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NSWC Dahlgren Division Personnel Honored for Talent, Energy and Expertise at Annual Awards Ceremony
By John J. Joyce, NSWC Dahlgren Division Corporate Communications - May 17, 2019
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - Ninety-four individuals and 23 teams were honored with 22 different Navy and Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) awards at the NSWCDD honor awards ceremony, May 10.

Family and friends of awardees watched NSWCDD Commanding Officer Cmdr. Stephen ‘Casey’ Plew, NSWCDD Deputy Technical Director Angela Beach, NSWCDD Dam Neck Activity Commanding Officer Cmdr. Andrew Hoffman, and U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman present the awards at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center.

Plew – who took command of NSWCDD 16 days earlier – welcomed the audience to a celebration of the “talent, energy and expertise of our dynamic workforce that really make Dahlgren the leader in warfare systems development and integration.”

This year's event honored the men and women of the Dahlgren workforce who demonstrated exceptional resolve to meet the command's mission objectives in addition to those who significantly impacted the community through volunteer service throughout calendar year 2018.

"I want to thank you so much for the fantastic job that you do,” Wittman, the ceremony’s keynote speaker, told NSWCDD employees in the audience. "Every day I’m just amazed at the work that goes on at Dahlgren and the other Warfare Centers. The work that happens at Dahlgren holds great promise for the Navy and our nation to make sure that we have the strategic and tactical advantage over our adversaries at sea.”

The awardees’ families and co-workers were recognized as strategic partners in the accomplishments and professional successes celebrated at the event.

“Congratulations to all the dedicated family and friends that support what we do,” Plew wrote in the Annual Honorary Awards Ceremony program. “Thank you for your devotion and understanding as long hours and extended travel were necessary to help us achieve these successes. To all our dynamic and innovative workforce who continue to support the Dahlgren Division – thank you for all you do. You are truly awesome! Let’s exceed expectations, increase the momentum, and most of all, believe in each other to advance towards our collective successes.”

After the awards banquet, speeches, and video presentations, families and co-workers enjoyed the ceremony as awardees were honored.

Navy Superior Civilian Service Award
Three NSWCDD employees were presented with the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award – Gilbert Goddin, Thomas Kloehn and Mark Bradshaw.

This is the second highest honorary service award conferred to civilian employees under the Department of the Navy Civilian Awards program. It recognizes employee contributions that are exceptionally high in value that, as a minimum, have a wide impact in the Department of the Navy. It was established to recognize individuals for exceptional cooperation efforts, innovative or outstanding leadership, and scientific or technical advances.

Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award
Nine NSWCDD employees were presented with the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award – Christian Clifford, Lori Buckwalter, Larry Wilkerson, Christina Gruszecki, George Clotfelter, Thomas Wimberly, Melissa Lederer, Steven Anderson and Dawn Dahn.

The third highest Navy civilian award honors civilian employees supporting the Department of the Navy for meritorious service or contributions resulting in high value or benefits for the Navy or the Marine Corps. It was established to recognize those individuals whose leadership or important contributions to major projects of the Navy have demonstrated outstanding achievement.

John Adolphus Dahlgren Award
The John Adolphus Dahlgren Award, the command's highest award, was presented to Jeffrey Kunkler and Brian Seay.

The Dahlgren Award is named for Rear Adm. John A. Dahlgren – who is considered the "Father of Modern Naval Ordnance" – and honors individuals with significant achievement in science, engineering or management.

C.J. Rorie Award
Chief Fire Controlman Nicholas Garcia received the C.J. Rorie Award, established to recognize military personnel assigned to NSWCDD whose excellence in the performance of their duties contributed significantly to the effectiveness of the Division's military operation.

Dr. James Colvard Award
Warrington Tripp, Theresa Gennaro, and Jerico Slavin received the Dr. James Colvard Award in recognition of their leadership and substantial contributions to the development of NSWCDD as a technical institution.

Bernard Smith Award
Willis Lacy, Myron Thomas and Eric Rocholl were recognized with the Bernard Smith Award, established to recognize individuals with exceptional, significant and technical contributions in engineering or science, especially those made in the face of unusual odds or significant opposition.

