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NAS Patuxent River Transitions to Health Protection Condition Charlie

NAS Patuxent River Transitions to Health Protection Condition Charlie

NAS Patuxent River has transitioned from Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Bravo to Charlie effective Nov. 21, 2020 as a result of increasing COVID-19 cases in the Southern Maryland region. HPCONs are protocols for public health emergencies, such as a pandemic. Commanders review and update these HPCONs based on risk levels within a local community...
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What is Veterans Day?

What is Veterans Day?

Many Americans mistakenly believe that Veterans Day is the day America sets aside to honor American military personnel who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained from combat. That’s not quite true. Memorial Day is the day set aside to honor America’s war dead. Veterans Day, on the other hand, honors...
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NAS Patuxent River Sets Noise Advisory for Nighttime Helicopter Testing from November 9 to November 10, 2020

NAS Patuxent River Sets Noise Advisory for Nighttime Helicopter Testing from November 9 to November 10, 2020

Communities surrounding NAS Patuxent River and the Webster Outlying Field are advised that nighttime helicopter test events are scheduled to take place November 9 and November 10, 2020 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing activities on the community. For...
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NSWC Indian Head Division JEOD Unit Recognized with Gears of Government Nomination

NSWC Indian Head Division JEOD Unit Recognized with Gears of Government Nomination

Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division (NSWC IHD) isn’t known for their expansive runways; this Navy command that sits on the banks of the Potomac River does not even have a single aircraft. But that doesn’t mean the United States Air Force contingent connected to the command isn’t getting things done. In fact,...
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NAS Patuxent River Sets Noise Advisory for Nighttime Helicopter Testing at Webster Outlying Field November 4, to November 6, 2020

NAS Patuxent River Sets Noise Advisory for Nighttime Helicopter Testing at Webster Outlying Field November 4, to November 6, 2020

Communities surrounding the Webster Outlying Field are advised that nighttime helicopter test events are scheduled to take place November 4 to November 6, 2020 from 4:00 p.m., to 11:00 p.m. As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing activities on the community. For more information call the...
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Federal and Maryland State Partners Working Together to Protect the 2020 Election

Federal and Maryland State Partners Working Together to Protect the 2020 Election

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur, FBI Baltimore Special Agent in Charge Jennifer C. Boone, Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Woodrow W. Jones III, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations’ Baltimore field office John Eisert and Inspector in Charge, US Postal Inspection Service, Washington Division Peter R. Rendina are...
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NAS Patuxent River Gate 2 Open for High Volume Traffic Only on Thursday, October 22, to Tuesday, October 27

NAS Patuxent River Gate 2 Open for High Volume Traffic Only on Thursday, October 22, to Tuesday, October 27

NAS Patuxent River’s Gate 2 will be open during the hours of high-volume traffic only (5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.) Thursday, Oct. 22 – Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. The NAS Patuxent River Gate 2 Pass and ID office remains open during normal business hours Monday through Friday from...
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NAS Patuxent River Drill Hall Closed for Cleaning After Two Staff Members Test Positive for COVID-19

NAS Patuxent River Drill Hall Closed for Cleaning After Two Staff Members Test Positive for COVID-19

The Naval Air Station Patuxent River Drill Hall will be closed for cleaning from Tuesday, October 20, to Sunday, October 25, following a report that two staff members who have since tested positive for COVID were in the Drill Hall in the days prior to exhibiting symptoms. While there is no indication that infection...
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Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division Conducting Testing Monday Through Friday, October 19-23, 2020

Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division Conducting Testing Monday Through Friday, October 19-23, 2020

NSWCDD Range Noise Advisory: NSWCDD plans to conduct range testing Monday through Friday, October 19-23, that could produce very loud noise in communities surrounding Naval Support Facility Dahlgren. Testing is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Access to the Potomac River Middle Danger Zone – as described in 33 CFR 334.230 – will...
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UPDATE: Mechanicsville Man Sentenced to 18 Months in Federal Prison for Stealing Over $409,000 in Government Benefits

