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CHIPS Articles: SSC Pacific Executive Director Carmela Keeney retires, passes baton to Bill Bonwit

SSC Pacific Executive Director Carmela Keeney retires, passes baton to Bill Bonwit
By Patric Petrie, SSC Pacific lead staff writer - August 30, 2017
SAN DIEGO — Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) Executive Director Carmela Keeney has announced her retirement at the end of August. Keeney, who will be succeeded by incoming Executive Director Bill Bonwit, has headed the Center as lab director for the past 12 years.

A landmark naval research facility in San Diego for more than 75 years, SSC Pacific is comprised of over 4,700 scientists, researchers, and engineers, and is a member of an exclusive team of research labs that make up the Department of Defense’s biggest brain trust.

Keeney is one of the Navy's earliest generation of female engineers, a member of the Senior Executive Service, and SSC Pacific's first female executive director. "In the world of cyber space and information dominance, Carmela Keeney is a true national asset," said Mary Lacey, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation DASN (RDT&E) when discussing Keeney.

Bonwit will lead the diverse and highly technical organization in the research, development, fielding and support of advanced technologies for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR), cyber and space capabilities. Prior to assuming his role as the Center's senior civilian leader, he was a senior scientific and technical manager (SSTM) and head of the Command and Control (C2) department.

A Navy veteran, Bonwit earned a bachelor’s degree in ocean engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s degree in operations research from the Naval Postgraduate School.

SSC Pacific's mission: To conduct research, development, engineering, and support of integrated command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, cyber, and space systems across all warfighting domains, and to rapidly prototype, conduct test and evaluation, and provide acquisition, installation, and in-service engineering support: www.spawar.navy.mil/pacific.

During his visit to SPAWAR headquarters in San Diego, Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer presented Carmela Keeney, executive director of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, with a Distinguished Civilian Service Award for her 12 years of extraordinary leadership as executive director. Keeney will retire in September, leaving a legacy of excellence in command and control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems, having had an enterprise-wide impact to the Department of the Navy and Department of Defense with her groundbreaking information warfare technical initiatives over the course of her nearly 40 years of federal service. "Ms. Keeney, you are the poster child for success," the Honorable Spencer said.  Photo by Rick Naystatt
During his visit to SPAWAR headquarters in San Diego, Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer presented Carmela Keeney, executive director of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, with a Distinguished Civilian Service Award for her 12 years of extraordinary leadership as executive director. Keeney will retire in September, leaving a legacy of excellence in command and control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems, having had an enterprise-wide impact to the Department of the Navy and Department of Defense with her groundbreaking information warfare technical initiatives over the course of her nearly 40 years of federal service. "Ms. Keeney, you are the poster child for success," the Honorable Spencer said. Photo by Rick Naystatt

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