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IMAGE: DAHLGREN. Va. (Sept. 11, 2019) – Navy chief select Michael Hanley shares a story of heroism in response to the terrorist attacks and ensuing tragedies on 9/11. Hanley was one of seven chief select ‘heroism readers’ based at commands located on Naval Surface Facility Dahlgren who recounted acts of heroism on that tragic day in our nation’s history.

Hanley – reading to military, first responders, government and contractor personnel gathered to honor the victims of 9/11 – recounted that:
“Welles Crowther was an equities trader on the 104th floor of the South Tower. The man was a volunteer firefighter in his teens, he made his way down to the 78th floor sky lobby and became a hero to the strangers who were trapped there. He helped injured and disoriented office workers to safety, risking his own life. Crowther directed survivors to the stairway and encouraged them to help others while he carried an injured woman on his back. After bringing her 15 floors down to safety, he made his way back up to help others. He never came back...”
IMAGE: DAHLGREN. Va. (Sept. 11, 2019) – Navy chief select David Hernandez shares a story of heroism in response to the terrorist attacks and ensuing tragedies on 9/11. Hernandez was one of seven chief select ‘heroism readers’ based at commands located on Naval Surface Facility Dahlgren who recounted acts of heroism on that tragic day in our nation’s history.

Hernandez – reading to military, first responders, government and contractor personnel gathered to honor the victims of 9/11 – recounted that:
“Fifteen minutes after takeoff from Boston, American Airlines Flight 11 was hijacked by five al Qaeda terrorists and sharply changed its flight path away from Los Angeles to New York City. Using crew telephones, flight attendants Betty Ong and Amy Sweeney calmly relayed information to their colleagues on what was unfolding that morning. Those on the other end of the line were astonished at their calm demeanor and professionalism at the time. At least 20 minutes before the plane crashed into the North Tower, American Airlines had the names, addresses, and other information on three of the five hijackers, details that would help the FBI get a jumpstart on the investigation.”
IMAGE: DAHLGREN. Va. (Sept. 11, 2019) – Navy chief select Karly Bengtson shares a story of heroism in response to the terrorist attacks and ensuing tragedies on 9/11. Bengtson was one of seven chief select ‘heroism readers’ based at commands located on Naval Surface Facility Dahlgren who recounted acts of heroism on that tragic day in our nation’s history.

Bengtson – reading to military, first responders, government and contractor personnel gathered to honor the victims of 9/11 – recounted that:
“At approximately 9:28 a.m. on Sep. 11, 2001, United Flight 93 was hijacked by four al Qaeda terrorists. After the terrorists had stabbed the pilot and a flight attendant, the passengers were told that a bomb was onboard and the plane was heading back to the airport. Tom Burnett was speaking to his wife on the phone upon discovering that flights had been hijacked in NYC and had hit the World Trade Center. ‘We have to do something, Burnett told his wife at 9:45 a.m. ‘I'm putting a plan together.’ Other passengers, including Mark Bingham, Jeremy Glick, and Todd Beamer, were learning similar details in their own phone calls. As the plane was barreling towards Washington, D.C., the passengers voted on whether or not to fight back against the hijackers. Led by the four man group, the passengers rushed the cockpit, with Beamer rallying them with his last words: "You ready? Okay, let's roll." Instead of the plane hitting its intended target — believed to be The White House or the Capitol Building — it crashed into an empty
field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.”
IMAGE: DAHLGREN. Va. (Sept. 11, 2019) – Navy chief select Cody Wilcoxson shares a story of heroism in response to the terrorist attacks and ensuing tragedies on 9/11. Wilcoxson was one of seven chief select ‘heroism readers’ based at commands located on Naval Surface Facility Dahlgren who recounted acts of heroism on that tragic day in our nation’s history.

Wilcoxson – reading to military, first responders, government and contractor personnel gathered to honor the victims of 9/11 – recounted that:
“Jason Thomas and Dave Karnes, two former U.S. Marines, put their uniforms back on and searched through rubble that could have collapsed at any moment. Once both Marines reached the collapsed towers — the site now covered in ash and debris — they began searching for survivors, but first, they found each other. Along with other first responders, the pair climbed over the dangerous field of metal, concrete, and dust, calling out, ‘United States Marines! If you can hear us, yell or tap!’ They found two survivors.”
IMAGE: DAHLGREN. Va. (Sept. 11, 2019) – Navy chief select Timothy Klee shares a story of heroism in response to the terrorist attacks and ensuing tragedies on 9/11. Klee was one of seven chief select ‘heroism readers’ based at commands located on Naval Surface Facility Dahlgren who recounted acts of heroism on that tragic day in our nation’s history.

