NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER AIRCRAFT DIVISION, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and the Naval Post Graduate School (NPS) jointly graduated 32 of the command’s newest Masters of Science and certificate holders during a commencement ceremony at Patuxent River Naval Air Station on Oct. 4.

NAVAIR Deputy Assistant Commander for Research and Engineering and chief civilian engineer, Anthony Cifone, gave congratulatory remarks during the ceremony.

 “Systems engineering and integration is a critical skillset supporting our Fleet,” said Cifone. “As aviation and weapons systems become increasingly complex, NAVAIR looks forward to leveraging these experts for a better Navy.”

 In 2008 NAVAIR and NPS joined to form a geographically distributed defense oriented education system. The rigorous non-resident programs offer military officers and civilians the opportunity to participate in graduate level education. The program has produced more than 450 degree holders to date. Today’s ceremony recognized graduates earning Masters of Science in systems engineering, Masters of Science in engineering systems and certificates in lead systems integration.

Naval Air Systems Command employees are photographed during a commencement ceremony at Patuxent River Naval Air Station on Oct. 4. Graduates completed the rigorous joint graduate non-resident programs offered by Naval Air Systems Command and the Naval Post Graduate School.

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