Rear Admiral Scott Dillon

Commander, NAWCWD

 

Rear Adm. Scott Dillon is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1991, is a graduate of U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Class 117 and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago and a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.

After designation as a naval aviator in 1994, he reported to Patrol Squadron (VP) 1 at Barber’s Point, Hawaii, where he completed deployments as a P-3 tactical coordinator and mission commander. Dillon was then assigned to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School/Naval Postgraduate School Cooperative Program and subsequently to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20. He later deployed to Djibouti, Africa during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Dillon was selected as an aerospace engineering duty officer (AEDO) in 2002 and served in a series of acquisition billets including P-3 class desk and integrated product team lead at PMA-290 and MH-60R team lead at PMA-299. His acquisition tours also included assignment as the AEDO community detailer at Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee.

From May 2012 through March 2016, Dillon served as program manager, PMA-290, responsible for all P-8A and P-3 programs. During his tenure, the P-8A completed initial operational testing and evaluation, initial operational capability and full-rate production milestones.  He subsequently served tours as military assistant to the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics and as vice commander for Naval Air Systems Command. 

Dillon has served a previous flag tour as commander, Naval Safety Center, Norfolk, Virginia.  In April 2018, he assumed his current position as commander, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake/Point Mugu, California and assistant commander for Test and Evaluation, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).

Dillon is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), and other various personal, unit and service awards.

 

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Joan Johnson

Executive Director, NAWCWD

NAVAIR Director for Research and Engineering

 

Joan Johnson currently serves as the Executive Director and Director for Research and Engineering at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, where she directs a civilian workforce of more than 6,000 professionals.

With more than 35 years of experience in both the private sector and as a civilian with the Department of Defense, Johnson began her career in industry as an engineer in Electronic Warfare Research and Development. She continued to work as both a software engineer and a systems engineer, developing and integrating software and systems solutions for airborne avionics and Electronic Warfare systems. Ms. Johnson also served as Engineering Program Manager and Software Engineering Department Manager for teams developing Electronic Warfare suites for the U.S. Navy, Army and Air Force.

Johnson was hired into the government in February 2000 at NAWCWD China Lake. She worked for the Systems Engineering Department, leading independent program assessments of NAVAIR software-intensive acquisition programs. In September 2001, Johnson was promoted to the position of Weapon System Support Activity Lead for the AH-1 Super Cobra attack helicopter program, where she was responsible for execution of full lifecycle support for the AH-1 Super Cobra mission systems and weapon systems. In December 2003, Johnson was selected as the Head of the Systems Engineering Management Division, providing supervision and leadership to product team leads, chief engineers, and senior engineers supporting weapon systems acquisition, development, and sustainment for Naval Aviation.

She entered the Senior Executive Service in August 2008, as Director of Software Engineering for the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and Head of the Systems Engineering Department at NAWCWD. In 2013, she was appointed Director of the Weapons and Energetics Department for NAVAIR and served in that position until January 2016, when she was appointed to her current position.

Johnson earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia. She was a recipient of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Michelson Laboratory Award in 2007 for significant contributions to Naval and Marine Aviation. She received the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 2011 and the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Dr. L.T.E. Thompson Award in 2013. Johnson has been a member of the Acquisition Professional Community since 2002.

 

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Capt. Matthew Sniffin

Vice Commander, NAWCWD

 

Capt. Matthew M. Sniffin, a native of Jacksonville, Florida, graduated from the University of Florida in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He earned his commission through Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida, in February 1997, and his “Wings of Gold” at Naval Air Station Meridian, Mississippi, in 1999. He graduated from Touro University while in Yokosuka, Japan, with a Master of Business Administration in 2007.

Sniffin reported to the “Ironmen” of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 3 at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, in November 2001, where he was the squadron’s lead NATOPS pilot evaluator and operations flight officer. In November 2004, he joined Training Squadron (VT) 31 in Corpus Christi, Texas, as a joint squadron instructor pilot flying the T-44 King Air 90. During his time as VT-31’s aviation safety officer, the squadron earned the 2004 CNO Safety Award and 2005 Safety Excellence Award.

