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NEWS | July 29, 2022

NSWC Crane holds 2022 Command Awards Ceremony

By NSWC Crane Corporate Communications

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) held its annual Command Awards ceremony on July 28, 2022. More than 30 employees were awarded for their hard work, expertise, and contributions to the federal laboratory’s mission.

“We are thrilled to be able to recognize our employees in this meaningful way,” said Dr. Angie Lewis (SES), NSWC Crane technical director. “Our team consistently delivers in pursuit of our nation’s defense, and this ceremony is an opportunity to show our appreciation.”

NSWC Crane conducted a call for nominations, and held selection panels to review and rate nominations to determine the winners of each category. Several other awards were distributed from partner organization Federally Employed Women (FEW).

“NSWC Crane employees are some of the first called when the Navy or the nation has a defense need,” said NSWC Crane Commanding Officer CAPT Duncan McKay. “This event is a chance to recognize and share those stories of employees going above and beyond to support the warfighter.”


Career Achievement Award
Barbara Strahley
Erika White


Business Excellence Award
Mandy Hearn


Horizon Award
Mitchel Holland
Sarah Schwemmin


Diversity and Inclusion Award
Samantha Koutsares


Collaboration Excellence Award
Amanda Miller
Christian Schuler


Strategic Measures and Targets Award
Electromagnetic Warfare Science and Technology Division


Outstanding Leadership Award
Robert Walker
Sandy Zehr


Outstanding Innovation Award
Human Resources Information Systems Team: Tony Ranard and Brandon Shuld
Igniter Design Team: Jalon Leonard, Daniel Neff, Noah Callahan, Alan Schaefer


Technical Excellence Award
Justin Yoch


Service Excellence Award (Business/Customer Support)
Deborah Leighty


Service Excellence Award (Product Support)
Loren Seal


Service Excellence Award (Scientist/Engineer)
Jonathon Gregory


Service Excellence Award (Supervisor)
Heidi Slaubaugh


Service Excellence Award (Technician)
Joseph Shreves


Career Competency Development Program Award (Level 1)
Kyle Ciarrone 


Career Competency Development Program Award (Level 2)
Nicole Talbot



Leader of the Year (FEW)
Sandra Clark


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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