News Release, NAVAIR

NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER AIRCRAFT DIVISION, PATUXENT RIVER, Md.–The command recognized significant innovation and technical achievements during its 18th annual Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Commander’s and Innovation Awards at Patuxent River on Jan. 9, 2019.

Awards were given to both individuals and teams, and were selected from over 45 nominations. Those recognized represent some of NAWCAD’s most innovative and important scientific contributions to naval aviation in 2018.

Rear Adm. John Lemmon, commander of NAWCAD said, “The teams and individuals honored today took on, and continue to tackle naval aviation’s greatest challenges. 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).

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Shawn Alicia (left) receives the NAWCAD Commander’s Award – Individual for his professionalism and leadership acumen as Naval Aviation Systems program office program manager Capt. Jason Lopez looks on at the NAWCAD Commander’s Award presentation at Naval Aviation Warfare Center Training Systems Division on Jan. 9, 2019.

In alignment with the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson’s four lines of effort described in hisA Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority, Version 2.0, awards were given to those focused on strengthening naval power at and from the sea, achieving high-velocity outcomes, strengthening our Navy team for the future, and expanding and strengthening our network of partners.

Awards were also given with the NAVAIR commander’s intent in mind, with particular focus on delivering new capabilities with increased speed. The NAWCAD Commander’s and Innovation Awards recognized those individuals and teams focused on speed of capabilities to the fleet.

Among those awards given were two Naval Aviation Training Systems program office recipients. The NAWCAD Commander’s Award – Individual was presented to Naval Air Warfare Development Command’s Air Defense Strike Group Facility, Shawn Alicia. Alicia won the individual award for his outstanding professionalism and superb sustained leadership while managing all aspects of the Naval Air Warfare Development Command’s Air Defense Strike Group Facility. Alicia’s efforts were instrumental in delivering a rapid prototype multi-platform simulation environment capable of training warfighters in Integrated Air Defense tactics, techniques and procedures.

The NAWCAD Commander’s Award – Innovation was presented to the Hypoxia Training Research and Development Team, led by Beth Atkinson and Mitch Tindall, with team members Eric Peterson, Richard Plumlee, and Sarah Warnham. The team used innovative methods to target critical safety threats resulting in the transformation of aviation survival training technology. This team’s efforts have provided insight and novel technology delivering cost effective and innovative training solutions to better equip the fleet in dealing with aeromedical issues.

The use of innovation, rapid prototyping, and novel technology by the Naval Aviation Training Systems program office is propelling naval aviation toward revolutionizing readiness with a sense of urgency our Navy needs.

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