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NEWS | March 4, 2021

NSWC Crane employees recognized for significant contributions to US Navy

By Sarah K. Miller,

CRANE, Ind. – Two Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) employees were awarded the Navy Civilian Service Achievement Medal, which is the fifth highest honorary award in the Department of the Navy. The award recognizes sustained performance or specific achievement of a superlative nature.

The two employees awarded the Navy Civilian Service Achievement Medal are Victor Neideffer, an Electronic Technician, and Mary Crow, a Section Manager.

Crow serves as a Section Manager within the Maritime Electronic Warfare Systems Division, and makes decisions on workload and performance of workload.

Doug Crowe, the Maritime Electronic Warfare Systems Division Manager at NSWC Crane, says Crow is very devoted to the workforce.

“Crow has personally developed relationships with management and Command leaders throughout her career and is passionate for the mission of NSWC Crane,” says Crowe. “She is honorable in service to NSWC Crane and is well deserving of this honor.”

Crow’s citation reads that she “has always been a strong advocate for NSWC Crane employees.... She took this passion for employees and NSWC Crane mission to leadership positions within the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1415. Ms. Crow began work with AFGE in 2011, holding progressively complex positions that culminated with her election as President of AFGE in 2014,” and “has worked to improve processes and procedures for the benefit of employees and NSWC Crane Command.”

Neideffer serves as the Lab Lead for the Visual Augmentation System Laboratory in the Electro-Optic Technology Division and performs Quality Assurance testing on repaired assets being sent out to the Fleet.

Nova Carden, the Electro-Optic Division Manager at NSWC Crane, says Neideffer is deserving of this recognition.

“Neideffer has continuously provided support for multiple customers across the United States Navy and Special Operations Command, representing over a hundred different systems and variants of visual augmentation and night vision devices,” says Carden. “These systems can either be hand held, weapon mounted, or helmet mounted. He is a tremendous asset to the team and to the mission at NSWC Crane.”

His citation reads, "The achievements of Mr. Neideffer have consistently exceeded program customer expectations. His rapid response, communication, consistent and reliable service, and support delivered to multiple customers have resulted in continuous praise within the Electro-Optic Technology Division. His efforts have brought great credit to the Division and NSWC Crane, serving with tenacious commitment to make sure the Warfighter has the best working technology to support the mission."

About NSWC Crane

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