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21 graduate Project Management 101 at Point Mugu

Tom Dowd, NAVAIR Ranges Director, front right, and Rich Burr, NAWCWD Threat/Targets Director, right, pose with graduates of Project Management 101 during an Aug. 9 ceremony in Point Mugu, California. (U.S. Navy photo by Kimberly Brown)

Tom Dowd, NAVAIR Ranges Director, front right, and Rich Burr, NAWCWD Threat/Targets Director, right, pose with graduates of Project Management 101 during an Aug. 9 ceremony in Point Mugu, California. (U.S. Navy photo by Kimberly Brown)

Aug 15, 2018

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NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER WEAPONS DIVISION, POINT MUGU, Calif. - Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division recognized 21 employees for completing the Project Management 101 program during a ceremony Aug. 9 at Point Mugu; 25 more will be honored in a ceremony at China Lake on Aug. 30.  

PM 101 is a locally developed, command-sponsored program that teaches key project management skills and tools. Participants, who can come from anywhere in the organization, complete 80 hours of training in seven classes. Since 2011, more than 550 people have participated in the program.

In previous years, PM 101 included six classes. This year, a seventh class covering critical thinking was added.

“Critical thinking is a discipline, and it certainly is a focus from the CNO on down to our own command,” said Tom Dowd, NAVAIR Ranges director and guest speaker for the graduation. “I’m glad we added that tweak.”

Project management requires a lot of teamwork, and Dowd noted that one side effect of participating in PM 101 is that participants develop a strong network within the command.

“Nobody here is going it alone,” he said.

It was a sentiment echoed by Rich Burr, NAWCWD’s Threat/Targets director and the event’s master of ceremonies.

“Project Management is a team sport,” he said. “We all fail or succeed together, and this is too big to fail.”

Fiscal Year 2018 Project Management 101 graduates from Point Mugu were:

Christina Ahn, Maxim Apalboym, Stuart Baker, Robert J Barrett, Von Beaty, Diane Bidwell, Victoria Chu, Michael Cloud , Jeffrey Dieterich, Hussein Elhady, Husam El-Issa, Alexander Fay, David Gregory, James Huynh, William Little, Ian Malone, Norlan Palacios, Michael Saadati, Richard Tovar, Ilhan Turkyilmaz, and Lien Van.

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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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