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Sailors, engineers and scientists recognized for innovation, outstanding service to the fleet

The Cyber Risk Assessment (CRA) Team receives the Support Equipment (SE) Team of the Year Award from NAVAIR SE and Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE) Department Director Kathleen P. Donnelly during a ceremony at NAWCAD Lakehurst Aug. 31. (U.S. Navy photo)

The Cyber Risk Assessment (CRA) Team receives the Support Equipment (SE) Team of the Year Award from NAVAIR SE and Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE) Department Director Kathleen P. Donnelly during a ceremony at NAWCAD Lakehurst Aug. 31. (U.S. Navy photo)

Sep 4, 2018

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Dr. Christopher Thajudeen receives the Innovator of the Year Award from NAVAIR Support Equipment (SE) and Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE) Department Director Kathleen P. Donnelly during a ceremony at NAWCAD Lakehurst Aug. 31. (U.S. Navy photo)

Dr. Christopher Thajudeen receives the Innovator of the Year Award from NAVAIR Support Equipment (SE) and Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE ...

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Lakehurst recognized several of its Sailors, engineers and scientists for exemplary service to the fleet during an awards ceremony Aug. 30.

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Support Equipment (SE) and Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE) Department hosted its annual awards ceremony to formally recognize its Innovator of the Year, New Employee of the Year and Sailor/Marine of the Year.

This year included the addition of two new award categories, SE Team of the Year and ALRE Team of the Year.

“Effective teaming, cooperation, communication, leveraging of in-house technical expertise and leadership acumen are some of the themes you will see represented in these two new award categories,” said Kathleen P. Donnelly, NAVAIR SE/ALRE Department director. “We are a department of multiple sites, with varying levels of experience and expertise, and it is my goal that these awards provide you with recognition and top-level situational awareness of the successes throughout the department.”

Dr. Christopher Thajudeen from NAWCAD Lakehurst received the Innovator of the Year award for his work as Principal Investigator on five ongoing research projects in radar and sensors. The Innovator of the Year Award recognizes an employee who actively promotes innovation and is dedicated to the invention and implementation of new concepts and ideas for the department.

Robert Fox from Cherry Point received the New Employee of the Year Award for his support to the Consolidated Automated Support System (CASS) Family Fleet Support Team (FST). The New Employee of the Year Award honors an employee with one to three years of Government civilian service who provided significant contributions to the department and demonstrated proactive leadership.

Chief Petty Officer Eduardo Fajardo was named the Sailor/Marine of the Year Award for his support to the NAWCAD Lakehurst Test Division. This award recognizes a military member who has made a significant contribution to or led a technical project, and is a self-starter who takes initiative and accepts additional responsibilities.

The Improved Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System (IFLOLS) French Foreign Military Sales Team was recognized as the ALRE Team of the Year and the Cyber Risk Assessment (CRA) Team was named the SE Team of the Year. These awards are presented to teams that are highly regarded within the organization and whose accomplishments consistently demonstrate outstanding technical achievements through use of sound techniques, practices and procedures.

“This year more than ever, we’ve seen an expansive array of individuals and teams employing innovative technologies, processes and thinking in order to support and field superior performing, cost-effective, and timely SE and ALRE solutions,” said Donnelly. “I hope you can take some of the ideas presented today back to your own platforms and teams for consideration and implementation.”

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Robert Fox of Cherry Point receives the New Employee of the Year Award via VTC from NAVAIR Support Equipment (SE) and Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE) Department Director Kathleen P. Donnelly during a ceremony at NAWCAD Lakehurst Aug. 31. (U.S. Navy photo)

Robert Fox of Cherry Point receives the New Employee of the Year Award via VTC from NAVAIR Support Equipment (SE) and Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equ ...

The Improved Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System (IFLOLS) French Foreign Military Sales Team receives the Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE) Team of the Year Award from NAVAIR Support Equipment (SE) and ALRE Department Director Kathleen P. Donnelly during a ceremony at NAWCAD Lakehurst Aug. 31. (U.S. Navy photo)

The Improved Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System (IFLOLS) French Foreign Military Sales Team receives the Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE ...

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