Sniffin transferred to Yokosuka, Japan, in September 2006, to serve as plans officer for Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). He was lead planner for the Joint Operations Planning and Execution System; humanitarian mission Mercy 2008; and for combined exercises with the Australian Defense Forces, Republic of Korea military, and Japanese Self Defense Forces.

In April 2008, he joined the “Shadows” of VQ-4, where he served as the safety officer, administration department head, and maintenance officer. He was also Task Force 124 Forward Detachment Officer-in-Charge in Qatar, flying missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where Sniffin personally flew 23 combat sorties, earning the Air Medal.

In March 2011, he became J39 Information Operations Branch chief, planning and directing all U.S. Pacific Command’s strategic communications, information operations and non-lethal fires.

In May 2013, Sniffin took command of the “Roughnecks” of VQ-7. There, he oversaw the rewrite of the NATOPS, the creation of a Naval Aviation Technical Information Product, and revamped the community’s Crew Resource Management program. Following command, he reported to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander 5th Fleet as the executive assistant to the commander.

Sniffin took over as Vice Commander for Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in January 2018.

Personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service medals, Air Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various other service and unit awards.

 

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Command Master Chief Scottie Cox

Command Master Chief, NAWCWD

Command Master Chief Scottie L. Cox, a native of Salem, Oregon, enlisted in the Navy in September 1990, attending basic training in San Diego, California, before reporting to Builder “A” school in Gulfport, Mississippi.

His previous assignments include Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 where he deployed to Guam; Rota, Spain; Operation Restore Hope in Somalia, Africa; Naples, Italy; and Diego Garcia. He was reassigned to Naval Air Station (NAS) Keflavik, Iceland Public Works Department and then NAS Whidbey Island, Washington Public Works Department. Assigned to NMCB 5, he deployed to Okinawa, Japan; Rota, Spain; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and Sasebo, Japan. He was then assigned to 31st Seabee Readiness Group, in Port Hueneme, California, as the R75 tactics leading chief petty officer. Cox then redeployed with NMCB 3 to Balad, Iraq; Rota, Spain; and the Congo in Africa.

Cox was assigned to Naval Construction Training Center in Port Hueneme, California, where he served as the Charlie Company LCPO. He was then reassigned to serve as the Senior Enlisted Leader (SEL) and instructor at the Civil Engineer Corps Officer School, also in Port Hueneme.

Cox served as the Operations Chief for the 1st Naval Construction Division, then Operations Chief for Navy Expeditionary Combat Command in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He then completed a second tour with NMCB 5, this time as the Command Master Chief, where he deployed twice to Okinawa, Japan and deployed detachments across the Pacific theater.

His most recent tour was at Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering (CSFE), in Port Hueneme California, where he helped establish Ready Relevant Learning (RRL) for the Naval Construction Force and Civil Engineer Corps Officers school.

His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards), Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Battle Efficiency Ribbon (two awards), Good Conduct Medal with a silver star, two National Defense Service Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (two silver stars), Navy Overseas service Ribbon (two awards), Navy Expert Rifleman Medal, and Navy Expert Pistol Medal.

 

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Dr. Ronald Smiley

NAVAIR Director, Avionics, Sensors and E*Warfare 

 

Dr. Ron Smiley is the NAVAIR National Director of the Avionics, Sensors and E*Warfare Department His responsibilities encompass the full spectrum of engineering, from S&T to acquisition support to in-service engineering for electronic technologies, components and equipment, subsystems, and system-of-systems required to enable naval aviation mission-related warfighting capabilities. He has served in this position since April 2013.

He was selected for appointment in the Senior Executive Service in October 1989 as Director, Weapons Evaluation Directorate, Pacific Missile Test Center in Point Mugu, California. In this leadership position, Smiley was responsible and accountable for all project management and technical functions related to the test and evaluation of missile and weapons systems, and development support of modern air-launched and surface launched weapons and cruise missile systems. Smiley managed and directed the efforts of 574 civilian and military personnel.

From August 1991 to September 1994, he served as the Director, EW Department (subsequently, the Information and Electronic Warfare Directorate) in the newly established Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division. In this assignment, he served as the senior executive for EW programs and established policy for the management and technical accomplishment of assigned projects, established standards and goals, and defined the engineering foundation on which programs were developed. Smiley led and managed the efforts of approximately 425 technical and professional personnel located at Point Mugu and China Lake, California.