Helen Springer Award
The Helen Springer Award was presented to Jonathan Young, Stephen Eckel, Timothy Smith and Kimberly Green. The award recognizes individuals who have made a notable and significant impact to business operations at NSWCDD. The award was named in honor of Helen Springer, a former NSWCDD Deputy Human Resources Director who was instrumental in transforming business operations at Dahlgren from a paper-based system to an electronic environment.

Walter T. Lewis Acquisition Award
Arline Parker and Kathrina Urann received the Walter T. Lewis Acquisition Award in recognition of their demonstration of the key tenets of teamwork, integrity and accountability in the achievement of acquisition excellence in support of the NSWCDD Mission. This award is named in honor of Walter T. Lewis who was the command’s first civilian contracting officer with unlimited contracting officer authority, the first small business specialist, the first competition advocate, and the first deputy for procurement serving as the NSWCDD acquisition expert.

Leadership Award
Five employees – Charles Freeman, Katherine Mulreany, Laura San Filippo, Joshua Rudolph and Ashby Hall – were honored with the Leadership Award – established to recognize individuals who have made a notable and significant impact to NSWCDD through their outstanding performance in project leadership, line management or both.

Employee Development Award
The Employee Development Award was established to recognize those individuals who – through their leadership and commitment – have made exemplary contributions to the development of others.

Charles Tatum, Matthew Ketner, Delois Clarke and Brady Roundtree received the award for their impact as role models who created a positive and supportive work environment for continuous employee development, building employee commitment to the organization and its core values, while fostering employee motivation and overall well-being.

Commander’s Diversity and Inclusion Award
Laura Samaroo and Luis Rodriguez received the Commander’s Diversity and Inclusion Award for their continuing contributions in management and leadership while demonstrating commitment to policies and programs that promote equality, diversity and inclusion in the federal workplace.

Technology to Warfighter Award
Scott Heyman and Steven Dean received the Technology to Warfighter Award for their direct and significant impact on the warfighter by developing needed capability and transitioning it into operations.

Dr. Charles J. Cohen Award of Excellence for Science and Technology
Three employees – Terry Foreman, Christopher Lloyd and Elizabet Haro – received the Dr. Charles J. Cohen Award of Excellence for Science and Technology. The award recognizes those who fundamentally impact science or technology with work that also measurably impacts capability.

NSWCDD Award of Excellence for Analysis
The NSWCDD Award of Excellence for Analysis is newly established to recognize individuals who have made a notable and significant impact to NSWCDD through their outstanding performance in analysis – warfare, design, engineering, modeling and simulation.

Six employees – Gregory Treakle, James Stevens, Joel Mejeur, Joshua Corrado, Mark Hitchcock and Lise Hamilton – received this award for performance or achievements that are exceptional and have resulted in a significant organizational contribution.

NSWCDD Award of Excellence for Software Engineering and Integration
The NSWCDD Award of Excellence for Software Engineering and Integration was established to recognize individuals who have made a notable and significant impact to NSWCDD through their outstanding performance in Software Engineering and Integration.

Six employees – Michael Nooner, Paul Roberts, Zachary Mohle, Peter Bryson, Jason Tominack and Anthony Devivi – received this award which honors individuals with performance or achievements that are exceptional and have resulted in a significant organizational contribution.

NSWCDD Award of Excellence for Systems Engineering and Integration

The Award of Excellence for Systems Engineering and Integration was established to recognize individuals who have made a notable and significant impact to NSWCDD through their outstanding performance in systems engineering and integration.

Joseph Sheehan, Matthew Gabriel, Michael Huang, Christopher Talsma, Joseph Pack, Stacy Palivoda-Estes and Steven Kilinski were honored this year for performance or achievements that are exceptional in nature, resulting in a significant organizational contribution.

NSWCDD Award of Excellence for Test and Evaluation
The NSWCDD Award of Excellence for Test and Evaluation was established to recognize individuals who have made a notable and significant impact to NSWCDD through their outstanding performance in Test and Evaluation, the collection, analysis, and assessment of data to characterize and/or measure the performance of a component, system, platform, or mission.

Seven employees – Mary Wood, Michael Shea, Daniel Holden, Emily Cummings, Carl Adams, James Yee and Victor De Jesus – received this award which recognizes individuals with performance or achievements that are exceptional and have resulted in a significant organizational contribution.

