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NEWS | July 14, 2015

NSWC Dahlgren Systems Safety Team Competes in Mud Run, Raising Funds for Local Children, Families, and Residents in Need

By NSWC Dahlgren Division Corporate Communications

KING GEORGE, Va. - Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Systems Safety Engineering Division personnel - known as the "Mud Crazy G70 Team" - ran a challenging four mile-long obstacle course, raising funds for local children, families and residents June 27.


The ten mud runners - comprised of scientists, engineers, and administrative professionals - were among 120 competitors, ranging in age from 4 to 67 who overcame a myriad of obstacles in the third annual Dirty Lion Four-Mile and One-Mile Leo Mud Run.


"Our goal was to run as a team, supporting each other through various obstacles and victoriously complete the course as a team," said Steve Boscovitch, NSWCDD systems safety engineer. "We put personal accomplishments aside and put team esprit de corps first. Our next goal is to grow the team and family participation in support of the Dirty Lion Mud Run and the Dahlgren Lions Club."


What's more, the team - Samantha Alty, Susan Berry, Rebecca Funkhouser, Nancy Hanrahan, Robert Heflin, Tammy Indseth, Tiffany Johnson, Melissa Lederer, Nick Scarabello and Boscovitch - asserts that their team building and group cohesion skills were enhanced at the event. 


As competitors, they ran, climbed and crawled their way through at least 15 obstacles - featuring farm gates, muddy creek crossings, trenches, retaining walls, a tire run, a tire climb, and two mud pits filled with ice cold water - on a rugged motocross trail through wooded terrain. They also ran through a wetland with their feet and ankles sinking into the marsh. Eventually, the competitors jumped into the Potomac River before dashing toward the finish line.


"It was the most refreshing and rewarding way possible to raise funds in support of scholarships for local children and emergency assistance for local families," said Boscovitch. "The money raised also provides vision tests and eye glasses in addition to hearing tests and hearing aids for those in need in our community."


In all, the NSWCDD Systems Safety Engineering Division team won four event medals, including second place overall, second place for women ages 50-59, third place for women ages 50-59, and third place for women ages 40-49.


While on the job supporting the Fleet, the team works to protect U.S. Navy personnel by ensuring safety requirements are integrated into combat systems on warships. The team's system safety scientists and engineers ensure naval guns, ammunition, and gun barrels headed for the Fleet are safe and effective. Moreover, they oversee the safe development and testing of new weapons from the electromagnetic railgun to the laser weapons system, and the testing of new types of ammunition, such as reactive materials.