Timmons retires after 50-plus years

Timmons retires after 50-plus years

NAWCWD PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE — Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division honored Edwin Timmons for more than 50 years of federal service in China Lake with a flag-raising ceremony. Timmons received a draft notice from the Army in 1968, but was able to enlist in . . . Read Full Story >>

Ellen Mahoney closes 35-year career at China Lake

Ellen Mahoney closes 35-year career at China Lake

Ellen Mahoney hung up her red pen and said farewell to Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in a flag-raising ceremony Sept. 29 in China Lake. Mahoney, a technical publication specialist in the Technical Communications Office and Ridgecrest native, began supporting China Lake in 1983 . . . Read Full Story >>

Top China Laker picked  for pentagon post

Top China Laker picked for pentagon post

Submitted by NAWCWD Public Affairs An announcement out of the Pentagon on Aug. 13 named NAWCWD Executive Director Joan Johnson as the next Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation. Johnson follows William Bray as DASN (RDT&E) and will be . . . Read Full Story >>

Naval Air Weapons Station holds virtual change of command

Naval Air Weapons Station holds virtual change of command

CHINA LAKE – Capt. Jeremy “JV” Vaughan assumed command of Naval Air Weapons Station from Capt. Paul “Pud” Dale July 22 during a virtual change of command ceremony. Navy Region Southwest Commander Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar presided over the ceremony via video teleconference due to . . . Read Full Story >>

Fields relieves Gephart as VX-31 commanding officer

Fields relieves Gephart as VX-31 commanding officer

By LT. MATT FISCO, VX-31 ‘Dust Devils’ U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Dail Fields relieved U.S. Navy Capt. Andrew Gephart as commanding officer of the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 31 “Dust Devils” in an airborne change of command ceremony July 29 in China . . . Read Full Story >>

Banks celebrates 50 years at NAWCWD

Banks celebrates 50 years at NAWCWD

Joan Johnson, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division executive director, celebrates with Ken Banks after a presentation honoring his 50 years of service at China Lake on July 29. Banks, a Harvard grad, has been employed at NAWCWD since 1967, except when he was a . . . Read Full Story >>

NAWCWD recognizes Shepherd for 40 years of service

NAWCWD recognizes Shepherd for 40 years of service

Joan Johnson, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division’s executive director, presents Tony Shepherd with a 40-year length of service award. “You have such unique expertise,” Johnson said as she recalled some of Shepherd’s assignments during his 26 years in the Navy, and with the research, . . . Read Full Story >>

Giles wraps 36-year career

Giles wraps 36-year career

CHINA LAKE — Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Comptroller Merrie Giles retired after spending 36 years working with numbers at China Lake. “I came here in 1984 from Alaska, to avoid the cold. It worked,” Giles said. “I have loved my 36 years here. . . . Read Full Story >>

Navy League honors sailors

CHINA LAKE — The Indian Wells Valley Council of the Navy League recognized two sailors from China Lake during the 48th Annual Blue Jacket of the Year Awards Ceremony on May 30. Aviation Boatswain Mate (Handler) 2nd Class (Air Warfare/Surface Warfare) Kaylina Jacuinde was recognized . . . Read Full Story >>

NAWCWD teams recognized for innovation, excellence

NAWCWD teams recognized for innovation, excellence

By AARON CRUTCHFIELD and KIMBERLY BROWN NAWCWD Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division recognized three teams for outstanding contributions and innovative spirit with NAWCWD Innovation Awards in a May 19 announcement from Executive Director Joan Johnson. Due to current Force Health Protection measures, the command . . . Read Full Story >>

NAWCWD holds virtual employee orientation

NAWCWD holds virtual employee orientation

Melissa Finnell, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division’s chief of operations, tells 12 new hires about the history of the command from her office during the first virtual new employee orientation May 26. “Giving the command overview virtually was a bit of a challenge for . . . Read Full Story >>

Rainbow Canyon F/A-18 crash findings begin to circulate

Rainbow Canyon F/A-18 crash findings begin to circulate

The Navy’s report of a fatal F/A-18 accident last year has begun to circulate in military publications. On July 31, Lt. Cmdr. Charles Walker from Lemoore was flying an F/A-18 Super Hornet through Rainbow Canyon (in Saline Valley near Crowley Point Lookout) when his aircraft . . . Read Full Story >>

What is happening at China Lake?

What is happening at China Lake?

Rebecca Neipp

For 10 weeks the news cycle has been dominated by the crisis of a lifetime. What began as drastic lockdowns ordered by public officials in order to reduce outbreaks of the COVID-19 pandemic has morphed into a debate about how to mitigate risk without killing . . . Read Full Story >>

VX-31’s Gephart promoted in surprise home ceremony

VX-31’s Gephart promoted in surprise home ceremony

By AARON CRUTCHFIELD NAWCWD Public Affairs Restrictions due to COVID-19 weren’t enough to stop the promotion of Cmdr. Andrew Gephart, of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron VX-31, to captain during a surprise ceremony held May 4 at his home. “Unbeknownst to me, [Naval Air Warfare . . . Read Full Story >>

NAWS gaterunner dies in collision

NAWS gaterunner dies in collision

The Naval Air Weapons Station’s public affairs office announced Wednesday, at 7:30 a.m. that morning, that a driver was killed in an unauthorized attempt to gain access at the main gate of China Lake. “The final denial barrier was deployed and the vehicle struck the . . . Read Full Story >>

The rebuilding begins

The rebuilding begins

Rebecca Neipp

The oft-repeated theme from Tuesday’s kick-off of the multi-billion dollar reconstruction effort at China Lake was that both the immediate success and the long-term benefits of the endeavor will depend on the partnership of our community. Navy Region Southwest, which oversees facilities at Naval Air . . . Read Full Story >>

Kidner named Mentor of Year

Kidner named Mentor of Year

By AARON CRUTCHFIELD NAWCWD Public Affairs Dr. Curt Kidner was honored as Naval Air Systems Command’s Mentor of the Year at China Lake during a Jan. 28 ceremony broadcast to all NAVAIR sites. Kidner was one of eight nominees at China Lake. There were a . . . Read Full Story >>

Thayer named Test Pilot of Year

Thayer named Test Pilot of Year

By AARON CRUTCHFIELD NAWCWD Public Affairs Maj. Nathaniel Thayer, the AV-8B Joint System Support Activity military deputy for Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 31 at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division China Lake, was honored as the 2020 Marine Corps Aviation Administration John Glenn Squadron . . . Read Full Story >>

Vice Adm. Wolfe tours China Lake

Vice Adm. Wolfe tours China Lake

Vice Adm. Johnny Wolfe (right), director of the Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs, speaks with members of the rocket recovery team at the Launch Test Complex during a tour of China Lake on Jan. 29. Wolfe lauded the rocket recovery team for its work in testing . . . Read Full Story >>

NAVFAC looks to hire 200

NAVFAC looks to hire 200

According to a post last Friday by Naval Facilities Engineering Command, NAVFAC Southwest will add 200 civilian positions at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in the coming year. Phase 1 of the hiring effort will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9:30 a.m. to . . . Read Full Story >>