Rear Admiral Keith Hash

Commander, NAWCWD

NAVAIR Chief Technology Officer

Rear Adm. Keith A. Hash is a native of Garland, Texas. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering. He graduated from the United States Naval Test Pilot School Cooperative Program with a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Hash is also a graduate of the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Weapons School (CAEWWS), the Naval War College, and the Defense Systems Management College.

Hash served operationally as an E-2C naval flight officer in Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 deploying aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74); VAW-125 deploying aboard USS Eisenhower (CVN 69); and VAW-123 deploying twice as executive officer and commanding officer aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65). During these tours, he participated in Caribbean counter-narcotics operations and in Operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn.

His previous shore assignments include Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20 in Patuxent River, Maryland, as a project officer leading developmental test programs for the E-2C Hawkeye 2000 aircraft; Commander Naval Air Forces, Atlantic, serving as the E-2 and C-2 class desk officer, under the Director of Aircraft Material and Engineering; and E-2/C-2 Airborne Tactical Data System Program Office (PMA-231) under Program Executive Office for Tactical Aircraft serving as the deputy program manager for development and production, leading the E-2D program to initial operational capability and first deployment.

His program management assignments include program manager for PMA-231, which was renamed E-2/C-2 Airborne Command & Control Systems program during his tenure; director of global sustainment for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office performing the duties of the product support manager; and program manager of the Mission Integration and Special Programs Office (PMA-298) under Commander, Naval Air Systems Command.

Hash has accumulated over 3,000 flight hours in 18 different aircraft types. His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Air Medal (two Strike/Flight awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.  He was also recognized as the USNTPS Outstanding Student for Class 121.

 

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Daniel Carreño

Executive Director

 

Daniel Carreño is the executive director for Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division.

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. Carreño 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, Carreño 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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Capt. Steven Thomas

Vice Commander, NAWCWD

 

Capt. Steve "Tanker" Thomas, a native of Pleasant Hill, Ohio graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics. He also attained a Masters of Military Science at the Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia. He enlisted in the Navy in March 1995 and rose to the rank of Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class before transitioning to be an EA-6B electronic counter measures officer.

Thomas twice deployed with Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140 on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67). He served as a department head with VAQ-133 on multiple deployments to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, as well served a year as the N39 information operations deputy with U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain.

He completed tours as a flight instructor with VAQ-129, executive assistant and action officer for the Deputy Directorate for Global Operation (J-39) as well as being the commanding officer for the Electronic Attack Weapons School, a Secretary of Defense Fellow, and the Air Boss on the USS George HW Bush (CVN 77). He joined Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division and served as the military director for Integration & Interoperability and Electronic Warfare Effects before taking over as the vice commander in May 2022.

Thomas’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (eight Strike/Flight awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Air Force Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (two awards) and various campaign and unit awards.

 

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CMDCM Jeffrey Reeder

Command Master Chief, NAWCWD

 

Command Master Chief Jeffrey Reeder, a native of Wichita Falls, Texas, enlisted in the United States Navy in February 1993.

Following completion of basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois he reported to the Airman Apprenticeship School, also in Great Lakes.

Upon graduation Reeder reported to Fighter Squadron (VF) 33, located at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia. Upon disestablishment of VF-33, he reported to VF-102 at NAS Oceana, where he deployed on USS America (CV 66), and was rated as an Aviation Machinist’s Mate.

His other fleet assignments include Patrol Squadron (VP) 40 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, and Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 2, also at NAS Whidbey Island.

In addition, Reeder completed shore assignments at Crash, Fire and Rescue, Naval Air Landing Field Orange Grove, Texas; Maintenance Program Instructor for Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group Pacific at NAS Whidbey Island, and Sixth Battalion Senior Enlisted Leader at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland.

Reeder was selected for the Command Senior Chief program in February 2013 and completed the CMC/COB Course at the Command Leadership School, Newport, Rhode Island, in December 2013.