Paul J. Martini Award
Fourteen employees received the Paul J. Martini Award – established to recognize individuals who demonstrated excellence in an administrative or other support function. The award is named in honor of Paul J. Martini, who was head of the Engineering Support Directorate of the Naval Ordnance Laboratory from November 1951 to December 1973. Receiving the award were: Robert Parker, Mara Gentili, Paula Harrison, Kimberly Curtin, Matthew Patrick, Mirenda Robertson, Glyndon Murphy, John Lee, Kevin Fernandes, Shelby Khan, Sherry Fronkier, Mark Treutle, Erin Swartz and Teresa Brown.

Distinguished Community Service Award
Janna Roland, Sue Limerick, Feline Agwumezie, Tammy Indseth and Chelsey Lawson received the Distinguished Community Service Award in recognition of their significant contributions to communities through volunteer service.

In-house Laboratory Independent Research Excellence Award
Joseph Hunt and Michael Lowry received the In-house Laboratory Independent Research Excellence Award which is granted to an individual or group whose research results exhibit outstanding technical or scientific merit – relevant to the mission and thrusts of NSWCDD.

Patent Award
Scott Spence, David Griffiths, Terry Foreman and Gerhard Thielman received the Patent Award granted to inventors for inventions that contribute to the efficiency, economy, or scientific breakthrough in government operations. Patent awards are designed to encourage creative and innovative thinking and to promote the prompt disclosure of inventions.

Group Achievement Awards
Fourteen groups of NSWCDD employees received the Award of Merit for Group Achievement; five groups received the Technology to Warfighter Award for their accomplishments during 2018. Moreover, three groups received the Patent Award and one group received the Commander’s Diversity and Inclusion Award. The group awards are intended to promote the spirit of teamwork among employees and recognize group effort where cooperation has contributed to the success of the group.

Award of Merit for Group Achievement
The Award of Merit for Group Achievement was established to recognize groups of employees whose efforts have high value. The award is intended to promote the spirit of teamwork among employees and give recognition to group effort where cooperation has contributed to the success of this group.

The following groups received the award:
• SeaPort-NxG Programmatic and Acquisition Team
• Strategic and Computing Systems Department MILCON Team • Mission Assurance Decision Support System Team
• G/ATOR Developmental Test Team
• Ordnance Evaluation Group
• ODIN Gimbal Design Team
• Railgun Hypervelocity Projectile Electromagnetic Compatibility Team
• Collateral Effects Library Development Team
• Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory RV(M) Team
• NAVSEA Red Team
• Surface Warfare Mission Package Safety Team
• Aegis Virtual Twin DDG-116 Demonstration Team
• Aegis Virtual Twin DDG-51 and DDG-114 Demonstration Team
• Integrated Combat Systems Department’s Combat System Engineering Initiative Team

Technology to the Warfighter Award
The Technology to the Warfighter Award recognizes individuals or groups who have had a notable and significant impact on the warfighter by developing needed capability and transitioning it into operations. The intent of this award is to recognize direct contributions to the warfighter and their operational impact.

The following groups received the award:
• Auxiliary Targeting Training Equipment Team
• Enhanced Radar Data Display Team
• MQ-8 Fire Scout Integration and Support Team
• Detect, Assess, Locate, and Exploit Kit Team
• Aegis Baseline 9.C2.0, 9.B2.0, 9A2A System Engineering Team

Patent Award
The Patent Award granted to inventors for inventions that contribute to the efficiency, economy, or scientific breakthrough in government operations. Patent awards are designed to encourage creative and innovative thinking and to promote the prompt disclosure of inventions.

The following groups received the award:
• Missile Launcher System for Reload at Sea
• Remote Detection of Gun Projectiles
• Retroreflecting Chaff for Laser Defense

Commander’s Diversity and Inclusion Award The NSWCDD Leadership in a Diverse Environment Team won the Commander’s Diversity and Inclusion Award for their continuing contributions in management and leadership while demonstrating commitment to policies and programs that promote equality, diversity and inclusion in the federal workplace.

