“Mr. Lacy’s dogged pursuit of this technology resulted in an amazing breakthrough,” said Hilarides.
The citation credits the NSWCDD engineer for his contribution to the development of the Navy’s revolutionary electromagnetic railgun technology, stating that Lacy, “flawlessly managed the Advanced Containment Launcher programs and oversaw the development and demonstration of first-generation major-caliber composite railgun barrels.”
Moreover, Lacy managed the planning and fabrication of major-caliber railgun cores, tested and pioneered the adaptation, use and analysis of the laser bore scanner which has revolutionized in-situ profilometry for bore life research. The citation emphasized
that, “these experimental results guided major design decisions for the next generation prototypes currently in development.”
“I consider myself very fortunate to be working on the Electromagnetic Railgun Program and to have been given the privilege of working with such a dedicated team of scientists, engineers and technicians,” said Lacy. “Credit for the successes that have been realized by this program is due to every member of the national team.”
Lacy - who led the team that evaluated industry design proposals - was honored for his technical knowledge, expertise, and insight that was instrumental in the selection of a design that demonstrated the most viable option for successful prototype development. “Your professionalism, patience and integrity ensured a thorough, impartial and accurate evaluation,” according to the citation.
‘We are very proud of Willis and it means a lot to us for his efforts to be honored by the Navy in this way,” said Lacy’s wife, Robin, an NSWCDD engineer who attended the ceremony with their two daughters. “We are thrilled to be able to share this as a family.”