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NSWCDD Welcomes Pamunkey Indian Tribe Chief in Observance of NAIAN Heritage Month
December 14, 2020
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Nov. 30, 2020) – In observance of National American Indian and Alaskan Native Heritage Month, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) invited Chief Robert Gray (pictured) of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe to be the keynote speaker for the heritage event. During the observance commemoration, Gray conveyed a wealth of historical knowledge and a talent for storytelling. “We are grateful today to Chief Gray for his leadership and insights into the dynamic Pamunkey Indian Tribe,” said NSWCDD Commanding Officer Capt. Casey Plew.

NSWC Dahlgren Engineer Receives Newly Established NSWCDD Award of Excellence for Analysis for Distinctive Accomplishments
December 11, 2020
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (January 31, 2020) – Senior Scientific Technical Manager Brandon Hayes received the newly established Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Award of Excellence for Analysis for his outstanding accomplishments for the U.S. Navy, as an NSWCDD engineer. Under the superb leadership of Hayes, the Future Surface Combatant Force (FSCF) Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) informed U.S. Navy shipbuilding and Force capability development through the end of the century. Hayes was formally recognized on July 27. In response to winning the NSWCDD Award of Excellence for Analysis Award, Hayes credited his team for making this possible, “I would like to thank the wonderful FSCF AoA team, and how all of their hard work contributed to the successes of the project. Thank you for the award, and I appreciate the recognition of the time and effort put in on this project.” (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

Navy Scientist Retires, Receives Award for Quantum Physics Innovation to Impact Future Fleet
December 8, 2020
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. – Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) physicist Dr. Dan Parks, left, briefs renowned Israeli physicist Dr. Yakir Aharonov on the Dahlgren-built homodyne detector designed to measure the properties of squeezed light, a specially prepared quantum state of light. Parks received the NSWCDD 2020 In-house Laboratory Independent Research Excellence Award for his investigation into the Canonical Optical Weak Value Amplifier Device, the command announced, Dec. 7. “I want to express my thanks to the NSWC Dahlgren Division leadership for recognizing the importance of quantum physics to the future of the fleet and the security of our nation,” said Parks who retired prior to the announcement. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

NSWC Dahlgren Division Team Works Remotely to Ensure Valiant Shield 2020 Success
December 7, 2020
IMAGE: PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 25, 2020) - USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10), USS Comstock (LSD 45), USS Shiloh (CG 67), USS New Orleans (LPD 18), USS Chicago (SSN 721), USS America (LHA 6), USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USNS John Ericsson (T-AO 194), USS Antietam (CG 54), USS Germantown (LSD 42) and USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2) steam in formation while E/A-18G Growlers, FA-18E Super Hornets, a P-8 Poseidon, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors and a B-1B Bomber fly over the formation in support of Valiant Shield 2020. Meanwhile, a team of Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) scientists and engineers worked from two locations – Dahlgren, Va., and Honolulu, Hawaii – to ensure the success of this year’s Valiant Shield exercise. “Our biggest strategic accomplishment was supporting live forces, both afloat and at terrestrial sites, using a combined in-person and local operations team,” said Joseph Pack, NSWCDD deputy director for expeditionary warfare, regarding Dahlgren’s impact on the exercise that focuses on the integration of joint training in a blue-water environment among U.S. forces.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Codie L. Soule)

Marine Corps Veteran Speaks at NSWCDD Observance – Advises Fellow Veterans to Rebrand for Successful Careers
November 25, 2020
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. – Duanna ‘Kimberly’ Tanner – keynote speaker at the 2020 Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division virtual Veterans Day Observance – encouraged veterans, government employees and contractors tuning in via Teams to rebrand themselves while transitioning throughout their careers. “We’re entitled to modify our personal branding to support the current environment that we live in,” said Tanner, a Marine Corps veteran and Marine Corps Systems Command project manager, at the Nov. 12 event. "We can figure out who we’re going to be and assimilate as much as necessary without compromising who we are.”  (Photo courtesy of Duanna ‘Kimberly’ Tanner/Released)

2020 National Native American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month – NSWC Dahlgren Division Employee Profile: Michael S. Brown
November 23, 2020
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. – Michael Brown holds a New Testament translated into the Algonquin language by English Puritan missionary John Eliot and printed in 1661. As a Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division branch head and the command’s Native American Indian and Alaska Native Special Emphasis Program Manager, Brown strives to make a positive impact for Dahlgren’s employees. “I am thankful for the opportunity to serve in both of these capacities to help each person fulfill their purpose in their community, at NSWC Dahlgren Division and for the Navy.”  (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

NSWC Dahlgren Division Observes Disability Employment Awareness Month with NAVSEA Warfare Centers
November 23, 2020
IMAGE: WEST BETHESDA, Md. — Jet Griffin (left) provides ASL interpretation as Christina Suggs (not pictured) asks questions from the Fusion forum and Microsoft Teams chat for Tony Madalena (right).

For the Warfighter: NSWC Dahlgren Test and Evaluation Division Pushes the Status Quo with Higher Engineering Competency
November 9, 2020
IMAGE: Dahlgren, VA. – When you hear a high-energy clamor coming from Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD), you’re likely hearing ordinance qualification testing done by Dahlgren’s test and evaluation division. Every product, including the one pictured, must first be qualified for release. “Dahlgren is all about weapons systems and developing material to go out into the fleet to help the warfighter,” said Shawn Schneider, vibration subject matter expert. Environmental testing is split into dynamic and climatic testing. “We owe it to the warfighter to make sure that we do the right tests.” Schneider continued, “There’s no one size fits all, easy answer, to what vibration testing entails. Everything is tailored.” NSWCDD’s move to a test and evaluation team with greater engineering competency has propelled the organization’s capacities forward.  Barry Mohle, NSWCDD test and evaluation division head, says NSWCDD’s impact on the DoD goes even beyond their testing capabilities. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

NSWCDD Hosts Virtual OTA Industry Day
November 3, 2020

NSWCDD Dam Neck Activity Change of Command Highlights Teamwork and ‘War Winning Capability” for the Fleet
October 29, 2020
IMAGE: VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Oct. 16, 2020) – Cmdr. Michael Aiena, commanding officer of Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Dam Neck Activity, receives his command ashore pin from his mother while his father looks on at a change of command ceremony held at Dam Neck Activity’s Hopper Hall auditorium. Aiena relieved Cmdr. Joe Oravec during the ceremony. “My parents are the reason I’m here,” said Aiena, who told the audience on site and over a live Teams broadcast that he is humbled to assume command at NSWCDD Dam Neck Activity. “I am thrilled with this opportunity to work with the Sailors and civilians that make up the command for they are our most valuable resource.”  (U.S. Navy photo/Released)