He was reassigned to serve as the Director, Systems Engineering Department from September 1994 to April 1998 at the Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division. In this capacity, he was responsible for implementing NAVAIR’s ‘Competency Aligned Organization’ structure and provided integrative leadership for technical and programmatic efforts, managing over 500 civilian professional and technical personnel assigned to a diverse spectrum of integrated product teams supporting technical activities related to naval aircraft, weapons, and support systems, and was responsible for nearly $400M in capital equipment associated with major aircraft weapon system integration laboratory facilities.

Smiley left the NAVAIR research and engineering community in April 1998 to assume executive responsibilities as the Director, Corporate Operations at the Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division. As Director, he was responsible for managing, integrating, and aligning the Warfare Center’s business operations including: human resources, financial management, information management, security, general counsel, public affairs, strategic management support, and special programs security, across the Division’s White Sands Missile Range, N.M., Point Mugu and China Lake, California locations. In this position he led the Division’s change management efforts associated with NMCI, ERP, A-76 studies, and human capital strategy implementation. He managed a multidisciplinary workforce of approximately 800 personnel.

In April 2005, he was reassigned back into the NAVAIR research and engineering community in the dual role as Director, Electronic Warfare/Combat Systems and Director, Avionics Department (Weapons Division) where he was responsible for research, development, acquisition support, testing and warfighting sustainment functions and capabilities. This included avionics systems integration, Navy and Marine Corps aircraft protection systems, electronic attack and counter-improvised explosive device capabilities, mission planning and mission data reprogramming, signals intelligence, targeting and target identification, special purpose avionics payloads, and multi-sensor fusion systems. Smiley managed the efforts of 450 civilian technical personnel.

Smiley attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., graduating with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1970. He has completed the Program Management Course at the Defense Systems Management College, the Chief of Naval Operations’ Executive Business Course, as well as advanced business/management studies including certification training in ‘Lean Six Sigma’. He earned degrees in management from Pepperdine University (MBA, 1976) and the Claremont Graduate School (MAM, 1985; Ph.D., 1992)

Selected recognition and awards include: the NAACP Professional Achievement Award in 1990; Presidential Rank Award recipient in 2000; selection as a 2004 “Most Distinguished Historically Black Colleges and Universities Graduate” by US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine; and in 2017 was inducted into the Association of Old Crows EW Technology Hall of Fame.

 

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Daniel Carreño

NAVAIR Director, Weapons and Energetics

 

Dan Carreño is the NAVAIR Director of Weapons and Energetics, where he manages over 1,000 civilian professionals at multiple NAVAIR sites and is responsible for the development and integration of air-launched and surface-launched ship- and land-attack weapons and anti-air missiles, as well as the promotion and maintenance of the technology base for these areas.

Carreño entered the Senior Executive Service in March 2016 after more than 25 years of naval aviation experience across multiple phases of weapons system life-cycle support. He began his career at China Lake as a Junior Professional in 1990. He worked in the field of energetics for several years and provided propulsion analysis for multiple weapons systems, including the Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM). From 1995 to 1996, he served as the NAWCWD Technical Representative for the AMRAAM Propulsion Enhancement Program at the Air-to-Air Joint Systems Program Office at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Upon his return to China Lake, he was assigned as the branch head of the Propulsion Performance Office. From 1997 to 2000, he held the position of AMRAAM Projects Integrated Product Team lead, in which he was responsible for all NAWCWD development efforts in support of the program. He later served as Project Director for the Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) and Standoff Land Attack Missile—Expanded Response (SLAM-ER)/Harpoon Technical Project Offices at NAWCWD.

Additional assignments include a Naval Scientist Training and Exchange Program rotation on the staff of the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center at Fallon, Nevada. After serving two years as the NAWCWD Range Safety Officer in AIR-5.2, Carreño transferred to the AIR-4.1 Systems Engineering Department to lead the Synthetic Guidance Demonstration Program, resulting in the successful demonstration of Tomahawk anti-ship capability. In 2015, he was chosen as the AIR-4.7 Associate Director for Weapons, prior to selection to his current position.

