leave/Telework Status for Non-Essential Personnel due to Weather

NAS Patuxent River Operating under Two-Hour Delayed Arrival/Unscheduled Leave/Telework Status for Non-Essential Personnel due to Weather

NAS Patuxent River has announced it will be open on a 2-hour delayed arrival schedule Tuesday, January 16, 2024 for non-essential personnel. Essential personnel must report to work as previously scheduled; Essential Personnel are designated as those performing duties that are critical to the operations of security, emergency management, medical facilities, public safety, and...
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Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Program Office FMS Lead Receives French Medal of Aeronautics

Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Program Office FMS Lead Receives French Medal of Aeronautics

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, MD: Bill Hasegawa, Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE) Program Office (PMA-251) Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Lead, received an elite French Médaille de l’Aéronautique recently for his accomplishment to aviation. Commending both Hasegawa and his team’s efforts, Dr. Emmanuel Chiva, Chief Executive, Direction générale de l’armement (DGA, French...
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Burfield Takes Charge of NAS Pax River at Change of Command Ceremony

Burfield Takes Charge of NAS Pax River at Change of Command Ceremony

Naval Air Station Patuxent River held a ceremony Jan. 10 in which Capt. Douglas Burfield assumed command of the installation from outgoing Commanding Officer Capt. Derrick Kingsley. Burfield’s role as NAS Patuxent River commanding officer follows his previous position as the base executive officer, which he took on in June 2022 falls under the...
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PMA-271 Celebrates 50 Years of Women in Naval Aviation!

PMA-271 Celebrates 50 Years of Women in Naval Aviation!

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, MD: This year marks the 50th anniversary of women in naval aviation, an anniversary that celebrates when the first women began flight school in Pensacola, Florida, back in 1973. In the years since those “first six” donned their flight suits, women’s role in naval aviation has expanded to serve and...
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Top Stories for 2023 on Southern Maryland News Net; Year in Review

Top Stories for 2023 on Southern Maryland News Net; Year in Review

Our top 15 most read stories for 2023. Great Mills Woman Arrested for Murdering Boyfriend and Disposing His Body Parts in Charles and St. Mary’s Counties On December 21, 2022, a report was made to the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack that James Volodimir Nalborczyk, 50 was missing. The family stated that sometime after...
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NAS Patuxent River Nighttime Flights through January 31, 2024

NAS Patuxent River Nighttime Flights through January 31, 2024

Communities surrounding the naval air station are advised that noise-generating nighttime testing events are scheduled to take place December 04, 2023 through January 31, 2024 from 5 p.m. through 10 p.m. nightly. Pilots at NAS Pax River will be conducting night departures and landings, essential training for the precision and safety of our pilots...
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New Generation of Air Dominance; Celebrating 45 Years of the Navy’s First Multirole Aircraft

New Generation of Air Dominance; Celebrating 45 Years of the Navy’s First Multirole Aircraft

Born out of necessity and innovation, the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18 Hornet introduced a level of aircraft superiority that had not been seen before and set the standard for future development of next-gen fighters. Now, celebrating the 45th anniversary of its first flight Nov. 18, the original strike fighter aircraft is affectionately referred to as...
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