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NSWC Dahlgren holds annual honor awards ceremony

NSWC Dahlgren Division Commander Capt. Sheila Patterson presents the Award of Excellence in Systems Engineering to Penny Pierce.

The award was established to recognize those systems engineers whose leadership contributed significantly to customers getting what they need and to systems engineering as a discipline at NSWCDD. NSWCDD, Dahlgren (Va.) - Sixty-two individuals and 19 groups were honored with 14 different Navy and Dahlgren Laboratory awards as the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) held its annual honor awards ceremony on Friday, Jan. 22, 2009.

"The ideals of these individuals reflect the genius and professionalism that make NSWC Dahlgren such a very special asset of the Navy and the nation,” said NSWCDD Commander Capt. Sheila Patterson. “The creative energy and pride in work accomplished at Dahlgren continues to attract men and women of technical excellence and dedication and form the foundation for the leadership that is our hallmark.”

Patterson – honoring awardees at the Dahlgren base Station Theater – presented the John Adolphus Dahlgren Award, the command's highest award, to Dr. William H. Thomas II and Howell J. Boyles. The Dahlgren Award is named for Rear Adm. John A. Dahlgren - who is considered the "Father of Modern Naval Ordnance." - and recognizes individuals with significant achievement in science, engineering or management.


  • Thomas, a Senior System Architect for Rapid Integration Projects, was honored for his leadership and contributions in technical architecture design, establishing NSWCDD as a leader in rapid integration projects.
  • Boyles, a Principal Scientist for the Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) shipboard systems, was honored for a 37-year career that included a wide range of technical assignments. He has become recognized throughout the Strategic Systems Program (SSP) community as an expert on the Trident II Weapon System.

"Our award recipients are an inspiration and example for all,” said Patterson. “Their work, and our collective efforts make a difference on a daily basis to the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States military. We will continue to serve proudly alongside them.”

Lt. Cmdr. Lawrence M. “Marty” Schadegg and Lt. Nicholas V. Fronzo received the C.J. Rorie Award, established to recognize military personnel assigned to NSWCDD whose excellence in the performance of their duties contributed significantly to the effectiveness of the Division's military operation.

  • Schadegg was honored for his support to the Division’s departments through personal involvement in the resolution of a myriad issues as well as providing the ongoing communication and coordination with the base and higher echelon commands.
  • Fronzo was recognized for his outstanding service as the Technical Lead of NSWCDD’s Fleet Support Technical Assistance Teams, who responded to Fleet requests for assistance on Aegis Baseline 7 Phase 1 Destroyers.

Two Dahlgren employees were recognized with the Bernard Smith Award, established to recognize individuals with exceptional, significant and technical contributions in engineering or science, especially those made in the face of unusual odds or significant opposition.

  • Kwok C. Eng - Systems Engineering Manager, Strategic and Weapon Control Systems Department – was cited for outstanding leadership and exemplary execution of the Ship-to-Shore Connector C4N systems engineering team. He led the SSC C4N team comprised of NAVSEA Warfare Centers and field activities to the successful accomplishment of a crucial SSC milestone.
  • Dr. Brian J. Hankla - Senior Electronics Engineer for High Energy Lasers, Electromagnetic and Sensor Systems Department – was honored for his initiative in developing High Energy Laser capabilities for the Navy. Starting with small in-house efforts, he has now established Dahlgren as a leading Navy laboratory for High Energy Laser analysis, effects testing, systems development, and littoral testing.

There were 10 winners of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award. The award recognizes those individuals whose leadership or important contributions to major projects of the division have demonstrated outstanding achievement.

