Department of Defense

Navy Reservist Gives Insight into Fire Scout Deployment

Navy Reservist Gives Insight into Fire Scout Deployment

After a challenging nine months fielding a new unmanned system in Afghanistan, a Navy reservist recently visited Patuxent River to share his deployment experience before returning to civilian life in his North Carolina hometown. It has been a few weeks of transition for Cmdr. Brian Stephens, who left his home in Cherry Point, N.C.,...
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Your Next Mentor Could be Just Around the Corner

Your Next Mentor Could be Just Around the Corner

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — You never know where you might meet your next mentor. A bartender at the restaurant where he worked encouraged Walter Augustin, then 16, to attend college. After graduating from Illinois Institute of Technology and serving in the Marine Corps, Augustin, a “lifelong learner,” is now the...
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Local Navy Contract Awards

Local Navy Contract Awards

The following Navy contracts have been awarded locally: Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $56,750,000 advance acquisition contract to provide long lead parts and components required for the manufacture of Lot 10 UH-1Y (15) and AH-1Z (13) helicopters for the Marine Corps in support of the H-1 upgrade program. ...
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Navy Names Littoral Combat Ship Gabrielle Giffords

Navy Names Littoral Combat Ship Gabrielle Giffords

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Feb. 10, 2012 that the next Independence variant littoral combat ship (LCS) will be named the USS Gabrielle Giffords. The selection of Gabrielle Giffords, designated LCS 10, honors the former Congresswoman from Tucson, Ariz., and who is known for supporting the military and veterans. Mabus also announced the ship’s...
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Department Opens More Military Positions to Women

Department Opens More Military Positions to Women

The Defense Department announced Feb.9, 2012 changes to its assignment policy which will result in 14,325 additional positions being opened to women. “Women are contributing in unprecedented ways to the military’s mission.  Through their courage, sacrifice, patriotism and great skill, women have proven their ability to serve in an expanding number of roles on and off...
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Contractor gets $26M for T-34, T-44 and T-6 Maintenance

Contractor gets $26M for T-34, T-44 and T-6 Maintenance

The following Navy contract has been awarded locally: Sikorsky Support Services, Inc., Pensacola, Fla., was awarded on Jan. 31 a $26,063,162 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-11-D-0014) to exercise an option for logistics services and materials for organizational, intermediate, and depot-level maintenance to support 161 T-34, 54 T-44, and 172 T-6...
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Noise Advisory

Noise Advisory

Communities surrounding Naval Air Station Patuxent River are advised that noise-generating testing is scheduled to take place Saturday, February 11, 2012. Low-level jet aircraft flights are required in order to conduct calibration testing with ground based equipment. Testing is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Residents may notice increased noise levels during this...
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NAWCAD Sailor of the Year

NAWCAD Sailor of the Year

NAWCAD Sailor of the Year Called ‘Charismatic Leader’ Although his father served in the U.S. Air Force, Petty Officer First Class Brian Richardson said he never intended to follow in his dad’s footsteps. However, fate had another plan, and Richardson, a self-proclaimed “wild child,” joined the Navy in July 1996 at age 22 when...
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Air Force Announces Force Structure and Mission Changes

Air Force Announces Force Structure and Mission Changes

The Air Force announced force structure plans to retire, not acquire or transfer 191 Air National Guard aircraft and add 65 aircraft to the Air National Guard fleet. The changes announced on Feb. 3 will impact Air Guard units in 27 states and territories over the next few years, according to Pentagon officials. The affected states...
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Local Navy Contract Awards

Local Navy Contract Awards

The following Navy contracts have been awarded locally: The Boeing Co., Seattle, Wash., is being awarded a $226,999,940 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract (N00019-04-C-3146) for services in support of the P-8A System Development and Demonstration Program for the T-1 and T-3 aircraft.  This modification will support interim flight clearance for the P-8A...
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Noise Advisory

Noise Advisory

Communities surrounding the Patuxent Naval Air Station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place Saturday, February 4, 2012. Low-level jet aircraft flight operations are required in order to conduct calibration testing with ground based equipment. Test events are scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Residents may notice...
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Local Navy Contract Awards

Local Navy Contract Awards

The following Navy contracts have been awarded locally: Insitu, Inc., Bingen, Wash., is being awarded a $41,090,719 ceiling priced modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-11-C-0061) to exercise an option for operational and maintenance services in support of the ScanEagle unmanned aerial systems. These services will provide electro-optical/infra red and mid-wave infrared imagery...
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NAVAIR, Partners Announce Groundwork for Software apps ‘Store’

NAVAIR, Partners Announce Groundwork for Software apps ‘Store’