He reported to his first command assignment at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, California in January 2014. He was promoted to master chief petty officer in May 2015. In April 2016, he reported to VAQ-140 deployed on USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). For his third command tour, he joined Carrier Air Wing Five in May 2019, and deployed on board USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in Yokosuka, Japan. In June 2021, he joined Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, where he serves as Command Master Chief.

Reeder holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 159, Gold) and earned his Enlisted Aviation and Surface Warfare Specialist and Master Training Specialist designations.

His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (5 awards), and various unit and campaign awards.

 

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Melissa Finnell

Chief of Staff
 

Melissa Finnell is a graduate of Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She currently serves as the chief of operations for Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division and reports directly to the NAWCWD commander.

In the private sector, Finnell worked as a mortgage banker and with the state of California’s Employee Development Department before beginning her federal career in 1980 with the 2750th Air Base Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Finnell joined the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in 1993 as a human resources personnel management specialist. A year later, she was promoted to serve as the MWR deputy director. She subsequently took over as MWR director in 2000.

In 2001, Finnell became the Community Support director for NAWS China Lake. She was responsible for the development and execution of appropriated fund program operating budgets in excess of $8 million, appropriated fund maintenance and repair budgets in excess of $3 million annually and non-appropriated fund program operating budgets in excess of $4.5 million.

Finnell was selected as the Deputy Public Works Officer at NAWS China Lake in 2004, where she oversaw the successful execution of a $133 million annual operating budget.

Finnell’s NAWCWD career began in 2009, where she was the Education Partnership Program manager and led the command’s participation in the National Defense Education Program. By formalizing the program, she allowed the command to highlight the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics annual efforts of more than 150 scientists and engineers, for more than 50 professors and teachers, serving in excess of 2,500 students in more than 32 schools. 

Finnell took on the role of NAWCWD’s Corporate Communications director in 2009 before being selected for chief of staff in 2012.

 

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Harlan Kooima

Director, Research and Development Group

Harlan Kooima is the Research and Development Group director at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division. He has more than 35 years of combined experience in the private sector and 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.

Five years later, Kooima became a government employee working at the F/A-18 & EA-18G Advanced Weapons Laboratory (AWL) as a project manager for major systems upgrades. His 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. Both projects were finished at a cost, schedule, quality, and performance level that rivals the best in the industry.

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 convert over 1.5 million source lines of code and has made the development of subsequent SCSs much more cost effective. He was then selected as the AWL’s project manager for the development, test, and evaluation of the EA-18G Growler. The multi-million dollar Growler program came in ahead of schedule and below cost, providing the warfighter with an upgraded, state-of-the art electronic warfare platform.   

In 2008, Kooima became 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, a role he held until his appointment to the Senior Executive Service. Kooima 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 as well as 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.  Mr. Kooima’s 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, Range/Targets Operations, Instrumentation and Labs Group

 

Thomas Dowd currently serves as the Director for Ranges/Target Operations, Instrumentation & Labs at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) within the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).  Mr. Dowd assumed this role in January of 2020.  In this capacity he oversees the ranges at Point Mugu and China Lake, Calif., along with the targets and threat systems and weapons instrumentation engineering and operations departments.

Dowd was accepted into the Senior Executive Service (SES) in November 2014 as NAVAIR’s national Range Director.  In this role he was responsible for the ranges at Patuxent River, Md., Point Mugu and China Lake, Calif., as well as the air vehicle modification and instrumentation engineering group located at all three sites.

He began his Navy civilian career in 1988 as an aerospace engineer with the Point Mugu Missile Test Center after graduating from Boston University with a bachelor’s of science degree in aerospace engineering.  He worked for 5 years as a flight test engineer performing test and evaluation of Navy cruise missile systems such as the SLAM, Harpoon and Penguin missiles. 

Dowd worked for 9 years in various positions in the Airborne Threat Simulation Division on the exploitation and hardware simulation of foreign threat electronic warfare systems.  The simulators that the Airborne Threat Simulation Organization (ATSO) produced are used for Test & Evaluation of Navy, Army and Air Force platform radar and missile seeker systems. 