  • Thomas A. Del Guidice provided exceptional leadership to the United States Marine Corps Science & Technology, Requirements and Program Management communities with coordinated, technical solutions from NSWC Dahlgren.
  • Brian L. Kiser was cited for outstanding leadership and dedication as a technical expert in direct hit missile lethality and system effectiveness.
  • John A. Hill’s technical and leadership contributions to Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) and Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Programs have been crucial to our Nation’s defense.
  • Mary V. Laanisto’s was recognized for outstanding leadership and exemplary execution of the Littoral Combat System (LCS) Surface Warfare (SUW) mission module team.
  • David W. Hogue was recognized as the technical expert with respect to the NULKA decoy launching system. This year, the NULKA program will achieve a milestone of installation of the 100th NULKA system on a U.S. ship. Hogue, along with the team which he leads, has been instrumental in achieving this program milestone.
  • Dr. Victor Gehman’s basic research expertise in technologies ranging from nanotechnology and atomic force microscopy to lightweight armor, biometrics and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) has been sought by many programs.
  • Steven A Cress was honored for outstanding technical and programmatic leadership to the Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS) for the development, integration and implementation of several key warfighting improvement capabilities.
  • James B. Patteson was cited for leadership and technical contributions to system engineering within the Navy and the Department of Defense. He was instrumental in delivering numerous combat-ready ships, including those able to perform the Ballistic Missile Defense role so key to our nation.
  • Michael Purello has initiated and led numerous extra efforts to grow capabilities and produce results that greatly benefit the Chemical-biological and Radiological (CBR) Defense posture of the U.S. Navy.
  • Jeffrey Dodd was recognized for his outstanding leadership and invaluable contributions while strengthening efforts in irregular warfare. His exceptional efforts resulted in numerous achievements that are extremely relevant to today’s warfighters, emergency responders, and the overall Global War on Terror (GWOT).

Three employees were honored with the Dr. James E. Colvard Award. The Colvard award recognizes those individuals who, through leadership, have made substantial contributions to the development of the Dahlgren Laboratory as a technical institution.

  • Michael Canaday for his outstanding work in keeping NSWC Dahlgren as a recognized leader in the design, development, and fielding of gun weapon systems.
  • Dr. Charles F. Fennemore for his algorithmic contributions to Tomahawk weapon control system development. His mathematical formulations have been integral to the introduction of Strike capability into the Navy.
  • David A. Clawson for his role in defining the next-generation ship self defense requirements. Clawson’s dedication led to a new ship self defense requirement that will be utilized by the surface Navy for years to come.

Dr. David Marchette received the In-house Laboratory Independent Research (ILIR) Excellence Award, granted to an individual or group whose research results exhibit outstanding technical or scientific merit, are relevant to the mission and thrusts of the Division, and will have a positive effect on other efforts in the division. Marchette was honored for his work on the statistics of covert networks.

Ten employees received the Award of Excellence in Systems Engineering that was established to recognize those systems engineers whose leadership has contributed significantly to customers getting what they need and to systems engineering as a discipline at NSWCDD.

  • Douglas Bower for leadership in the field of Systems Safety Engineering and his outstanding contributions to the advancement of the field of Software Systems Safety Engineering.
  • Chad Finch for his outstanding leadership of the MK 34 Gun Weapon System Cruiser Modernization Program and integrating the fire control, gun, and sensor teams into the new MK 34 System.
  • Wallace Louie for ensuring the proper integration of new missile capability into the Fire Control System of the SLBM Weapon System.
  • Gustavo Rivera for providing Systems Engineering leadership, oversight and expertise in all facets of the Tomahawk Program and other combat systems.
  • George Winters for outstanding leadership in the discipline of Electromagnetic Environmental Effects systems.
  • Randall Strock for his outstanding technical leadership and tireless dedication in the development and evaluation of the AN/SPY-1 family of radar systems, with specific critical support and expertise in the design of the current and future signal processing and radar control programs.
  • Anthony D’Alessandro for his exceptional persistence, competence, leadership and dedication in the face of unusual odds and difficulties in developing new Gun Mount Fire Control System capabilities for the Navy.
  • Gerry Dallara for his leadership, professionalism, and technical contributions to systems engineering within the Navy and the Department of Defense. Dallara’s efforts have brought the Aegis Fleet to the new level of technical capability required for today’s war fighting needs.
  • David Wheeler for leadership and technical contributions within the Navy and DoD. His expertise in Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) technology provided a quick response for the Global War on Terror by delivering additional enhanced capabilities.
  • Penny Pierce for outstanding service provided to the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical Biological Defense’s Future Acquisition Directorate. In this role, she has been recognized as a subject matter expect in developing and applying systems engineering tools and applications to Joint Services Major Defense Acquisition Programs.

