NWSCDD receives awards for outstanding national defense solutions

Employees with the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division received awards on Tuesday for their outstanding achievements in the support of chemical, biological and radiological defense.

Brian Persons, the executive director of Naval Sea Systems Command, presented the 2012 NAVSEA excellence award to 37 employees with the NSWCDD during an award ceremony held at the Navy Yard in Washington. The NSWCDD employees were among teams and individuals from across NAVSEA who received awards for contributions to the U.S. Navy and their commands, Southern Maryland Online reports.

"NSWC Dahlgren Division awardees delivered outstanding technology solutions crucial to supporting our homeland and national defense," Capt. Michael Smith, a NSWCDD commander, said, according to Southern Maryland Online. "Their teamwork across the Navy, industry and academia to meet our mission goals reflects their dedication to the warfighter and inspires excellence throughout NAVSEA."

Stuart Koch, the NSWCDD's technical manager, said that the mission of the division is to meet current needs of warfighters and reshape how the Navy will protect the nation in the future.

"The awardees collaborated among a myriad of stakeholders to reduce Navy CBR detection readiness costs," Koch said, according to Southern Maryland Online. "They helped cut the cost of building and sustaining a safe and effective fleet with technical innovations and process improvements."

Nancy Haymes and Jeffrey Smith from NSWCDD's Chemical, Biological and Radiological Defense Division saved more than $880,000 in costs while meeting tracking requirements for biological, chemical and radiological detection.

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