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The official opening of business for Dahlgren began with the firing of the 7” Tractor Gun on October 16, 1918.  Since 10 June 1918, when President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation to acquire nearly one thousand acres to create the original ordnance proving ground during World War I, through today, Dahlgren has served as the center for the scientific research and development (R&D) that led to hundreds of patents, innovations, and scientific breakthroughs for the U.S. Navy. NSWCDD hosts nine different commands with an expansive array of scientific R&D, and is one of the hubs of naval weapons and weapon system development nationwide.

The base has now expanded to more than 3,000 acres. Over 9,500 employees work on or for Dahlgren and several hundred residents live on the base. Internal partners, such as representatives of all tenant commands, NSWCDD department executive assistants, division and branch heads, all play a significant role in the success of the Centennial Commemoration. We need to work with them to shape the experience for those on and off base by developing narratives and exhibits. We should also work with our external partners.Naval Weapons Station Yorktown turns 100 in 2018, while Naval Station Norfolk and Marine Corps Base Quantico turn 100 years old in 2017. A strong partnership will make all celebrations possible.

NSWCDD’s vision is to be the Department of the Navy’s leading warfare system architect and system engineer recognized as the technical leader in delivering innovative, affordable, and effective solutions for the Navy and other joint and national initiatives.