Department of Defense

NAS Patuxent River Gate Schedule Changes

NAS Patuxent River Gate Schedule Changes

The entry gate schedule at NAS Patuxent River will be altered during the holiday season, starting Monday, Dec. 12. The normal gate schedule will resume Jan. 9, 2012. Patience is appreciated. a. Gate Hours: (1) Gate 1 – Gate 1 will maintain normal hours of operation 0530 to 1830 during the duration of the...
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Local Navy Contract Awards

The following Navy contracts have been awarded locally: Wyle Laboratories, Inc., Huntsville, Ala., is being awarded a $33,693,891 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contract (N00421-03-D-0015) to execute an award term for continued E-2C/E-2D/C-2 planning, program, and financial services in support of the Navy (79 percent); and under the Foreign Military Sales...
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Remembering Pearl Harbor on its 70th Anniversary

Remembering Pearl Harbor on its 70th Anniversary

On a peaceful Sunday Morning on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, the United States was thrust into the war that they were trying to avoid.  At just before 8 a.m. on Dec. 7, 1941, nearly 200 Japanese planes attacked the Airfields at Pearl Harbor followed quickly by another wave of torpedo bombers that...
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Flags to be Flown at Half Staff

Flags to be Flown at Half Staff

This is to advise you that Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has ordered the United States Flag and Maryland State Flag flown at half staff on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 from sunrise to sunset. This action is in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, in memory of the brave Americans who sacrificed their lives...
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F-35C Test Aircraft Completes Milestone Flight

F-35C Test Aircraft Completes Milestone Flight

The first carrier variant test aircraft for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter took off on its 100th test flight Nov. 29 with Marine Corps test pilot Lt. Col. Matthew Taylor at the controls. The first carrier variant test aircraft for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter takes off on its 100th...
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Local Navy Contract Awards

The following Navy contracts have been awarded locally: DRS C3 & Aviation Co., Herndon, Va., is being awarded a $48,459,005 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-11-C-0011) to exercise an option for logistics services in support of E-6B aircraft, to include management of government-owned inventory and material support of aircraft. In addition, this...
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Electronic Warfare Officer Instructs Navy Pilots

Electronic Warfare Officer Instructs Navy Pilots

An Air Force electronic warfare officer recently became the first to upgrade and become a fully qualified instructor teaching Navy pilots flight maneuvers in the EA-6B Prowler. Maj. Martin Rann, an EA-6B Prowler instructor assigned to the Fixed Wing Electronic Attack Squadron 129, is attached to the 390th Electronic Combat Squadron at Mountain Home...
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Local Navy Contract Awards

The following Navy contracts were awarded locally: General Electric Aircraft Engines, Lynn, Mass., is being awarded a $29,703,712 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-06-C-0088) for eight F414-GE-400 spare engines for the F/A-18E/F aircraft. Work will be performed in Lynn, Mass. (51.8 percent); Madisonville, Ky. (20.9 percent); Hooksett, N.H. (12 percent); Rutland, Vt....
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Army-Navy Blood Donation Challenge in National Capital Region

Army-Navy Blood Donation Challenge in National Capital Region

The national capital region will compete in a Blood Donor Challenge through Dec. 9 for a chance to win bragging rights and the 2011 trophy for most units of blood collected for the Armed Services Blood Program, the official blood program of the United States military. Over the years, the Army-Navy game has come...
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Fire Scout Boss Returns from Deployment in Afghanistan

Fire Scout Boss Returns from Deployment in Afghanistan

Just in time for the holidays, a member from Fire Scout Detachment Alpha returned here after an eight-month deployment in Afghanistan. Fire Scout Detachment Alpha Officer in Charge, Cmdr. Brian Stephens (right), congratulates Lt. Cmdr. Tom Williams (left) on his promotion after a ceremony that took place July 1 in Afghanistan during Williams’ deployment....
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Local Navy Contract Awards

The following Navy contracts have been awarded locally: The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $17,262,617 firm-fixed-price order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-11-G-0001) for the design, development, and installation of engineering change proposal (ECP) 618 retrofit kits for eight Royal Malaysian Air Force F/A-18 aircraft under the Foreign...
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Lockheed Martin Completes Assembly of the First International F-35

Lockheed Martin Completes Assembly of the First International F-35

The first international Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) F-35 Lightning II rolled out of the factory Nov. 20. The United Kingdom Ministry of Defense will use the short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) jet, known as BK-1, for training and operational tests.  BK-1 will undergo functional fuel system checks before being transported to the flight line for ground...
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Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta Comments on Supercommittee Negotiations

Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta Comments on Supercommittee Negotiations

The failure of the Congressional Supercommittee to reach an agreement on deficit reduction is a setback for the country’s efforts to achieve fiscal responsibility while protecting our national security. If Congress fails to act over the next year, the Department of Defense will face devastating, automatic, across-the-board cuts that will tear a seam in...
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NAVAIR Contract Awards

The following Navy contracts have been awarded locally: Raytheon Technical Services Co., L.L.C., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded a $55,937,601 modification to a delivery order placed previously against Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-10-G-0006) to exercise an option for the procurement of 237 LAU-116B/A and 213 LAU-115D/A launchers in support of F/A-18 E/F and EA-18G aircraft....
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NAVAIR Contract Award

The following Navy contract has been awarded locally: Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $10,409,837 modification to a delivery order placed previously against basic ordering agreement (N00019-07-G-0008) for the procurement of 40 central de-ice distributor and 44 nacelle ice protection controller unit retrofit kits for the V-22 Ice Protection System....
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Capt. Schmeiser’s Farewell Letter

Capt. Schmeiser’s Farewell Letter

Capt. Stephen Schmeiser retired from his position as commander of Patuxent River Naval Air Station last week and issued this open letter to the community: What a blessing it has been for me to have served as the 34th Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station Patuxent River in this wonderful Southern Maryland community! Thank...
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Thousands Pay Tribute to Vets in Leonardtown

Thousands Pay Tribute to Vets in Leonardtown

 Thousands of spectators gathered and paid homage to those who have served and still continue to serve in America’s armed forces at the 36th Annual Leonardtown Veteran’s Day Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony in Leonardtown Square on Friday, Nov. 11. Veterans, dignitaries, military units, drill teams, marching bands, scouts, dance troupes, floats, classic cars,...
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Honoring All Our Veterans and Our Military

Honoring All Our Veterans and Our Military

 Starting off Veterans Day in Calvert County was a memorial service and wreath placement at the courthouse. Even though it was quite windy, there were many in attendance including veterans, dignitaries, American Legion Posts, VFW Posts and NJROTC from all the high schools as well as members of the Calvert County Civil Air Patrol...
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On Watch Memorial Service

On Watch Memorial Service

At the end of Dowell Road at the water’s edge, there stands a statue surrounded by memorial bricks. It’s an 8 foot statue of a sailor holding binoculars, staring out at the water. The bronze work is by Antonio Tobias Mendez, to commemorate the people and the work at the Amphibious Training Base at...
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11-11-11 at 11 a.m.

11-11-11      at 11 a.m.

Tomorrow is Veterans Day and falls on the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I, occurring at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Tomorrow’s occasion will be the first time in the Day’s history that it will also fall on the 11th...
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Happy 236th Birthday U.S. Marine Corps

Happy 236th Birthday U.S. Marine Corps

1. For ten years now, our Corps has been engaged in continuous combat operations against those who threaten the security of American and our allies. We turned the tide in the Anbar Province of Iraq and continue to see success today in Southwest Afghanistan. While it has come at a cost, we have much...
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FREE Turkey for Vets

FREE Turkey for Vets

A FREE Thanksgiving meal is being offered to service members on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24 at VFW Post 2632 located at 23282 Three Notch Road in California, Md. Photo by Pink Sherbet Doors open at 1:00 p.m., and the meal will be served at 2 p.m. The event, intended to show support to our...
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USS Harry S. Truman Commanding Officer Dies Unexpectedly

USS Harry S. Truman Commanding Officer Dies Unexpectedly

The commanding officer of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) died suddenly Nov. 8 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Capt. Tushar Tembe Capt. Tushar Tembe was departing the ship at approximately 10 a.m. when he collapsed. The ship’s medical response team provided immediate medical assistance until Tembe could be transported...
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NAVAIR Contract Award

The following Navy contract has been awarded locally: Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $7,049,944 firm-fixed-price delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-07-G-0008) for the Block 20/C upgrade to the CV-22 to include co-site communications; multi-mission advanced tactical terminal replacement; standby flight instrument; global positioning system repeater...
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Boeing Receives $1.7B for 7 More US Navy P-8A Poseidon Aircraft

Boeing Receives $1.7B for 7 More US Navy P-8A Poseidon Aircraft

Photo courtesy of Boeing Boeing on Nov. 3 received a $1.7 billion low-rate initial production (LRIP) award from the U.S. Navy for seven additional P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft. LRIP-II is the follow-on to an initial LRIP-I contract awarded in January to provide six Poseidon aircraft. Overall, the Navy plans to purchase...
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