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Pax River Air Expo ’16 – A Free Family Event at NAS Pax River

Pax River Air Expo ’16 – A Free Family Event at NAS Pax River

Looking for something fun and free for the family to do at the end of October? Then come out to Naval Air Station Patuxent River’s Air Expo ’16 on Oct. 29 and 30 featuring the F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team. The F-22 Raptor is the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft. Its combination of stealth, supercruise,...
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NAVAIR Leaders Learn About Their Role in the Larger Defense World

NAVAIR Leaders Learn About Their Role in the Larger Defense World

Twenty-three up-and-coming leaders learned how NAVAIR fits into the larger defense picture at a seminar at NAVAIR’s Washington Liaison Office in Arlington, Virginia, Sept. 26-30. The Washington arena seminar is the second in a series of five classes NAVAIR Leadership Development Program (NLDP) members take over a period of three to five years. The...
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CH-53K King Stallion Successfully Completes Initial Operational Testing

CH-53K King Stallion Successfully Completes Initial Operational Testing

The U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K King Stallion helicopter completed its two-week initial operational test period, called OT-B1, Oct. 19 at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. OT-B1 included multiple external lift scenarios of 27,000 lb. (12,200 kg) in-hover and 12,000 lb. (5,422 kg) 110 nautical mile radius missions. Ground events included...
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NAS Pax Celebrates Navy’s 241st Birthday in Style

NAS Pax Celebrates Navy’s 241st Birthday in Style

Members of the Naval Air Station Patuxent River community donned their best to celebrate at the Navy 241stBirthday Ball Oct. 13 at the River’s Edge Catering and Conference Center here. This year’s theme – America’s Sailor: For 241 Years – Tough Bold and Ready – highlights the Sailor’s unique ability to learn, adapt, innovate...
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Maryland Man Charged with Planning to Kill US Military Member to Support ISIS

Maryland Man Charged with Planning to Kill US Military Member to Support ISIS

A federal grand jury charged Nelash Mohamed Das, 24, a citizen of Bangladesh residing in Landover Hills, Maryland, with attempting to provide material support and resources to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization. The announcement was made by Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Mary...
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Bomb Squad Investigates Suspicious Item at Elm’s Beach

Bomb Squad Investigates Suspicious Item at Elm’s Beach

On Sunday, October 16, 2016 at approximately 11:oo a.m., a Bomb Technician, from the Deputy State Fire Marshals Office responded to 19200 Back Door Road, in Dameron, after a citizen located an item believed to be military ordnance on the beach in Elm’s Beach Park. The item was determined to be an inert military marine flare and...
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Advanced Arresting Gear Traps First Fly-In for F/A-18E Super Hornet

Advanced Arresting Gear Traps First Fly-In for F/A-18E Super Hornet

Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) completes a first-of-its-kind recovery of an F/A-18E Super Hornet at the Runway Arrested Landing Site in Lakehurst, N.J., Oct. 13. This event, conducted as part of AAG performance testing with the Super Hornet, follows more than 200 roll-in arrestments completed at the site since late March. The AAG test team conducted...
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NADP Provides Veterans with Second Careers

NADP Provides Veterans with Second Careers

Eight logistics management specialists graduated from the Navy Acquisition Development Program (NADP) in a ceremony Sept. 29 at the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Logistics and Industrial Operations (AIR 6.0) Complex, Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland, launching their new careers. AIR 6.0 Deputy Assistant Commander Todd Balazs, who emceed the event, told...
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Festival & Open House Participants Announced for Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show Baltimore

Festival & Open House Participants Announced for Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show Baltimore

In addition to the Fleet and the Flights, Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore organizers have gathered together a great line-up of performers, food vendors and environmental, military, maritime and cultural heritage-related exhibitors for the Fleet Week Festival and theChesapeake Galley and Beer Garden at the Inner Harbor and the Open House and...
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NAWCAD Computer Scientist Honored at 36th Annual Disability Awards Ceremony

NAWCAD Computer Scientist Honored at 36th Annual Disability Awards Ceremony

In a ceremony at the Pentagon, Oct. 4, Alec “Ed” Forsman, photogrammetrics team lead at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s (NAWCAD) Atlantic Test Ranges (ATR), was awarded an Outstanding DoD Service Members and Civilians Disability Award. Forsman was one of 18 DoD employees from across the country who received the award at...
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Soldier from Maryland killed on patrol in Afghanistan

Soldier from Maryland killed on patrol in Afghanistan

The Pentagon says a Special Forces soldier from Maryland was killed after being hit by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan while on patrol with Afghan forces in a northeastern province bordering Pakistan. The Department of Defense said in a news release that 31-year-old Staff Sgt. Adam S. Thomas of Takoma Park, Maryland, died Tuesday,...
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NSA Contractor From Glen Burnie Charged With Theft of Secret Documents

NSA Contractor From Glen Burnie Charged With Theft of Secret Documents

A criminal complaint has been filed charging Harold Thomas Martin III, 51, of Glen Burnie, with theft of government property and unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials by a government employee or contractor. Martin  was employed by Booz Allen Hamilton, the same firm where NSA leaker Edward Snowden was a contractor when he...
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NAVAIR financial manager reaches 50 years of service