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (May 10, 2019) – Ashby Hall holds the Leadership Award moments after receiving it from Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) leadership at the command’s annual honor awards ceremony. Ashby was recognized for her outstanding leadership ability that resulted in a culture of change and innovation. Standing left to right: NSWCDD Dam Neck Activity Commanding Officer Cmdr. Andrew Hoffman; NSWCDD Deputy Technical Director Angela Beach; U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman; Hall; and NSWCDD Commanding Officer Cmdr. Stephen ‘Casey’ Plew.   U.S. Navy photo/Released
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (May 10, 2019) – Ashby Hall holds the Leadership Award moments after receiving it from Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) leadership at the command’s annual honor awards ceremony. Ashby was recognized for her outstanding leadership ability that resulted in a culture of change and innovation. Standing left to right: NSWCDD Dam Neck Activity Commanding Officer Cmdr. Andrew Hoffman; NSWCDD Deputy Technical Director Angela Beach; U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman; Hall; and NSWCDD Commanding Officer Cmdr. Stephen ‘Casey’ Plew. U.S. Navy photo/Released

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (May 10, 2019) – Robert Parker holds the Paul J. Martini Award moments after receiving it NSWCDD leadership at the command’s annual honor awards ceremony. Parker was recognized for providing flawless executive assistance to the NSWCDD Dam Neck Activity commanding officer. Standing left to right: NSWCDD Dam Neck Activity Commanding Officer Cmdr. Andrew Hoffman; Parker; NSWCDD Deputy Technical Director Angela Beach; and NSWCDD Commanding Officer Cmdr. Stephen ‘Casey’ Plew.   U.S. Navy photo/Released
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (May 10, 2019) – Robert Parker holds the Paul J. Martini Award moments after receiving it NSWCDD leadership at the command’s annual honor awards ceremony. Parker was recognized for providing flawless executive assistance to the NSWCDD Dam Neck Activity commanding officer. Standing left to right: NSWCDD Dam Neck Activity Commanding Officer Cmdr. Andrew Hoffman; Parker; NSWCDD Deputy Technical Director Angela Beach; and NSWCDD Commanding Officer Cmdr. Stephen ‘Casey’ Plew. U.S. Navy photo/Released

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (May 10, 2019) – U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman pins the Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Medal on Gilbert Goddin at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division annual honor awards ceremony. Goddin was recognized for his remarkable management abilities, innovative thinking, and outstanding leadership serving as the chief systems engineer for the Electromagnetic Railgun and the Hypervelocity Gun Weapon System development and integration efforts from May 2015 to November 2017.   U.S. Navy photo/Released
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (May 10, 2019) – U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman pins the Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Medal on Gilbert Goddin at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division annual honor awards ceremony. Goddin was recognized for his remarkable management abilities, innovative thinking, and outstanding leadership serving as the chief systems engineer for the Electromagnetic Railgun and the Hypervelocity Gun Weapon System development and integration efforts from May 2015 to November 2017. U.S. Navy photo/Released

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (May 10, 2019) – Delois Clarke holds the Employee Development Award moments after receiving it from Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division leadership at the command’s annual honor awards ceremony. Clarke was recognized for her exemplary execution as a leader across the organization. Her mentorship and persistence has led to a continuous pipeline of highly skilled personnel, enabling the successful maintenance of a key national capability. Standing left to right: NSWCDD Dam Neck Activity Commanding Officer Cmdr. Andrew Hoffman; NSWCDD Deputy Technical Director Angela Beach; U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman; Clarke; and NSWCDD Commanding Officer Cmdr. Stephen ‘Casey’ Plew.   U.S. Navy photo/Released
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (May 10, 2019) – Delois Clarke holds the Employee Development Award moments after receiving it from Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division leadership at the command’s annual honor awards ceremony. Clarke was recognized for her exemplary execution as a leader across the organization. Her mentorship and persistence has led to a continuous pipeline of highly skilled personnel, enabling the successful maintenance of a key national capability. Standing left to right: NSWCDD Dam Neck Activity Commanding Officer Cmdr. Andrew Hoffman; NSWCDD Deputy Technical Director Angela Beach; U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman; Clarke; and NSWCDD Commanding Officer Cmdr. Stephen ‘Casey’ Plew. U.S. Navy photo/Released

