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NEWS | Sept. 27, 2022

NSWC PCD’s Holloway receives Navy Commendation Medal

By Cierra Burch, NSWC PCD Public Affairs

John Holloway, Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) project manager, was awarded the U.S. Navy Civilian Service Commendation Medal, Sept. 6. The award was presented by NSWC PCD Science and Technology Department Head Dr. Keith Aliberti during a ceremony.

Holloway recently led the Advanced Littoral Reconnaissance Technologies effort, comprised of over 100 personnel to include test participants, VIPs, and visitors, to a successful and final execution and demonstration of the Single-system Multi-mission Airborne Mine Detections Future Naval Capability (FNC) for the Office of Naval Research (ONR). This is one of the many projects Holloway has led in his career at NSWC PCD. He is a subject matter expert in Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM) and has continuously supported the warfighter through innovation and dedication to the field of AMCM.

Dr. Peter Adair, NSWC PCD technical director, shared his gratitude for scientists like Holloway who continue to invest their careers in delivering technical capabilities to our Sailors and Marines.

“John has overseen many incredible projects over the years at our Command,” said Adair. “Many of these projects aim to improve technologies with the purpose of saving the lives of our military servicemen and women. Our command continues to invest in engineers and scientists like Holloway, to continue to support the warfighter in the most advanced, cutting-edge ways. We are grateful for his dedication, innovation, and expertise in supporting our great U.S. Navy, making him well-deserving of this award.”

Ann Marie Shover, Intelligent Sensing and Irregular Warfare Branch head, and Holloway’s first-line supervisor, submitted this nomination to recognize him for his expertise and diligent work in AMCM.

“John is widely recognized as one of the Navy’s premier AMCM subject matter experts and has worked to develop novel AMCM technologies at NSWC PCD for nearly 40 years,” said Shover. “His ability to form long-standing relationships with sponsors and industry have enabled continuous funding and sustained technical efforts that culminated in a successful FNC demonstration last spring. He knows how to expertly navigate the many challenging internal processes to execute safe and meaningful tests and I was pleased and honored to nominate John for this award.”

Holloway gave credit and was grateful to be able to pursue his professional passion.

“I was pleasantly surprised and grateful for this nomination and recognition,” said Holloway. “I have been blessed over many years to oversee some really exciting project work with some really cool experimentation. I have also been fortunate to work with some very gifted scientists and engineers over those years, so acceptance of this award is at least partly due to those folks who worked close by my side throughout the many tests to make our work successful.”

Holloway had advice for others seeking long successful and productive careers.  

“Seek to do the right work regardless of personal recognition or rewards or even when it seems the work is not guaranteed a place in the spotlight. Keep doing the right work for the service members and be a good steward of taxpayer dollars,” Holloway added. “This work has been the fulfillment of many years dedicated to science and technology focus to improved AMCM capabilities and hopefully saving the lives of Marines and Sailors far into the future.”