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29 Students from Class 161 Graduates from United States Naval Test Pilot School

29 Students from Class 161 Graduates from United States Naval Test Pilot School

NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER AIRCRAFT DIVISION, Patuxent River, MD.: The United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) held a graduation ceremony for Class 161 on Aug. 5. Twenty-nine students successfully completed the intense 11-month course of instruction and received their designations as Engineering Developmental Test Pilots, Test Flight Officers, and Test Engineers. The graduation...
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Special Deputy United States Marshal Facing Federal Charges for Money Laundering Related to a Romance Scam Involving More Than 20 Victims

Special Deputy United States Marshal Facing Federal Charges for Money Laundering Related to a Romance Scam Involving More Than 20 Victims

A federal criminal complaint has been filed charging Isidore Iwuagwu, age 35, of Upper Malboro, Maryland, with the federal charge of conspiring to commit money laundering related to numerous online romance scams. Iwuagwu will have his initial appearance today beginning at 2 p.m., in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt before U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy...
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U.S. Navy Receives First Fleet Representative Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band Pods

U.S. Navy Receives First Fleet Representative Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band Pods

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — The U.S. Navy’s first AN/ALQ-249 Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band (NGJ-MB) production representative pods arrived at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Patuxent River, Maryland, July 7, 2022. The two fleet representative test articles, which make up an NGJ-MB shipset, were delivered to the Airborne...
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NAS Patuxent River Transitions from Health Protection Condition HPCON Alpha to HPCON Bravo Effective Monday, August 8, 2022

NAS Patuxent River Transitions from Health Protection Condition HPCON Alpha to HPCON Bravo Effective Monday, August 8, 2022

NAS Patuxent River will transition from Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Alpha to HPCON Bravo effective 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8, 2022. NAS Patuxent River makes the move as a result of rising COVID cases throughout Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties. HPCONs are protocols for public health emergencies, such as a pandemic. Commanders review and...
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Pax River to Open Additional Lane at Gate 1 for Morning Traffic Aug. 1

Pax River to Open Additional Lane at Gate 1 for Morning Traffic Aug. 1

NAS Patuxent River will open an additional lane to incoming traffic at Pax River’s Gate 1 during peak traffic hours of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Thursday beginning Aug. 1. The move is aimed at alleviating an increase in gate traffic that has seen wait times of 30 minutes or more during...
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Pax Firefighters Build Skills for Firefighting at Sea

Pax Firefighters Build Skills for Firefighting at Sea

“Every Sailor a Damage Controlman,” goes thee adage for seagoing personnel, referring to every Sailor’s responsibility in responding to emergencies aboard ship. Firefighters at NAS Patuxent River took that to heart when they completed shipboard firefighting training July 13-16, despite being a stationed on a shore-based air installation. “After hearing of the events taking...
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NAS Pax River Lowers Speed Limits with Eyes on Improving Driver, Pedestrian Safety

NAS Pax River Lowers Speed Limits with Eyes on Improving Driver, Pedestrian Safety

Drivers on NAS Patuxent River can observe speed limits being generally been lowered on base in an effort to curb speeding and improve driver safety. In most areas where a change has occurred, the speed limit has been lowered to 25 miles-per-hour. “After months of base Safety and Security observing several vehicles speeding –...
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U.S. Navy Super Hornet Teams With Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Flight Demos

U.S. Navy Super Hornet Teams With Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Flight Demos

The F/A-18 and EA-18G Program Office (PMA-265) has conducted a successful series of manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) flight tests in which a Block III F/A-18 Super Hornet demonstrated command and control of three unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The event took place at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, Pt. Mugu, California, and included four flight...
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Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office and U.S. Justice Department Launch Investigation of Maryland Department Of State Police Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office and U.S. Justice Department Launch Investigation of Maryland Department Of State Police Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron and Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division announced today that the Justice Department has opened a civil pattern or practice investigation into the Maryland Department of State Police (MDSP) under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act...
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NAS Patuxent River Search and Rescue Team Saves 9-Year-Old and Her Father Over Holiday Weekend

NAS Patuxent River Search and Rescue Team Saves 9-Year-Old and Her Father Over Holiday Weekend

PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – Amid the celebrations of the July Fourth weekend, a crew from Naval Air Station Patuxent River’s Search and Rescue (SAR) “SAR Dogs” squadron was called into action July 1, 2022, for a boater in distress on the Choptank River. A father and his 9-year-old daughter were fishing...
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NAS Pax Security Returns to ID Handling at Gates

NAS Pax Security Returns to ID Handling at Gates

NAS Patuxent River gate sentries have returned to handling of IDs at gates and entry control points on base as of June 20, 2022. The move back to handling of IDs is in accordance with Commander, Navy Installations Command Instruction 5530.14A, which dictates physical and visual checks are to be performed on Common Access...
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NAS Patuxent River to Close Section of Cedar Point Road, Cedar Point Beach for Equipment Transport on Friday, June 24, 2022

NAS Patuxent River to Close Section of Cedar Point Road, Cedar Point Beach for Equipment Transport on Friday, June 24, 2022

NAS Patuxent River will close Cedar Point Beach and a portion of Cedar Point Road between Cartier Road and Utgoff/Bronson Roads in the vicinity of the Golf Course Driving Range (near Atlantic Test Ranges) from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 24, 2022 for equipment transport operations. Personnel are directed to use alternate...
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PMA-251, CNATT Partnership Improves Naval Aviation Training Through F-35 Asset Transfer

PMA-251, CNATT Partnership Improves Naval Aviation Training Through F-35 Asset Transfer

