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NAVSEA Commander Launches Tour of Navy Warfare Centers, Sees Campaign Plan in Action
January 31, 2018
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Jan. 16, 2018) – Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Innovation Lab (iLab) Director of Innovation Nelson Mills briefs the Commander of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Vice Adm. Thomas Moore, NAVSEA Command Master Chief Robert Crossno, and NSWCDD Commanding Officer Capt. Gus Weekes, on the use of digital collaboration tables as visual aids for surface ships. The collaboration table could provide capabilities to view ship doctrine, navigation tracks, radar information, and Automatic Identification System information for situational awareness. The iLab – equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, services, and trained personnel – opened for business last summer as an intensive collaborative environment where the command's experts work to speed up and maximize corporate innovative solutions across the laboratory. 

The iLab was one stop in the admiral's tour of Dahlgren, which gave him an opportunity to meet with the command's leaders, scientists, and engineers. It was the first in a series of scheduled visits to the NAVSEA Warfare Center divisions under the theme of “Warfare Centers – The Campaign Plan in Action.” While at the iLab, Weekes briefed the NAVSEA commander on Dahlgren technical programs, including directed energy, electromagnetic railgun, chemical, biological, and radiological defense, as well as leadership development. Moore's Campaign Plan is focused on three mission priorities: on-time delivery of ships and submarines, culture of affordability, and cybersecurity. These priorities address today's challenges and provide the focus to achieve NAVSEA's mission and support the Fleet.

"Integrating to Win" - 30th Annual Surface Navy Association Symposium
January 11, 2018
IMAGE: Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Commander, Rear Admiral Tom Druggan; NSWC Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Megan Fillinich (SSTM); NSWC Dahlgren Division Commanding Officer, Capt. Gus Weekes; NSWC Carderock Division Commanding Officer, Capt. Mark Vandroff; and  NSWC Chief Engineering Officer, Capt. Steven Murray, discuss how the NAVSEA Warfare Centers are "Integrating to Win" at the 30th annual Surface Navy Association symposium, Jan. 10. The "Integrating to Win" panel discussion featured enabling technologies such as electric drive, distribution and modularity and today's electromagnetic warfare technologies.

American Indian Civil War General Honored at Dahlgren’s Dual Observance
December 5, 2017
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Nov. 21, 2017) - Capt. Godfrey "Gus" Weekes, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) commanding officer, presents a plaque to Juanita Mullen - Veterans Administration’s Liaison for American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans - at the NSWCDD sponsored National American Indian Heritage and Veterans-Military Families Month Observance. “Indians have fought for the U.S. armed forces at a higher rate per capita than any other racial group in the country,” said Mullen. “For many, military service was an economic opportunity in a world that threw up racial barriers to gainful employment for people of color. It was also a way to continue ancient warrior traditions and earn respect from the people at home as well as others who often had little respect for Indians.” (U.S. Navy photo by Patrick Dunn/Released)

Navy History & Heritage Leader Recounts WWII Heroism of Native American Navy Commander
November 20, 2017
IMAGE: Rear Adm. (Ret.) Samuel Cox, Director of the Naval History and Heritage Command, recently talked about his hero, Medal of Honor recipient Cmdr. Ernest Evans, at Combat Direction Systems Activity Dam Neck. The presentation was in honor of National American Indian Heritage Month. Evans was half-Cherokee and one-quarter Creek Indian and commanded USS Johnston (DD 557) in the Battle off Samar in World War II.

U.S. Navy Mission 22 Team Develops ‘Game Changing’ Unmanned Capability
November 9, 2017
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Sept. 12, 2017) - Navy Sly Fox Mission 22 junior scientists and engineers brief Lt. Akwasi Fosu on the new capabilities of Weaponized Autonomous System Prototype (WASP) after a demonstration held at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division.  The seven-member Mission 22 team integrated WASP with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to provide an aerial perspective for increased situational awareness. Navy civilian and military personnel witnessed the Mission 22 demonstration of the Collaborative Aerial Network for the Autonomous Remote Engagement System – fully-integrated with the UAV, WASP, and a command and control station while detecting, tracking, and engaging targets on the Potomac River Test Range. Standing left to right are Jamshaid "JD" Chaudhry, Allen Woods, Fosu, and Chris Toney.

NSWC Dahlgren Civilian Personnel Honored with Secretary of Defense Global War on Terrorism Medal
November 8, 2017
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Nov. 1, 2017) - Five recipients of the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) Medal are flanked by Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Commanding Officer Capt. Godfrey 'Gus' Weekes and NSWCDD Technical Director John Fiore at a ceremony held at the command's leadership meeting. The GWOT Medal was presented to the NSWC Dahlgren employees to recognize and honor their contributions and accomplishments in direct support of the armed forces engaged in operations to combat terrorism. Standing left to right are: Weekes, Daniel Carlyle, Cameron Sorlie, Andrew Davis, Jeremiah Lange, Matthew Vaerewyck, and Fiore.

Dahlgren Navy Base Starts Centennial Countdown
October 18, 2017
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Oct. 16, 2017) – Capt. Godfrey ‘Gus’ Weekes, John Fiore, Jim Colvard, and Capt. Michael O’Leary are pictured at the Dahlgren Centennial commemoration kickoff ceremony. It was the first of a series of events and activities scheduled over the next year to celebrate the significant role Dahlgren has played in bolstering the nation’s defense. Weekes is the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) commanding officer; Fiore is the NSWCDD technical director; Colvard was the NSWCDD technical director from 1973 to 1980; and O’Leary is the NSA South Potomac commanding officer.

Einstein, Denzel Washington, da Vinci Connections Cited at Navy 2017 Academic Recognition Ceremony
September 28, 2017
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. - Cheryl Subacius, Ajoy Muralidhar, and Kathy Clark, (l to r), are pictured with their certificates of achievement at the 2017 Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) academic awards ceremony. Subacius was recognized for completing her defense financial manager certification from the American Society of Military Comptrollers. Muralidhar was recognized for completing his graduate certificate in mission analysis and engineering from Old Dominion University. Clark was recognized for completing her defense financial manager certification from the American Society of Military Comptrollers.

Power of Integration Tested at 2017 USS Dahlgren Naval Technology Exercise
September 21, 2017
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Sept. 14, 2017) - A visitor wearing augmented reality glasses at the 2017 Annual Navy Technology Exercise (ANTX) engages in mixed reality training 
as he fires on fast attack craft and fast inshore attack craft (FAC-FIAC) with an M-2HB .50 caliber machine gun simulator. The FAC/FIAC Integrated Training Portable
Embarkable Kit was one of many Navy Innovative Science and Engineering (NISE) funded projects on display at ANTX. The NISE FAC/FIAC project extends Fleet 
Synthetic Training to a pier-side ship for an all-inclusive self-defense training scenario against a surface swarm attack.

Navy Mentors Get Middle School Students Excited about STEM and Internship Programs
July 6, 2017
KING GEORGE. Va. (June 28, 2017) - Middle school students use remote-controlled models to solve simulated naval robotic missions at the 2017 Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division sponsored STEM Summer Academy, held June 26-30. Camp activities included ten robotic challenges; building a water rocket and determining the optimal fuel loading to maximize height; exploring epidemiology; building and destructively testing a tower from balsa wood with the goal of maximizing the strength to weight ratio; predicting the number of each color of M&Ms in a large bag after compiling statistics on numbers in smaller bags; and building a boat out of foil and straws with the aim of maximizing its cargo carrying capacity.