Carreño earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Tennessee. He has been a member of the Acquisition Professional Community since 2001. He received the Michelson Laboratory Award in 2009, the Dr. L.T.E. Thompson Award in 2015, and the NAVAIR Commander’s Award in 2015.

 

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Harlan Kooima

Director, Software and Mission Systems Integration

 

Harlan Kooima is the Director for the Software and Mission Systems Integration Department at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division. The Department’s mission is to establish and execute NAVAIR software and mission systems integration policies, technical directives, best practices, processes, guidance, and instructions across NAVAIR competencies and products.

Kooima has more than 30 years of experience in both the private sector and as a civilian in the Department of Defense. He began his career in private industry with the McDonnell Douglas Corporation in St. Louis, Missouri, where he joined the F/A-18 Program and worked system integration activities on upgrade projects before moving to China Lake in 1990 to accept a field assignment as the McDonnell Douglas lead systems engineer for all F/A-18 flight test programs. After a short period of time he recognized the world class research and development workforce at China Lake and extended his stay.

Five years later he became a government employee working at the F/A-18 & EA-18G Advanced Weapons Laboratory (AWL) as a project manager for major systems upgrades. Kooima's first assignment was fielding System Configuration Set (SCS) 09C to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and seven foreign counties. He then managed the next $150M upgrade (SCS 13C) through its entire life cycle.

From 1998-2003 Kooima led the conversion of the F/A-18E/F SCS from Assembly Language to Higher Order Language with SCS H1E. This involved a conversion of over 1.5 million source lines of code, and has made the development of subsequent SCSs much more cost effective. In 2003, he was selected as the AWL’s project manager for the development, test, and evaluation of the EA-18G Growler. The multi-million dollar Growler program was extremely successful, coming in ahead of schedule and below cost, providing the warfighter with an upgraded, state-of-the art electronic warfare platform.

From 2008 until his selection to Software and Mission Systems Integration, Kooima served as the NAVAIR F/A-18 AWL Integrated Product Team Lead responsible for the development, test, and evaluation of the legacy F/A-18 A/A+/B, current F/A-18 E/F, and EA-18G aircraft. He provided the vision and strategic leadership to the workforce while focusing on critical investment and capability strategies for future readiness, and managing well over $518M annually. He also managed Foreign Military Sales projects partnering with over 25 countries.

Kooima is a magna cum laude graduate of Iowa State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1988. His awards include the Ned Conger F/A-18 Distinguished Service Award, the Michelson Laboratory Award, the Dr. L.T.E. Thompson Memorial Award, and the David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award.

 

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Thomas C. Dowd

Director, NAVAIR Ranges

Director, AVMI

 

Tom Dowd is the Director, NAVAIR Ranges as well as the Director of the Air Vehicle Modification and Instrumentation (AVMI) Department. The department, headquartered in Point Mugu, California, is responsible for the management of NAVAIR’s ranges, primarily located at three sites, Patuxent River, Maryland, China Lake, California, and Point Mugu, California. 

Dowd has 26 years of civilian service with the Department of the Navy and was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in November of 2014.

He began his civilian career in 1988 as an aerospace engineer with the Point Mugu Missile Test Center after graduating from Boston University in 1987 with a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering. Dowd worked for five years as a flight test engineer, performing test and evaluation of Navy cruise missile systems such as the SLAM, Harpoon and Penguin missiles.

From 1992-2001 Dowd worked in the Airborne Threat Simulation Division, Threat/Target Systems Department at Point Mugu where he served as the division head. The division focused on the exploitation and hardware simulation of foreign threat electronic warfare systems. The simulators, that the Airborne Threat Simulation Organization produced, were used for the test and evaluation of Navy, Army and Air Force platform radar and missile seeker systems.

From 2001-2003 Dowd worked in the NAVAIR Network-Centric Warfare (NCW) Office at Patuxent River, where he became the civilian deputy in 2002. After returning to Point Mugu and completing his MBA at Pepperdine University in 2005, Dowd became the Associate Department Head for the Threat/Targets Systems Department at NAVAIR and was selected as the Department Head in April of 2007.