NSWC Dahlgren Laboratory's Technology-to-Sea Excellence Award was given to two employees and four groups for science and technology base work that made a notable impact on Navy warfighting capability.

  • The Adapter for Designator Lithium Ion Battery (ADLIB) Team was honored for the design, development, and fielding of the power Adapter for the Ground Laser Designator’s Lithium Ion Battery. The team successfully aligned requirements, schedules, and funding to design, produce and field 500 units to Iraq in July 2008. The following personnel were on the team: Peter Bryson, Bryan Freeman, Douglas Hopkins, Bruce Leaman, Kenneth Nichols, Matthew Scott and Richard Settle.
  • The Integrated Training Architecture (ITA) Software Development Team was cited for a significant training capability enhancement to the Tactical Tomahawk Weapon Control System that enables fleet utilization of the redirection capabilities of the Tomahawk Block IV missile from the launch platform.
    The following personnel were on the team: Karen Anderson, Rodney Bissett, Travis Callison, John Davis, Debbie Fausey, Steve Roberts, John Griffith, Colin Hayden, Matt Nicholas, Jennifer O’Leary, Deborah Saunders, Greg Stodola, Rich Rossmiller and John Zaloudek.
  • Dr. Walter D. Sessions was recognized for his contributions to the advancement of high-power microwave transmitter technology. He led a joint government-industry team effort to specify, design, and test a new type of microwave tube transmitter. This technology development led to significant improvements in a key system for the warfighter.
  • Robert Throm demonstrated exceptional leadership and technical excellence in the development and execution of the Technical Direction Agent role for Navy fiber optics. His perseverance and dedication have been critical to establishing clear system engineering discipline in the design, fielding, and support of Navy fiber optic based systems.
  • The Joint Expeditionary Forensics Facilities (JEFF) Technical Design, Integration & Support Team provided technical design criteria and systems engineering support, analyzed operational requirements, researched forensics technologies, procured necessary materials and hardware, integrated forensics systems, and managed logistics operations for this critical quick response forensics program directly supporting the Global War on Terrorism and having a significant positive impact on the warfighter.
    The following personnel were on the team: Wade Johnson, Dr. Dena Kota, Anthony Mervyn, William Moore, Scott Polack, Lindsay Sobota, Dawn Stroud, Les Thaxton, Emanuel Galarza, Ward Weberg, Jillian Berry, Karen Jones, Timothy Look, Amy Mason, Tara Maxam, Michael Restine, Anthony Salvadore, Stephen Sorensen, Cathern Street and James Walters.
  • The Iraq Multi-National Force – West Science and Technology Support Team was cited for exceptional service in support of U.S. Marine Corps missions in Iraq. This engineering team voluntarily deployed to Camp Fallujah, in the Al Anbar Provence of Iraq, for periods of four to eight months. They provided critical support to reengineer multiple persistent surveillance and other systems for improved operational capability as well as providing maintenance and training directly to deployed US Marine Corps units. The following personnel were on the team: Cristopher Lake, David Stewart and Emanuel Galarza.

Two employees received the Dr. Charles J. Cohen Science and Technology Excellence Award. This award is named in honor of Dr. Charles Cohen – a distinguished scientist and mathematician at the Dahlgren Laboratory from 1944 to 1978 who is renowned for his pioneering work in exterior ballistics and satellite geodesy. The award is given to the individual whose work at the Division had a fundamental impact on science or technology and a measurable impact on capability.

  • Dr. Pete Wick has been instrumental in the development of new innovative ways to measure beam profiles. This innovation provided improved signal to noise ratio, increased effective damage threshold, and simplicity in the instrumental setup.
  • Dr. Kevin Boulais was recognized for his invention of the tunable split ring resonator that enables advancement in applications such as: cloaking, antenna development, and perfect lens. Boulais’ research provides the ability to explore cloaking of a variety of shapes as well as a wide range of frequencies, which differentiates this work from work done within academia.

