Department of Defense

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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Mechanicsville Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing More Than $400,000 in Government Benefits

Mechanicsville Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing More Than $400,000 in Government Benefits

Victor Demattia, age 64, of Mechanicsville, pleaded guilty yesterday to theft of government property, for stealing more than $400,000 in Civil Service Retirement benefits and Social Security benefits. The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Michael McGill of the Social...
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Minor Injuries Reported After Vehicle Strikes Utility Poles and Security Fence in Lexington Park

Minor Injuries Reported After Vehicle Strikes Utility Poles and Security Fence in Lexington Park

On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at approximately 3:13 a.m., police, fire and rescue personnel responded to the area of Lincoln Avenue in Lexington Park, for the motor vehicle accident with injuries. Crews arrived on the scene to find a single vehicle off the roadway and into a utility pole with the single occupant trapped....
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Noise Advisory – NAS PAX RIVER Sets Noise Advisory for Low-Level Nighttime Helicopter Testing at Webster Outlying Field June 9-12, 2020

Noise Advisory – NAS PAX RIVER Sets Noise Advisory for Low-Level Nighttime Helicopter Testing at Webster Outlying Field June 9-12, 2020

Communities surrounding the Webster Outlying Field are advised that low-altitude nighttime testing helicopter testing events are scheduled to take place June 9 to June 12, 2020 from 5 p.m.– 10 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...
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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: No Injuries Reported After Military Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing in Calvert County

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: No Injuries Reported After Military Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing in Calvert County

On Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at approximately 10:10 p.m., firefighters from NAS Patuxent River alerted the St. Mary’s County Emergency Communications Center, they received information advising an H-60 aircraft reported they are unable to make it back to NAS Patuxent River due to mechanical issues, and were approximately 10 miles away from the base...
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Memorial Day: A Day to Remember the Fallen

Memorial Day: A Day to Remember the Fallen

Monday, May 25, 2020, 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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NAS PAX RIVER Noise Advisory – May 19, to May 22, 2022 for Nighttime Field Carrier Landing Practice Flights

NAS PAX RIVER Noise Advisory – May 19, to May 22, 2022 for Nighttime Field Carrier Landing Practice Flights

Communities surrounding the naval air station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place May 19 – May 22, 2020 between the hours of 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Pilots at NAS PAX will be conducting Field Carrier Landing Practices (FCLPs). FCLPs are simulated carrier landings conducted to prepare the pilot...
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Precise Systems Wins 5-Year $51.2 Million Contract, PMA-261 Heavy Lift Helicopters Program Office

Precise Systems Wins 5-Year $51.2 Million Contract, PMA-261 Heavy Lift Helicopters Program Office

Precise Systems announces the award of a five-year, $51.2M contract to provide program management support services to Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAVAIR) Heavy Lift Helicopter Program Office (PMA-261). PMA-261 is responsible for multiple H-53 variants including the CH-53E, MH-53E and the CH-53K helicopters. The H-53 assault support missions include the lift and movement of...
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Road Construction Work Beginning Monday, May 11, at Naval Air Station Patuxent River Gate One Entrance

Road Construction Work Beginning Monday, May 11, at Naval Air Station Patuxent River Gate One Entrance

Using funding from the Department of the Navy, construction crews, contracted by the St. Mary’s County Department of Public Works will begin performing cooperative road work on the Naval Air Station Patuxent River Gate One Buse Road Entrance Monday, May 11, 2020. Due to the extensive level of work being performed, the following traffic...
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Local Makers Join Forces with The Pax Museum to Create Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the Community

Local Makers Join Forces with The Pax Museum to Create Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the Community

The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum may be closed to the public due to the current pandemic, but they’ve opened their doors in a very special way. The museum has partnered with a group of volunteer makers and innovators to provide a space for the collection, assembly, and distribution of community created PPE to...
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“Old Gal” Takes a Victory Lap as VX-20 Sunsets the C-2A Greyhound

“Old Gal” Takes a Victory Lap as VX-20 Sunsets the C-2A Greyhound

A noteworthy chapter of Naval test flight came to an end last month at Naval Air Station Patuxent River when C-2A Greyhound BuNo 162142 made its final flight, taking to the air with a crew of veterans who had flown the aircraft countless times over its nearly 30-year career with Air Test and Evaluation...
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Noise Advisory – NAS Patuxent River Sets Noise Advisory for Low-Level Helicopter Testing at Webster Outlying Field on Thursday, April 23, 2020

Noise Advisory – NAS Patuxent River Sets Noise Advisory for Low-Level Helicopter Testing at Webster Outlying Field on Thursday, April 23, 2020

Communities surrounding the Webster Outlying Field are advised that low-altitude helicopter testing events are scheduled to take place April 23, 2020 from 11 a.m.– 3 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 Pax River toll-free Noise...
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IRS, Department of Justice, and Federal Law Enforcement Encourages the Public to Remain Vigilant to COVID-19 Scams