NAVAIR financial manager reaches 50 years of service

When Alethea Contee began her career with NAVAIR in 1966, she was a recent high school grad serving as a clerk-typist. Fifty years later, Contee has ascended the professional ladder, and celebrated her golden jubilee as a civil servant Sept. 26 with her teammates in the Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft...
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Pax Museum Debuts New Mascot “Oscar Falco”

Pax Museum Debuts New Mascot “Oscar Falco”

A six foot tall osprey has been spotted in Southern Maryland, and it’s even wearing a flight suit. This past weekend, attendees at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum’s annual volunteer appreciation dinner got a sneak peak of Oscar Falco, the new museum mascot. Oscar Falco, named after it’s area namesake, the Osprey Falcon,...
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Governor Larry Hogan Proclaims October as Maryland Manufacturing, Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Governor Larry Hogan Proclaims October as Maryland Manufacturing, Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Governor Larry Hogan has issued two statewide proclamations announcing the month of October as Manufacturing and Cybersecurity Awareness Month in Maryland. Maryland is home to more than 3,600 manufacturing companies and 1,200 private-sector cybersecurity companies, in addition to world-class facilities including the U.S. Cyber Command, the National Security Agency, and the National Cybersecurity Center...
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Naval Air Station Patuxent River’s Noise Advisory for Oct. 3 – 7

Naval Air Station Patuxent River’s Noise Advisory for Oct. 3 – 7

Communities surrounding the naval air station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 – Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 between the hours of 7:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Pilots at NAS PAX will be conducting Field Carrier Landing Practices (FCLPs). FCLPs are simulated carrier...
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NAS Patuxent River Air Expo 2016 will go on as Planned

NAS Patuxent River Air Expo 2016 will go on as Planned

NAS Patuxent River has announced that the NAS Patuxent River Air Expo 2016 will go on as planned Oct. 29 and 30. Following the Blue Angels announcement that they would not be performing at NAS Patuxent River this year, the decision was made by Air Expo planners to still hold the air show. The...
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PAX River NAS Announces Noise Advisory

PAX River NAS Announces Noise Advisory

Communities surrounding the naval air station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place Monday, September 26 – Thursday, September 29, 2016 between the hours of 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. Pilots at PAX will be training for realistic flight scenarios including Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP). FCLP training is essential for the precision...
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Governor Hogan Announces Expansion of Defense Company

Governor Hogan Announces Expansion of Defense Company

As part of a weeklong economic development mission to Israel, Governor Larry Hogan today met with executives of defense giant ELTA Systems Ltd. and announced that the company’s U.S. affiliate, ELTA North America, is tripling its footprint in Maryland and adding up to 50 new jobs over the next two to three years. The...
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Carver Assumes Command of VX-23 from Erker

Carver Assumes Command of VX-23 from Erker

Navy Cmdr. James Carver relieved Marine Lt. Col. Kevin Erker as commanding officer of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 Sept. 16 after serving as the squadron’s chief test pilot since October 2014. During Erker’s tenure as commanding officer, the squadron’s 1,200 military members, civil servants and contractors accomplished 5,100 test project sorties...
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Blue Angels Won’t Perform at the Patuxent River Air Expo This Year

Blue Angels Won’t Perform at the Patuxent River Air Expo This Year

The Blue Angels recently announced they will not be performing at the NAS Patuxent River Air Expo Oct. 29 and 30. Following the mishap involving Blue Angel #6 in June of this year, Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific (CNAP) decided the team would need to take off one weekend every eight weeks during their...
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UPDATE: NAS Patuxent River Releases Statement on Vehicle that Entered Base Without ID on Monday

UPDATE: NAS Patuxent River Releases Statement on Vehicle that Entered Base Without ID on Monday

9/20/2016 UPDATE: The following statement was posted on the Naval Air Station Patuxent River Facebook Page – NAS Patuxent River would like to inform tenants of the actions taken in response to a driver who entered the base without showing proper ID on September 19, 2016. Following this incident, Naval Security Forces initiated an installation wide search...
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Navy Launches JSOW C-1 During Valiant Shield

Navy Launches JSOW C-1 During Valiant Shield

Sailors from Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) fired the newest Joint Standoff Weapon, JSOW C-1,  Sept. 13 during Valiant Shield exercise conducted in the Western Pacific. Valiant Shield is the first time the fleet conducted an operational end-to-end employment of a network enabled weapon, using both live rounds and captive air training missiles during...
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U.S. Navy, Italian Air Force Test Aerial Refueling Capability

U.S. Navy, Italian Air Force Test Aerial Refueling Capability

Testing for the U.S. Navy’s fighter aircraft to receive fuel from the Italian Air Force’s KC-767A aircraft is currently underway at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. This six week test period is designed to meet the U.S. Central Command’s operational requirement for joint interoperability and increased air refueling capacity within that area of...
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Countering the Readiness Challenge

Countering the Readiness Challenge

Keeping mission-capable aircraft on the flightline for pilots to be ready for tasking, also known as Ready Basic Aircraft (RBA), is a never-ending challenge for logisticians and maintainers. And for a variety of factors, there are many aircraft on flight lines that are not available to fight tonight. Logisticians from across Naval Air Systems...
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