The Paul J. Martini Award, presented to 13 employees, was established to recognize individuals whose dedication and excellence of performance in a support function made a significant contribution to the Division.

  • Tina Stevens was honored for her outstanding support of the Operations and Asymmetric Defense Systems Departments in the processing and administration of thousands of funding documents. She also led an effort to revamp business processes that helped reduce $10 million dollars of outstanding encumbrances.
  • Meredith Bondurant was cited for her leadership and dedication to implementation of new Navy safety programs. She led the stand up of Dahlgren’s Human Research Protection Program and was instrumental in establishing the Biosurety Program.
  • Natasha Holloway was recognized for her caring, timely and outstanding labor and employee relations support to the Warfare Systems Department (W) and other customers.
  • Arline Parker was honored for her outstanding performance and accomplishments in providing expert contracting guidance within the Contracts Division as well as her extraordinary commitment to customer service.
  • William Veney was cited for his superior customer service as a Human Resources Advisor, providing timely and responsive service to department management teams and their employees.
  • Jacquelin Mahan was recognized for her sustained excellence, professionalism and dedication to the mission of NSWCDD and the Strategic & Weapon Control Systems Department.
  • Charles Goldsmith Jr. was honored for his exceptional dedication to restoring the United Kingdom Software Facility to the required level of knowledge and technical capability in order to reach successful re-certification.
  • Glyndon Dabbs was cited for establishing effective administrative and clerical teams during a dynamic time of technical department realignments – specifically in the stand up of the Electromagnetic and Sensor Systems Department. Her efforts greatly enhanced the efficient execution of policies and procedure across the new department and the Center.
  • Carl Kuri was recognized for his outstanding leadership of Aegis and Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense baseline integration efforts. Kuri – a recognized expert on Aegis Combat Systems Operations, Multi Element Integration and Testing, and shipboard software installation – has contributed to numerous successful baseline integration efforts.
  • Karen Carrick was cited for her exceptional leadership as the Warfare Systems Department’s Senior Administrative Officer. She positively impacted the department’s ability to rapidly provide the surface Navy with combat systems that are safe, reliable, and perform as needed.
  • Shelley Butler was honored for her outstanding leadership of Z Department’s Information Technology (IT), information assurance, network & installation, and systems administration efforts.
  • Wilia Jackson was recognized for her exceptional human resource assistance and meticulous financial management oversight in support of the Mission Assurance Division’s leadership and missions.
  • Elizabeth Jenkins, Counternarcotics Technology Program Office Financial Analyst, was cited for her management of the planning, budgeting, execution, and reporting for all funds passing through the program office.

The Division Human Awareness Award was granted to three individuals who have been instrumental in improving interpersonal relations and/or in recognizing individual worth and dignity through creativity and personal initiative.

  • Ann Rose was honored for initiating the Strategic & Weapon Control Systems Department Employee Recognition System (KERS). The KERS program recognizes department employees for leadership, community service, personal growth, special achievement, mentoring and coaching, and sustained superior contribution.
  • Dorothy L. McDowney was recognized for supporting the military families whose loved ones are deployed fighting the War on Terror. Her efforts have been recognized by several senior military officers, from whom she received certificates of appreciation.
  • David Johnson was cited for his technical expertise, leadership, and awareness of military business etiquette that are invaluable at continually improving Asymmetric Defense Systems Department team and customer relations.

The Division Distinguished Community Service Award is an honorary award designed to recognize individuals and groups who make unique contributions to their communities through volunteer service. Nine employees were presented with the award.

