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NUWC Headquarters engineer receives Meritorious Civilian Service Award

By NUWC Division Newport Public Affairs | Dec. 6, 2019


Gene Hackney, associate director, Undersea Warfare for Advanced Concepts at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Headquarters in Newport, Rhode Island, was presented with the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award during a ceremony held on Oct. 28. The award presented by Don McCormack, Executive Director, Naval Surface and Undersea Warfare Centers, is the third highest U.S. Navy honorary award and recognizes meritorious civilian service resulting in high value or benefit to the Navy.

Hackney is a resident of Stonington, Connecticut. His citation, signed was by Vice Adm. Charles A. Richard, commander, Submarine Force Atlantic, reads:

“For meritorious service while serving as the Non-Traditional Acoustic Communications Technical Liaison in support of commander, Submarine Forces, from May 2014 to April 2019. Mr. Hackney consistently performed his duties in an exemplary and highly professional manner. He has been the catalyst in coordinating and socializing this enabling technology resulting in an operationally proven Non-Traditional Acoustic Communications family of systems available for immediate operational employment well in advance of standard acquisition processes. His expertise was critical to the successful execution of multiple, worldwide, at-sea developmental and demonstration events, including the coordination and execution of an emergent demonstration that enabled timely support to ongoing real world submarine operations against a target of opportunity. His keen managerial abilities in developing, creatively repurposing, and integrating highly technical systems at an operational scale were vital to the operational success of this key emerging capability. Mr. Hackney’s exceptional professionalism, sound judgment, initiative and loyal devotion to duty reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Civil Service.”

NUWC Newport is a shore command of the U.S. Navy within the Naval Sea Systems Command, which engineers, builds and supports America’s fleet of ships and combat systems. NUWC Newport provides research, development, test and evaluation, engineering and fleet support for submarines, autonomous underwater  systems, undersea offensive and defensive weapons systems, and countermeasures associated with undersea warfare. 

Currently celebrating its 150th anniversary, NUWC Newport is the oldest warfare center in the country, tracing its heritage to the Naval Torpedo Station established on Goat Island in Newport Harbor in 1869.  Commanded by Captain Michael Coughlin, NUWC Newport maintains major detachments in West Palm Beach, Fla., and Andros Island in the Bahamas, as well as test facilities at Seneca Lake and Fisher's Island, N.Y., Leesburg, Fla., and Dodge Pond, Conn.