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Dunaway takes the helm
By NICOLE CLARK
Vice Adm. David Dunaway took the helm Thursday at the Naval Air Systems Command and pledged to focus on executing aviation programs with a focus on cost savings and ensuring aircraft and the technology onboard work as designed for the warfighter.
A strong nation, Dunaway said, requires strong naval aviation. The U.S. military has to “speak softly and carry a big stick,” he said.
Dunaway comes from the Operational Test and Evaluation Force in Norfolk, Va., where he was commander.
He replaces Vice Adm. David Architzel, who retired Thursday after about 40 years of naval service. Architzel had been NAVAIR commander since May 2010.
Also present for the change of command ceremony were Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md., 5th), Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert and Sean Stackley, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition.