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Image: Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Karl Steinsberger, Jr., a computer scientist in the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Combat Systems Cyber Engineering Branch, and Serita Seright, an engineer in NSWCDD Gun and Electric Weapons Systems Department participate in a 10-minute short, focused conversation at the Veteran Speed Mentoring Event held at the University of Mary Washington, Dahlgren campus. “I want to see how they become mentors and follow in that path,” Seright said before joining the session as a mentee. “You are a very important asset to the United States Navy or whatever service you support,” was the message Steinsberger hoped to leave with the veterans he mentored at the event hosted by the NSWCDD Workforce Development and Veteran Integration Program.

The Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA), signed into law in Nov 1990 to improve the effectiveness of the military and civilian acquisition workforce.  It establishes education and training standards and requires certification for personnel designated as acquisition workforce (AWF) members. 

Certification is attained by satisfying a combination of education, experience, and training requirements.  Approximately 75% of NSWCDD employees are acquisition workforce members.

The DAWIA program is targeted to deliver a forward thinking Acquisition Workforce that is well managed and highly trained. DAWIA is a career development and management program established to implement provisions and associated Department of Defense regulations.

For questions and additional information regarding the DAWIA program, contact the NSWCDD Program Coordinator at: dlgr_nswc_1016_t.fct@navy.mil

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