Dowd is a graduate of NAVAIR’s Senior Executive Management Development Program and is a recipient of the DoN Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

 

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Rear Admiral Scott Dillon

Commander, NAWCWD

 

Rear Adm. Scott Dillon is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1991, is a graduate of U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Class 117 and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago and a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.

After designation as a naval aviator in 1994, he reported to Patrol Squadron (VP) 1 at Barber’s Point, Hawaii, where he completed deployments as a P-3 tactical coordinator and mission commander. Dillon was then assigned to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School/Naval Postgraduate School Cooperative Program and subsequently to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20. He later deployed to Djibouti, Africa during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Dillon was selected as an aerospace engineering duty officer (AEDO) in 2002 and served in a series of acquisition billets including P-3 class desk and integrated product team lead at PMA-290 and MH-60R team lead at PMA-299. His acquisition tours also included assignment as the AEDO community detailer at Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee.

From May 2012 through March 2016, Dillon served as program manager, PMA-290, responsible for all P-8A and P-3 programs. During his tenure, the P-8A completed initial operational testing and evaluation, initial operational capability and full-rate production milestones.  He subsequently served tours as military assistant to the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics and as vice commander for Naval Air Systems Command. 

Dillon has served a previous flag tour as commander, Naval Safety Center, Norfolk, Virginia.  In April 2018, he assumed his current position as commander, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake/Point Mugu, California and assistant commander for Test and Evaluation, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).

Dillon is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), and other various personal, unit and service awards.

 

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Joan Johnson

Executive Director, NAWCWD

NAVAIR Director for Research and Engineering

 

Joan Johnson currently serves as the Executive Director and Director for Research and Engineering at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, where she directs a civilian workforce of more than 6,000 professionals.

With more than 35 years of experience in both the private sector and as a civilian with the Department of Defense, Johnson began her career in industry as an engineer in Electronic Warfare Research and Development. She continued to work as both a software engineer and a systems engineer, developing and integrating software and systems solutions for airborne avionics and Electronic Warfare systems. Ms. Johnson also served as Engineering Program Manager and Software Engineering Department Manager for teams developing Electronic Warfare suites for the U.S. Navy, Army and Air Force.

Johnson was hired into the government in February 2000 at NAWCWD China Lake. She worked for the Systems Engineering Department, leading independent program assessments of NAVAIR software-intensive acquisition programs. In September 2001, Johnson was promoted to the position of Weapon System Support Activity Lead for the AH-1 Super Cobra attack helicopter program, where she was responsible for execution of full lifecycle support for the AH-1 Super Cobra mission systems and weapon systems. In December 2003, Johnson was selected as the Head of the Systems Engineering Management Division, providing supervision and leadership to product team leads, chief engineers, and senior engineers supporting weapon systems acquisition, development, and sustainment for Naval Aviation.

She entered the Senior Executive Service in August 2008, as Director of Software Engineering for the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and Head of the Systems Engineering Department at NAWCWD. In 2013, she was appointed Director of the Weapons and Energetics Department for NAVAIR and served in that position until January 2016, when she was appointed to her current position.

Johnson earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia. She was a recipient of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Michelson Laboratory Award in 2007 for significant contributions to Naval and Marine Aviation. She received the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 2011 and the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Dr. L.T.E. Thompson Award in 2013. Johnson has been a member of the Acquisition Professional Community since 2002.

 

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Capt. Matthew Sniffin

Vice Commander, NAWCWD

 

Capt. Matthew M. Sniffin, a native of Jacksonville, Florida, graduated from the University of Florida in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He earned his commission through Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida, in February 1997, and his “Wings of Gold” at Naval Air Station Meridian, Mississippi, in 1999. He graduated from Touro University while in Yokosuka, Japan, with a Master of Business Administration in 2007.

Sniffin reported to the “Ironmen” of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 3 at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, in November 2001, where he was the squadron’s lead NATOPS pilot evaluator and operations flight officer. In November 2004, he joined Training Squadron (VT) 31 in Corpus Christi, Texas, as a joint squadron instructor pilot flying the T-44 King Air 90. During his time as VT-31’s aviation safety officer, the squadron earned the 2004 CNO Safety Award and 2005 Safety Excellence Award.

