NSWC IHD employees received individual and team awards for their contributions in 2012, covering areas such as energetics research and development, managerial excellence, safety, community service and exceptional personal performance.
Three of those awards were NSWC IHD’s highest command-level honors, Timothy McDavid received the Browning Award for Managerial Excellence, James Mackie-Smith received the Dashiel Award for Excellence and James Lightstone won the Patterson Award for Outstanding Accomplishment. All three awards are named after distinguished former leaders who helped shape the history of the command.
Along with the internal award winners, an individual and a team of employees received Warfare Center Awards, which were established to recognize individuals, teams and activities across the Naval Surface Warfare Center enterprise for their contributions of innovation and improvement in the areas of product quality, technical and business development and change leadership.
Carl Gotzmer received a Certificate of Service and Appreciation from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for his support to the intelligence community and contributions to national security.
Lastly, Steve Kim was presented with a Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the Federal Government’s second highest award and medal. Mr. Kim received this award for his work as a recognized expert for the Department of Defense in the research and development of munitions.
NSWC IHD’s Commanding Officer, Captain Tom Smith, said that the award winners’ significant work represents the high standards that have helped make our command an important part of the Department of Defense for many years.
“The successful products that come out of here don’t happen by accident. They occur from a deep sense of dedication, diligence and attention to what’s important, Smith said. “Today’s ceremony is about recognizing those individuals whose very actions epitomize commitment to excellence in quality, safety, customer service, diversity, integrity, innovation, and teamwork.”
Dennis McLaughlin, NSWC IHD’s Technical Director, said that while only a small group will be receiving awards, that the whole command should be proud.
“Each person in their own way contributes to the success of NSWC IHD and without that dedicated teamwork, days like today would not be possible,” McLaughlin said. “Today we recognize the achievements of individuals and teams that continue to move the Navy forward while being asked to do more with less. Those efforts have not gone unnoticed and we are thankful to have the workforce that we have.”
U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (Md) gave the closing remarks and praised the workforce for their dedication and hard work.
“The men and women of Indian Head bring loyalty, honor, hard work and patriotism, true American values, to the job,” Senator Mikulski said. “I’m so proud to honor the Indian Head community, working day and night to keep us safe over here while protecting our troops over there. Every day and in every way, they provide our fighting troops in uniform with the tools they need to keep us safe. I will continue to fight for the extraordinary workforce at Indian Head and their mission critical to our national security.”