Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD)


NAWCTSD is the Navy’s principal source of a wide spectrum of training solutions for the Warfighter. We have an exceptionally skilled military and civilian acquisition, research and development workforce, which along with our advanced laboratories comprise a center of excellence that produces leading-edge advances in training systems and human performance. Our site in Central Florida gives us the advantage of co-location with other military acquisition, research and development organizations, the University of Central Florida, and close proximity to the center of the simulation-based entertainment industry.

 

HISTORY


The roots of NAWCTSD reach back to April 1941 when then-Commander Luis de Florez became head of the new Special Devices Desk in the Engineering Division of the Navy’s Bureau of Aeronautics. De Florez championed the use of “synthetic training devices” and urged the Navy to undertake development of such devices to increase readiness. In June, the office became the Special Devices Section. Throughout World War II, the Section developed numerous innovative training devices including ones that used motion pictures to train aircraft gunners, a device to train precision bombing, and a terrain modeling kit to facilitate operational planning in the field. The Special Devices Section grew and became the Special Devices Division. In August 1946, the Division, at its newest home at Port Washington, Long Island, New York, was commissioned the Special Devices Center. 

CDR Luis DeFlorez

Click on interview for a transcript excerpt of a radio interview where Rear Admiral de Florez explains the benefits of synthetic training.

Listen Rear Admiral de Florez on a 1942 "The March of Time" radio broadcast. 

 

 

 

EVOLUTION


As NAWCTSD evolved and grew during the 20th century, it was aligned at various times under several different parent organizations within the Navy. In 1956, it became the Naval Training Device Center. During the mid-1960s, the Center moved from its Long Island location to Orlando, Florida. In 1985, the then-Naval Training Equipment Center became the Naval Training Systems Center. In 1988, the Center moved to its present headquarters building near Orlando, named for its founding father, Admiral de Florez. In 1993, the Center became the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD). Today, NAWCTSD is a significant component of the Naval Air Systems Command.

 

FUTURE


The roles of the Department of Defense, the Navy, and the Naval Air Systems Command are changing. Simulation and training are now key to ensuring military preparedness and to adapting to new and changing roles and missions. These changes, coupled with diverse threat potentials, require innovative approaches to how our military trains. NAWCTSD will continue to play a vital role in responding to evolving training and simulation needs. NAWCTSD will also continue to work on transfering its products to non-military applications through cooperative agreements.

The Command has implemented competency alignment, allowing it to continue its high-quality support of the Warfighter. Hand-in-hand with competency alignment, the Command has adopted the Learning Organization principles, allowing NAWCTSD to continuously transform itself. As we progress into the 21st century, NAWCTSD will continue to play a vital role in maintaining the defense posture of this nation and our allies around the world, and ensure the readiness and safety of our warfighters.

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This is Us!



NAWCTSD Group Picture

We are a group of exceptionally skilled military and civilian acquisition, research and development workforce, that along with our advanced laboratories comprise a center of excellence that produces leading-edge advances in training systems and human performance.

 

MISSION


To be the principal Navy center for research, development, test and evaluation, acquisition and product support of training systems, to provide Inter-service coordination and training systems support for the Army, Marine Corps and Air Force, and to perform such other functions and tasks as directed by higher authority.

 

VISION


To be the provider of choice for training and human performance solutions that enable and enhance the capabilities of our Nation's Warfighters.

 

STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT


Strategic Alignment

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Captain Tim Hill, Commanding Officer

After earning a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering with the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1992 and completing short tours as a research associate at Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM and on the Chief of Naval Education and Training Staff, CAPT Hill earned designation as a Naval Flight Officer in January 1996. CAPT Hill then completed S-3B Fleet Replacement training at VS-41 in North Island, CA prior to reporting aboard VS-30 at NAS Cecil Field, FL.

While attached to the Diamondcutters, CAPT Hill deployed in USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) and USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER (CVN 69) NATO operations in the former-Yugoslavia and enforcing the United Nations no-fly zone and other sanctions in Iraq. He received honors as Sea Control Wing, Atlantic Fleet and Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN's Junior NFO of the Year during the tour. Next he returned to VS-41 as an instructor prior to selection to attend the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) at Patuxent River, MD. CAPT Hill completed USNTPS as Class 119’s Outstanding Student and subsequently reported to the Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron as a Viking project officer. He led test efforts for several upgrades to the S-3B weapons system before returning to USNTPS as an instructor.