From PMA-251 & CNATT Public Affairs – NOTE: Kristin Beauchamp, PMA-251 communications specialist, and Jerron Barnett, CNATT public affairs officer, contributed to this report. About PMA-251 -The Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Program Office (PMA-251) provides life-cycle acquisition management for Navy and Marine Corps systems and equipment utilized for the launch and recovery of...
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Cora White Named Marine Corps Aviation Association Acquisition Civilian of the Year

Cora White Named Marine Corps Aviation Association Acquisition Civilian of the Year

Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, MD – Local Marine Corps Aviation Association (MCAA) John Glenn squadron presented Cora White with the first-ever Thomas E. Laux Acquisition Civilian-of-the-Year award for 2020 during the annual banquet, held June 2, in Solomons Island, Maryland. The MCAA squadron honored White for her strong initiative and sustained professional...
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Memorial Day: A Day to Remember the Fallen

Memorial Day: A Day to Remember the Fallen

Monday, May 30, 2022, 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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Record of Decision Signed for the Environmental Impact Statement for Testing and Training Activities in the Patuxent River Complex

Record of Decision Signed for the Environmental Impact Statement for Testing and Training Activities in the Patuxent River Complex

The Department of the Navy, after carefully weighing the strategic, operational, and environmental consequences of the Proposed Action, announces its decision to: Conduct testing and training as identified in Alternative 2, the Navy’s Preferred Alternative, of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Testing and Training Activities in the Patuxent River Complex (PRC). Implement...
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Precise Systems Awarded 5-Year, $41 Million Contract to Provide Services for the Presidential Helicopters Program Office

Precise Systems Awarded 5-Year, $41 Million Contract to Provide Services for the Presidential Helicopters Program Office

Precise Systems announces the award of a 5-year, $41M contract to continue providing project management, acquisition management, and technical support services to PMA-274, the Presidential Helicopters Program Office. PMA-274 is responsible for the life-cycle management of the VH Presidential Helicopters, including the VH-3D, VH 60N, VH-92 aircraft and their support systems. Precise is partnered...
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NSWC IHD Employees Receive Top Navy Civilian Service Awards

NSWC IHD Employees Receive Top Navy Civilian Service Awards

Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division (NSWC IHD) employees Frank Tse and Scott Bumgarner were honored with top civilian service awards on May 12, 2022. Tse, Systems Engineering Department chief engineer, was awarded the Department of the Navy (DON) Meritorious Civilian Service Award, and Bumgarner, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt engineer, was honored...
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NSWC Indian Head Division Employees Recognized at Command Honorary Awards Ceremony

NSWC Indian Head Division Employees Recognized at Command Honorary Awards Ceremony

Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division (NSWC IHD) recognized individuals and teams who made significant contributions to the command’s mission at the annual Honorary Awards ceremony, May 17 at the College of Southern Maryland’s Velocity Center. “One thing my senior enlisted master chief mentors from my Navy career taught me is the importance...
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NAS Patuxent River MQ-25 Team Preps for First Air Vehicle, Control Station Integration Test Event

NAS Patuxent River MQ-25 Team Preps for First Air Vehicle, Control Station Integration Test Event

The Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Aviation program office (PMA-268) is moving forward with integrating its two key elements—the MQ-25 air vehicle and the MD-5 Ground Control Station (GCS) at the program’s System Test and Integration Lab (STIL) at Patuxent River. PMA-268 is the lead systems integrator, working closely with its two prime industry partners, Boeing ...
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Students are introduced to the world of aviation technology with the St. Mary’s Ryken Flight Academy opening

Students are introduced to the world of aviation technology with the St. Mary’s Ryken Flight Academy opening

With a generous endowment from The Patuxent Partnership (TPP), St. Mary’s Ryken (SMR) has installed a STEM lab flight program. The donated National Flight Academy program was funded by a grant from Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD). SMR Flight Academy is an interactive classroom space that provides students with the opportunity to...
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Waldorf Air Force Lieutenant Sentenced to 11 Years in Federal Prison for Transportation of Child Pornography

Waldorf Air Force Lieutenant Sentenced to 11 Years in Federal Prison for Transportation of Child Pornography

U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang sentenced Jason Daniel Ort, age 36, of Waldorf, Maryland, to 11 years in federal prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release, for transportation of child pornography, specifically videos Ort had surreptitiously recorded using a hidden camera in a bathroom, as well as other images and videos he...
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NAS Patuxent River to Close Cedar Point Road and Cedar Point Beach for Equipment Transport on Tuesday, May 3, 2022

NAS Patuxent River to Close Cedar Point Road and Cedar Point Beach for Equipment Transport on Tuesday, May 3, 2022

NAS Patuxent River will close Cedar Point Beach and a portion of Cedar Point Road between Cartier Road and Utgoff Road (near Atlantic Test Ranges) from 11:00 a.m., to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2022 for equipment transport operations. Personnel are directed to use alternate routes during these times. There will be no thoroughfare...
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Intoxicated and Distracted Driver Receives 20 Years in Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash

Intoxicated and Distracted Driver Receives 20 Years in Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash

Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess announced that Guarav “Sonny” Rawal, 38, the owner of Champs Pizza in Glen Burnie, was sentenced to 20 years of active incarceration for negligent manslaughter and failing to remain at the scene of a collision involving in the death of Anthony Jean-Louis, 37. Rawal was sentenced...
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NAS Patuxent River Transitions Back to Health Protection Condition Alpha, Effective Thursday, April 7, 2022

NAS Patuxent River Transitions Back to Health Protection Condition Alpha, Effective Thursday, April 7, 2022

NAS Patuxent River transitioned from Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Bravo to HPCON Alpha as of April 7, 2022 as a result of falling COVID cases within the surrounding counties of Southern Maryland. HPCONs are protocols for health protection during public health emergencies, such as a pandemic. Commanders review and update these HPCONs based on...
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