Department of Defense

The Spirit of Innovation and Freedom at the Pax River Naval Air Museum to be held on January 30, 2020

Oscar Falco, the new mascot for the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, “spreads his wings” in front of the iconic hangar-style museum building that was opened this past spring. Pax Museum photo by Amy Davis.

Internationally recognized musician Dominic Fragman and NAVAIR engineer Anthony Malatesta will lead a community discussion of innovation in art and science in “A Quantum Case for Innovation in Art & Technology,” at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. The Spirit of Innovation and Freedom (SIF) Ensemble, featuring master drummer...
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The College of Southern Maryland Announces Keynote Speaker for the 21st Winter Commencement on January 16, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland will recognize 508 candidates for 465 degrees and 255 certificates during its 21st Winter Commencement Jan. 16 at the La Plata Campus. The graduates range in age from 19 to 62 with nearly 33 percent from Charles County, 32.5 percent from St. Mary’s County, 26 percent from Calvert County...
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Naval District Washington Police Department, Sergeant Anthony Oglesby, Jr. Memorial Service

Naval District Washington Police Department, Sergeant Anthony Oglesby, Jr. Memorial Service

Sergeant Anthony Oglesby was killed in a single-vehicle crash on December 18, 2019, when his patrol car left the roadway and crashed into a tree. The tree fell onto the patrol car and caught fire. Sergeant Oglesby died at the scene. Sergeant Oglesby is the 40th law enforcement officer to be killed in a...
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NAS PAX RIVER – Noise Advisory for Field Carrier Landing Practice Flights on December 30, 2019, and January 3, 4, and 5, 2020

NAS PAX RIVER – Noise Advisory for Field Carrier Landing Practice Flights on December 30, 2019, and January 3, 4, and 5, 2020

Communities surrounding the naval air station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place December 30, 2019, and January 3 to January 5, 2020 between the hours of 7:15 a.m., to 7:00 p.m. Pilots at NAS PAX will be conducting Field Carrier Landing Practices (FCLPs). FCLPs are simulated carrier landings conducted...
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Maryland State Police Investigating Crash That Killed Government Police Officer In Charles County

Maryland State Police Investigating Crash That Killed Government Police Officer In Charles County

Maryland State Police are investigating a crash that killed a Department of Defense civilian police officer early this morning in Charles County. Around 2:30 a.m., troopers from the LaPlata Barrack responded to the area of southbound Maryland Rt. 224 Chicamuxen Road and Sweden Point Road in Indian Head, on a report of a vehicle...
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Former DOD Subcontractor Facing Federal Indictment for Allegedly Submitting False Claims for Hours Worked

Former DOD Subcontractor Facing Federal Indictment for Allegedly Submitting False Claims for Hours Worked

A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Melissa Heyer, age 44, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, with submitting false claims to the United States, specifically for claiming to have worked hours on a government contract when she allegedly was not at work. The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of...
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Noise Advisory – Low-Level Aircraft Testing Scheduled at Webster Field from December 5 to 6, and December 9 to December 13

Noise Advisory – Low-Level Aircraft Testing Scheduled at Webster Field from December 5 to 6, and December 9 to December 13

Communities surrounding Webster Outlying Field are advised that fixed wing aircraft testing events involving low-level approaches to the airfield are scheduled to occur December 5 and 6, and December 9 through December 13, 2019 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen...
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Noise Advisory – NAS Pax River Sets Noise Advisory for Field Carrier Landing Practice Flights November 20, 2019 to December 13, 2019

Noise Advisory – NAS Pax River Sets Noise Advisory for Field Carrier Landing Practice Flights November 20, 2019 to December 13, 2019

Communities surrounding Naval Air Station Patuxent River are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place November 20-December 13, 2019 from 7:15 a.m., to 7 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 on...
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Charles County Sheriff’s Office Partners with U.S. Army on Veteran Employment Initiative

Charles County Sheriff’s Office Partners with U.S. Army on Veteran Employment Initiative

The U.S. Army and the Charles County Sheriff’s Office are scheduled to sign a partnership agreement on Thursday, November 14, 2019 as part of the U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program. The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters, located at 6915 Crain Highway in...
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Joint Statement from Department of Justice, DOD, DHS, DNI, FBI, NSA, and CISA on Ensuring Security of 2020 Elections

Joint Statement from Department of Justice, DOD, DHS, DNI, FBI, NSA, and CISA on Ensuring Security of 2020 Elections

Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan, Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, FBI Director Christopher Wray, U.S. Cyber Command Commander and NSA Director Gen. Paul Nakasone, and CISA Director Christopher Krebs released the following joint statement: “Today, dozens of states and local jurisdictions...
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Three St. Mary’s County Family Members Facing Federal Charges For Stealing Over $820,000 In V.A. Benefits Fraud Scheme

Three St. Mary’s County Family Members Facing Federal Charges For Stealing Over $820,000 In V.A. Benefits Fraud Scheme

A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Angela Marie Farr, a/k/a Angela Pace, Angela Mullins, and Angela Biggs, age 33, of Leonardtown, Michael Vincent Pace, age 39, of Leonardtown, and Mary Francis Biggs, age 62, of Lexington Park, with conspiracy and theft of government property. Farr was also charged with aggravated identity theft...
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Noise Advisory: NAS Patuxent River Sets Noise Advisory for Nighttime Helicopter Test Flights September 17 and 18, 2019