He returned to operational flying with the Topcats of VS-31 at NAS Jacksonville, FL in 2003, deploying in USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) in 2004 in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. While serving as the Topcats Operations and Maintenance Department Head, the squadron was honored with the Atlantic Fleet Battle and Golden Wrench awards, and CAPT Hill was selected as the Senior NFO of the Year. CAPT Hill then reported to the staff of U.S. Special Operations Command as the Special Programs Branch Chief. After completing transition training in the F/A-18F Super Hornet at VFA-106 and Strike Fighter Weapons School Atlantic, he reported to VFA-32 in early 2009 and assumed command in July 2010 while deployed in USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 75) supporting Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN. The Swordsmen received honors as the Naval Air Forces, Atlantic Safety winner and were selected as the Secretary of the Navy Safety Excellence Award recipient from amongst all active duty squadrons.

CAPT Hill served in the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office from late 2011 to late 2014 as Deputy Director, F-35 Mission Systems and Deputy Program Manager for Block 2B. Afterward, he was the Director of the Long Range Anti-Surface Missile Deployment Office, leading the transition of critical warfighting solution from DARPA demonstration effort to an accelerated major acquisition program. He reported as Executive Officer of the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division and Naval Support Activity Orlando in June 2016 and assumed command November 2, 2018.

CAPT Hill has accumulated over 3,200 flight hours in 32 different aircraft models, and he has logged nearly 750 carrier arrested landings. He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, holds Masters degrees in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and in International Relations from Troy University, and is a designated Acquisition Professional. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Meritorious Service Medal, and Strike Flight Air Medal (2 awards) along with numerous additional personal decorations, campaign medals and unit citations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

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John Meyers, Technical Director

Mr. John Meyers currently serves as the Technical Director for the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division in Orlando, Florida and the Director of the Naval Air Systems Command Human Systems Department. He is the senior civilian for training systems and the technical authority for human systems for Naval Aviation.

Mr. Meyers has 24 years of civilian service in the Navy and was appointed into the Senior Executive Service in July 2013.

Mr. Meyers began his career as a co-op student and project engineer in 1987 with the Naval Air Development Center in Warminster, Pa. While in the honors program at the Pennsylvania State University, he obtained a bachelor�s of science degree in engineering science and mechanics in 1990 and a masters of science in mechanical engineering in 1992.

In 1996, Mr. Meyers was assigned to the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in Patuxent River, Md. as the tri-service team lead for the Aircrew Integrated Recover Survival Armor Vest and Equipment (AIRSAVE) program where he delivered more than 20,000 Army, Navy, and Marine Corps systems and received a patent for his work.

Mr. Meyers was selected into the Senior Executive Management Development Program in 2001 and received the Safety and Flight Equipment Dan McCauley Award in 2002 for recognition of outstanding contributions in the field of Aviation Safety and Survival Systems Command, the modeling and simulation community and organizations external.

In 2003, he led the MA-16 Inertia Reel team which integrated a safety related restraint system upgrade into numerous aircraft where his team was awarded the Area Commander�s Award for their efforts. As Team Lead for the Crashworthy and Escape Systems Test Facilities Team he was responsible for the operations of eight highly specialized labs that tested ejection seats, crashworthy seating, human systems integration and injury mitigation technologies.

In 2008, Mr. Meyers was assigned as the Chief Engineer to the Naval Aviation Training Systems Program Management Office (PMA-205). He was responsible for 400 engineers and $1 billion of Naval Aviation training systems products where he received the PMA-205 Warfighter Focus Award for his efforts.

Mr. Meyers became the Deputy Director for the Naval Air Systems Command Human Systems Department in 2012 where he was responsible for staffing, business planning and financial oversight of crew systems technologies for the Department.

