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12/09/2016

TEDP introduces its newest graduates

Second cohort graduates of the Tactical Engineering Development Program at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division are joined by Ian Anderson, right, program lead, following a Dec. 6 ceremony at China Lake. (U.S. Navy photo by Ron Rodriguez)
Second cohort graduates of the Tactical Engineering Development Program at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division are joined by Ian Anderson, right, program lead, following a Dec. 6 ceremony at China Lake. (U.S. Navy photo by Ron Rodriguez)
A Dec. 6 ceremony commemorated the graduation of 19 Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division employees from the Tactical Engineer Development Program at China Lake.

TEDP is a homegrown program that aims to develop a workforce that is competent in the basics of naval air warfare, aware of the major warfare issues at hand, able to provide an operationally relevant technical perspective and in possession of a thorough understanding of the warfighter’s objectives, operations, environment and missions through direct exposure to active and retired military personnel.

“The easy part is discovering that something doesn’t work,” said Rear Adm. Brian Corey, NAWCWD commander. “Knowing what to do next is when it gets hard and that’s when the education you all are getting really comes into play. The work you’re about to do with this training is absolutely critical. If you have ideas for improvement, keep those flowing because Joan Johnson, the rest of the leadership here at WD and I are absolutely committed to truly developing our workforce.”

Cohort 2 graduates from China Lake and Point Mugu were: Daniel Arias, Lauren Bigalke, Andrew DeHaan, Rebecca Garnett, Catherine Gonzalez, Thomas Haugh, Daniel Kaseforth, James LeJeune, Jarrod Lembke, Stanley Loughmiller, Ryan Martin, Michael Ratzlaff, Michael Reindl, Rachel Reitz, Walter Duane Runkle, Sean Smith, Carl Weinstein, Eric Williams and James Zheng.