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Names and Photos Released of 15 Marines, and Sailor Killed in Military Plane Crash

Names and Photos Released of 15 Marines, and Sailor Killed in Military Plane Crash

The Marine Forces Reserve released the identities and photographs Friday of the 15 Marines and sailor killed in a military plane crash in Mississippi. “It is with great regret that the Marine Corps announces the names of those who perished in the KC-130T Hercules crash in Mississippi on July 10,” they wrote. Seven of...
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V-22 Joint Program Office Welcomes New Program Manager

V-22 Joint Program Office Welcomes New Program Manager

Marine Corps Col. Matthew Kelly took command of the V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA-275) July 5 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Kelly took over the leadership responsibilities for the PMA-275 from Marine Corps Col. Dan Robinson, who has served as the program manager since 2013. Kelly, who previously served as the MV-22 military lead for...
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Patuxent River Welcomes CH-53K to Flight Line

Patuxent River Welcomes CH-53K to Flight Line

The first CH-53K King Stallion to touch down at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland arrived June 30. Relocated from Sikorsky’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, it is the first of seven aircraft expected to arrive over the next 12 months. At NAS Patuxent River, the helicopter will undergo various flight quality, ground...
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John Glenn scholarship winners Awarded $30,000

John Glenn scholarship winners Awarded $30,000

During a June 13 ceremony, seven local high school graduates received a total of $30,000 from the John Glenn Squadron Scholarship Program to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. “For 11 years, the John Glenn Squadron Scholarship Program has given out close to $400,000 to 91 men and women from [St. Mary’s,...
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NAVAIR Accepts Russell Naval Aviation Flight Safety Award

NAVAIR Accepts Russell Naval Aviation Flight Safety Award

NAVAIR Assistant Commander for Corporate Operations and Total Force Stephen Cricchi accepted the 2016 Adm. James S. Russell Naval Aviation Flight Safety Award June 15 during a modest conference room ceremony. The award, which Cricchi accepted on behalf of NAVAIR Commander Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags, was one of two top naval aviation safety awards...
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McDowell assumes command of Air Combat Electronics program office

McDowell assumes command of Air Combat Electronics program office

Navy Capt. Christopher McDowell, the former deputy program manager for the Air Combat Electronics Program Office (PMA-209), assumed the role of program manager during a May 25 change of command ceremony at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. As PMA-209’s program manager, McDowell will be responsible for the Navy’s development, integration and cradle-to-grave sustainment for common...
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Navy Summit Connects Vets, Wounded Warriors with Employers

Navy Summit Connects Vets, Wounded Warriors with Employers

As part of an ongoing commitment to wounded, ill or injured service members, the Navy hosted its 7th Annual Veteran and Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Summit in Seattle, Washington, May 23-24. The two-day event gathered panelists, moderators and experts to share resources and information with employers and invited veterans and wounded warriors to...
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La Plata Native Honored with Dr. George W. Patterson Award for Outstanding Accomplishment

La Plata Native Honored with Dr. George W. Patterson Award for Outstanding Accomplishment

Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD) recognized top individuals and teams who contributed substantially to the command’s mission success.  The annual Honorary Awards ceremony was conducted recently at Indian Head, Maryland. Mr. John Cox, a Virginia Tech graduate, and 13-year employee of NSWC IHEDOTD with the Systems...
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C-130T Hercules Upgrades Reduce Maintenance, Improve Reliability

C-130T Hercules Upgrades Reduce Maintenance, Improve Reliability

It’s true.  Good things really do come in small packages. This was recently proven out by the Tactical Airlift Program Office (PMA-207) C-130T Electronic Propeller Control System and Engine Instrument Display System (EPCS/EIDS) team. The three person EPCS/EIDS team’s actions resulted in installations of the systems in 19 KC-130 aircraft in record time —...
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NAVAIR Testers Receive Annual Department of the Navy Awards

NAVAIR Testers Receive Annual Department of the Navy Awards

The Department of the Navy (DON) presented two of Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAVAIR) four 2016 DON Test and Evaluation (T&E) Awards May 24 at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland. For overcoming several major technical obstacles during its first year of flight test, the CH-53K King Stallion Integrated Test Team received the DON...
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Memorial Day: A Day to Remember the Fallen