 

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Commander Henry L. Phillips IV, Ph.D., Executive Officer (Acting)

CDR Phillips was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1971 and earned a BA in Psychology from Louisiana State University in 1996. He earned an MA in Psychology in 1999 and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a minor in Statistics in 2001 from the University of Houston. He was commissioned in December 2000 and winged as Aerospace Experimental Psychologist #119 on 25 January 2002.

In 2002, he reported as Biostatistics Division Officer to the Operational Psychology Department, Naval Operational Medicine Institute (NOMI), Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI) Detachment, where he developed new forms of the Aviation Selection Test Battery (ASTB) to remedy a test compromise, developed adaptive versions of ASTB subtests, developed a secure web-based test platform now in use across the naval testing enterprise, and helped modernize all of naval aviation officer selection. He rotated in 2005 to NAS Corpus Christi for assignment as Force Aerospace Experimental Psychologist for the Chief of Naval Air Training, where he managed selection and training policy and created new methods that improved the predictive accuracy, availability, and timeliness of student training performance data.

From 2008-2011, he served as the Operational Psychology Department Head at NOMI, NAMI Detachment, where he introduced additional improvements to the ASTB that drastically reducing training attrition through enhanced applicant performance prediction and he oversaw the deployment of test battery to 230 sites worldwide. In 2011, he transferred to NAS Patuxent River to serve as the Assistant Director of Operations for the NAVAIR 4.6 Human Systems Department where he managed a staff of 150 civilian and military personnel and 18 local laboratories.

In 2013, he reported to the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) as the 46T Military Deputy for Research and Technology, where he oversaw funding and execution for 51 different projects that resulted in fleet transitioned capabilities as well as 50+ publications and patents. During this period, he helped develop the Navy Training Enterprise model that served as the precursor to the CNO's Sailor 2025 Ready Relevant Learning Pillar and he served on the White House Office of Simulation and Training Policy's NAWCTSD working group. In 2016, he was reassigned as the NAWCTSD 4.0 Military Director for Research and Engineering, where he managed a staff of 550 located at 42 locations within and outside CONUS. During this period he co-authored the Command Strike Plan, defining 8-year strategic vision and initiatives for the command and workforce.

In November 2018, he assumed the role of Executive Officer (Acting) for Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) and Naval Support Activity (NSA) Orlando, responsible for a staff of 1300, a business base of $1.5B/FY and 1400 contract actions per year, as well as Navy Region Southeast security compliance requirements.

CDR Phillips has numerous peer-reviewed articles, technical reports, and conference presentations in the areas of individual and team training, medical modeling and simulation, item response theory, personnel selection, and psychometric instrument development. He is a graduate of the Naval War College's Joint Professional Military Education I (JPME I) program, and holds DAWIA certifications in Engineering Level II, Program Management Level II, and S&TPM Level I. He currently serves as the Navy's Technical Representative to the Manpower Accession Policy Working Group, previously served as Chair of the DoD Human Factors Engineering Technical Advisory Group on behalf of ASD (R&E), and served as Assistant Specialty Leader of the AEP community. He has developed aviation personnel selection tools in use by over 11,000 Navy and Marine Corps applicants annually, and team training capabilities currently in use by all Army forces in Pacific Command. He is a recipient of the inaugural 2016 Team Orlando Collaboration Award for the Squad Overmatch project in collaboration with the Army PEO for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO-STRI) and Army Research Laboratory. His team won the 2015 US Army Human Systems Integration (HSI) Award, Research and Studies Category, for their work in developing the HSI Progress and Risk Specification Tool (HPRST) on behalf of the ASD(RE) Human Performance, Training and Biosystems (HPTB) Directorate. As Virtual Pillar Site Lead for the ONR Live-Virtual-Constructive (LVC) Training Fidelity FNC, CDR Phillips was a recipient of the 2013 Admiral Jeremy M. Boorda Award for Outstanding Integration of Analysis and Policy-Making.

His military awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (6 awards), Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He assumed the rank of Commander on 1 May 2014.     
 

 

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Michael Merritt, Deputy Technical Director

Michael Merritt serves as the NAVAIR 1.0 Program Management Site Lead and the Deputy Technical Director at the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division. He is responsible for workload planning, mission execution and collaboration with Government and Industry partners to effectively execute NAWCTSD mission tasking.