From 2001-2003, Dowd worked in the NAVAIR Network Centric Warfare Office at Patuxent River, Md. 

After returning to Point Mugu in 2003 and completing his master’s of business administration degree at Pepperdine University in 2005, he served for 8 years as the Threat & Target Systems Department Head prior to entering the Senior Executive Service.

Dowd is a recipient of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

 

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Jeanine Corzine

Director, Targeting and Kinetic Effects Group

 

Jeanine Corzine serves as the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) director of Targeting and Kinetic Effects, where she is responsible for the overall execution of products and services across a broad portfolio of air-launched and surface-launched weapon systems acquisition programs. She entered the Senior Executive Service in January 2022 and has over 20 years of naval aviation acquisition experience spanning the life cycle of manned, unmanned and weapon system programs. 

She began her career at NAWCWD in the field of modeling, simulation and mission analysis supporting the evaluation of warfighting effectiveness of numerous programs. From 2013 to 2015, Corzine served as the deputy program manager for the Mission Engineering Department. In this capacity, she worked with the requirements officers for the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations to provide data-driven acquisition support. These efforts were coordinated across multiple naval aviation platforms, weapon systems, and networks to address critical integrated warfighting capabilities at the mission level. In 2015, Corzine became the director of the Tomahawk Technical Project Office (TPO) located at NAWCWD, where she was responsible for the planning, technical direction, and operations management of the TPO’s engineering and flight test activities including engineering development, production, and sustainment for the Tomahawk Weapons System Program Office.

In October 2019, Corzine was selected to a Department of the Navy Senior Level position. She served as the System of Systems/Mission Systems Integration lead for the Naval Air Systems Command. In this role, she maintained and advanced organic state-of-the-art Navy capabilities to support warfighter and CNO analysis needs and developed coordinated and complementary capabilities across the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division and NAWCWD within the disciplines of mission engineering and analysis.

Corzine earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and she is a member of the Department of Defense’s Acquisition Professional Community. She is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute and has received numerous awards including the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the NAWCWD Michelson Laboratory Award, and multiple NAWCWD Team Awards.

 

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Patrick Schuett

Director, Airwing Integration and Interoperability /

Electronic Warfare Effects Group

Patrick Schuett serves as the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division director of Air Wing Integration and Interoperability/Electronic Warfare Effects, where he is responsible for the overall execution of products and services across a broad portfolio of tactical air and electronic warfare weapon systems acquisition programs. He entered the Senior Executive Service in February 2022 and has over 20 years of naval aviation acquisition experience spanning the life cycle of manned, unmanned, and weapon system programs.

He began his career at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division as a flight test engineer conducting loads, flutter, flight control, and flying qualities testing of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and the F-35B/C Lightning II. Schuett became the deputy chief airworthiness engineer supporting F-35 developmental test, leading first flight reviews, managing aircraft operating limitations, and maturing the F-35 flight manual. 

In 2011, Schuett transferred to NAWCWD, serving first as the technical director for Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 30 and then technical director of Naval Test Wing Pacific. He provided strategic guidance to the test squadrons in operating, testing, and evaluating manned and unmanned aircraft and weapon systems. Schuett was chosen to be the deputy director of Integrated Systems Engineering, Evaluation and Test Department, leading a national organization in identifying program critical test elements, designing experiments, developing and executing test programs, and analyzing data. In March 2020, Schuett was selected to a Department of the Navy Senior Scientist and Technical Manager position. He served as the NAWCWD director of Software and Mission Systems Integration, leading a 650-person team to acquire, develop, and sustain software solutions on weapon and warfare systems.

Schuett earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Test Pilot School (Class 131) and recipient of numerous awards including the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award and NAVAIR award for Outstanding Contributions to Naval Aviation Flight Test Experimentation.