Klee – reading to military, first responders, government and contractor personnel gathered to honor the victims of 9/11 – recounted that:
“Rick Rescorla was responsible for saving more than 2,700 lives, and he sang songs to keep people calm while they evacuated. He was already a hero of the battlefields of Vietnam, where he earned the Silver Star and other awards for his exploits as an Army officer. While working as head of corporate security for Morgan Stanley, he was told after American Flight 11 hit the South tower next to him, to keep his employees at their desks. Rescorla, who had frequently warned the Port Authority and his company about the World Trade Center's security weaknesses, had already issued the order to evacuate. He had made Morgan Stanley employees practice emergency drills for years, and it paid off that day: Just 16 minutes after the first plane hit the opposite tower, more than 2,700 employees and visitors were out when the second plane hit their building. During the evacuation, Rescorla calmly reassured people. Singing ‘God Bless America over a bullhorn as they walked down the stairs.”
IMAGE: DAHLGREN. Va. (Sept. 11, 2019) – Navy chief select Elijah Chavira shares a story of heroism in response to the terrorist attacks and ensuing tragedies on 9/11. Chavira was one of seven chief select ‘heroism readers’ based at commands located on Naval Surface Facility Dahlgren who recounted acts of heroism on that tragic day in our nation’s history.

Chavira – reading to military, first responders, government and contractor personnel gathered to honor the victims of 9/11 – recounted that:
“With limited detail of what was happening and no time to do pre-flight checklists, two D.C. Air National Guard pilots quickly scrambled to intercept United 93 after two other planes had hit the World Trade Center. They were completely unarmed. In the days before Sept. 11, there were no armed aircraft standing guard in Washington, D.C., ready to scramble at the first sign of trouble. Col. Marc Sasseville and Lt. Heather Penney were prepared to give their lives for their country, and ram the airline off course.”
IMAGE: DAHLGREN. Va. (Sept. 11, 2019) – Navy chief select Emily Patch shares a story of heroism in response to the terrorist attacks and ensuing tragedies on 9/11. Patch was one of seven chief select ‘heroism readers’ based at commands located on Naval Surface Facility Dahlgren who recounted acts of heroism on that tragic day in our nation’s history.

Patch – reading to military, first responders, government and contractor personnel gathered to honor the victims of 9/11 – recounted that:
“When the Pentagon was hit by American Airlines Flight 77, Army Spc. Beau Doboszenski was working as a tour guide. After a Navy captain inquired if anyone had medical training, Doboszenski sprung into action. He was a former firefighter and had been trained as an EMT. He ran into the building, past barricades and police. Doboszenski gave first aid to victims and afterward, was part of a team that went back in to look for any survivors despite the building still being in flames.”
IMAGE: DAHLGREN. Va. (Sept. 11, 2019) – Navy chief petty officer selectees lead the observance ceremony to honor those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP) leadership, Sailors, and first responders were among the government, contractor, and military personnel from commands located on NSASP who attended the event. This year marks the 18th anniversary of the attacks, which took the lives of 2,977 people in New York City; Washington, D.C.; and a field outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, as well as the lives of the innocent passengers and crew members on the hijacked planes.

“September 11 is a day of remembrance for the thousands of innocent Americans who lost their lives after four horrific plane hijackings that resulted in crashes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and farmland near Somerset, Pennsylvania 18 years ago,” said Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Capt. Casey Plew and NSWCDD Technical Director John Fiore in an all hands email to their workforce. “As we remember that fateful day, let us also remember the courageous responses of first responder teams and the conviction of the entire nation to stand together to assist the victims and to support our military as they pursued Al Qaeda terrorists and brought them to justice.”
IMAGE: DAHLGREN. Va. (Sept. 11, 2019) – Navy chief petty officer selectees lead the observance ceremony to honor those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP) leadership, Sailors, and first responders were among the government, contractor, and military personnel from commands located on NSASP who attended the event. This year marks the 18th anniversary of the attacks, which took the lives of 2,977 people in New York City; Washington, D.C.; and a field outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, as well as the lives of the innocent passengers and crew members on the hijacked planes.

