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IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Nov. 1, 2018) - Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) employees and Post Oak Middle School STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) students join Navy leaders and distinguished visitors at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Missile Support Facility. The building features state-of-the-art labs, offices, and equipment for more than 300 NSWCDD Strategic and Computing Systems Department scientists, engineers, and technical experts who develop, test, and maintain the Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile fire control and mission planning software for current and future systems.
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Nov. 1, 2018) - Navy leaders and scientists are joined by local officials at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Missile Support Facility. The facility features state-of-the-art labs, offices, and equipment for more than 300 NSWCDD Strategic and Computing Systems Department scientists, engineers, and technical experts who develop, test, and maintain the Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile fire control and mission planning software. From left to right: Lauren Falkenstein, a scientist representing the NSWCDD Strategic and Computing Systems Department's newly-hired junior workers; John Fiore, NSWCDD technical director; Vice Adm. Johnny Wolfe, director of Navy Strategic Systems Programs; U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman; Margaret Ransone, Virginia delegate; Kyle Jones, head of the NSWCDD Strategic and Computing Systems Department; Lisa Weisbeck, a scientist representing the NSWCDD Strategic and Computing Systems Department's senior level workers.
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Nov. 1, 2018) - Navy leaders and scientists are joined by local officials at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Missile Support Facility. The facility features state-of-the-art labs, offices, and equipment for more than 300 NSWCDD Strategic and Computing Systems Department scientists, engineers, and technical experts who develop, test, and maintain the Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile fire control and mission planning software. From left to right: Lauren Falkenstein, a scientist representing the NSWCDD Strategic and Computing Systems Department's newly-hired junior workers; John Fiore, NSWCDD technical director; Vice Adm. Johnny Wolfe, director of Navy Strategic Systems Programs; U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman; Margaret Ransone, Virginia delegate; Kyle Jones, head of the NSWCDD Strategic and Computing Systems Department; Lisa Weisbeck, a scientist representing the NSWCDD Strategic and Computing Systems Department's senior level workers.
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Nov. 1, 2018) - Navy leaders and scientists are joined by local officials at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Missile Support Facility. The facility features state-of-the-art labs, offices, and equipment for more than 300 NSWCDD Strategic and Computing Systems Department scientists, engineers, and technical experts who develop, test, and maintain the Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile fire control and mission planning software. From left to right: Lauren Falkenstein, a scientist representing the NSWCDD Strategic and Computing Systems Department's newly-hired junior workers; John Fiore, NSWCDD technical director; Vice Adm. Johnny Wolfe, director of Navy Strategic Systems Programs; U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman; Margaret Ransone, Virginia delegate; Kyle Jones, head of the NSWCDD Strategic and Computing Systems Department; Lisa Weisbeck, a scientist representing the NSWCDD Strategic and Computing Systems Department's senior level workers.
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Nov. 1, 2018) – The Aegis Training and Readiness Center Ceremonial Color Guard presents colors during the national anthem at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Navy’s Missile Support Facility. In the background are King George High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets while on stage stand the event’s guest speakers and the chaplain who gave the invocation. The facility features state-of-the-art labs, offices, and equipment for more than 300 NSWCDD Strategic and Computing Systems Department scientists, engineers, and technical experts who develop, test, and maintain the Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile fire control and mission planning software.
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Nov. 1, 2018) – Spotsylvania Post Oak Middle School science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students, their teachers, and a Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) STEM mentor are pictured prior to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Navy’s new Missile Support Facility. The building features state-of-the-art labs, offices, and equipment for more than 300 NSWCDD Strategic and Computing Systems Department scientists, engineers, and technical experts who develop, test, and maintain the Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile fire control and mission planning software.  (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Oct. 19, 2018) – Dahlgren personnel take pictures with the time capsule at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) centennial grand finale. As participants celebrated Dahlgren’s impact upon the Navy and nation, the time capsule – ten 105 millimeter shells surrounding a 16-inch shell –  was unveiled and all in attendance had the opportunity to write notes and share their thoughts with future generations. Dahlgren personnel can write notes to be placed inside the capsule until the end of 2018 when it will be sealed and opened on Oct. 16, 2068 at the command’s 150th anniversary.
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Oct. 16, 1918) – On this date in Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) history, Marines supervised by Lt. Cmdr. H.K. Lewis successfully test fired an Army seven-inch, 45-caliber, tractor-mounted gun, marking the establishment of Dahlgren as a Naval Proving Ground on Oct. 16, 1918. Since that shot was fired, Dahlgren scientists and engineers rose to the occasion time and again to provide the Navy with innovative solutions based on their technical capability to integrate sensors, weapons, and associated weapon and combat systems into surface ships and vehicles.
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Oct. 19, 2018) –  A restored World War I era gun presides over the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) grand finale celebration of the NSWC Dahlgren Division centennial. “The first shot of the new base was fired from a seven-inch, 45-caliber, tractor-mounted gun, just like the one over there,” said Capt. Godfrey ‘Gus’ Weekes, NSWCDD commanding officer, while pointing to the century-old gun on display. Since that shot was fired on Oct. 16, 1918, Dahlgren scientists and engineers rose to the occasion time and again to provide the Navy with innovative solutions based on their technical capability to integrate sensors, weapons, and associated weapon and combat systems into surface ships and vehicles.
