Naval Acquisition Development Program graduates at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division are joined by Robert Mackinnon, left, the Sustainment Group’s career field manager, Joan Johnson, NAWCWD executive director, and Mical Bindschatel, right, director of the Sustainment Group following an April 11 ceremony at China Lake. The three graduates, from left, are David Shine, Chris Ferrucci and Aaron Taylor. (U.S. Navy photo by Ron Rodriguez)

NAWCWD welcomes 3 new Naval Acquisition Development Program graduates

Three Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division employees graduated from the Naval Acquisition Development Program during an April 11 ceremony at China Lake.   

NADP is a two- to three-year training program established by the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act to provide employees with opportunities for professional development and career-broadening assignments. This NAWCWD graduation ceremony honored Chris Ferrucci, David Shine and Aaron Taylor.

“It takes a lot of patience and commitment to get through and graduate from this program, so I really commend you for your hard work,” said Joan Johnson, NAWCWD executive director and graduation keynote speaker. “I’m going to be asking each one of you to learn and understand our mission, focus on outcomes and not on process, test assumptions and apply critical thinking to everything you do. I am truly excited for all of you, and I am excited for our future.”

As part of their training, NADP interns complete rotational assignments in addition to having access to mentoring opportunities and program tours. Some of the programs that the graduates toured with were the High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile, Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile, Contracts, Tomahawk, Harpoon, Digital Precision Strike Suite, Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile, Sidewinder and the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile.

“Overall, it was a pretty enlightening program,” Ferrucci said. “I learned an unbelievable amount of information about the Department of Defense as a whole, and worked with men and women across the various U.S. service branches, multiple foreign countries and special operations groups. Through this program, I have a career that I can pour myself into and enjoy being a part of.”

When asked what advice he had for other NADP interns, graduate David Shine highlighted building relationships.

“Networking is huge,” he said. “Nobody knows everything, so make sure you reach out. For me, those relationships have already proved helpful. I really just want to thank all of the supervisors and everyone who’s contributed to NADP. You took time out to help us and we really appreciate it.”     

To date, NAWCWD has graduated nearly 40 interns from the NADP since 2008.



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