The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, called NAWCAD, was awarded a Chief of Naval Operations commendation for its contributions to Fleet combat readiness and objectives.
Vice Adm. David Architzel presented the Meritorious Unit Commendation to NAWCAD Commander Rear Adm. Randy Mahr during a ceremony at NAS Patuxent River on July 30, and said the award was for the more than 9,300 NAWCAD team members stationed here and at Lakehurst, N.J., from January 2010 to December 2011.
Architzel read from the commendation, which noted that NAWCAD consistently demonstrated "unparalleled success in developing, fielding and supporting warfighting systems that directly and significantly contributed to Fleet combat readiness and objectives."
The commendation praised NAWCAD for its diverse technical capability in science, technology, research, development, testing and evaluation, and for having established "itself as the premier Center for development, delivery and Fleet support of Navy and Marine Corps aircraft and aircraft systems, specialized communications equipment and support to the Special Operations community."
It also praised NAWCAD's "focus on streamlining acquisitions, targeting research and development opportunities, improving processes and enhancing employee morale and welfare [which] resulted in considerably reduced costs, accelerated delivery and overall value for the Warfighter."
The Meritorious Unit Commendation is awarded by secretary of the Navy, the Chief of Naval Operations or the Navy Command Master Chief to any Navy or Marine Corps unit that has distinguished itself under combat or non-combat conditions.
The award may also be conferred upon other U.S. Armed Forces units or armed forces of friendly foreign nations serving with U.S. Armed Forces, provided such units meet the standards established for Navy and Marine Corps units.