IRS, Department of Justice, and Federal Law Enforcement Encourages the Public to Remain Vigilant to COVID-19 Scams

Maryland U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur and Special Agent in Charge Kelly R. Jackson of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), Washington Field Office are again warning taxpayers to be alert to phishing scams relating to COVID-19 economic impact payments that are already being seen.  The community must remain on guard against scammers who...
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NEX and Commissary Announce Special Hours for Active Duty and Their Dependents, and Patrons 60 and Older Effective Friday, April 17, 2020

NEX and Commissary Announce Special Hours for Active Duty and Their Dependents, and Patrons 60 and Older Effective Friday, April 17, 2020

Effective Friday, April 17, Active Duty Military members and their dependents will be allowed exclusive access at the NEX and Commissary for the first 60 minutes of normal operating hours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Eligible patrons aged 60 years or older will be allowed exclusive access for the first 60 minutes of normal...
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Employees from J.F. Taylor, Inc. are Working Around the Clock to Donate Much Needed PPE to Emergency Personnel

Employees from J.F. Taylor, Inc. are Working Around the Clock to Donate Much Needed PPE to Emergency Personnel

J.F. Taylor, Inc. of Lexington Park is leveraging its engineering and manufacturing resources to provide our local emergency management heroes with needed Personal Protection Equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Upon hearing of the communities need for face-shields, their Additive Manufacturing Team, led by Mr. Doug Sundheim and Mr. Samuel Silva, J.F. Taylor’s 3D printing...
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Patuxent River Naval Air Station and Department of Defense Advises Effective Immediately, All Individuals on DOD Property Now Required to Wear Face Mask When You Cannot Maintain Six Foot Distance

Patuxent River Naval Air Station and Department of Defense Advises Effective Immediately, All Individuals on DOD Property Now Required to Wear Face Mask When You Cannot Maintain Six Foot Distance

Per NAVADMIN 100/20, released April 5, effective immediately, in accordance with direction from the Department of Defense, to the extent practical, all Individuals on DoD property, installations, and facilities are required to wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance. The Navy is committed to taking every precaution to...
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As COVID-19 Crisis Escalates in Capital Region, Governor Hogan Issues Stay at Home Order Effective Tonight

As COVID-19 Crisis Escalates in Capital Region, Governor Hogan Issues Stay at Home Order Effective Tonight

As the COVID-19 crisis escalates in the National Capital Region, Governor Larry Hogan today issued a Stay at Home order to protect public health and safety. The order, which takes effect at 8:00 p.m. tonight, states that no Maryland resident should leave their home unless it is for an essential job or for an...
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VIDEO: Naval Air Station Patuxent River Confirms First Case of COVID-19, and Closure of Gate 3

VIDEO: Naval Air Station Patuxent River Confirms First Case of COVID-19, and Closure of Gate 3

Rear Adm. John Lemmon posted the following video on Facebook. In the video, the Commander discusses their response to the first positive case of the coronavirus at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. NAS Patuxent River also announced they will close Gate 3 until further notice due to a reduction in overall vehicle traffic at...
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Military retiree dependent tests positive for COVID-19 on Joint Base Andrews

Military retiree dependent tests positive for COVID-19 on Joint Base Andrews

A military retiree dependent seeking care at Joint Base Andrews Malcolm Grow Clinic on March 11 tested positive for the new coronavirus. Following a presumptive positive for COVID-19 through tests by Joint Base Andrews medical personnel, the individual is self-quarantined at home in Charles County, Md. This person had cold-like symptoms and had recently...
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Joint Statement from DOJ, DOS, DOD, DHS, ODNI, FBI, NSA, and CISA on Preparations for Super Tuesday

Joint Statement from DOJ, DOS, DOD, DHS, ODNI, FBI, NSA, and CISA on Preparations for Super Tuesday

U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray, U.S. Cyber Command Commander and National Security Agency Director Gen. Paul Nakasone, and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security...
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First Navy Osprey CMV-22B Aircraft Arrives at Patuxent River

The US Navy’s first CMV-22B Osprey carrier onboard delivery (COD) aircraft arrived at Patuxent River on February 2 after completing its ferry flight from Bell’s Amarillo Assembly Center in Texas. This is the first of two CMV-22B aircraft assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21, the squadron leading the developmental test efforts...
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Statement from Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen Calling Upon the House of Representatives to Vote to Extend Scheduling of Fentanyl-Related Substances

Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen issued the following statement: “Sadly, in 2017, more than 1,000 Americans died every two weeks from fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances.  In an effort to combat this deadly drug epidemic, DOJ’s Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in February 2018 issued a temporary emergency two-year order that made illegal all fentanyl-related...
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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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