June 1, 2023

CH-53K Moving Toward Entry Into Service


The US Marine Corps’ CH-53K King Stallion program is preparing for its first deployment in 2025. The heavy lift helicopter recently also recently went through its second set of sea trials. The Corps continues to execute the transition from the CH-53E to the CH-53K and is on schedule to declare full operational capability in FY2029.

A Debut for Blue Angels’ 1st Female Pilot

Blue Angels

The US Navy’s Blue Angels demonstration team has its first female pilot — LT Amanda Lee. LT Lee flew her first public show earlier this month at the Naval Air Facility El Centro Air Show.

NAVAIR Leaders Connect With Young Scholars

Young Scholars

Pax River’s Naval Air Systems Command recently hosted students from Boys Hope Girls Hope, an organization whose mission is to nurture and guide young people to become well-educated, career-ready men and women.

March 21 VADM Chebi’s Update to Local Defense Industry

Pax River

The Patuxent Partnership will present NAVAIR commander VADM Carl Chebi and Tom Rudowsky, deputy commander, providing an update on NAE/NAVAIR’s North Stars: Capability, Affordability, Availability and “help needed” from industry on March 21, 2023.

NAVAIR Recognizes International Programs Achievements


The Naval Air Systems Command SYSCOM Security Cooperation Office recognized two individuals and two teams at its Directors’ Awards ceremony last month at the Southern Maryland Autonomous Research and Technology Innovation Center in California, MD.

Guernsey Earns DoD Engineering Award


Matt Guernsey, chief engineer with the Airborne Strategic Command, Control, and Communications program office, was honored for Individual Achievement in Engineering in the Department of Defense’s 2022 Defense Acquisition Workforce Awards.

Henderson Is O’Neill Officer of the Year Award Winner

LT CMDR Chad Henderson received the Naval Air Station Patuxent River 2022 Admiral Merlin O’Neill Officer of the Year award during a ceremony last month on base.

TPP: Naval Aviation Programs Are Soaring

Naval Aviation

The Patuxent Partnership and the Association of Naval Aviation will present “Naval Aviation Programs are Soaring” on September 14, 2022. Learn more with keynote speaker VADM Francis D. “Spanky” Morley.

VXS-1 Safety Officer Hyder Honored


LT Samuel T. Hyder, safety officer with Scientific Development Squadron (VXS) 1, earned the 2021 Grampaw Pettibone Individual Award at NAS Patuxent River.

Lawmakers Ask for Halt on Nice Bridge Demolition

Nice Bridge

Three Maryland lawmakers are urging the state Department of Transportation to pause plans to demolish the existing Gov. Harry Nice Memorial Bridge. They want a review conducted to determine the feasibility and cost of repurposing the old bridge for recreational use.