Emery Kujiraoka NMCS

Emery Kujiraoka, left, Airborne Threat Systems Division head, accepts the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service award from Rich Burr, Threat/Target Systems Department director, during a May 13 ceremony in Point Mugu, California. (U.S. Navy photo by Kimberly Brown)

Kujiraoka earns NMCS award

Emery Kujiraoka, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division’s Airborne Threat Systems Division head, received the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service award during a ceremony at Point Mugu on May 13.

Rich Burr, Threat/Target Systems Department director, surprised the 32-year employee with the award during a regular Monday meeting.

Kujiraoka’s nomination, submitted by Richard Villa, associate director for Threat/Target Development, calls Kujiraoka the “recognized expert in the field of foreign electronic attack systems, aircraft integration, and jammer employment tactics,” and goes on to highlight his efforts in providing threat-representative air and maritime surface systems to support critical program testing for a number of U.S. Navy, Air Force and joint service platforms.

“Emery's efforts leading his teams to rapidly develop, produce and operate new threat electronic attack systems for PMAs, fleet training ranges, and other DoD customers truly emulate NAVAIR's mission-aligned concept in action,” Burr said. “Bottom line, he’s just making a huge difference for fleet readiness and speed-to-fleet projects.”

Under Kujiraoka’s leadership, the Airborne Threat Systems Division’s test team supported over 1,300 operational mission sorties for electronic attack and radar simulator systems per year, managing an average of 41 design and production projects annually. It’s that team effort that Kujiraoka believes should be celebrated.

“Thank you very much,” he said, accepting his award. “Personal acknowledgement is unnecessary, but appreciated. One of the great parts of the job is that I get to take credit for my team’s hard work, not necessarily mine. Obviously this is because of the team.”



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