DVIDS – News – NSWC Dahlgren Division Employees Shortlisted for Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems Excellence Awards in Individual and Team Categories

As an integral part of the “force behind the fleet”, the personnel of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) and the NSWCDD Dam Neck Activity (DNA) are considered the leading experts in research and development for various systems of weapons and their integration. And as such, many members engage in collaborative efforts to ensure Navy missions are successful in supporting the warfighter and the fleet.

In recognition of the outstanding leadership and high level performance consistently demonstrated by NSWCDD personnel, the Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS) has selected several teams and individuals for Exercise (FY) 21 4th Quarter Excellence Awards.

The recipients of the Excellence Awards for Team and Individual Recognition are:

The Integrated Warfare Systems (IWS) Two Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare (AOEW) Milestone C/Low-Rate Production (C LRIP) team was recognized for “exemplary performance, teamwork and unwavering dedication to mission,” according to the awards quote. Additionally, “the team has faced many complex program and technical challenges, from matrix development to insufficient funding, as well as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.” The team received kudos for “advocating for full funding of the program and finding ways to move the program forward” while “maintaining a positive attitude and persevering to overcome these challenges with great success.” NSWCDD DNA Specialist Kevin-Amir Bostic contributed his expertise, contributing to the team’s success.

The IWS Six Navy Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) team received the award in recognition of the development and testing of the ECDIS navigation system for Navy warships. The team is credited with setting “the standard for displaying a ‘Sea Power to the Hands of our Sailors’ attitude and for being superbly successful in supporting the ECDIS Development/Operational Testing (DT/OT) of the navy,” according to the quote. Principal ECDIS Systems Engineer Richard Chierici – based within the NSWCDD’s Integrated Combat Systems Department – ​​was instrumental in advancing the mission. As stated in the quote, “The outstanding work done by this cross-functional team has ensured that the Navy’s ECDIS will be delivered to the fleet on schedule in fiscal year 2022.”

The IWS 12 NSPO/SEA 02 Contracts Team – includes members of the IWS 12 NATO SeaSparrow (NSPO) PEO Project Office, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Contracts Department and other warfare centers including the NSWCDD scientist Tom Escalante – worked diligently to overcome challenges involving multiple contract inefficiencies and schedule disruptions. According to the awards citation, “The combined NSPO/SEA 02 team responded to these challenges with a work ethic and creativity that exceeded all expectations.” In the last quarter of FY21, the team is credited with awarding “nearly $2 billion in contracts, generating tens of millions in cost savings, reintroducing competition to the Consortium, and providing options exercisable which will reduce the workload in the medium term and provide the opportunity to develop more effective allocation strategies in the future to provide support to our fleets worldwide.

The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Laser Range Finder (LRF) Upgrade Team was recognized for their work supporting the development of the Warfare Sensor System. Collaborative efforts included team members from NSWC Crane, NSWC Port Hueneme and NSWCDD DNA. David Vieira of the NSWCDD DNA Readiness and Training Systems Department worked as the Waterfront Coordinator as well as the Onsite Installation Coordinator. The awards citation stated that the tasks undertaken by the team “were instrumental in bringing the improved LRF into service”. Additionally, the work accomplished by the team has contributed to the LRF’s ability – when fully deployed – to “deliver a rate of fire 20 times faster than the current rate, which will enable the engagement of sets of targets moving and maneuvering faster” and “provide an order of improvement in the magnitude of the number of LRF shots before failure.

The MK41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) Software Development (SW) and Test and Evaluation (T&E) team combines the leadership and technical expertise of key personnel from NSWCDD, NSWCDD DNA and NSWC Indian Head Division. PEO IWS presented the award to the team, recognizing outstanding work to ensure software development, testing and evaluation efforts maintain technical rigor while supporting consistent communication channels during the COVID-19 pandemic . “As the team continues to grow into a design agent role, lessons learned are collated, processes are improved and members continue to increase their MK41 VLS knowledge base,” as stated in the award quote . “There is no doubt that this team and its support of PEO IWS will continue to thrive and show steady improvement over time.”

From July to September 2021, NSWCDD employee Devon McKiver served as the Aegis Integration Event (AIE) Group Leader in support of the Aegis Fleet Readiness PEO IWS 1.0F program. According to NSWCDD management, McKiver demonstrated leadership and innovative forward-thinking to ensure new program development capabilities were delivered safely, efficiently and securely to the fleet. According to the award citation, “Thanks to McKiver’s dedication and leadership, the AIE team executed an extremely aggressive schedule to deliver [object quality evidence] for [Combat Systems Certification Panels] resulting in a more efficient and rigorous certification process that saved time, resources and money for the AIE team, program sponsors, stakeholders and [Program Acquisition Resource Managers] in a difficult budgetary environment accompanied by logistical challenges resulting from the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The PEO IWS Selection Committee receives nominations from numerous warfare centers, industry, and other government organizations for team recognition – teams are made up of 15 members or less – and the individual contribution of those who serve in a military, civilian or field activity personnel capacity.

When evaluating team or individual nominations, the Board Committee uses various measurement criteria in the areas of innovation and improvement, such as product quality, technical advancement and organizational effectiveness, to name a few.

The PEO IWS department presents winning teams with a plaque, which is given to the nominating organization, and a certificate for each team member. Individual winners receive a copy of the nominating citation, an award certificate and an official medallion in recognition of their excellent work.

Date taken: 14.02.2022
Date posted: 19.04.2022 20:06
Story ID: 418822
Location: DAHLGREN, Virginia, USA

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Ryan H. Bowman