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NEWS | July 19, 2022

Two NSWC Crane employees receive DON Meritorious Civilian Service Awards

By NSWC Crane Corporate Communications

Two Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) employees were recognized with Department of the Navy (DON) Meritorious Civilian Service Awards (MCSA). John LeFevre and John Schofield both received the award, which is the third highest Navy civilian award.

LeFevre received the award for “exceptionally meritorious service” while serving as a deputy branch head for the ordnance management branch at the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) N4L1. His role involved developing and implementing policy for arms, ammunition and explosives safety and physical security to ensure fleet readiness.

LeFevre’s citation says his tenure in role was marked by “unparalleled burst of productivity directly attributed to his leadership, enthusiasm, and team-building skills.”  LeFevre ensured his branch’s continued success after his promotion from the branch by creating in-depth processes for business rules and updating obsolete instructions critical to the integrity of his program.

A letter from VADM R. L. Williamson reads, “By his dynamic direction, keen judgement, and loyal devotion to duty, Mr. LeFevre reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”

Schofield is a division chief engineer at NSWC Crane supporting the Electronic Warfare mission area. He acts as the technical lead for the DoD-wide initiative to complete the Radar Supplier Resiliency (RSR) plan. Strengthening the US Radar Industrial Base (RIB) is a Department of Defense (DoD) priority. 

Schofield was instrumental in plans to bolster the Radar Industrial Base (RIB) for the United States (U.S.). Strengthening the US RIB is a Department of Defense (DoD) priority, and the Industrial Base Analysis & Sustainment Program (IBAS) Program within the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy (IndPol), partnered with NSWC Crane subject matter experts (SMEs) to lead the DoD-wide initiative to complete the Radar Supplier Resiliency (RSR) plan. Schofield has been NSWC Crane’s technical lead on the project since 2019.

His award citation reads, “Through his substantial contributions to [NSWC] Crane Division, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the United States Navy, Mr. Schofield has distinguished himself within the Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations Community.  He is most deserving of the recognition afforded by this award.”

About NSWC Crane | NSWC Crane is a naval laboratory and a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) with mission areas in Expeditionary Warfare, Strategic Missions and Electronic Warfare. The warfare center is responsible for multi-domain, multi- spectral, full life cycle support of technologies and systems enhancing capability to today's Warfighter.

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