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A look back at 80 years of progress for the Naval Ordnance Test Station (NOTS) was presented on Wednesday at the Maturango Museum. A brief history was given from 1943 and the growth of Inyokern and Ridgecrest. A detailed report of the earthquake reconstruction was given by SeaBee Timothy Dahms, P.E. Operations Officer, representing China Lake. / Laura Austin Photos

The 80th anniversary of NOTS celebrated

China Lake Museum Foundation Michelle Kilikauskas– On November 8, the China Lake Museum, Maturango Museum, and the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert (HSUMD) joined forces to celebrate the 80th anniversary of establishing the Naval Ordnance Test Station, Inyokern.  The event featured an update by the Officer in Charge of Construction on the earthquake reconstruction efforts aboard the Naval Air Weapons Station, a showing of the 75th-anniversary film created for Community Day in 2018 showing the evolution of China Lake from 1943 through 2018, and a talk by Tex Hoppus of HSUMD on the influence of NOTS on the growth of Ridgecrest—special thanks to Maturano Museum for hosting the event.

A special touch was the presentation of a Certificate of Recognition for the 80th anniversary of NOTS by the Senate of the State of California, sponsored by Senator Shannon Grove.  In part, the resolution acknowledges NOTS’ significant contributions to the defense and security of our nation. It expresses Senator Grove’s most profound gratitude for the unwavering commitment and sacrifice of the men and women who have served.

As we observe Veterans Day this weekend, we join Senator Grove in expressing our gratitude to those who have served.