DVIDS – News – Long-Term Employees of NSWC Dahlgren Division Recognized with Department of the Navy Awards

In recent years, recruiting and hiring has been a concerted effort in the Dahlgren Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWCDD). In the early 1990s, NSWCDD hired two extraordinary employees: computer scientist Thomas “Glenn” Moore and technical project leader Scott Larimer. Moore joined the NSWCDD workforce in January 1990, followed by Larimer in March 1991.

While both men are experts in two different areas, point-and-shoot sniping and electronic warfare, respectively, both are recognized as recipients of the Department of the Navy’s (DoN) Meritorious Civilian Service Award (MCSA).

Moore received the award for his work pointing and shooting clippings over the past 15 plus years.

“The point and shoot cutouts determine how to keep the ship safe from firing at itself with its main weapon systems, while at the same time optimizing weapon system coverage. We look at the features, design, and software aspects to determine what impact it has on the safe distances needed to trigger those systems,” Moore explained. “I have been working in the group for almost my entire career. In 2007, I decided that if I was going to make a difference, I needed to leverage my computer skills to become a subject matter expert.”

Larimer is recognized for his “outstanding performance as project leader for Block 2 of the Surface Electronic Warfare Enhancement Program.” According to the award citation, Larimer used his expertise to resolve “complex technical issues that enabled successful integration and test events for an offshore patrol cutter, the Aegis Combat System Baselines 9 and 10, and the Baseline 12 of the ship’s self-defense system for the USS Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28) and USS Richard M. McCool Jr. (LPD 29)”.

In a traditional sense, electronic warfare is any action that involves the use and control of the electromagnetic spectrum to attack an enemy or prevent enemy fire.

“Going forward, it will be a game changer. It gives us capabilities we haven’t had before,” Larimer said. “The ability to detect and know what is out there without having to radiate and announce our presence will be a game changer for future naval operations and allow our ships to operate in areas where they may not have been able to operate successfully before. safe”.

The DoN MCSA is the third highest award in the DoN and is awarded to civilian employees based on their general service or for a specific contribution that benefits the Navy.

“I don’t do any of this for awards or pats on the back. For me, I’m just doing my job,” Larimer said. Moore echoed Larimer’s sentiments: “It’s an honor to be recognized. It feels like an honor because I’ve really tried to change things and make things better.”

This is the first time Larimer has received an individual award. Moore received a NSWCDD Paul Martini Award for detailed work in the Integrated Participation Systems Department.

“If you could go back and tell me anything, it would tell me that it’s important to work hard and not take things for granted. I took advantage of that in high school and realized it required more work in college,” Moore said with a laugh.

Both men credited former and current supervisors for their guidance over the years and thanked them for their influence.

“My advice to the old me is simple: Don’t be afraid to fail,” Larimer said. “There have been many things in my 32 years at Dahlgren. I wouldn’t trade that time for anything.”

Date to be held: 22.11.2022
Publication date: 23.11.2022 07:39
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