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md–  NAVAIR announced Jan. 30, 2012  it is working with multiple sponsors to establish guidelines to support the migration of avionics software applications across DoD aviation platforms. The Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Technical Standard will enhance the U.S. military aviation community’s ability to address issues of limited...
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Airborne Networking Event Coming Soon

Airborne Networking Event Coming Soon

The Southern Maryland AFCEA chapter invites members of the public, business, and base communities to the “Airborne Networking: Challenges and Solutions” Symposium at the Solomons Holiday Inn Jan 31 – Feb. 1. The goal of this symposium is to help members of the broader community (government, industry, and academia) better understand the issues and...
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World’s First Net-enabled Weapon Completes Developmental Testing

World’s First Net-enabled Weapon Completes Developmental Testing

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – The Navy recently completed a milestone test phase for its network-enabled weapon that will give forces greater effectiveness at sea. Joint Stand-off Weapon (JSOW) C -1, DoD’s first network-enabled weapon, completed developmental test (DT) in late 2011 at Point Mugu Sea Range, Calif. The completion of...
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NAWCAD Team Wins Innovation Award for Pioneering Work in Unmanned Systems

NAWCAD Team Wins Innovation Award for Pioneering Work in Unmanned Systems

Pax River’s naval aviation community is hailing its newest group of pioneers. In December, NAWCAD recognized the Cargo Resupply Unmanned Aerial System (CRUAS) team with its Commander’s Innovation Award for developing a fast-track contracting and technical strategy, allowing the Navy and Marine Corps to deploy the first Unmanned Vertical Lift Cargo UAS. Eric Pratson,...
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Local Navy Contract Award

Local Navy Contract Award

The following Navy contract has been awarded locally: Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Bethpage, N.Y., is being awarded a $781,500,000 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-10-C-0044) for the manufacture and delivery of five low rate initial production Lot 4 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft.  Work will be performed in Syracuse, N.Y. (25.36 percent); Bethpage,...
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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Visits PAX

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Visits PAX

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md., Jan. 20, 2012 – Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 he’s lifted probation from the Short Takeoff, Vertical Landing variant of the fifth generation F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter which is absolutely vital to maintaining air superiority. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and U.S. Rep. Steny...
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Federal Gov’t Opening at 11 a.m. Monday

Federal Gov’t Opening at 11 a.m. Monday

Due to expected icy conditions, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management recommends that Federal employees remain off the road until 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 23. Federal Government offices will open to the public at 11:00 a.m. Employees who commute to the office will be granted excused absence for the delayed arrival. Employees have...
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Calvert Marine Killed in Deadly Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan

Calvert Marine Killed in Deadly Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan

A Marine from Calvert County is among the six who were killed this week in the crash of a U.S. helicopter in Afghanistan. Today, the Defense Department identified Cpl. Jesse W. Stites, 23 of North Beach as among those killed. The CH-53D helicopter crashed Jan. 19, 2012 in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand. Stites was assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter...
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Vote for Local Pepper-Hoctor as 2012 Military Spouse of the Year

Vote for Local Pepper-Hoctor as 2012 Military Spouse of the Year

Cast Your Vote for the 2012 Military Spouse of the Year! Kimberly Pepper-Hoctor Southern Maryland is proud to announce California, Maryland resident Kimberly Pepper-Hoctor was been nominated as a Navy branch winner for Military Spouse of the Year. Kimberly is well known for her involvement in the community at Patuxent River. Kimberly works with local...
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Lockheed Martin F-35A Performs First Night Flight

Lockheed Martin F-35A Performs First Night Flight

FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 19, 2012 –  The first night flight in the history of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Program was completed Wednesday, January 18 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.  Piloted by Lockheed Martin Test Pilot Mark Ward, AF-6, an F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant, launched at 5:05 p.m. PST and landed...
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Local Navy Contract Award

Local Navy Contract Award

The following Navy contract has been awarded locally: Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $7,283,403 modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-fee V-22 multi-year production contract (N00019-07-C-0001) to provide for production line preparation and production incorporation of unique identification marked parts for MV and CV Lot 16 aircraft.  Work will...
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Maryland Guard Members Get New Mission

Maryland Guard Members Get New Mission

The 29th Combat Aviation Brigade, known as Task Force Normandy, had a new mission here only days after the end of the war in Iraq. On Dec. 18, the last remaining American Soldiers departed Iraq, bringing the almost nine-year conflict to a close. Col. David W. Carey, Task Force Normandy commander, led the last...
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New F-35B Joint Strike Fighters Arrive at Eglin

New F-35B Joint Strike Fighters Arrive at Eglin

A resolution to be even more expeditionary will be met this year, now that Marines here received their first two F-35B Lightning II variants of DoD’s fifth generation fighter Jan. 11. At the 33rd Fighter Wing, Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 is the home for the new aircraft where its “Warlords,” pilots and...
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