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NEWS | March 22, 2022

NSWC Panama City engineer receives Navy medal for excellence, mission impact

By Cierra Burch NSWC PCD Public Affairs

Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) Electronics Engineer Lisa Arrieta’s impact can be seen throughout the Naval Surface Activity installation (here/NSWC PCD). So much so, her efforts were recently awarded a Department of the Navy Civilian Service Commendation medal.

Arrieta serves as the Acoustic Test Facility manager/Service Cost Center lead. Since 2009, her efforts have been significant in obtaining $74M Capital Improvement Projects and Military Construction funding dollars for NSWC PCD projects.

This funding will provide facilities to further technology and advance the development of systems to ultimately benefit the warfighter.

Dr. Jermaine Kennedy, NSWC PCD Littoral Acoustics and Target Physics branch head, sees Arrieta’s crucial impact on equipment and facilities improvement first hand.

“Lisa has both a salient and established pattern of excellence in the realm of Capital Investment Program projects for the U.S. Navy over her career,” states Kennedy. “She has consistently demonstrated initiative and aptitude in securing world-class new or improved equipment and facilities to support technical programs spanning the entire technical gamut of science and technology, acquisition, and in-Fleet systems.”

Arrieta was honored to receive this award and shared her excitement for the NSWC PCD facilities to come.

“This award is recognition of the dedication and commitment over many years to achieve world-class facilities that are used for projects across NSWC PCD, other Warfare Centers, academia, and sponsors,” states Arrieta. “Receiving this award was unexpected and I was very humbled. It has been a team effort with X department, Facilities, and NAVFAC Public Works, and it will be very exciting to see the new modern buildings being constructed over the next few years.”

Dr. Peter Adair, NSWC PCD technical director, expressed the importance of Arrieta’s contributions and how it will leave a legacy for today’s and tomorrow’s fighting force.

“With technology ever-changing, is it crucial we have facilities to meet our needs and future needs,” states Adair. “Arrieta’s contributions significantly impact the capabilities for our command to continually provide solutions to the warfighter.”