Sniffin transferred to Yokosuka, Japan, in September 2006, to serve as plans officer for Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). He was lead planner for the Joint Operations Planning and Execution System; humanitarian mission Mercy 2008; and for combined exercises with the Australian Defense Forces, Republic of Korea military, and Japanese Self Defense Forces.

In April 2008, he joined the “Shadows” of VQ-4, where he served as the safety officer, administration department head, and maintenance officer. He was also Task Force 124 Forward Detachment Officer-in-Charge in Qatar, flying missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where Sniffin personally flew 23 combat sorties, earning the Air Medal.

In March 2011, he became J39 Information Operations Branch chief, planning and directing all U.S. Pacific Command’s strategic communications, information operations and non-lethal fires.

In May 2013, Sniffin took command of the “Roughnecks” of VQ-7. There, he oversaw the rewrite of the NATOPS, the creation of a Naval Aviation Technical Information Product, and revamped the community’s Crew Resource Management program. Following command, he reported to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander 5th Fleet as the executive assistant to the commander.

Sniffin took over as Vice Commander for Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in January 2018.

Personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service medals, Air Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various other service and unit awards.

 

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Command Master Chief Scottie Cox

Command Master Chief, NAWCWD

Command Master Chief Scottie L. Cox, a native of Salem, Oregon, enlisted in the Navy in September 1990, attending basic training in San Diego, California, before reporting to Builder “A” school in Gulfport, Mississippi.

His previous assignments include Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 where he deployed to Guam; Rota, Spain; Operation Restore Hope in Somalia, Africa; Naples, Italy; and Diego Garcia. He was reassigned to Naval Air Station (NAS) Keflavik, Iceland Public Works Department and then NAS Whidbey Island, Washington Public Works Department. Assigned to NMCB 5, he deployed to Okinawa, Japan; Rota, Spain; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and Sasebo, Japan. He was then assigned to 31st Seabee Readiness Group, in Port Hueneme, California, as the R75 tactics leading chief petty officer. Cox then redeployed with NMCB 3 to Balad, Iraq; Rota, Spain; and the Congo in Africa.

Cox was assigned to Naval Construction Training Center in Port Hueneme, California, where he served as the Charlie Company LCPO. He was then reassigned to serve as the Senior Enlisted Leader (SEL) and instructor at the Civil Engineer Corps Officer School, also in Port Hueneme.

Cox served as the Operations Chief for the 1st Naval Construction Division, then Operations Chief for Navy Expeditionary Combat Command in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He then completed a second tour with NMCB 5, this time as the Command Master Chief, where he deployed twice to Okinawa, Japan and deployed detachments across the Pacific theater.

His most recent tour was at Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering (CSFE), in Port Hueneme California, where he helped establish Ready Relevant Learning (RRL) for the Naval Construction Force and Civil Engineer Corps Officers school.

His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards), Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Battle Efficiency Ribbon (two awards), Good Conduct Medal with a silver star, two National Defense Service Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (two silver stars), Navy Overseas service Ribbon (two awards), Navy Expert Rifleman Medal, and Navy Expert Pistol Medal.

 

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Dr. Ronald Smiley

NAVAIR Director, Avionics, Sensors and E*Warfare 

 

Dr. Ron Smiley is the NAVAIR National Director of the Avionics, Sensors and E*Warfare Department His responsibilities encompass the full spectrum of engineering, from S&T to acquisition support to in-service engineering for electronic technologies, components and equipment, subsystems, and system-of-systems required to enable naval aviation mission-related warfighting capabilities. He has served in this position since April 2013.

He was selected for appointment in the Senior Executive Service in October 1989 as Director, Weapons Evaluation Directorate, Pacific Missile Test Center in Point Mugu, California. In this leadership position, Smiley was responsible and accountable for all project management and technical functions related to the test and evaluation of missile and weapons systems, and development support of modern air-launched and surface launched weapons and cruise missile systems. Smiley managed and directed the efforts of 574 civilian and military personnel.

From August 1991 to September 1994, he served as the Director, EW Department (subsequently, the Information and Electronic Warfare Directorate) in the newly established Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division. In this assignment, he served as the senior executive for EW programs and established policy for the management and technical accomplishment of assigned projects, established standards and goals, and defined the engineering foundation on which programs were developed. Smiley led and managed the efforts of approximately 425 technical and professional personnel located at Point Mugu and China Lake, California.