Michael Merritt was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in 1982. His first assignment was to the Air Force Institute of Technology MSEE Program. In 1984, he was assigned as an ICBM Test Manager at the Ballistic Missile Office. In 1989, Captain Merritt was assigned to the Secretary of the Air Force Office of Research, a DoD Joint Activity directly reporting to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Space. In 1994, Major Merritt was assigned to the Air Force Special Operations Command in the Plans, Programs and Acquisition Management Directorate as Chief, Classified Technology Programs. In 1998, he was assigned to the Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB. He served as a Systems Acquisition Manager within the C-17 Systems Program Office and as a Systems Management Directorate staff officer in the Systems Management Directorate. In 2000, Major Merritt joined the NAVAIR team as the CV-22 Deputy Program Manager. In July 2001, he was assigned as the Development Integrated Product Team (IPT) Lead for the USMC Variant of the V-22. As the MV-22 Development IPT Lead, Major Merritt was responsible for the acquisition management of the Way Forward development program to return the Marine Corps and Air Force tiltrotors to safe and operational use.

Retiring from active duty in 2002, Mr. Merritt continued to serve as the MV-22 Development IPT Lead as a Department of the Navy civilian. In 2006, Mr. Merritt was promoted to Program Director for Aviation (PDA) at NAWCTSD. PDA also serves as the Naval Air Systems Command, Deputy Program Manager for Aviation Training Systems (PMA-205TD). Mr. Merritt became the Program Director for Cross-Warfare in 2014 until his selection in January 2017 to join the NAWCTSD Leadership Team.

A native of Central Florida, Mr. Merritt earned a Bachelor�s degree in Engineering from the University of Central Florida in 1982. He received his Master�s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1984. He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College Advanced Program Management Course and completed the Leadership in a Democratic Society program at the Federal Executive Institute.

 

 

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Orlando, Florida 32826 USA

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Overview

Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD)


NAWCTSD is the Navy’s principal source of a wide spectrum of training solutions for the Warfighter. We have an exceptionally skilled military and civilian acquisition, research and development workforce, which along with our advanced laboratories comprise a center of excellence that produces leading-edge advances in training systems and human performance. Our site in Central Florida gives us the advantage of co-location with other military acquisition, research and development organizations, the University of Central Florida, and close proximity to the center of the simulation-based entertainment industry.

 

HISTORY


The roots of NAWCTSD reach back to April 1941 when then-Commander Luis de Florez became head of the new Special Devices Desk in the Engineering Division of the Navy’s Bureau of Aeronautics. De Florez championed the use of “synthetic training devices” and urged the Navy to undertake development of such devices to increase readiness. In June, the office became the Special Devices Section. Throughout World War II, the Section developed numerous innovative training devices including ones that used motion pictures to train aircraft gunners, a device to train precision bombing, and a terrain modeling kit to facilitate operational planning in the field. The Special Devices Section grew and became the Special Devices Division. In August 1946, the Division, at its newest home at Port Washington, Long Island, New York, was commissioned the Special Devices Center. 

CDR Luis DeFlorez

Click on interview for a transcript excerpt of a radio interview where Rear Admiral de Florez explains the benefits of synthetic training.

Listen Rear Admiral de Florez on a 1942 "The March of Time" radio broadcast. 

 

 

 

EVOLUTION


As NAWCTSD evolved and grew during the 20th century, it was aligned at various times under several different parent organizations within the Navy. In 1956, it became the Naval Training Device Center. During the mid-1960s, the Center moved from its Long Island location to Orlando, Florida. In 1985, the then-Naval Training Equipment Center became the Naval Training Systems Center. In 1988, the Center moved to its present headquarters building near Orlando, named for its founding father, Admiral de Florez. In 1993, the Center became the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD). Today, NAWCTSD is a significant component of the Naval Air Systems Command.

