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Blackjack Soars over Southern Maryland

Blackjack Soars over Southern Maryland

The RQ-21A Blackjack Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) flew for the first time from Patuxent River Naval Air Station Webster Outlying Field, Maryland, in December. Before flying at Webster Field, the system conducted testing at the manufacturer Insitu’s facility, in Boardman, Oregon, as well as at Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadrons (VMUs) on the East...
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Pax River Sailor Named Regional Junior Sailor of the Year 2016

Pax River Sailor Named Regional Junior Sailor of the Year 2016

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class Timothy Godden, of Naval Air Station’s Air Operations Department, was named Naval District Washington’s Junior Sailor of the Year during a ceremony at Naval Air Station Patuxent River Dec. 20. During the ceremony, Rear Adm. Charles Rock, commandant, Naval District Washington, spoke of the professionalism and dedication necessary...
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Navy’s Jammer Team Recognized for Defense Department Acquisition Excellence

Navy’s Jammer Team Recognized for Defense Department Acquisition Excellence

The Next Generation Jammer Increment 1 (NGJ Inc 1) team’s “revolutionary approach in the evolution of Airborne Electronic Attack” earned it one of three Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD (AT&L)) David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Awards. During a Pentagon ceremony Jan. 6, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and USD...
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Honor Veterans with Commemorative Bricks in Support of Solomons “On Watch” Memorial Statue

Honor Veterans with Commemorative Bricks in Support of Solomons “On Watch” Memorial Statue

The Calvert County Department of General Services is coordinating the annual “On Watch” memorial brick campaign taking place now through April 28, 2017. For a limited time, the public may purchase memorial bricks to be placed at the Veterans Patio, located at the World War II “On Watch” Memorial Statue in Solomons. The bricks...
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Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Monday, January 9, 2017

Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Monday, January 9, 2017

Updated Monday, January 9, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. St. Mary’s County: St. Mary’s County Public Schools: St. Mary’s County Public Schools will be closed on Monday, January 9, 2017 with a Code 2 for employees. St. Mary’s County Government: All St. Mary’s County Administrative Offices will open on time. Liberal leave for employees. All...
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Logistics Award Winner Cites Diversity, Empowerment for Results

Logistics Award Winner Cites Diversity, Empowerment for Results

Thomas McClay, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Total Asset Visibility (NAWCAD 6.8.3) competency manager, received the 2016 Daniel L. Nega Excellence in Logistics Leadership Award at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, Dec. 19. Established in 2014, the award recognizes a Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Logistics and Industrial Operations (AIR-6.0) national civilian...
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Defense Contractor Agrees to $4.535 Million Settlement for Alleged False Claim Act Violations

Defense Contractor Agrees to $4.535 Million Settlement for Alleged False Claim Act Violations

Advanced C4 Solutions, Inc. agreed today to pay $4.535 million to the United States to settle allegations that it submitted inflated invoices to the government for work performed at Joint Base Andrews. The settlement was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Brigadier General Keith M. Givens, Commander...
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NAVAIR Financial Manager Recognized for Creating Planning Tool

NAVAIR Financial Manager Recognized for Creating Planning Tool

NAVAIR’s lead business financial manager (BFM) of the year, Denise Mallett, was also recognized by acquisition chief Frank Kendall at the Pentagon Dec. 8 for creating a database that revolutionized the way the command performs acquisition financial management. After prototyping and proving the concept in the H-1 U.S. Marine Corps Light/Attack Helicopters program office...
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Chesapeake Beach Native Trains to be a Military Pilot

Chesapeake Beach Native Trains to be a Military Pilot

A 2010 Huntingtown High School graduate and Chesapeake Beach, Maryland native participates in the lengthy and rigorous training process that transforms military officers into pilots. 2nd Lt. Stephen Anderson is a Marine Corps student naval avaiator with the “Rangers” Training Squadron (VT-27), based in Corpus, Christi, Texas, that operates the T-6B Texan II aircraft....
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Today is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Today is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, also referred to as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day or Pearl Harbor Day, is observed annually in the United States on December 7, to remember and honor the 2,403 citizens of the United States who were killed in the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7,...
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Government Contractor Indicted for Making False Claims and False Statements

Government Contractor Indicted for Making False Claims and False Statements

A federal grand jury has charged Shawn Penn, age 41, of Pasadena, with making false claims and false statements, for allegedly falsely representing to her employer that she was working as a security guard at a government facility, when she was actually elsewhere.  The indictment was returned on December 1, 2016. The indictment was...
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For Third Year, CSM Earns Designation as ‘Military Friendly’

For Third Year, CSM Earns Designation as ‘Military Friendly’

The College of Southern Maryland has received the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation from Victory Media for the third year in a row. Military Friendly schools are top-tier educational institutions that provide the best opportunities for military service members and their spouses. “CSM is proud to once again be recognized for the support and...
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NAVAIR School of Modeling and Simulation Master’s Degree Graduates Celebrate Momentous Achievements

NAVAIR School of Modeling and Simulation Master’s Degree Graduates Celebrate Momentous Achievements