He was reassigned to serve as the Director, Systems Engineering Department from September 1994 to April 1998 at the Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division. In this capacity, he was responsible for implementing NAVAIR’s ‘Competency Aligned Organization’ structure and provided integrative leadership for technical and programmatic efforts, managing over 500 civilian professional and technical personnel assigned to a diverse spectrum of integrated product teams supporting technical activities related to naval aircraft, weapons, and support systems, and was responsible for nearly $400M in capital equipment associated with major aircraft weapon system integration laboratory facilities.

Smiley left the NAVAIR research and engineering community in April 1998 to assume executive responsibilities as the Director, Corporate Operations at the Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division. As Director, he was responsible for managing, integrating, and aligning the Warfare Center’s business operations including: human resources, financial management, information management, security, general counsel, public affairs, strategic management support, and special programs security, across the Division’s White Sands Missile Range, N.M., Point Mugu and China Lake, California locations. In this position he led the Division’s change management efforts associated with NMCI, ERP, A-76 studies, and human capital strategy implementation. He managed a multidisciplinary workforce of approximately 800 personnel.

In April 2005, he was reassigned back into the NAVAIR research and engineering community in the dual role as Director, Electronic Warfare/Combat Systems and Director, Avionics Department (Weapons Division) where he was responsible for research, development, acquisition support, testing and warfighting sustainment functions and capabilities. This included avionics systems integration, Navy and Marine Corps aircraft protection systems, electronic attack and counter-improvised explosive device capabilities, mission planning and mission data reprogramming, signals intelligence, targeting and target identification, special purpose avionics payloads, and multi-sensor fusion systems. Smiley managed the efforts of 450 civilian technical personnel.

Smiley attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., graduating with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1970. He has completed the Program Management Course at the Defense Systems Management College, the Chief of Naval Operations’ Executive Business Course, as well as advanced business/management studies including certification training in ‘Lean Six Sigma’. He earned degrees in management from Pepperdine University (MBA, 1976) and the Claremont Graduate School (MAM, 1985; Ph.D., 1992)

Selected recognition and awards include: the NAACP Professional Achievement Award in 1990; Presidential Rank Award recipient in 2000; selection as a 2004 “Most Distinguished Historically Black Colleges and Universities Graduate” by US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine; and in 2017 was inducted into the Association of Old Crows EW Technology Hall of Fame.

 

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Daniel Carreño

NAVAIR Director, Weapons and Energetics

 

Dan Carreño is the NAVAIR Director of Weapons and Energetics, where he manages over 1,000 civilian professionals at multiple NAVAIR sites and is responsible for the development and integration of air-launched and surface-launched ship- and land-attack weapons and anti-air missiles, as well as the promotion and maintenance of the technology base for these areas.

Carreño entered the Senior Executive Service in March 2016 after more than 25 years of naval aviation experience across multiple phases of weapons system life-cycle support. He began his career at China Lake as a Junior Professional in 1990. He worked in the field of energetics for several years and provided propulsion analysis for multiple weapons systems, including the Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM). From 1995 to 1996, he served as the NAWCWD Technical Representative for the AMRAAM Propulsion Enhancement Program at the Air-to-Air Joint Systems Program Office at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Upon his return to China Lake, he was assigned as the branch head of the Propulsion Performance Office. From 1997 to 2000, he held the position of AMRAAM Projects Integrated Product Team lead, in which he was responsible for all NAWCWD development efforts in support of the program. He later served as Project Director for the Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) and Standoff Land Attack Missile—Expanded Response (SLAM-ER)/Harpoon Technical Project Offices at NAWCWD.

Additional assignments include a Naval Scientist Training and Exchange Program rotation on the staff of the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center at Fallon, Nevada. After serving two years as the NAWCWD Range Safety Officer in AIR-5.2, Carreño transferred to the AIR-4.1 Systems Engineering Department to lead the Synthetic Guidance Demonstration Program, resulting in the successful demonstration of Tomahawk anti-ship capability. In 2015, he was chosen as the AIR-4.7 Associate Director for Weapons, prior to selection to his current position.