 

FUTURE


The roles of the Department of Defense, the Navy, and the Naval Air Systems Command are changing. Simulation and training are now key to ensuring military preparedness and to adapting to new and changing roles and missions. These changes, coupled with diverse threat potentials, require innovative approaches to how our military trains. NAWCTSD will continue to play a vital role in responding to evolving training and simulation needs. NAWCTSD will also continue to work on transfering its products to non-military applications through cooperative agreements.

The Command has implemented competency alignment, allowing it to continue its high-quality support of the Warfighter. Hand-in-hand with competency alignment, the Command has adopted the Learning Organization principles, allowing NAWCTSD to continuously transform itself. As we progress into the 21st century, NAWCTSD will continue to play a vital role in maintaining the defense posture of this nation and our allies around the world, and ensure the readiness and safety of our warfighters.

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Mission, Vision and Strategic Alignment

This is Us!



NAWCTSD Group Picture

We are a group of exceptionally skilled military and civilian acquisition, research and development workforce, that along with our advanced laboratories comprise a center of excellence that produces leading-edge advances in training systems and human performance.

 

MISSION


To be the principal Navy center for research, development, test and evaluation, acquisition and product support of training systems, to provide Inter-service coordination and training systems support for the Army, Marine Corps and Air Force, and to perform such other functions and tasks as directed by higher authority.

 

VISION


To be the provider of choice for training and human performance solutions that enable and enhance the capabilities of our Nation's Warfighters.

 

STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT


Strategic Alignment

NAWCTSD Leadership

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Captain Tim Hill, Commanding Officer

After earning a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering with the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1992 and completing short tours as a research associate at Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM and on the Chief of Naval Education and Training Staff, CAPT Hill earned designation as a Naval Flight Officer in January 1996. CAPT Hill then completed S-3B Fleet Replacement training at VS-41 in North Island, CA prior to reporting aboard VS-30 at NAS Cecil Field, FL.

While attached to the Diamondcutters, CAPT Hill deployed in USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) and USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER (CVN 69) NATO operations in the former-Yugoslavia and enforcing the United Nations no-fly zone and other sanctions in Iraq. He received honors as Sea Control Wing, Atlantic Fleet and Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN's Junior NFO of the Year during the tour. Next he returned to VS-41 as an instructor prior to selection to attend the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) at Patuxent River, MD. CAPT Hill completed USNTPS as Class 119’s Outstanding Student and subsequently reported to the Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron as a Viking project officer. He led test efforts for several upgrades to the S-3B weapons system before returning to USNTPS as an instructor.

He returned to operational flying with the Topcats of VS-31 at NAS Jacksonville, FL in 2003, deploying in USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) in 2004 in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. While serving as the Topcats Operations and Maintenance Department Head, the squadron was honored with the Atlantic Fleet Battle and Golden Wrench awards, and CAPT Hill was selected as the Senior NFO of the Year. CAPT Hill then reported to the staff of U.S. Special Operations Command as the Special Programs Branch Chief. After completing transition training in the F/A-18F Super Hornet at VFA-106 and Strike Fighter Weapons School Atlantic, he reported to VFA-32 in early 2009 and assumed command in July 2010 while deployed in USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 75) supporting Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN. The Swordsmen received honors as the Naval Air Forces, Atlantic Safety winner and were selected as the Secretary of the Navy Safety Excellence Award recipient from amongst all active duty squadrons.

CAPT Hill served in the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office from late 2011 to late 2014 as Deputy Director, F-35 Mission Systems and Deputy Program Manager for Block 2B. Afterward, he was the Director of the Long Range Anti-Surface Missile Deployment Office, leading the transition of critical warfighting solution from DARPA demonstration effort to an accelerated major acquisition program. He reported as Executive Officer of the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division and Naval Support Activity Orlando in June 2016 and assumed command November 2, 2018.

CAPT Hill has accumulated over 3,200 flight hours in 32 different aircraft models, and he has logged nearly 750 carrier arrested landings. He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, holds Masters degrees in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and in International Relations from Troy University, and is a designated Acquisition Professional. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Meritorious Service Medal, and Strike Flight Air Medal (2 awards) along with numerous additional personal decorations, campaign medals and unit citations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

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John Meyers, Technical Director

Mr. John Meyers currently serves as the Technical Director for the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division in Orlando, Florida and the Director of the Naval Air Systems Command Human Systems Department. He is the senior civilian for training systems and the technical authority for human systems for Naval Aviation.