 

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Rear Admiral Keith Hash

Commander, NAWCWD

NAVAIR Chief Technology Officer

Rear Adm. Keith A. Hash is a native of Garland, Texas. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering. He graduated from the United States Naval Test Pilot School Cooperative Program with a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Hash is also a graduate of the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Weapons School (CAEWWS), the Naval War College, and the Defense Systems Management College.

Hash served operationally as an E-2C naval flight officer in Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 deploying aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74); VAW-125 deploying aboard USS Eisenhower (CVN 69); and VAW-123 deploying twice as executive officer and commanding officer aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65). During these tours, he participated in Caribbean counter-narcotics operations and in Operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn.

His previous shore assignments include Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20 in Patuxent River, Maryland, as a project officer leading developmental test programs for the E-2C Hawkeye 2000 aircraft; Commander Naval Air Forces, Atlantic, serving as the E-2 and C-2 class desk officer, under the Director of Aircraft Material and Engineering; and E-2/C-2 Airborne Tactical Data System Program Office (PMA-231) under Program Executive Office for Tactical Aircraft serving as the deputy program manager for development and production, leading the E-2D program to initial operational capability and first deployment.

His program management assignments include program manager for PMA-231, which was renamed E-2/C-2 Airborne Command & Control Systems program during his tenure; director of global sustainment for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office performing the duties of the product support manager; and program manager of the Mission Integration and Special Programs Office (PMA-298) under Commander, Naval Air Systems Command.

Hash has accumulated over 3,000 flight hours in 18 different aircraft types. His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Air Medal (two Strike/Flight awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.  He was also recognized as the USNTPS Outstanding Student for Class 121.

 

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Daniel Carreño

Executive Director

 

Daniel Carreño is the executive director for Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division.

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. Carreño 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, Carreño 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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Capt. Steven Thomas

Vice Commander, NAWCWD

 

Capt. Steve "Tanker" Thomas, a native of Pleasant Hill, Ohio graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics. He also attained a Masters of Military Science at the Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia. He enlisted in the Navy in March 1995 and rose to the rank of Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class before transitioning to be an EA-6B electronic counter measures officer.

Thomas twice deployed with Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140 on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67). He served as a department head with VAQ-133 on multiple deployments to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, as well served a year as the N39 information operations deputy with U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain.

He completed tours as a flight instructor with VAQ-129, executive assistant and action officer for the Deputy Directorate for Global Operation (J-39) as well as being the commanding officer for the Electronic Attack Weapons School, a Secretary of Defense Fellow, and the Air Boss on the USS George HW Bush (CVN 77). He joined Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division and served as the military director for Integration & Interoperability and Electronic Warfare Effects before taking over as the vice commander in May 2022.

Thomas’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (eight Strike/Flight awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Air Force Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (two awards) and various campaign and unit awards.

 

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CMDCM Jeffrey Reeder

Command Master Chief, NAWCWD

 

Command Master Chief Jeffrey Reeder, a native of Wichita Falls, Texas, enlisted in the United States Navy in February 1993.

Following completion of basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois he reported to the Airman Apprenticeship School, also in Great Lakes.

Upon graduation Reeder reported to Fighter Squadron (VF) 33, located at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia. Upon disestablishment of VF-33, he reported to VF-102 at NAS Oceana, where he deployed on USS America (CV 66), and was rated as an Aviation Machinist’s Mate.

His other fleet assignments include Patrol Squadron (VP) 40 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, and Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 2, also at NAS Whidbey Island.

In addition, Reeder completed shore assignments at Crash, Fire and Rescue, Naval Air Landing Field Orange Grove, Texas; Maintenance Program Instructor for Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group Pacific at NAS Whidbey Island, and Sixth Battalion Senior Enlisted Leader at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland.

Reeder was selected for the Command Senior Chief program in February 2013 and completed the CMC/COB Course at the Command Leadership School, Newport, Rhode Island, in December 2013.

