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Weapons Division LRASM teammates recognized for Safety Excellence

Long Range Anti-Ship Missile System Safety Team members at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division are joined by Rear Adm. Brian Corey, NAWCWD commander, following the raising of the Secretary of the Navy Safety Excellence on Sept. 18 at China Lake. Corey is flanked by Clint Johnson, Naval Air Systems Command LRASM principal for Safety, left, and Ken Chirkis, right, head of the System Safety Engineering Branch at NAWCWD. (U.S. Navy photo)

Long Range Anti-Ship Missile System Safety Team members at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division are joined by Rear Adm. Brian Corey, NAWCWD commander, following the raising of the Secretary of the Navy Safety Excellence on Sept. 18 at China Lake. Corey is flanked by Clint Johnson, Naval Air Systems Command LRASM principal for Safety, left, and Ken Chirkis, right, head of the System Safety Engineering Branch at NAWCWD. (U.S. Navy photo)

Sep 19, 2017

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The Secretary of the Navy Safety Excellence flag, received by Long Range Anti-Ship Missile System Safety Team members at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, flies over China Lake on Sept. 18. In honor of the team’s 2016 SECNAV Safety in Acquisition Excellence Award win, the flag can be flown up to one year. (U.S. Navy photo)

The Secretary of the Navy Safety Excellence flag, received by Long Range Anti-Ship Missile System Safety Team members at Naval Air Warfare Center Weap ...

NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER WEAPONS DIVISION, CHINA LAKE, Calif. - Members of the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile System Safety Team at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division were among those recognized during recent the Fiscal Year 2016 Secretary of the Navy Safety Excellence Awards ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.

In honor of their win in the Safety Integration in Acquisition category, the LRASM team received a plaque, citation and the SECNAV Safety Excellence flag, which was raised on Sept. 18 at China Lake with authorization to fly it for one year.

“The LRASM System Safety Engineering Team is profoundly honored to receive this prestigious award from Sean Stackley, acting SECNAV at the time, on behalf of NAWCWD,” said Ken Chirkis, head of the System Safety Engineering Branch and LRASM System Safety Team lead. “The team has worked tirelessly to develop and execute an innovative approach to assess risks and hazards for this rapid acquisition program.”

The award honors the LRASM System Safety Team’s development of “an innovative strategy for ensuring safety during program development and testing by assessing fleet risks early enough and communicating concerns to critical decision makers,” the award citation noted. Additionally, they “recognized higher, unspecified risk and the inherent uncertainty of assessment challenges associated with non-developmental systems, develop[ed] a process to implement four broad hazard mitigation strategies, and identified a Principal for Safety to focus on software autonomy and commensurate assessment and determine the necessary level of rigor for each software configuration item that performs a safety-significant function.

“The safety efforts of the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile System Safety Team directly enhanced the Department of the Navy’s warfighting capability,” Stackley wrote in his award citation. “I commend you and your team for your commitment to safety excellence, to the nation, and to the sustainment of the Department of the Navy as a world class safety organization.”

The SECNAV Safety Excellence Awards work to highlight activities that have excelled in improving warfighting and mission readiness through professional risk management in the elimination of preventable deaths, injuries, occupational illnesses, infrastructure and materiel losses, and mission degradation. The awards emphasize the unique importance of safety as a top DoN priority.

 

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<p>China Lake, in California’s Mojave Desert, is home to NAVAIR’s Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD). Few areas in the world offer such wide variety of geographical features in close proximity...mountains, deserts, canyons, caves and forests. The unencroached air and land ranges at China Lake provide unmatched geographic conditions in which to develop and test weapon systems and explore tactics for desert and mountain environments.</p>

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