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 >>

Navy expands access

Navy expands access

As of Jan. 1, the use of commissaries, exchanges and Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities has been extended, according to an announcement by the Department of Defense. Veterans, Purple Heart recipients, former prisoners of war and individuals approved and designated as primary family caregivers of . . . Read Full Story >>

$1.15B secured for recovery

$1.15B secured for recovery

Rebecca Neipp

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy announced Tuesday that $1.152 billion in funding has been secured for projects to rebuild Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake following the back-to-back earthquakes in July. The announcement was made in accordance with . . . Read Full Story >>

Navy Sec. tours China Lake

Navy Sec. tours China Lake

During a press briefing following a whirlwind tour of China Lake on Sunday, Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer renewed his commitment to rebuilding the local base following damages from 7.1 and 6.4 earthquakes in July. “China Lake is unique — both to the Navy . . . Read Full Story >>

Canonigo awarded for 30 years at China Lake

Canonigo awarded for 30 years at China Lake

Perpetua Amor Canonigo, left, is presented an award for 30 years of service at China Lake by Jacqui Walters, director of corporate operations, during a ceremony Oct. 25. Canonigo began working at China Lake in March 1989 as a budget analyst in the Comptroller Department. . . . Read Full Story >>

‘There is a sea change ... I ask for your participation’

‘There is a sea change ... I ask for your participation’

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer Vice Adm. Mike Moran spoke at last week’s California Contracting-Acquisition-Procurement Industry Day Expo at the Kerr McGee Center to address the state of national security, China Lake’s role in the mission of defense and the ongoing recovery efforts . . . Read Full Story >>

Moran honored by SBA at Industry Days

Moran honored by SBA at Industry Days

Pete Estrada (left) of the Small Business Administration, an exhibitor at the California Industry Days Expo Wednesday and Thursday at Kerr McGee Center, presents an award to Vice Admiral Mike Moran, who was the keynote speaker at the two-day event. Moran was a previous commander . . . Read Full Story >>

Dillon: ’Thank the veterans who protect our freedom’

Dillon: ’Thank the veterans who protect our freedom’

For the past 100 years, Americans have set aside Nov. 11 as a day to recognize and honor our nation’s veterans. In 1919, we called it Armistice Day; in 1954, it became Veterans Day. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the purpose of . . . Read Full Story >>

Dale: ’Thank you to those that have supported this great nation’

Dale: ’Thank you to those that have supported this great nation’

On Nov. 11, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson issued a message to the United States on the first Armistice Day. In this message, he said the following: “To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of . . . Read Full Story >>