  • Audra Lucas-Peyton was honored for her commitment and dedication to Colonial Beach Schools. As Girls’ Junior Varsity Basketball Coach for the past seven years, Lucas-Peyton has been a teacher and mentor to the many girls who have participated in the program.
  • Heidi Hopkins was recognized for her dedication and tireless efforts to the community through her work with the King George Theater Club, Oak Grove Baptist Church Ministries, the homeless, and fund raising activities for cancer research.
  • Brian Dickerson was cited for exemplary volunteer service in support of the local youth. Brian’s exceptional services volunteering to coach kids’ chess league, boy scout leader, foster parenting, and active church services in support of our youth easily goes over and beyond the call of duty.
  • Timothy Jeter was honored for his outstanding community service to educate and inform the community by creating awareness of those in need and the concept of giving back. Mr. Jeter is also encouraging and spending time with youth, allowing them to broaden their positive experiences.
  • Dale Sisson was recognized for his commitment to King George County’s youth and his dedication to improve the quality of life for all county residents. His community service ranges from coaching youth basketball and baseball teams for over nine years to outreach through his church.
  • James Mills was cited for his involvement in public service to the local and global community since 2000. Mills served as a mentor and coordinator in a program where local youth volunteer to repair homes for the needy. He also participated with a local mission team to assist in the building of a church in an impoverished rural area of Mexico.
  • Cornealius Flakes was honored for his participation in several outreach programs that help mentor youth. He provides guidance in the areas of career planning, scholarship opportunities and grade point average management. As a leader for a Cadet Corps, he gave students the opportunity to perform at an NSWCDD event as the honor color guard.
  • Roger B. Carr was recognized for his outstanding efforts in support of the Arthritis Foundation and other community-oriented organizations.
  • Felix Lopez was cited for his leadership in raising funds for Toys for Tots and the Fredericksburg homeless shelter. His involvement with cultural events such as the Multicultural Fair, Hispanic Employment Programs, and Hispanic Heritage Month activities has increased the awareness of the many contributions Hispanics have done within the area.

Five employees received the Leadership Award for Employee Development that was established to recognize those individuals who, through their leadership and commitment, have made exemplary contributions to the development of others.

  • Mary Collings was recognized for her continual efforts to lead and grow a cadre of software and hardware engineers sustained a verification and testing capability for guided projectiles at Dahlgren. Her philosophy of continuous improvement, coupled with the work environment and development opportunities she provided, impacted the development of the scientists and engineers that she trained and mentored.
  • Eugene (Gusty) Cooper was honored for his exceptional leadership and commitment to the continuous development of numerous NSWCDD employees, both new and experienced.
  • James Morrissett was recognized for implementing a mentorship and training process that accelerates the development of scientists and engineers.
  • Huong Pham was cited for her exemplary contributions to the development of others. She is exceptional at recognizing and exploiting the strengths of individuals to create a positive and supportive work environment.
  • Elton LaNier was honored for mentoring and guiding the development of numerous employees ranging from senior department staff members and program managers to branch heads and senior project leaders.

The award of Merit for Group Achievement honored 19 groups of employees whose efforts have high value to NSWCDD. The award was established to recognize groups of employees whose efforts have high value. It is intended to promote the spirit of teamwork among employees and give recognition to group effort where cooperation has contributed to the success of this group.

The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Surface Warfare (SUW) Mission Package Development Team was recognized for the development of the SUW Mission Package which will provide the Navy with a new capability to defend against the ever increasing small boat threat. The team delivered the first SUW Mission Package under the LCS Incremental Acquisition Strategy. The following members were on the team: George Anderson, Jonathan Andrews, Paul Atkinson, Bob Barry, Susan Bartyczak, Tracy Bass, Harry Black, Randy Bowen, Ben Bowman, Mike Canaday, Nathan Cook, Drew Christopher, Keith Deloach, Nick Dunford, Tim Fouse, Perry Fridley, Gary Friedman, Rob Getty, Chris Glenn, Luis Gominho, Greg Gonzales, Doyle Green, Justin Helton, Mike Henthorne, Mike Hopson, Sally Huxtable, Joe Janey, Shawn McDonald, Mike Morrison, William Murdaugh, Jeff Pardee, Keri Pilling, Allen Sembower, Andrew Smith, Shane Sorenson, Carol Watkins, Eric Wheater, Ryan Whitney, Doug Wynings, William (Butch) Filkoski, Mary Laanisto, Ron Liberi, Scott Ruff, Warrington Tripp, Tony D’Alessandro, Diana Minter, Milan Patel, Elaine Rutherford, Owen Seely, Kim King, Carl Hill, Dolores McCallum, Nancy Schacht, Mac Vehslage, Vanessa Cherry, Kerry Gregoire, Cheryl Henry, Ruth Jaquith, Jim Hoppel, Zach Passagaluppi, Sam Jeter, George Tinsley, Michael Harrison, George French and Bobby Watts.

