MOORESTOWN, N.J. – Capt. Sid Hodgson relieved Capt. Philip Mlynarski as the fifteenth commanding officer of AEGIS Technical Representative (AEGIS TECHREP) during a ceremony at Lockheed Martin Main Plant, Moorestown, New Jersey on 11 Feb.
“The Navy’s mission is unremitting, especially during times of crisis. Not only did Captain Mlynarski have to lead TECHREP through tough technical challenges but he had to do it the midst of COVID-19 crisis,” said Rear Adm. Seiko Okano, Program Executive Officer for Integrated Warfare Systems, and the ceremony’s presiding officer. “He led unprecedented testing during his leadership and he kept things running though a crisis so the fleet could receive capability. This is a tough act to follow, but TECHREP is in good hands with Capt. Sid Hodgson.”
Since Mlynarski took command in 2018, AEGIS TECHREP saw significant expansion introducing new testing capabilities at Combat System Engineering Development Site (CSEDS) including the SPY-6 Radar, Close-In Weapons Support (CIWS) and the United States Coast Guard’s Sea Giraffe Radar. AEGIS TECHREP now boasts 15 Combat Information Centers (CIC) supporting 38 baselines. Mlynarski continually shaped the capabilities of AEGIS TECHREP as the facility moved to support future initiatives, including the Navy’s software factory prototype “The Forge,” Ships Self Defense System (SSDS), and Proposed Unmanned Surface Vessel (PUSV).
Mlynarski reflected on his tour at AEGIS TECHREP and all that has been accomplished during his tenure. He expounded on the Command’s Core Tenets and how the command overcame all adversity during a difficult time. He closed in saying, “Thank you to my Crew, for about the next 30 secs, to my family and friends, to my colleagues and partners. Captain Hodgson, you are getting a hard charging, excited organization. Have fun with it. It’s a small Navy so, I look forward to working with you soon.”
Hodgson previously served as Major Program Manager for Program Executive Office Terminal Defense Systems (PEO IWS 11.0).
“I am truly honored and humbled to continue the rich AEGIS TECHREP heritage and serve as your commanding officer at such an important time in our country’s history, said Capt. Sid Hodgson. “We will continue to deliver tremendous lethality that ensures it is never a fair fight, that our sailors fight and win, and that they return home to their loved ones. We get to do this every day and I will serve this team with everything I’ve got.”
Hodgson is from Philadelphia, Penn. Area, was a Presidential Scholar, he graduated cum laude and received his commission in May 1997 from Villanova University as the Distinguished Naval Grad. He earned a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the George Washington University and a Systems Engineering Master degree (with distinction) from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He is a member of the Acquisition Professionals Corps and is DAWIA Level III certified in Program Management and Level II certified in Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering.
AEGIS TECHREP, a Naval Sea Systems Command shore activity, provides on-site, technical oversight and support that validate the total AEGIS Weapon System and AEGIS Combat System designs and contributes to all phases of combat system research, development, production, acceptance, delivery, modernization and in-service support.