Noise Advisory: NAS Patuxent River Sets Noise Advisory for Nighttime Helicopter Test Flights September 17 and 18, 2019

Communities surrounding the NAS Patuxent River airfield are advised that nighttime helicopter testing events are scheduled to take place Sept. 17 through Sept. 18, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing activities on the community. For more information call...
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Navy Awards Largest IT Contract to Date in Support of MyNavy HR Transformation

Navy Awards Largest IT Contract to Date in Support of MyNavy HR Transformation

The Navy awarded CACI Enterprise Solutions, Inc., based in Chantilly, Virginia, a $385 million task order September, 6, 2019, in support of MyNavy HR Transformation, the Navy’s Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPT&E) efforts to modernize human resource systems. The Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems Sea Warrior Program (PMW 240) will execute...
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The Department of the Navy Seeks Public Comment on Porposed Action Plan for Munitions Response Site

The Department of the Navy Seeks Public Comment on Porposed Action Plan for Munitions Response Site

In accordance with the requirements of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), Webster Field Annex invites public comment on the Proposed Remedial Action Plan (PRAP) for Munitions Response Site UXO-0001. During World War II, an aerial bombing target (referred to as the Former Aerial Bombing Range) was located adjacent to and...
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Noise Advisory – NAS Patuxent River Sets Noise Advisory for Low Level Test Flights September 7, and 8, 2019

Noise Advisory – NAS Patuxent River Sets Noise Advisory for Low Level Test Flights September 7, and 8, 2019

Communities surrounding the NAS Patuxent River airfield are advised that testing events involving low level passes of fixed wing aircraft are scheduled to take place Sept. 7 through the Sept. 8, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing activities...
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NAS Patuxent River Sets Noise Advisory for Night Test Flights Beginning August 12 to 16

NAS Patuxent River Sets Noise Advisory for Night Test Flights Beginning August 12 to 16

Communities surrounding the NAS Patuxent River airfield are advised that helicopter nighttime testing events are scheduled to take place Aug. 12 through Aug. 16, 2019 from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing activities on the community. For more information call...
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Naval Aviation Training Systems and Ranges Program Office Welcomes New Program Manager

Naval Aviation Training Systems and Ranges Program Office Welcomes New Program Manager

The Naval Aviation Training Systems and Ranges program office (PMA-205) welcomed a new program manager during a ceremony held June 5, 2019 in Patuxent River. Vice Adm. Michael T. Moran, principal military deputy assistant secretary of the Navy (research, development, and acquisition), served as guest speaker and Mr. Gary Kurtz, Director, Common and Commercial...
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Leonardtown High School Graduate Signs with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns!

Leonardtown High School Graduate Signs with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns!

Jamie Gillan, also known as the “Scottish Hammer” and son of Squadron Leader Colin Gillan, RAF, has signed with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns! Jamie, a native of Scotland and a Leonardtown High School graduate, is the Brown’s new prospective kicker. He moved to Southern Maryland with his family when his father, a member of...
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Memorial Day: A Day to Remember the Fallen

Memorial Day: A Day to Remember the Fallen

Monday, May 27, 2019, 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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Cox Assumes Command of NAS Patuxent River

Cox Assumes Command of NAS Patuxent River

Capt. Christopher Cox assumed command of Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River in a change of command ceremony April 11 at Air Test and Evaluation (VX) 20’s Hangar 306. Cox’s role as NAS commanding officer follows his service, since Aug. 31, 2017, as the air station’s executive officer, a position that falls under the...
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UPDATE: Partially Submerged Civilian Craft Removed from Patuxent River

UPDATE: Partially Submerged Civilian Craft Removed from Patuxent River

UPDATE 4/2/2019: The U.S. Coast Guard this past week used a crane barge to remove a sunken abandoned vessel that was polluting the Patuxent River, and causing a hazard to boating navigation. 9/4/2018: On August 21, 2018 at approximately 8:30 a.m. Officer David Helterbran and Sgt. Tim Kraemer of the Maryland Natural Resources Police...
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Marple named Marine Corps acquisition staff non-commissioned officer of the year

Marple named Marine Corps acquisition staff non-commissioned officer of the year

Gunnery Sgt. Nathan Marple was recognized for his efforts to advance delivery and training for Marine Corps small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS) earning him the title of Marine Corps’ Acquisition Staff Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year. The Marine Corps Aviation Association (MCAA) John Glenn squadron presented Marple the award during the annual banquet Feb....
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Navy’s Top Admiral Visits NAVAIR

Navy’s Top Admiral Visits NAVAIR

Believing in your shipmates and co-workers was the theme of a town hall conducted by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson here March 4. “We’re most effective if a small team is firing on all cylinders,” he said. “Building trust and confidence leads to warfighting effectiveness. Let’s be the most effective partner to...
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Pax River Receives Leadership Training ‘From the Fleet, for the Fleet’

Pax River Receives Leadership Training ‘From the Fleet, for the Fleet’

A group of 72 chief petty officers (CPOs) from across Naval Air Station Patuxent River gathered, Feb. 5, for Fleet CPO Training, a one-day seminar designed to re-energize individual Chiefs Messes to become more effective leaders. Conducted by two facilitators from U.S. Fleet Forces Command, the training – which is interactive and geared toward group...
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Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Wednesday, February 20, 2019

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 1 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Two to four inches of snow expected to overspread the area early Wednesday morning and mix and change to freezing rain and sleet during the late morning hours on Wednesday. Precipitation will change to plain rain...
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