Memorial Day: A Day to Remember the Fallen

Today, May 29, 2017, 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,...
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Raytheon Named The Patuxent Partnership’s Member of the Year

Raytheon Named The Patuxent Partnership’s Member of the Year

The Patuxent Partnership (TPP) has named Raytheon as the 2016 Member of the Year. The announcement was made at TPP’s May 23rd Annual Dinner to a sold out crowd of 300 members and guests. “The Patuxent Partnership is fortunate that its member companies are active and engaged in our community. Yet there are companies that...
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North Point Student Receives Northrop Grumman Scholarship

North Point Student Receives Northrop Grumman Scholarship

North Point High School senior Connor Staudmyer is preparing to graduate and plan for the future. As a student in the engineering program at North Point, he recently completed his senior project: a helmet impact sensor for use in athletics. “The helmet sensor can trigger an alert when an athlete is injured on the...
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Next Gen Jammer Increment 1 on track

Next Gen Jammer Increment 1 on track

The Airborne Electronic Attack Systems and EA-6B program office (PMA-234) completed a critical design review (CDR) for the AN/ALQ-249 Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) Increment (Inc) 1 Mid-band program at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, in late April. During CDR, it was determined that the design and development are on track to meet crucial...
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NAVAIR Wins Award for Recruiting, Hiring Individuals with Disabilities

NAVAIR Wins Award for Recruiting, Hiring Individuals with Disabilities

CAREERS & the disABLED magazine named NAVAIR as the 2017 Public-Sector Employer of the Year for its commitment to recruiting, hiring and promoting people with disabilities at a ceremony in Boston April 20. Steve Nickle, director for Air ASW, Assault and Special Missions Programs Contracts Department, accepted the award on behalf of NAVAIR at...
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FRCMA Sailor’s innovative idea wins Athena Project DC 2.0, Adm. Sims Award for Intellectual Courage

FRCMA Sailor’s innovative idea wins Athena Project DC 2.0, Adm. Sims Award for Intellectual Courage

Early in her career, Petty Officer 2nd Class Jerin Raby had so many bruises on her shoulders and legs, a shipmate expressed his concerns about her health and well-being. It was that experience as an aviation maintainer on an aircraft carrier lugging a 65-pound toolbox up and down steep stairwells to get to the...
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Employees Graduate from Rigorous Systems Engineering and Systems Integration Programs at Naval Postgraduate School

Employees Graduate from Rigorous Systems Engineering and Systems Integration Programs at Naval Postgraduate School

Twenty-three Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) and Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) employees received their Master of Science degrees in systems engineering (MSSE) or engineering systems (MSES) and 13 earned their Lead Systems Integrator (LSI) certificates from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) at a graduation ceremony here Apr. 13. Graduate Joan Melendez,...
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Eight Graduate Logistics Development Programs

Eight Graduate Logistics Development Programs

Eight Naval Air Systems Command Logistics developmental employees graduated from their development programs here April 13, joining the ranks of acquisition professionals.  The graduates included seven from the Naval Acquisition Development Program and one from the Engineer and Scientist Development Program. “We have a very talented group of folks who aren’t going to start...
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Pax River Sailors Join ‘Friends’ to Clean Up State Park

Pax River Sailors Join ‘Friends’ to Clean Up State Park

A group of Sailors from NAS Patuxent River joined high school and community volunteers for a Friends of St. Clements Bay cleanup effort at Newtowne Neck State Park in Leonardtown April 8. Sailors arrived around 8:30 a.m. and worked past noon cutting and removing rusted wire fencing and trash to help clean up a...
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Car Destroyed by Fire in St Mary’s City

Car Destroyed by Fire in St Mary’s City

On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at approximately 10:35 a.m., firefighters from the Naval District Washington Fire Department (NDWFD Webster Field) and Ridge Volunteer Fire Department responded to 16061 Point Lookout Road, in St Mary’s City for the report of a vehicle fire. Firefighters arrived on scene to find a passenger vehicle engulfed in flames. Engine 141 from...
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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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