Mr. Meyers has 24 years of civilian service in the Navy and was appointed into the Senior Executive Service in July 2013.

Mr. Meyers began his career as a co-op student and project engineer in 1987 with the Naval Air Development Center in Warminster, Pa. While in the honors program at the Pennsylvania State University, he obtained a bachelor�s of science degree in engineering science and mechanics in 1990 and a masters of science in mechanical engineering in 1992.

In 1996, Mr. Meyers was assigned to the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in Patuxent River, Md. as the tri-service team lead for the Aircrew Integrated Recover Survival Armor Vest and Equipment (AIRSAVE) program where he delivered more than 20,000 Army, Navy, and Marine Corps systems and received a patent for his work.

Mr. Meyers was selected into the Senior Executive Management Development Program in 2001 and received the Safety and Flight Equipment Dan McCauley Award in 2002 for recognition of outstanding contributions in the field of Aviation Safety and Survival Systems Command, the modeling and simulation community and organizations external.

In 2003, he led the MA-16 Inertia Reel team which integrated a safety related restraint system upgrade into numerous aircraft where his team was awarded the Area Commander�s Award for their efforts. As Team Lead for the Crashworthy and Escape Systems Test Facilities Team he was responsible for the operations of eight highly specialized labs that tested ejection seats, crashworthy seating, human systems integration and injury mitigation technologies.

In 2008, Mr. Meyers was assigned as the Chief Engineer to the Naval Aviation Training Systems Program Management Office (PMA-205). He was responsible for 400 engineers and $1 billion of Naval Aviation training systems products where he received the PMA-205 Warfighter Focus Award for his efforts.

Mr. Meyers became the Deputy Director for the Naval Air Systems Command Human Systems Department in 2012 where he was responsible for staffing, business planning and financial oversight of crew systems technologies for the Department.

 

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Commander Henry L. Phillips IV, Ph.D., Executive Officer (Acting)

CDR Phillips was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1971 and earned a BA in Psychology from Louisiana State University in 1996. He earned an MA in Psychology in 1999 and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a minor in Statistics in 2001 from the University of Houston. He was commissioned in December 2000 and winged as Aerospace Experimental Psychologist #119 on 25 January 2002.

In 2002, he reported as Biostatistics Division Officer to the Operational Psychology Department, Naval Operational Medicine Institute (NOMI), Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI) Detachment, where he developed new forms of the Aviation Selection Test Battery (ASTB) to remedy a test compromise, developed adaptive versions of ASTB subtests, developed a secure web-based test platform now in use across the naval testing enterprise, and helped modernize all of naval aviation officer selection. He rotated in 2005 to NAS Corpus Christi for assignment as Force Aerospace Experimental Psychologist for the Chief of Naval Air Training, where he managed selection and training policy and created new methods that improved the predictive accuracy, availability, and timeliness of student training performance data.

From 2008-2011, he served as the Operational Psychology Department Head at NOMI, NAMI Detachment, where he introduced additional improvements to the ASTB that drastically reducing training attrition through enhanced applicant performance prediction and he oversaw the deployment of test battery to 230 sites worldwide. In 2011, he transferred to NAS Patuxent River to serve as the Assistant Director of Operations for the NAVAIR 4.6 Human Systems Department where he managed a staff of 150 civilian and military personnel and 18 local laboratories.

In 2013, he reported to the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) as the 46T Military Deputy for Research and Technology, where he oversaw funding and execution for 51 different projects that resulted in fleet transitioned capabilities as well as 50+ publications and patents. During this period, he helped develop the Navy Training Enterprise model that served as the precursor to the CNO's Sailor 2025 Ready Relevant Learning Pillar and he served on the White House Office of Simulation and Training Policy's NAWCTSD working group. In 2016, he was reassigned as the NAWCTSD 4.0 Military Director for Research and Engineering, where he managed a staff of 550 located at 42 locations within and outside CONUS. During this period he co-authored the Command Strike Plan, defining 8-year strategic vision and initiatives for the command and workforce.