He reported to his first command assignment at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, California in January 2014. He was promoted to master chief petty officer in May 2015. In April 2016, he reported to VAQ-140 deployed on USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). For his third command tour, he joined Carrier Air Wing Five in May 2019, and deployed on board USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in Yokosuka, Japan. In June 2021, he joined Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, where he serves as Command Master Chief.

Reeder holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 159, Gold) and earned his Enlisted Aviation and Surface Warfare Specialist and Master Training Specialist designations.

His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (5 awards), and various unit and campaign awards.

 

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Melissa Finnell

Chief of Staff
 

Melissa Finnell is a graduate of Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She currently serves as the chief of operations for Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division and reports directly to the NAWCWD commander.

In the private sector, Finnell worked as a mortgage banker and with the state of California’s Employee Development Department before beginning her federal career in 1980 with the 2750th Air Base Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Finnell joined the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in 1993 as a human resources personnel management specialist. A year later, she was promoted to serve as the MWR deputy director. She subsequently took over as MWR director in 2000.

In 2001, Finnell became the Community Support director for NAWS China Lake. She was responsible for the development and execution of appropriated fund program operating budgets in excess of $8 million, appropriated fund maintenance and repair budgets in excess of $3 million annually and non-appropriated fund program operating budgets in excess of $4.5 million.

Finnell was selected as the Deputy Public Works Officer at NAWS China Lake in 2004, where she oversaw the successful execution of a $133 million annual operating budget.

Finnell’s NAWCWD career began in 2009, where she was the Education Partnership Program manager and led the command’s participation in the National Defense Education Program. By formalizing the program, she allowed the command to highlight the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics annual efforts of more than 150 scientists and engineers, for more than 50 professors and teachers, serving in excess of 2,500 students in more than 32 schools. 

Finnell took on the role of NAWCWD’s Corporate Communications director in 2009 before being selected for chief of staff in 2012.

 

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Harlan Kooima

Director, Research and Development Group

Harlan Kooima is the Research and Development Group director at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division. He has more than 35 years of combined experience in the private sector and 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.

Five years later, Kooima became a government employee working at the F/A-18 & EA-18G Advanced Weapons Laboratory (AWL) as a project manager for major systems upgrades. His 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. Both projects were finished at a cost, schedule, quality, and performance level that rivals the best in the industry.

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 convert over 1.5 million source lines of code and has made the development of subsequent SCSs much more cost effective. He was then selected as the AWL’s project manager for the development, test, and evaluation of the EA-18G Growler. The multi-million dollar Growler program came in ahead of schedule and below cost, providing the warfighter with an upgraded, state-of-the art electronic warfare platform.   

In 2008, Kooima became 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, a role he held until his appointment to the Senior Executive Service. Kooima 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 as well as 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.  Mr. Kooima’s 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, Range/Targets Operations, Instrumentation and Labs Group

 

Thomas Dowd currently serves as the Director for Ranges/Target Operations, Instrumentation & Labs at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) within the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).  Mr. Dowd assumed this role in January of 2020.  In this capacity he oversees the ranges at Point Mugu and China Lake, Calif., along with the targets and threat systems and weapons instrumentation engineering and operations departments.

Dowd was accepted into the Senior Executive Service (SES) in November 2014 as NAVAIR’s national Range Director.  In this role he was responsible for the ranges at Patuxent River, Md., Point Mugu and China Lake, Calif., as well as the air vehicle modification and instrumentation engineering group located at all three sites.

He began his Navy civilian career in 1988 as an aerospace engineer with the Point Mugu Missile Test Center after graduating from Boston University with a bachelor’s of science degree in aerospace engineering.  He worked for 5 years as a flight test engineer performing test and evaluation of Navy cruise missile systems such as the SLAM, Harpoon and Penguin missiles. 

Dowd worked for 9 years in various positions in the Airborne Threat Simulation Division on the exploitation and hardware simulation of foreign threat electronic warfare systems.  The simulators that the Airborne Threat Simulation Organization (ATSO) produced are used for Test & Evaluation of Navy, Army and Air Force platform radar and missile seeker systems. 

