NAWCAD communications office sweeps awards

In this snip from the award-winning video, U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Rory Feely explains to elementary school students how a UH-60L Blackhawk helicopter works. This video can be found at

On May 28, The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division communications team learned they had earned first place for all three entries they submitted to the 2021 National Association of Government (NAGC) 2021 Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Awards.

“It’s an incredible honor just to be recognized for one of these awards, let alone three,” said Tim Boulay, NAWCAD communications director. “Telling the NAWCAD story is truly a team effort, and we had the support of virtually every part of the command in putting our products together.”

NAWCAD earned:

  • First Place, Grassroots Marketing Campaign category for “Starts In A Lab,” a year-long effort to highlight NAWCAD lab accomplishments;
  • First Place, Social Media Outreach (Nonpaid) category for “Increase Awareness for NTWL,” highlighting the work of the Naval Test Wing Atlantic, its four squadrons and the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS);
  • First Place, K-12 Educational Program category for “This Is My Ride,” a series of two videos that show elementary school students how helicopters and jets work.

“I’m very proud that the NAGC recognized these projects,” said Rear Adm. John Lemmon, NAWCAD commander. “They reflect the outstanding work our communications teammates accomplish every day by broadly sharing various facets of our important mission to support naval aviation and our fleet.”

The NAWCAD communications team contributors included Tim Boulay, Brittany Dickerson, Kevin Dove, Charles Freeman, Paul Lagasse, Kurt Larson and Corinne Milligan.

NAGC judges reviewed more than 255 federal, state and local government agency entries to determine the best communication products in the country.

“They were perfect for school-aged children and hopefully will influence more students to go into technical fields,” one judge wrote regarding the UNSTPS videos, while another wrote, “This [social media outreach campaign] is very impressive work, and showing quantitative and qualitative results makes it a winner in my book.”

Established in 1976, NAGC is dedicated to advocating, promoting, and recognizing excellence in government communication.