“September 11 is a day of remembrance for the thousands of innocent Americans who lost their lives after four horrific plane hijackings that resulted in crashes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and farmland near Somerset, Pennsylvania 18 years ago,” said Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Capt. Casey Plew and NSWCDD Technical Director John Fiore in an all hands email to their workforce. “As we remember that fateful day, let us also remember the courageous responses of first responder teams and the conviction of the entire nation to stand together to assist the victims and to support our military as they pursued Al Qaeda terrorists and brought them to justice.”
IMAGE: KING GEORGE, Va. (Aug. 20, 2019) - Dr. James Elele – a leading expert in the field of Verification, Validation, and Accreditation (VV&A) – is flanked by Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) engineers Bonita Davia and Sam Koski at a two-day seminar sponsored by the NSWCDD Modeling and Simulation Community of Interest. Elele briefed about 115 scientists and engineers attending the VV&A seminar from NSWCDD, NSWCDD Dam Neck Activity, NSWC Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, Marine Corps Systems Command, and Naval Air Station Patuxent River at the University of Mary Washington Dahlgren campus.  The course brought together a huge diversity of modeling and simulation disciplines to collaborate and learn approaches to verification, validation, and accreditation.
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Aug. 30, 2019) – Carolina Plew pins a new name tag on her husband, Capt. Casey Plew, during his promotion ceremony at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD). It was Plew’s second ceremony marking a career milestone in four months. The new Navy captain took command of NSWCDD – the Naval Sea System Command’s largest Naval Warfare Center – at a ceremony held on the Potomac River Test Range in April.
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Aug. 30, 2019) – Capt. Casey Plew, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) commanding officer, speaks to family, friends, and colleagues moments after he was promoted to the rank of Navy captain on the parade field outside NSWCDD headquarters.
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Aug. 30, 2019) – Family members congratulate Capt. Casey Plew during his promotion ceremony at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD). It was Plew’s second ceremony marking a career milestone in four months. The new Navy captain took command of NSWCDD – the Naval Sea System Command’s largest Naval Warfare Center – at a ceremony held on the Potomac River Test Range in April.
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Aug. 30, 2019) – Carolina Plew pins a new name tag on her husband, Capt. Casey Plew, during his promotion ceremony at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD). It was Plew’s second ceremony marking a career milestone in four months. The new Navy captain took command of NSWCDD – the Naval Sea System Command’s largest Naval Warfare Center – at a ceremony held on the Potomac River Test Range in April.
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Aug. 30, 2019) – Quinn and Elijah Plew attach new shoulder boards on their father, Capt. Casey Plew, during his promotion ceremony at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD). It was Plew’s second ceremony marking a career milestone in four months. The new Navy captain took command of NSWCDD – the Naval Sea System Command’s largest Naval Warfare Center – at a ceremony held on the Potomac River Test Range in April.
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Aug. 30, 2019) – Quinn and Elijah Plew attach new shoulder boards on their father, Capt. Casey Plew, during his promotion ceremony at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD). It was Plew’s second ceremony marking a career milestone in four months. The new Navy captain took command of NSWCDD – the Naval Sea System Command’s largest Naval Warfare Center – at a ceremony held on the Potomac River Test Range in April.
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Aug. 30, 2019) – Rear Adm. Eric Ver Hage, Naval Sea Systems Command Warfare Centers commander, left, promotes Cmdr. Casey Plew to the rank of captain before family, friends, and colleagues at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD). It was Plew’s second ceremony marking a career milestone in four months. The new Navy captain took command of NSWCDD – the Naval Sea System Command’s largest Naval Warfare Center – at a ceremony held on the Potomac River Test Range in April.
IMAGE: CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (July 19, 2019) — The Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Expeditionary Warfare Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) team - pictured at the 2019 Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) - demonstrated the Expeditionary Warfare USV’s ability to control inshore and littoral areas while identifying and engaging remote targets at the exercise. The 40-foot self-driving boat is integrated with a HellFire Longbow missile system and a .50 gun mounted on a remote weapon station along with radar, video, and infrared systems. ANTX 2019 is an event where academic, industry and Navy participants test new and emerging technologies. NSWCDD scientists and engineers standing left to right are: Colin Pritchard, Adam Broad, Logan Camacho, Robert Gripshover, Kevin Green, Michael Teresi, Mark Manzano, Joseph ‘Tripp’ Cannella, and Michael Liska.  (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
IMAGE: CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (July 19, 2019) — The Navy-industry Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) team that developed the Expeditionary Warfare Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) is pictured at the 2019 Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX). The team – comprised of Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) and Textron Systems scientists and engineers – demonstrated the Expeditionary Warfare USV’s ability to control inshore and littoral areas while identifying and engaging remote targets. NSWCDD unmanned system experts worked with their industry partner under the CRADA to integrate expeditionary warfare payloads they developed and integrated onto Textron’s Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle.  (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Aug. 8, 2019) - Steering Committee members of the Navy's sixth annual Unmanned  Systems Integration Workshop and Technical Exchange Meeting are pictured at this year's event. Military and civilian unmanned, weapon, and energetic systems experts throughout the Naval Research and Development Establishment, Office of Secretary of Defense, and other services presented briefs and engaged in discussions on technologies and policies related to the strategies and challenges for test and evaluation of weaponized unmanned systems. 

Speakers and attendees networked while discussing partnerships, technology efforts, policy and demonstrated programs at the two-day event co-hosted by Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren Division, NSWC Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (IHEODTD), and the Unmanned Vehicle and Autonomous Systems Group at Naval Sea Systems Command. The workshop and technical exchange was sponsored by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (Tactical Warfare Systems Office and the Land Warfare and Munitions Office), the Joint Ground Robotics Enterprise and the NSWC Warfare Centers. 

The event’s Steering Committee members left to right: Reid McAllister, Integrated Unmanned Maritime Mobility Systems director at NSWC Carderock Division; Carrie Gonzalez, NSWCDD project manager; Penny Moran, NSWCDD Autonomy Lead; Amy O'Donnell, NSWC IHEODTD deputy technical director; Daniel Pines, NSWC IHEODTD chief innovation officer; Dr. John Wilkinson, NSWC IHEODTD customer advocate for Science and Technology Business Development; and Tony Harris, NSWCDD Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Branch head.