The Navy Expeditionary Overwatch (NEO) Technical Team achieved NSWC Dahlgren’s first demonstration of collaborative engagement operations for Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) warfighters, using a network of air, land, and sea platforms that are both manned and unmanned. In addition, as a direct result of this team’s actions, NSWC Dahlgren will continue as the Integration Lead/Technical Design Agent for future NEO capability enhancements. The following members were on the team: Richard Beale, Nelson Mills, Adam Broad, Eugene Rivers, Lorenz Eber, Cyrus Roohi, Andrew Gabino, Matthew Serbinski, Bob Gripshover, Derrick Tepaske, Thomas Horton, Gary Turman, Frank Lagano, Wayne Walker, Basabi DiPaula, Michael Lim, Sean Dougherty, Nick McCready, Josef Koza, Sean McCready, Michael Lavery, Lou Dechiaro, Patrick Dezeeuw, James Streett, Gregory Marcum, Jeffrey Webb, Mark DiGiovanni, Darrell Norton, Stephen Olson, David Thompson, Dale Bloodgood, Peter James, Thomas Scheurich and Thomas Sides.

The Wolf Pack Project Team successfully integrated numerous lethal, nonlethal, communications and sensor technologies on three different vehicle platforms for dismount and vehicle applications. Data from multiple sources was so successfully integrated that a coalition force was able to plan and conduct missions in half of the time normally required. The following members were on the team: Frank Albert, Craig Keicher, Amy Bassett Mary-Kathleen McShane, Carolyn Blakelock, Tyrone Pollard, Marc Bassett, Tracy Rollins, Timothy Brown, Michael Ryan, Randy Bowen, James Sambrook, James Cahill, John Seel, Todd Davis, Matthew Serbinski, Robert Dibble, Mark Sewell, Daniel Fredrikson, Erin Swartz, Andrew Gabino, William Thomas, Dennis Hannick, Wayne Walker, Leyla Hernandez, David Wilson, Shawn Kolodgie, Ashley Noble, Thomas McLintock, Ryan Ragsdale, Scott Nickeson, Richard Tatum, Scott Arendt, Thomas Jean, Patrick Dezeeuw, Thomas Wilson, Dr. Victor Gehman, Lisa Blom, Linda Wilkes, Jacob Ackerman, Mark Allen, Tommy Allen, Ted Belloli, Joseph Frank and James Streett.

The X42 Tiger Team – a group of individuals who possessed the highest level of experience with fleet operations and knowledge of the Fire Control System – was honored for their dedication to the Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile program and work with the current operational Fire Control System. The following members were on the team: Barbara Boyce, Robert DaSilva, Charles Freeman, Evan Greenacre and Robert Newton.

The TOMAHAWK Ohio Class Guided Missile Submarine (SSGN) Test and Evaluation Team was recognized for its excellence in developmental and system-level test and evaluation of the Tactical TOMAHAWK Weapon Control System (TTWCS). The system knowledge and technical expertise, and willingness to participate in laboratory, dockside and at-sea test efforts, has lead to the successful introduction of this unique capability for the war fighter. The following members were on the team: Forcanotta Brown, Sherri Cannon, Kevin Dent, Thomas Krumpter, Trung Le, Kenneth Norman, Scott Pleban, Eduardo Velez, Bruce Whalen and Joeseph Chronowski.

The Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 1 Team was cited for their successful completion of a test sequence for the AN/SLQ-32 Block 1B system. The team successfully installed and tested all Block 1B system components. The following members were on the team: Patricia Brown, Duane Caesar, Mark Karrick, Shelia Rollins, Bonnie Thompson, Gloria Vaquer, Ronald Wood, Sara Barker, Hope Bosworth, Thomas Hudson, Linda Johnson, William Masi, David Nordquist, Wayne Rasnake, James Tharp and Marcel Bouchard.

The Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) Requirements Development Team was honored for contributing to the development of the requirements documents for the AMDR suite. This team integrated the areas of Air Defense, Ballistic Missile Defense, and Ship Self Defense into a multi-mission radar suite capable of fulfilling the needs of the next generation surface Navy. The following members were on the team: Daniel Austin, Penny Moran, Dr. John Ball, James Morrissett, Edward Burgess, Christopher Parris, Dr. Lonnie Carpenter, David Richards, David Finley, James Roman, Dr. James Hall, Dr. Michael Rudzinsky, Jeremiah Hansen, Said Sehbaoui, James Hebert, Robert Sexton, Brian Higgins, Charles Spooner, Leon Jordan, Janet Stapleton, Michael Madatic, William Thornton, Dr. Robert Marshall, Alan Tolley, Nathan Marth, Robert Zanella, James Mims, Bryan Cobbler, Stephen Henderson, Robert Blasé, John Hintz, James Froh, Roger Kylin, Dario Llacuna, Richard Radford, Scott Reed, Richard Giorgis, Karl Krueger, Robert Bulk and Bradley Graham.

The Guillotine Demonstration Team was recognized for the successful demonstration of a unique high power RF system. The event was the culmination of more than three years of research, design and evaluation of the subsystems required to demonstrate this capability, and the driving factor behind a Military Utility Assessment that examined this capability. The following members were on the team: Jang Park, George Smith, James Waits, William Baedke, Matthew McQuage, Peter Biffel, Eric Morgan, Maria Clark, Jack Moritimer, John Deriggi, Wilfredo Padilla-Vargas, Derek Diltz, Frank Peterkin, Ronald Flatley, Joseph Sharrow, Scott Larimer, Jacob Walker, Mark Caren, Leonard Hardesty, Vaughn McDowell, Kimberly Morales, James Whitt, Douglas Williamson, Michele Curtis, Michael Duncan, Dennis Galecki, Cynthia Ropiak and Ronald Roberson.

The Aegis Cruiser Modernization Software Port Team was honored for re-hosting eight Aegis Weapons System (AWS) subsystems from IBM BladeCenter servers to Intel-based “pizza box” 1U servers in a period of less than one month. The following members were on the team: Gerald Gibson, Mark Glass, Donald Page, Scott Shahan, Joseph Craine, Kenneth Broglin, Bryan Smith, Donald Brown, Warren Jones, Jane Moore, Daniel White and Christopher Nichols.

The Common Network Interface (CNI) Team was recognized for supporting the successful transition of the CNI Project from a risk mitigation initiative for the Integrated Architecture Behavior Model to the installation of an operational, non-tactical system for the disadvantaged user on large deck platforms. The project achieved recognition as a model for innovative integration and engineering. The following members were on the team: Sharon Brem, Jon Dachos, Harry “Les” Donovan, Jonathan Fulcher, Natalie Heffernan, Glenn McCleod, Loan Nguyen, Hilton Rodriguez, Mark Varney and Robin Talbot.

The InterTec Test Team’s critical expertise and experience in support of the System Acceptance Test (SAT) for the Joint Mission Environment Test Capability (JMETC) InterTEC tool suite sponsored by the DoD Test and Readiness Material Command. The team demonstrated new capabilities in distributed test that will lead to more robust and interoperable war fighting systems. The following members were on the team: Jeffery Buziak, Clifton Byrum, Check Louie Chris Mccall, Raymond Stout, Tam Thai, Jacqueline Cherimie, Anthony Kay, Michael Nguyen, Terrance Briscoe, William Evans, Eric Adams, Steve Bell, Joseph Chmelarsky, Frank Jackson, Troy Kelly, Michael Murphee, Dave Wilson, Bryce Cooper, Maurice Bea and Louis Shields.

