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    Seven Meritorious Civilian Service Awards presented at NUWC Division Newport ceremony

    Seven Meritorious Civilian Service Awards presented at NUWC Division Newport ceremony

    Photo By Richard Allen | Sandra Rosario, retired from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport’s...... read more read more

    NEWPORT, RI, UNITED STATES

    10.24.2019

    Story by Public Affairs Office 

    Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport

    NEWPORT, R.I. — Seven Department of Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Awards, the third highest Navy honorary award that recognizes meritorious civilian service contributions that are of high value or benefit to the Navy, were presented to five Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport employees and two retired employees during an awards ceremony held on Oct. 18.

    Receiving awards were: Vicki Comeau, head, Corporate Operations Department; Edward Rishmany, an engineer in the Undersea Warfare Combat Systems Department; John Woodhouse, communications specialist in the Corporate Operations Department; Peter Roy, an engineer in the Platform and Payload Integration Department; William Roman, an engineer in the Undersea Warfare Combat Systems Department; Jeffrey Feaster, retired deputy department head, Sensors and Sonar Systems Department; and Sandra Rosario, retired from the Undersea Warfare Combat Systems Department.

    Comeau is a resident of South Kingstown, Rhode Island. Her citation reads:

    “… for her achievements as head of the Corporate Operations Department, from May 2016 to August 2019. [Comeau] ensures that Division Newport is meeting its goals and successfully supporting the fleet and the warfighter. She ensures that the Division is dedicated to the NAVSEA mission, which includes on-time delivery of ships and submarines, a culture of affordability, cybersecurity and people. Her noteworthy contributions in leading the preparations for the most recent Inspector General inspection were critical to Division Newport’s satisfactory rating in all areas. Her masterful leadership and commitment have contributed to the success of the 2019 Advanced Naval Technology Exercise, hosted by Division Newport. Comeau’s exceptional professionalism, personal initiative, and total commitment to duty have provided unprecedented benefit to NAVSEA, Division Newport, the U.S. Navy and the nation.”

    Rishmany is a resident of Tiverton, Rhode Island. His citation reads:

    “… for his dedication, commitment and contributions to the U.S. Navy Submarine Harpoon Demonstration Project. From July 2017 to July 2018, Rishmany’s inspired leadership of the high-functioning Harpoon team from Division Newport resulted in the revitalization of a legacy capability that once again provides the fleet with enhanced capability. The culmination of his planning and strategic teambuilding resulted in the safe, successful test of the Harpoon missile at the Rim of the Pacific Exercise in 2018. The results of his technical efforts have also contributed significantly to the warfighter’s arsenal and demonstrated how thorough, conscientious and productive Division Newport is when responding to urgent fleet needs. Rishmany’s outstanding leadership and total dedication to duty reflect great credit upon him and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Navy.”

    Woodhouse is a resident of Middletown, Rhode Island. His citation reads:

    “… for his achievements as the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport coordinator for the Combined Federal Campaign from September 2009 to September 2019. Under his leadership, the Division Newport family successfully donated more than $2.1 million to the Combined Federal Campaign significantly affecting thousands of families in our local community. During these 10 years of Combined Federal Campaign service, Woodhouse served as chairperson for the New England Local Federal Coordinating Committee, gaining Combined Federal Campaign recognition through two personal awards and nine command awards for Division Newport. Woodhouse’s exceptional volunteerism, personal initiative and total commitment to duty have provided unprecedented benefit to the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport and the local community.”

    Roy is a resident of Warwick, Rhode Island. His citation reads: “

    “… for his dedication, commitment and contributions to the U.S. Navy Submarine Harpoon Demonstration Project. As the co-lead systems engineer for the U.S. Navy Submarine Harpoon Demonstration Project from July 2017 to July 2018, Roy demonstrated exceptional technical and leadership skills that led to the success of the Harpoon demonstration at the 2018 Rim of the Pacific Exercise. Delaying his retirement to join the team, Roy played an essential role in the checks and balances that were required to complete all testing and evaluation in a severely compressed schedule. The team and the project relied on Roy for his experience, his expertise and his unwavering determination to ensure a safe and successful exercise. Roy’s superlative management and total dedication to duty reflect great credit upon him and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Navy.”

    Roman is a resident of South Kingstown, Rhode Island. His citation reads:

    “… for his dedication, commitment and contributions to the U.S. Navy Submarine Harpoon Demonstration Project from July 2017 to July 2018. Roman, as the co-engineering manager, demonstrated exceptional technical and leadership skills that led to a successful exercise and a new capability for the Navy. With nine years of experience at Division Newport, Roman was instrumental in helping the project successfully meet its objective of launching an encapsulated Harpoon missile with successful target acquisition at Rim of the Pacific Exercise in 2018 in less than one year from project initiation. Roman’s professional vision and collaboration with multiple organizations, and his ability to lead across organizational boundaries, directly led to a clearly tangible result of the Harpoon missile impacting the intended target. Roman’s considerable efforts and achievements and total dedication to duty reflect great credit upon him and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Navy.”

    Feaster is a resident of South Kingstown, Rhode Island. His citation reads:

    “… for his achievements as deputy department head of the Sensors and Sonar Systems Department from January 2008 to May 2019. His significant contributions leave a legacy of commitment to diversity, mentoring and a tireless work ethic. He has led a number of departmental strategic initiatives that deliver sensor and sonar systems technology solutions directly to the nation’s warfighters. His impressive professional performance and initiative have generated deep respect among his co-workers, and he has earned a well-deserved reputation among management. Feaster’s exceptional professionalism, personal initiative and total commitment to duty have provided unprecedented benefit to NAVSEA, Division Newport, the U.S. Navy and the nation.”

    Rosario, a resident of Dighton, Massachusetts, was not able to attend the ceremony. Her citation reads:

    “… for her extraordinary leadership and management achievements from June 2013 through August 2019. Having established a solid technical and management foundation early in her career, Rosario played a prominent role in the development, certification, fielding and lifecycle support of combat control systems across all submarine platforms. She assumed positions of increasing responsibility, including branch head and division head within the USW Combat Systems Department. She was critical to the organization’s human resource strategy and led the biannual Technical Capabilities Health Assessment and the internal hiring process. Rosario’s exceptional professionalism, personal initiative and total commitment to duty have provided unprecedented benefit to NAVSEA, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division Newport, the U.S. Navy and the nation.”

    NUWC Newport is a shore command of the U.S. Navy within the Naval Sea Systems Command, which engineers, builds and supports America’s fleet of ships and combat systems. NUWC Newport provides research, development, test and evaluation, engineering and fleet support for submarines, autonomous underwater systems, undersea offensive and defensive weapons systems, and countermeasures associated with undersea warfare.

    Currently celebrating its 150th anniversary, NUWC Newport is the oldest warfare center in the country, tracing its heritage to the Naval Torpedo Station established on Goat Island in Newport Harbor in 1869. Commanded by Captain Michael Coughlin, NUWC Newport maintains major detachments in West Palm Beach, Fla., and Andros Island in the Bahamas, as well as test facilities at Seneca Lake and Fisher's Island, N.Y., Leesburg, Fla., and Dodge Pond, Conn.

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    Date Taken: 10.24.2019
    Date Posted: 10.24.2019 16:44
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