UPDATE: Mechanicsville Man Sentenced to 18 Months in Federal Prison for Stealing Over $409,000 in Government Benefits

UPDATE 10/15/2020: U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte sentenced Victor Demattia, age 64, of Mechanicsville, Maryland, yesterday to 18 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for stealing more than $400,000 in Civil Service Retirement benefits and Social Security benefits. Judge Messitte also entered an order requiring Demattia to forfeit...
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Naval Air Station Patuxent River Gate 2 Closed from October 6 to October 13, 2020

Naval Air Station Patuxent River Gate 2 Closed from October 6 to October 13, 2020

NAS Patuxent River’s Gate 2 will close to all traffic at October, 6, 2020, at 9:00 a.m,  and will reopen on October 13, 2020, at 5:00 a.m., Drivers should use NAS Patuxent River’s Gate 1 during these dates. NAS Patuxent River’s Gate 3 remains closed. Visitors requiring Pass and ID services may still access...
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NAS Chief Aviation Machinist’s Mate (AW) Matthew Ira Presented with Plaque for Exemplary Service

NAS Chief Aviation Machinist’s Mate (AW) Matthew Ira Presented with Plaque for Exemplary Service

NAS Patuxent River wishes Fair Winds and Following Seas to Chief Aviation Machinist’s Mate (AW) Matthew Ira! Ira was presented with a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal from NAS Patuxent River Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Cox and a NAS Pax River Chiefs’ Mess plaque from NAS Patuxent River Command Master Chief Abel Griego...
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CH-53K Integrated Test Team Stretches King Stallion’s Sea Legs

CH-53K Integrated Test Team Stretches King Stallion’s Sea Legs

A team of pilots and engineers from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21 based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River recently completed a crucial series of sea trials of the CH-53K King Stallion that not only provided them with valuable developmental test information about the aircraft, but could change the way the squadron...
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Pilot Injured After Military Helicopter from Joint Base Andrews is Struck by Gunfire While Conducting Training Flight in Virginia, FBI Investigating

Pilot Injured After Military Helicopter from Joint Base Andrews is Struck by Gunfire While Conducting Training Flight in Virginia, FBI Investigating

On Monday, August 10, 2020, just after noon, a U.S. Air Force UH-1N Huey assigned to the 1st Helicopter Squadron at Joint Base Andrews was conducting a routine training mission at an altitude of 1,000 feet approximately 10 miles Northwest of Manassas, VA., when the aircraft was struck by at least one bullet from...
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Noise Advisory – NAS Pax River Conducting Field Carrier Landing Practice Flights on August 12, 2020

Noise Advisory – NAS Pax River Conducting Field Carrier Landing Practice Flights on August 12, 2020

Communities surrounding the naval air station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place August 12, 2020 between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Pilots at NAS PAX will be conducting Field Carrier Landing Practices (FCLPs). FCLPs are simulated carrier landings conducted to prepare the pilot to land safely...
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St. Mary’s County Native on Front Lines of U.S. Navy Coronavirus Fight

St. Mary’s County Native on Front Lines of U.S. Navy Coronavirus Fight

Hosptialman Melodie Abell, a native of California, Maryland, is playing a critical role in the U.S. Navy’s efforts to maintain a healthy and ready fighting force in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic. As a hospital corpsman working at Naval Medical Center San Diego, Abell’s skills are vital to maintaining the health of the...
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NAS Patuxent River Gate One Closed for Maintenance, Gate Two Open as Primary Gate, Tuesday, August 11, 2020

NAS Patuxent River Gate One Closed for Maintenance, Gate Two Open as Primary Gate, Tuesday, August 11, 2020

NAS Patuxent River Naval Air Station Announced Gate 1 will be closed for maintenance today, Tuesday, August 11, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for maintenance. Gate 2 will be the primary gate during this time.
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U.S. Navy and Blue Angels Flight Squadron Receives “New” C-130J