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (May 10, 2019) – Zachary Mohle holds the Award of Excellence for Software Engineering and Integration moments after receiving it from Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division leadership at the command’s annual honor awards ceremony. Mohle was recognized for rapidly developing new software capabilities for emergent warfighter requirements. His exceptional performance led to the delivery of a versatile capability that improves the Navy’s understanding of environmental impacts in its areas of responsibility and supports other operational platforms and missions. Standing left to right: NSWCDD Dam Neck Activity Commanding Officer Cmdr. Andrew Hoffman; NSWCDD Deputy Technical Director Angela Beach; Mohle; and NSWCDD Commanding Officer Cmdr. Stephen ‘Casey’ Plew.   U.S. Navy photo/Released
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (May 10, 2019) – Zachary Mohle holds the Award of Excellence for Software Engineering and Integration moments after receiving it from Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division leadership at the command’s annual honor awards ceremony. Mohle was recognized for rapidly developing new software capabilities for emergent warfighter requirements. His exceptional performance led to the delivery of a versatile capability that improves the Navy’s understanding of environmental impacts in its areas of responsibility and supports other operational platforms and missions. Standing left to right: NSWCDD Dam Neck Activity Commanding Officer Cmdr. Andrew Hoffman; NSWCDD Deputy Technical Director Angela Beach; Mohle; and NSWCDD Commanding Officer Cmdr. Stephen ‘Casey’ Plew. U.S. Navy photo/Released

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (May 10, 2019) – Brian Seay holds the John Adolphus Dahlgren Award moments after receiving it from Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division leadership at the command’s annual honor awards ceremony. The award was granted to Seay for his innovative technical contributions and proven ability as a director. Seay was recognized for his ability to organize, motivate, develop strategies and lead teams to meet complex combat system goals while adjusting to continuously changing requirements, schedules and budgets. Standing left to right: NSWCDD Dam Neck Activity Commanding Officer Cmdr. Andrew Hoffman; NSWCDD Deputy Technical Director Angela Beach; U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman; Seay; and NSWCDD Commanding Officer Cmdr. Stephen ‘Casey’ Plew.   U.S. Navy photo/Released
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (May 10, 2019) – Brian Seay holds the John Adolphus Dahlgren Award moments after receiving it from Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division leadership at the command’s annual honor awards ceremony. The award was granted to Seay for his innovative technical contributions and proven ability as a director. Seay was recognized for his ability to organize, motivate, develop strategies and lead teams to meet complex combat system goals while adjusting to continuously changing requirements, schedules and budgets. Standing left to right: NSWCDD Dam Neck Activity Commanding Officer Cmdr. Andrew Hoffman; NSWCDD Deputy Technical Director Angela Beach; U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman; Seay; and NSWCDD Commanding Officer Cmdr. Stephen ‘Casey’ Plew. U.S. Navy photo/Released

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (May 10, 2019) – Feline Agwumezie holds the Distinguished Community Service Award moments after receiving it from Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division leadership at the command’s annual honor awards ceremony. Agwumezie was recognized for her contribution to improving the community through service and outreach. Her work with children and the less fortunate serves as an example of volunteerism and the spirt that embodies Dahlgren Division’s commitment to the community. Standing left to right: NSWCDD Dam Neck Activity Commanding Officer Cmdr. Andrew Hoffman; NSWCDD Deputy Technical Director Angela Beach; Agwumezie; and NSWCDD Commanding Officer Cmdr. Stephen ‘Casey’ Plew.  U.S. Navy photo/Released
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (May 10, 2019) – Feline Agwumezie holds the Distinguished Community Service Award moments after receiving it from Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division leadership at the command’s annual honor awards ceremony. Agwumezie was recognized for her contribution to improving the community through service and outreach. Her work with children and the less fortunate serves as an example of volunteerism and the spirt that embodies Dahlgren Division’s commitment to the community. Standing left to right: NSWCDD Dam Neck Activity Commanding Officer Cmdr. Andrew Hoffman; NSWCDD Deputy Technical Director Angela Beach; Agwumezie; and NSWCDD Commanding Officer Cmdr. Stephen ‘Casey’ Plew. U.S. Navy photo/Released
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