NEWS | March 7, 2021

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division Department Officer Reflects on Progress During Women's History Month

By Esmi Careaga NSWC Port Hueneme Division

Cmdr. Birute Jurjonas, Ship Defense and Expeditionary Warfare Department officer at NSWC Port Hueneme Division, grew up in Chicago, where she attended the Illinois Institute of Technology. In 2002, while pursuing a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, she connected with a U.S. Navy recruiter who helped spark her interest in the Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Program.

In 2007, she earned a Master of Science in engineering management from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and in 2012, a Master of Science in electrical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. In 2018, Jurjonas joined NSWC Port Hueneme Division as the command’s S Department officer, a role in which she is responsible for in-service engineering, test and evaluation and integrated product support for ship defense systems, surveillance radars and underway replenishment.

"Our goal is to maintain and sustain the Navy fleet to be ready for the fight," she said.

Over the years, Jurjonas said the command has taken many steps to include women, such as through the Federal Women's Program (FWP), Lean In Circles that help connect women within the workforce, and the “Safe Space, Real Talk” forum.

"I am amazed at what women have been able to accomplish and how they have helped pave the way for many women today, including myself," she said. "I hope it gets easier for the younger generation to rise into leadership roles."