From 2001-2003, Dowd worked in the NAVAIR Network Centric Warfare Office at Patuxent River, Md. 

After returning to Point Mugu in 2003 and completing his master’s of business administration degree at Pepperdine University in 2005, he served for 8 years as the Threat & Target Systems Department Head prior to entering the Senior Executive Service.

Dowd is a recipient of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

 

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Jeanine Corzine

Director, Targeting and Kinetic Effects Group

 

Jeanine Corzine serves as the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) director of Targeting and Kinetic Effects, where she is responsible for the overall execution of products and services across a broad portfolio of air-launched and surface-launched weapon systems acquisition programs. She entered the Senior Executive Service in January 2022 and has over 20 years of naval aviation acquisition experience spanning the life cycle of manned, unmanned and weapon system programs. 

She began her career at NAWCWD in the field of modeling, simulation and mission analysis supporting the evaluation of warfighting effectiveness of numerous programs. From 2013 to 2015, Corzine served as the deputy program manager for the Mission Engineering Department. In this capacity, she worked with the requirements officers for the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations to provide data-driven acquisition support. These efforts were coordinated across multiple naval aviation platforms, weapon systems, and networks to address critical integrated warfighting capabilities at the mission level. In 2015, Corzine became the director of the Tomahawk Technical Project Office (TPO) located at NAWCWD, where she was responsible for the planning, technical direction, and operations management of the TPO’s engineering and flight test activities including engineering development, production, and sustainment for the Tomahawk Weapons System Program Office.

In October 2019, Corzine was selected to a Department of the Navy Senior Level position. She served as the System of Systems/Mission Systems Integration lead for the Naval Air Systems Command. In this role, she maintained and advanced organic state-of-the-art Navy capabilities to support warfighter and CNO analysis needs and developed coordinated and complementary capabilities across the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division and NAWCWD within the disciplines of mission engineering and analysis.

Corzine earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and she is a member of the Department of Defense’s Acquisition Professional Community. She is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute and has received numerous awards including the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the NAWCWD Michelson Laboratory Award, and multiple NAWCWD Team Awards.

 

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Patrick Schuett

Director, Airwing Integration and Interoperability /

Electronic Warfare Effects Group

Patrick Schuett serves as the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division director of Air Wing Integration and Interoperability/Electronic Warfare Effects, where he is responsible for the overall execution of products and services across a broad portfolio of tactical air and electronic warfare weapon systems acquisition programs. He entered the Senior Executive Service in February 2022 and has over 20 years of naval aviation acquisition experience spanning the life cycle of manned, unmanned, and weapon system programs.

He began his career at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division as a flight test engineer conducting loads, flutter, flight control, and flying qualities testing of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and the F-35B/C Lightning II. Schuett became the deputy chief airworthiness engineer supporting F-35 developmental test, leading first flight reviews, managing aircraft operating limitations, and maturing the F-35 flight manual. 

In 2011, Schuett transferred to NAWCWD, serving first as the technical director for Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 30 and then technical director of Naval Test Wing Pacific. He provided strategic guidance to the test squadrons in operating, testing, and evaluating manned and unmanned aircraft and weapon systems. Schuett was chosen to be the deputy director of Integrated Systems Engineering, Evaluation and Test Department, leading a national organization in identifying program critical test elements, designing experiments, developing and executing test programs, and analyzing data. In March 2020, Schuett was selected to a Department of the Navy Senior Scientist and Technical Manager position. He served as the NAWCWD director of Software and Mission Systems Integration, leading a 650-person team to acquire, develop, and sustain software solutions on weapon and warfare systems.

Schuett earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Test Pilot School (Class 131) and recipient of numerous awards including the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award and NAVAIR award for Outstanding Contributions to Naval Aviation Flight Test Experimentation.

 

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