In November 2018, he assumed the role of Executive Officer (Acting) for Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) and Naval Support Activity (NSA) Orlando, responsible for a staff of 1300, a business base of $1.5B/FY and 1400 contract actions per year, as well as Navy Region Southeast security compliance requirements.

CDR Phillips has numerous peer-reviewed articles, technical reports, and conference presentations in the areas of individual and team training, medical modeling and simulation, item response theory, personnel selection, and psychometric instrument development. He is a graduate of the Naval War College's Joint Professional Military Education I (JPME I) program, and holds DAWIA certifications in Engineering Level II, Program Management Level II, and S&TPM Level I. He currently serves as the Navy's Technical Representative to the Manpower Accession Policy Working Group, previously served as Chair of the DoD Human Factors Engineering Technical Advisory Group on behalf of ASD (R&E), and served as Assistant Specialty Leader of the AEP community. He has developed aviation personnel selection tools in use by over 11,000 Navy and Marine Corps applicants annually, and team training capabilities currently in use by all Army forces in Pacific Command. He is a recipient of the inaugural 2016 Team Orlando Collaboration Award for the Squad Overmatch project in collaboration with the Army PEO for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO-STRI) and Army Research Laboratory. His team won the 2015 US Army Human Systems Integration (HSI) Award, Research and Studies Category, for their work in developing the HSI Progress and Risk Specification Tool (HPRST) on behalf of the ASD(RE) Human Performance, Training and Biosystems (HPTB) Directorate. As Virtual Pillar Site Lead for the ONR Live-Virtual-Constructive (LVC) Training Fidelity FNC, CDR Phillips was a recipient of the 2013 Admiral Jeremy M. Boorda Award for Outstanding Integration of Analysis and Policy-Making.

His military awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (6 awards), Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He assumed the rank of Commander on 1 May 2014.     
 

 

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Michael Merritt, Deputy Technical Director

Michael Merritt serves as the NAVAIR 1.0 Program Management Site Lead and the Deputy Technical Director at the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division. He is responsible for workload planning, mission execution and collaboration with Government and Industry partners to effectively execute NAWCTSD mission tasking.

Michael Merritt was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in 1982. His first assignment was to the Air Force Institute of Technology MSEE Program. In 1984, he was assigned as an ICBM Test Manager at the Ballistic Missile Office. In 1989, Captain Merritt was assigned to the Secretary of the Air Force Office of Research, a DoD Joint Activity directly reporting to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Space. In 1994, Major Merritt was assigned to the Air Force Special Operations Command in the Plans, Programs and Acquisition Management Directorate as Chief, Classified Technology Programs. In 1998, he was assigned to the Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB. He served as a Systems Acquisition Manager within the C-17 Systems Program Office and as a Systems Management Directorate staff officer in the Systems Management Directorate. In 2000, Major Merritt joined the NAVAIR team as the CV-22 Deputy Program Manager. In July 2001, he was assigned as the Development Integrated Product Team (IPT) Lead for the USMC Variant of the V-22. As the MV-22 Development IPT Lead, Major Merritt was responsible for the acquisition management of the Way Forward development program to return the Marine Corps and Air Force tiltrotors to safe and operational use.

Retiring from active duty in 2002, Mr. Merritt continued to serve as the MV-22 Development IPT Lead as a Department of the Navy civilian. In 2006, Mr. Merritt was promoted to Program Director for Aviation (PDA) at NAWCTSD. PDA also serves as the Naval Air Systems Command, Deputy Program Manager for Aviation Training Systems (PMA-205TD). Mr. Merritt became the Program Director for Cross-Warfare in 2014 until his selection in January 2017 to join the NAWCTSD Leadership Team.

A native of Central Florida, Mr. Merritt earned a Bachelor�s degree in Engineering from the University of Central Florida in 1982. He received his Master�s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1984. He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College Advanced Program Management Course and completed the Leadership in a Democratic Society program at the Federal Executive Institute.

 

 

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Mailing Address

Commanding Officer

Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division

12211 Science Drive,

Orlando, Florida 32826 USA

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