Department of Defense

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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Zarzaca Adds Capability to Air-6.0, Named Employee of Quarter

Zarzaca Adds Capability to Air-6.0, Named Employee of Quarter

Ten years is a long time, and that’s how long Naval Air Systems Command has been without the organic capability to manage training systems plans. One NAVAIR logistics professional is working to change that and, for his efforts, was named the Air-6.0 employee of the quarter for the second quarter of 2016. Joseph Zarzaca,...
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NAVAIR holds 2016 Fellows, Patent and Section 219 award ceremony

NAVAIR holds 2016 Fellows, Patent and Section 219 award ceremony

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Fellows organization promoted 14 members to the rank of full fellow and one member to esteemed fellow status during a ceremony here last week. “These engineers and scientists have an unwavering commitment to civil service and support to sailors and marines around the world,” said NAVAIR Deputy Commander,...
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U.S. Marine Corps takes delivery of 50th KC-130J Hercules

U.S. Marine Corps takes delivery of 50th KC-130J Hercules

Tactical Airlift Program Office (PMA-207) and Lockheed Martin delivered the 50th KC-130J “Hercules” transport aircraft to the U.S. Marine Corps at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, California, Aug. 18. “The delivery of the Marine Corps 50th KC-130J is no doubt a significant milestone for the program and for the Marines,” said Jason Verbic,...
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Gate Closure at Naval Air Station Patuxent River Announced

Gate Closure at Naval Air Station Patuxent River Announced

Gate 1 will bee closed from 6 a.m. Aug. 20 through 4 p.m. Aug. 21. Gate 1 will be closed on the above dates to allow for the installation of rumble strips which will increase the safety and driver awareness for the gate sentries, as well as address security concerns. Project dates may vary...
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Critical Repairs to Runway Intersection Completed on Time, Operations Resume

Critical Repairs to Runway Intersection Completed on Time, Operations Resume

A critical phase of ongoing major repairs to Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent (Pax) River’s Trapnell Field – work at the intersection of runways 14-32 and 06-24 – was completed on time, avoiding further impact to fixed wing aircraft that had to relocate mission operations due to the closure of both main runways during...
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Three-year Effort Will Repair All 147 Aging CH-53E Helicopters

Three-year Effort Will Repair All 147 Aging CH-53E Helicopters

U.S. Marine Corps has begun a full reset of its CH-53E Super Stallion heavy lift helicopters, an effort aimed at significantly increasing the number of operationally fit aircraft and addressing systemic issues, which in recent years drove the platform’s readiness level to unsustainable depths. The issue first came to light following the January 2014...
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Hollywood Native Participates in World’s Largest International Maritime Warfare Exercise

Hollywood Native Participates in World’s Largest International Maritime Warfare Exercise

A 2009 Leonardtown High School graduate and Hollywood, Maryland native is serving in the U.S. Navy and is participating in the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise, the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC). Petty Officer 2nd Class Rae Pona is a sonar technician aboard USS Shoup, currently operating out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii....
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