The NAVAIR University College of Test and Evaluation, School of Modeling and Simulation, in partnership with Old Dominion University, celebrated the first students to receive their Master of Engineering (ME) degree in modeling and simulation (M&S). Thirteen students were recognized for completing the master’s degree, along with 12 students who completed a graduate-level certificate...
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NAVAIR School of Modeling and Simulation Master’s Degree Graduates Celebrate Momentous Achievements

NAVAIR School of Modeling and Simulation Master’s Degree Graduates Celebrate Momentous Achievements

The NAVAIR University College of Test and Evaluation, School of Modeling and Simulation, in partnership with Old Dominion University, celebrated the first students to receive their Master of Engineering (ME) degree in modeling and simulation (M&S). Thirteen students were recognized for completing the master’s degree, along with 12 students who completed a graduate-level certificate...
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Nam Knights Donate Preliminary Breath Test Instrument to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office

Nam Knights Donate Preliminary Breath Test Instrument to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office

On November 6, 2016, the Nam Knights of America, Skipjack Chapter donated a Preliminary Breath Test Instrument to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. The Nam Knights is a group of retired military veterans, active and retired law enforcement officers, who through generous contributions from its members and various fundraisers, give back to veterans,...
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Navy Officer Pleads Guilty in Massive Fraud and Corruption Scandal

Navy Officer Pleads Guilty in Massive Fraud and Corruption Scandal

A retired Navy Captain pleaded guilty today for his role in a massive bribery and fraud scheme involving a foreign defense contractor for the U.S. Navy. Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy of the Southern District of California, Acting Director Dermot O’Reilly of...
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Enabling Technology is Focus of Second Annual FRC Safety Meeting

Enabling Technology is Focus of Second Annual FRC Safety Meeting

More than 25 senior safety officers from eight Fleet Readiness Centers (FRC) sites worldwide and representatives from DoD attended the Annual Safety Director Meeting at FRC Aviation Support Equipment in Solomons Island, Maryland, Nov. 1-3. Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers (COMFRC) Director for Safety and Regulatory Compliance Mitch Bauman said the event was held to...
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Governor Larry Hogan, Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford Honor Nation’s Heroes on Veterans Day

Governor Larry Hogan, Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford Honor Nation’s Heroes on Veterans Day

Governor Larry Hogan and Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford today honored our nation’s heroes on Veterans Day. Lt. Governor Rutherford participated in the annual St. Mary’s County Veterans Day Parade, and later joined Governor Hogan and Gold Star families for a dedication ceremony of the new Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in Annapolis. “There can’t...
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Veterans are no Longer on Active Duty, but they Deserve our Respect, our Admiration and Sometimes our Help.

Veterans are no Longer on Active Duty, but they Deserve our Respect, our Admiration and Sometimes our Help.

There are many ways to salute our veterans and support our troops – by volunteering, helping someone you know directly, and sometimes monetarily by donating to causes that assist these veterans. With a plethora of charities to choose from, you should definitely do your homework before donating your hard earned money. When thinking about...
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Annual Veterans Day Ceremony in Calvert County

Annual Veterans Day Ceremony in Calvert County

Calvert County residents are invited to attend the American Legion’s annual Veterans Day ceremony to honor and commemorate all those who have served and continued to serve our country. The ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, on the Courthouse Green at the Calvert County Circuit Courthouse located at 175 Main...
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The Meaning of Veteran’s Day

The Meaning of Veteran’s Day

Many Americans mistakenly believe that Veterans Day is the day America sets aside to honor American military personnel who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained from combat. That’s not quite true. Memorial Day is the day set aside to honor America’s war dead. Veterans Day, on the other hand, honors...
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St. Mary’s County Hosts First Annual Veterans Resource Day

St. Mary’s County Hosts First Annual Veterans Resource Day

St. Mary’s County is home to a large number of veterans, retirees, active-duty service men and women and their families. In an effort to provide easy access to resources in one centralized location, the St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services is proud to announce the first Veterans Resource Day. The event...
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Search for Sunken PAX Aircraft Continues in Chesapeake Bay

Search for Sunken PAX Aircraft Continues in Chesapeake Bay

More than 200 sonar targets—some of which may represent parts of aircraft or debris fields—were found in August as underwater archaeologists continued their search for U.S. Navy aircraft lost in training exercises more than a half century ago off the coast of Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland. The underwater archaeology team with the...
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NAVAIR Earns Pair of Aviation Safety Awards

NAVAIR Earns Pair of Aviation Safety Awards

NAVAIR has won two top naval aviation safety awards for its outstanding 2016 safety record and ongoing contributions to readiness and efficient operations, the Naval Safety Center announced Oct. 16. The Naval Aviation Readiness Through Safety Award and Adm. James S. Russell Naval Aviation Flight Safety Award are presented annually to the aircraft-controlling custodian...
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Aging & Human Services to Host First Veterans Resource Day

Aging & Human Services to Host First Veterans Resource Day

St. Mary’s County is home to a large number of veterans, retirees, active-duty service men and women and their families. In an effort to provide easy access to resources in one centralized location, the St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services is proud to announce the first Veterans Resource Day. The event...
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