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Oct. 19, 2018) – The Navy Band plays at the grand finale celebration of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) centennial. The ceremony concluded a year of centennial activities – from a concert and picnics to podcasts and a rocket contest – government civilians, defense contractors, and military personnel working at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) travelled down memory lane leading up to the 100-year mark this month.
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Oct. 19, 2018) – Rear Adm. Tom Anderson, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) commander, and Capt. Godfrey ‘Gus’ Weekes, NSWC Dahlgren Division commanding officer hold the Virginia General Assembly Resolution proclaiming Oct. 16 as Dahlgren Day during the grand finale celebration of the NSWC Dahlgren Division centennial. Virginia State Sen. Richard Stuart and Virginia Delegate Margaret Ransone read and presented the resolution at the event.
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Oct. 19, 2018) – The time capsule at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) centennial grand finale. As participants celebrated Dahlgren’s impact upon the Navy and nation, the time capsule – ten 105 millimeter shells surrounding a 16-inch shell –  was unveiled and all in attendance had the opportunity to write notes and share their thoughts with future generations. Dahlgren personnel can write notes to be placed inside the capsule until the end of 2018 when it will be sealed and opened on Oct. 16, 2068 at the command’s 150th anniversary.
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Oct. 19, 2018) – Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Commanding Officer Capt. Godfrey ‘Gus’ Weekes recounts the highlights of Dahlgren’s history before the military and civilian audience gathered to celebrate the NSWCDD centennial. “The men and women of Dahlgren are dedicated to the mission and have always answered the bell,” said Weekes, recounting the technological impact NSWCDD has made to the Navy and nation “We answered the bell in 1918 and we’re answering the bell today. Just like during the Cold War or the Korean War, we’re up against near peer or peer threats. The need for Dahlgren is never more apparent.”
IMAGE:DAHLGREN, Va. (Oct. 19, 2018) – U.S. Representative Rob Wittman emphasizes the importance of doing more with available resources to increase technological capabilities than the adversaries of the United States can do with their resources. “Today, it’s about the creation and innovation that goes into doing more with what we have than anybody around the world,” said Wittman, while speaking at the NSWCDD centennial grand finale. “We have done that, we can do that, and we will continue to do that to make sure that our nation’s Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Army and indeed our Coast Guard, continue to be the greatest the world has ever known because we have the best and brightest men and women serving our nation both in uniform and here at the base in making sure that we have what we need to defend our nation’s interest.”
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Oct. 19, 2018) – Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Technical Director John Fiore reviews the century of innovation at Dahlgren before the military and civilian audience gathered to celebrate the NSWCDD centennial. “Think about the contributions Dahlgren has made over the past 100 years,” said Fiore. “We have over 500 patents to our name thanks to the men and women here who have done that work. When the Navy struggles with challenges, it is often that they come to Dahlgren to ask what they should be doing, what they should be thinking about, what we should be working on. Our innovations that have become programs of record are changing the face of warfare systems today.”
IMAGE:DAHLGREN, Va. (Oct. 19, 2018) – U.S. Representative Rob Wittman emphasizes the importance of doing more with available resources to increase technological capabilities than the adversaries of the United States can do with their resources. “Today, it’s about the creation and innovation that goes into doing more with what we have than anybody around the world,” said Wittman, while speaking at the NSWCDD centennial grand finale. “We have done that, we can do that, and we will continue to do that to make sure that our nation’s Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Army and indeed our Coast Guard, continue to be the greatest the world has ever known because we have the best and brightest men and women serving our nation both in uniform and here at the base in making sure that we have what we need to defend our nation’s interest.”
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Oct. 19, 2018) – U.S. Senator Mark Warner lists a series of Dahlgren achievements from World War II long guns to global positioning system technology while speaking to the military and civilian audience gathered to celebrate the NSWCDD centennial. “This is an installation where a great deal of innovation and collaboration take place,” said Warner. “We’re going to need that same level of collaboration, cutting edge experimentation as we move forward for the next 100 years, not only to protect our country but to make sure that we’re able to match the innovation and have the kind of protections that will keep this nation strong, safe and free. So, for all you’ve done for the last 100 years, I say thank you.”
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Oct. 19, 2018) – Joseph Fordham, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division Centennial planner, looks at the Dahlgren Centennial time capsule
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Oct. 12, 2018) - Cmdr. Steven Perchalski cuts the cake in celebration of the Navy's 243rd birthday at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD). The event featured Perchalski as the command's oldest 
Sailor cutting the Navy's birthday cake with the command's youngest Sailor, Lt. Adam Mattison. The Navy birthday cake-cutting ceremony is important to all Sailors, as it is an annual renewal of each Sailor's commitment to the Navy and 
the Navy's commitment to our nation's quest for peace and freedom worldwide. Perchalski and Mattison cut the cake with a sword, a traditional reminder that NSWCDD Sailors are among a band of warriors, committed to carrying arms 
so that the United States and its people may live in peace.
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Oct. 12, 2018) - Lt. Adam Mattison cuts the cake in celebration of the Navy's 243rd birthday at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD). The event featured Mattison as the command's youngest 
Sailor cutting the Navy's birthday cake with the command's oldest Sailor, Cmdr. Steven Perchalski. The Navy birthday cake-cutting ceremony is important to all Sailors, as it is an annual renewal of each Sailor's commitment to the Navy and 
the Navy's commitment to our nation's quest for peace and freedom worldwide. Perchalski and Mattison cut the cake with a sword, a traditional reminder that NSWCDD Sailors are among a band of warriors, committed to carrying arms 
so that the United States and its people may live in peace.