Press Release, NAVAIR

NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER AIRCRAFT DIVISION, Patuxent River, Md.–

The command recognized significant technical achievement during its 18th annual Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Commander’s and Innovation Awards at Patuxent River today.

“The teams and individuals honored today took on, and continue to tackle naval aviation’s greatest challenges,” said Rear Adm. John Lemmon, commander of NAWCAD. “Their efforts drive us toward realizing our imperatives to revolutionize readiness, increase lethality and develop our talent.” Lemmon is also assistant commander for research and engineering at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).

The individuals and teams awarded were selected from over 45 nominations. They represent some of NAWCAD’s most innovative and important scientific contributions to naval aviation in 2018. 

Commander of Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), Rear Adm. John S. Lemmon, gives remarks during the Commander’s Awards ceremony at Patuxent River, Md. January 8, 2019. Lemmon is also assistant commander for research and engineering at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).Commander of Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), Rear Adm. John S. Lemmon, gives remarks during the Commander’s Awards ceremony at Patuxent River, Md. January 8, 2019. Lemmon is also assistant commander for research and engineering at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). (U.S. Navy photo

NAWCAD Commander’s Award – Individual

  • Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band Air Vehicle Team Lead, Andrew Guy
  • Naval Air Warfare Development Command’s Air Defense Strike Group Facility, Shawn Alicia
  • CH-53K Integrated Test Team, Lauren McKay

NAWCAD Commander’s Award – Team

  • Littoral Combat Ship Immersive Virtual Ship Environment team, led by Chris Korn
  • Ship & Air Integrated Warfare, ePerformance Solutions team, led by Linda Davis
  • T-45 Propulsion and Power, Aero Performance and Flight Test team, led by Rod Blodnikar
  • Airborne Systems Training and Research III (ASTARS III) Aircraft Modification team, led by Frank Mazur
  • MH-60R Radar team, led by Lt. Timothy Boyce
  • F/A-18 Weapon and Store Compatibility Test team, led by Maj. Matthew DeCoursey
  • F/A-18 Long Range Anti-Ship Missile Test team, led by Johnathan Stephens
  • E-2D Support Equipment team, led by Mariam Corrigan
  • F-35 Closed Bay Firefighting Tool team, led by Edward Transferni

NAWCAD Innovation Awards

  • NAWCAD Hangar 6 Robotic Forklift team, led by Kyle Hart
  • Dampening technology to mitigate landing-induced shock into a helicopter landing gear, led by Nicholas Sofocleous
  • Hypoxia Training Research & Development team’s hypoxia trainer, led by Beth Atkinson

NAWCAD Patent of the Year

  • U.S. Patent number 9,499,283. “Freeplay Measurement Device.” Invented by Anthony Olszewski 

NAWCAD supports the research, development, engineering, test, evaluation and sustainment of all Navy and Marine Corps aircraft and airborne weapon systems. With facilities in Patuxent River, Maryland; Lakehurst, New Jersey; and Orlando, Florida, the command delivers high-quality, affordable products in support of military operating forces worldwide.

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