Carreño earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Tennessee. He has been a member of the Acquisition Professional Community since 2001. He received the Michelson Laboratory Award in 2009, the Dr. L.T.E. Thompson Award in 2015, and the NAVAIR Commander’s Award in 2015.

 

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Harlan Kooima

Director, Software and Mission Systems Integration

 

Harlan Kooima is the Director for the Software and Mission Systems Integration Department at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division. The Department’s mission is to establish and execute NAVAIR software and mission systems integration policies, technical directives, best practices, processes, guidance, and instructions across NAVAIR competencies and products.

Kooima has more than 30 years of experience in both the private sector and as a civilian in the Department of Defense. He began his career in private industry with the McDonnell Douglas Corporation in St. Louis, Missouri, where he joined the F/A-18 Program and worked system integration activities on upgrade projects before moving to China Lake in 1990 to accept a field assignment as the McDonnell Douglas lead systems engineer for all F/A-18 flight test programs. After a short period of time he recognized the world class research and development workforce at China Lake and extended his stay.

Five years later he became a government employee working at the F/A-18 & EA-18G Advanced Weapons Laboratory (AWL) as a project manager for major systems upgrades. Kooima's first assignment was fielding System Configuration Set (SCS) 09C to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and seven foreign counties. He then managed the next $150M upgrade (SCS 13C) through its entire life cycle.

From 1998-2003 Kooima led the conversion of the F/A-18E/F SCS from Assembly Language to Higher Order Language with SCS H1E. This involved a conversion of over 1.5 million source lines of code, and has made the development of subsequent SCSs much more cost effective. In 2003, he was selected as the AWL’s project manager for the development, test, and evaluation of the EA-18G Growler. The multi-million dollar Growler program was extremely successful, coming in ahead of schedule and below cost, providing the warfighter with an upgraded, state-of-the art electronic warfare platform.

From 2008 until his selection to Software and Mission Systems Integration, Kooima served as the NAVAIR F/A-18 AWL Integrated Product Team Lead responsible for the development, test, and evaluation of the legacy F/A-18 A/A+/B, current F/A-18 E/F, and EA-18G aircraft. He provided the vision and strategic leadership to the workforce while focusing on critical investment and capability strategies for future readiness, and managing well over $518M annually. He also managed Foreign Military Sales projects partnering with over 25 countries.

Kooima is a magna cum laude graduate of Iowa State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1988. His awards include the Ned Conger F/A-18 Distinguished Service Award, the Michelson Laboratory Award, the Dr. L.T.E. Thompson Memorial Award, and the David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award.

 

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Thomas C. Dowd

Director, NAVAIR Ranges

Director, AVMI

 

Tom Dowd is the Director, NAVAIR Ranges as well as the Director of the Air Vehicle Modification and Instrumentation (AVMI) Department. The department, headquartered in Point Mugu, California, is responsible for the management of NAVAIR’s ranges, primarily located at three sites, Patuxent River, Maryland, China Lake, California, and Point Mugu, California. 

Dowd has 26 years of civilian service with the Department of the Navy and was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in November of 2014.

He began his civilian career in 1988 as an aerospace engineer with the Point Mugu Missile Test Center after graduating from Boston University in 1987 with a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering. Dowd worked for five years as a flight test engineer, performing test and evaluation of Navy cruise missile systems such as the SLAM, Harpoon and Penguin missiles.

From 1992-2001 Dowd worked in the Airborne Threat Simulation Division, Threat/Target Systems Department at Point Mugu where he served as the division head. The division focused on the exploitation and hardware simulation of foreign threat electronic warfare systems. The simulators, that the Airborne Threat Simulation Organization produced, were used for the test and evaluation of Navy, Army and Air Force platform radar and missile seeker systems.

From 2001-2003 Dowd worked in the NAVAIR Network-Centric Warfare (NCW) Office at Patuxent River, where he became the civilian deputy in 2002. After returning to Point Mugu and completing his MBA at Pepperdine University in 2005, Dowd became the Associate Department Head for the Threat/Targets Systems Department at NAVAIR and was selected as the Department Head in April of 2007.

Dowd is a graduate of NAVAIR’s Senior Executive Management Development Program and is a recipient of the DoN Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

 

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