U.S. Navy and Blue Angels Flight Squadron Receives “New” C-130J

The U.S. Navy delivered a C-130J aircraft to the Blue Angels Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (NFDS) this month completing the squadron’s logistics transport aircraft transition from a legacy C-130T to a C-130J. “This has been a great example of cooperation between allies and professionals. Coordination and work to deliver this Blue Angels C-130J highlight a...
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NAS Patuxent River Operating Under Restricted to Mission Essential Personnel/Telework Status Due to Hurricane Isaias

NAS Patuxent River Operating Under Restricted to Mission Essential Personnel/Telework Status Due to Hurricane Isaias

NAS Patuxent River has restricted access to critical personnel and mission essential personnel only as of 11 p.m. Aug. 3, 2020 in response to Hurricane Isaias. Admin leave is granted for civil service employees who are not designated as mission essential personnel. Civil service employees scheduled to telework and those with situational telework agreements...
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Noise Advisory – NAS PAX RIVER Sets Noise Advisory for Field Carrier Landing Practice Flights July 29, 2020

Noise Advisory – NAS PAX RIVER Sets Noise Advisory for Field Carrier Landing Practice Flights July 29, 2020

Communities surrounding the naval air station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place July 29, 2020 between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Pilots at NAS PAX will be conducting Field Carrier Landing Practices (FCLPs). FCLPs are simulated carrier landings conducted to prepare the pilot to land safely...
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Prince George’s County Woman Facing Federal Indictment in Maryland on Charges to a Scheme to Defraud Medicaid

Prince George’s County Woman Facing Federal Indictment in Maryland on Charges to a Scheme to Defraud Medicaid

A federal grand jury in Maryland has indicted licensed dentist Edward T. Buford III, age 68, of Silver Spring, Maryland; his business partner Kasandra Vilchez-Duarte, age 44, of Fort Washington, Maryland; and Donnie Amis, age 63, of Washington, D.C. on the federal charges of conspiracy to violate the federal Anti-Kickback Statute and conspiracy to...
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Defense Contractor to Pay Nearly $1 Million to the United States to Resolve Allegation of Overbilling on NSA Contract

Defense Contractor to Pay Nearly $1 Million to the United States to Resolve Allegation of Overbilling on NSA Contract

iNovex Information Systems, Incorporated (“iNovex”), located in Annapolis, Maryland, has agreed to pay the United States $962,747.42 to resolve federal False Claims Act allegations that iNovex knowingly billed the National Security Agency (“NSA”), a component of the Department of Defense, for work performed by certain iNovex employees who did not meet all of the...
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NAS Patuxent River NEX Barber Shop Now Open to Active Duty by Appointment

NAS Patuxent River NEX Barber Shop Now Open to Active Duty by Appointment

The Pax River Navy Exchange Barbershop has reopened to Active Duty by appointment only. Patrons must wear a face covering and use hand sanitizer prior to service, and will not be able to wait in the shop. Associates will be required to wear PPE including an apron for every customer, gloves, a face covering,...
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NAS Patuxent River Transitions to Health Protection Condition Bravo

NAS Patuxent River Transitions to Health Protection Condition Bravo

NAS Patuxent River and other installations in Naval District Washington (NDW) transitioned from Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Charlie to Bravo on June 29. HPCONs are protocols for public health emergencies, such as a pandemic. Commanders review and update these HPCONs based on risk levels within a local community and in cooperation with local, state...
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Governor Hogan Appoints Jose M. Gonzalez of Charles County to CSM Board of Trustees

Governor Hogan Appoints Jose M. Gonzalez of Charles County to CSM Board of Trustees

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan appointed Jose M. Gonzalez of Charles County to serve the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) as trustee, effective July 1, 2020 through 2024. Gonzalez has a distinguished record of public service that includes more than 30 years of experience in weapon systems development and acquisition for the U.S. Department of...
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