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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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NAVAIR Names Petty Officer 1st Class Michael A. Giraud, 2017 Sailor of the Year

NAVAIR Names Petty Officer 1st Class Michael A. Giraud, 2017 Sailor of the Year

Petty Officer 1st Class Michael A. Giraud with the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 31 (VX-31) was named 2017 NAVAIR Sailor of the Year at a ceremony here Jan. 25. In his endorsement, Capt. Thomas M. Santomauro said he could not imagine a more deserving individual. Among the instances of exceptional performance described in Giraud’s...
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Citadel Shield/Solid Curtain 2018 Underway at NAS Patuxent River

Citadel Shield/Solid Curtain 2018 Underway at NAS Patuxent River

The Navy’s anti-terrorism, force protection (ATFP) exercise known as Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain (CS-SC) is underway Navywide – including at NAS Patuxent River – Jan. 29 through Feb. 9. Conducted by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Commander, Navy Installations Command, the two-week, two-part exercise uses realistic drills and scenarios to enhance the readiness of...
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REMINDER – NAS Patuxent River: Integrated Security Exercise Jan. 30, Buse Road to be closed in the vicinity of Bldg. 468, Bldg. 469

REMINDER – NAS Patuxent River: Integrated Security Exercise Jan. 30, Buse Road to be closed in the vicinity of Bldg. 468, Bldg. 469

NAS Patuxent River will conduct an integrated security exercise between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 30 in the vicinity of Buildings 468 and 469. Buse road will be closed to through traffic between Fortin Rd (F-14) and Keane Rd (Drill Hall). Fortin Circle will remain open; Keane Road access to the Drill Hall...
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Naval District Washington to Participate in Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2018

Naval District Washington to Participate in Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2018

Naval installations in the National Capital Region are participating in the scheduled Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2018 (CS/SC18), which is set to take place Jan. 29 – Feb. 9. All Navy installations within the continental United States are set to participate in the two-week exercise, with Citadel Shield being led by Commander, Navy Installations...
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Mercury Astronauts Mural Removed for Conservation Prior to Pax River O-Club Demolition

Mercury Astronauts Mural Removed for Conservation Prior to Pax River O-Club Demolition

Preserving a piece of NAS Patuxent River’s history, conservators removed a 12-by-20 mural of astronauts Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, Scott Carpenter and John Glenn from the wall above the doorway of the abandoned Officers Club – or O-Club – located at Pax River on Cedar Point Road across the street from the Chesapeake Bay....
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NAWCAD Commander’s Awards Honor Excellence in Work for the Warfighter

NAWCAD Commander’s Awards Honor Excellence in Work for the Warfighter

Technical advancements and achievements from across the Command were recognized at the 17th Annual Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Commander’s and Innovation Awards ceremony at the Rear Adm. William A. Moffett Building, Patuxent (Pax) River in December. “These awards today are but a small sample of your great work for the warfighter,” began...
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Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Wednesday, January 17, 2018

St. Mary’s County: St. Mary’s County Public Schools: will operate on a two hour delay for students. This includes full day Head Start. A.M. Pre-Kindergarten and A.M. Head Start students will not have school. However, there will be classes for P.M. Pre-Kindergarten and P.M. Head Start students. Normal schedule for employees. St. Mary’s County Government: All...
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No Matter our Background, we can all Gift our Life Experiences

No Matter our Background, we can all Gift our Life Experiences

Mentorship does not require special training or certification, but best comes by sharing experiences and a willingness to act, according to Adrienne Somerville, President of the Carolyn E. Parker Foundation.  Somerville was recently recognized with the March of Dimes’ Public Sector Heroine Award at its 17th Annual Heroines of Washington gala. Inspired by her...
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Pax River Tests New Joint-Air-to-Ground Missile on AH-1Z Helicopter

Pax River Tests New Joint-Air-to-Ground Missile on AH-1Z Helicopter

The Navy successfully completed its first Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) flight test on the AH-1Z helicopter Dec.5 at Patuxent River. During the flight, aircrew aboard the AH-1Z navigated the missile through various operational modes and exercised its active seeker to search and/or acquire targets, demonstrating its compatibility with the aircraft. “Initial results from the flight indicate the missile performed as...
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Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Tuesday, January 9, 2018

St. Mary’s County: St. Mary’s County Public Schools: will be CLOSED on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Code 2 for staff. Please visit www.smcps.org for additional details and updates. Stay safe out there. St. Mary’s County Government: Normal Calvert County: Calvert County Public Schools: has now revised it’s decision. Schools are now CLOSED on January 9, 2018....
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Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Friday, January 5, 2018

Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Friday, January 5, 2018

St. Mary’s County: St. Mary’s County Public Schools: are closed for Friday, January 5, 2018, with a Code 3 for employees. No employees should report to work. Administrative leave will be provided for twelve month employees. Operations and Maintenance Emergency personnel will follow the established protocol. St. Mary’s County Government: Administrative Offices will open at...
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Culinary Specialist Named Pax River’s Junior Sailor of the Year

Culinary Specialist Named Pax River’s Junior Sailor of the Year

Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Iesha Jolly was named the NAS Patuxent River 2017 Junior Sailor of the Year (JSOY) – not bad for someone who was certain in high school that she was joining the Army. “I was in JROTC in high school and I planned to go into the Army,” said Jolly, who...
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NAS Pax River Names Senior Sailor of the Year

NAS Pax River Names Senior Sailor of the Year

Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 1st Class John Kurack was named the Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River 2017 Senior Sailor of the Year due to his deckplate leadership and commitment to excellence for both Pax River and the Search and Rescue (SAR) division. As the Leading Petty Officer for SAR, Kurack leads and mentors...
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Air Combat Electronics Hosts Open Architecture Industry Day and Future Airborne Capability Environment Consortium

Air Combat Electronics Hosts Open Architecture Industry Day and Future Airborne Capability Environment Consortium

The Air Combat Electronics program office (PMA-209) hosted an Open Architecture (OA) Industry Day and Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Consortium Oct. 17-19, aiming to help government and industry learn more about Naval Aviation inventory and capability growth, Speed to the Fleet and the Navy’s OA standards and alignment efforts. More than 450 attendees,...
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Unmanned Carrier Aviation Program Office Welcomes New Leadership

Unmanned Carrier Aviation Program Office Welcomes New Leadership

The Unmanned Carrier Aviation office (PMA-268) welcomed a new program manager during a change of command ceremony Nov. 21 in Patuxent River. Capt. Beau Duarte, who will retire in April after 28 years of service, transferred leadership to Capt. Chad Reed at the ceremony held at Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23’s hangar....
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NAVAIR Hosts First Orientation Flight in a CH-53K King Stallion

NAVAIR Hosts First Orientation Flight in a CH-53K King Stallion

Naval Air Systems Command and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, hosted a ‘first of its kind’ orientation flight in the CH-53K King Stallion for Brig. Gen. Nir Nin-Nun, Israeli Air Force, Commander, Air Support and Helicopter Division, during a test flight Nov. 7. The 90-minute orientation flight included various operational maneuvers, landings and takeoffs,...
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