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NEWS | June 24, 2022

Three NSWC Crane employees recognized with DON Civilian Service Achievement Medals

By NSWC Crane Corporate Communications

Three Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) employees were recognized with Department of the Navy (DON) Civilian Service Achievement Medals (CSAM), which is the fifth highest award a Navy civilian can receive.

Michael Konerman, a technical warrant holder (TWH) at NSWC Crane, received the award for his essential contributions in completing the SEA 05E Explosive Ordnance Engineering FY20 Technical Health Assessment. Konerman provided leadership and guidance as the most experienced member of a team that completed the 196-page technical health assessment over a period of two years. Konerman led the team that provided their expert opinions of the current state, risks for the future, and recommendations for improvements in their respective technical areas.

His award citation reads, “[Konerman] is a key member of the NAVSEA 05E team. As the most experienced TWH in the group, his advice and counsel have been invaluable. He has a keen awareness of the issues that are important to the fleet… He has been instrumental in helping the team achieve better rigor and alignment with technical authority principles.”

Mark Schaefer, a division Chief Engineer (CHENG) at NSWC Crane, received the CSAM for “professional achievement and superior performance of his duties” according to his award citation. It states Schaefer provided exceptional technical expertise and supports multiple critical Radar and Electromagnetic Warfare systems.

It reads, “Mr. Schaefer’s prioritization of his mission…is evidence of his commitment to our national security, his appreciation for the warfighters in harms’ way, and his ideal of selfless service.”

NSWC Crane Electronic Technician Randall Raines also received the DON CSAM. Raines has worked for NSWC Crane for more than 37 years, dedicating his entire career to service. During the height of COVID-19, Raines volunteered to lead a night shift group to maintain social distancing and meet schedules. This split schedule enabled the team to meet all schedules with on-time deliveries.

His award citation reads, “Mr. Raines is a dedicated individual with great passion for his work. His commitment to the mission is vital to the organization and to the sailors protecting our freedom.”

About NSWC Crane NSWC Crane is a naval laboratory and a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) with mission areas in Expeditionary Warfare, Strategic Missions and Electronic Warfare. The warfare center is responsible for multi-domain, multi- spectral, full life cycle support of technologies and systems enhancing capability to today's Warfighter.

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