The Shipboard Protection System (SPS) project team was honored for exceptional service in support of the Anti-Terrorism Afloat Program Office. The team’s outstanding efforts and dedication enabled the SPS Program to realize a successful initial system installation and is well-positioned for future installs. The following members were on the team: Deborah F. Loutzenhise, Jeffrey N. Lipe, Victoria A. Hickland, Audrey L. Lohr, Laura P. Ruff, Joel Washington, Kenneth G. Bullard, Thomas W. O’Neill, Paul Ottavio, Stephen S. Voynar, Orval R. Wilbur, Jr., Jason Rachanow, Tony Burno, Tisa Henry, Jonathan (J.T.) Nino, Mark Sullivan, John Zerull, Derrick Bauer, Lawrence (Larry) Root, Phillip Frederickson, Ken McSpadden Clifford (Buddy) Chandle, Florentina (Tina) Closser, Charles Hicks, Laura Holland, Matthew Katinas, Tim Lang, Mary Jane Lengacher, Kerry Libbert, Scot Lounsberry, Jeremy Maddox, Dent Matthew, Mark McAtee, Donald McFaddin, Keith Milhouse, John Ozechowski, Matt Sims, Ken Hodina, George Irizarry, Ed Nettleton, Stephen Sproull, Bill Wilson and Kevin Chase.

The CBRN-Defense Waterfront Fleet Support Team was recognized for their outstanding and instrumental support to the Navy warfighter. Specifically, the team provides comprehensive CBRND fleet readiness to include Readiness Assist Visits, Training, online website support, and CBRD equipment installation, maintenance, and repair support. The following members were on the team: Tara Lalonde, Charles Lansing, Ronald Roller and Jeffrey Smith.

The Defense Critical Infrastructure Program (DCIP) Crisis Support team played a critical role in supporting DoD response to Hurricanes Ike and Gustav and Tropical Storm Hanna. As a result of the team’s timely and accurate analysis, the DoD was better able to prepare for and respond to natural hazards threatening the U.S. Homeland. The support of this team was essential to ensuring DoD leadership had the best information from which to base their crisis decisions. The following members were on the team: Denise Altman, Don Kline, Virginia Bach, Elpidio Manoso, Richardson Barosy, Douglas Marqueen, Jeffery Bisko, Travis Ott, Mark Carter, Baouyen Pham, Ivan Evans, Evelyn Peyton, Sara Freytes, Homer Simmons, Melanie Gentry, Todd Spangler, Emily Hale, Kathrina Urann, Joseph Halo, Kenneth Wallace, Darren Hamilton, Tracey Ward, Frederick Heller, James Weathersby, John Hogan, Michael Williams, Joseph Ingram, Shermanda Williams, David Johnson, Jesse Bingham, Daniel Conn, Larry Ground, Jonathan Bagley, Dale Campbell, Marc Dumond, Megan Haid, Mark Poulakowski, William Fantauzzi, Michael Hanks and Curtis Pierce.

The Marine Corps Support Team improved the communications capabilities of disadvantaged users on the battlefield and first responders involved in disaster response and recovery missions. Through the team’s hard work and dedication, a potential “breakthrough” communications solution – originally developed as an experimentation effort – was rapidly improved, enhanced and deployed to both the U.S. Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center and U.S. Central Command. The following members were on the team: Terry M. Banks, Victor McGee, Gil Garcia-Rodriquez, Deborah McGhee, John Giscard, Steve Tarrell, Igor Marchosky, David Veit, Nick Mastrokalos, Lynda Hester, Kecia Wright, Robert Anderson, John Gray, Christi Adams, Mark Estes, Julian Hebert, Carol Lee, Joel McCormick, Son Tran, Jennifer Chennault, Doug Kummings, Ann Green, Eric Martinez, Chris Hoover, Scott Maxwell, Adam Keen, Bruce Paterson, Joe Price and Melissa Weaver.

“The people we honor today exemplify a workforce that is the very best,” concluded Patterson. “Also, the role of their families in their success cannot be understated. Their patience and understanding of the long hours and extended travel are greatly appreciated. Congratulations to all on a job very well done!”


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