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Meet the airplane Feb. 23

The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum is hosting the second semi-monthly “Meet the Airplane” event Feb. 23 from noon to 3 p.m. The focus airplane is the mock-up of the Northrop Grumman X-47A Pegasus, predecessor to the Navy’s current demonstrator aircraft, known as the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System. Active-duty military personnel will answer questions.

In the conference room, Hank Caruso will be on hand to demonstrate how to draw aircraft, and 50/50 raffle drawings will be held. Food will be sponsored by Days Off Catering. Visit paxmuseum.com for information.

Contract specialist role to be discussed

The Patuxent Partnership and the National Contract Management Association Chesapeake Bay Chapter will hold a briefing on “the role of the contract specialist in these challenging times” on Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall, 46900 South Shangri-La Drive, Lexington Park. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches and beverages. There is no cost.

Elliott B. Branch, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy (acquisition and procurement), will provide the government perspective on the contract specialist role. Branch is the senior career civilian responsible for acquisition, contracting and policy that governs the operation of the Navy’s worldwide acquisition system.

Bruce Sharp, acquisition and contracting specialist with MITRE Corp., will provide an industry perspective on the contract specialist role. In federal service prior to retirement, Sharp was responsible for overseeing analysis and support of the contracting and business aspects of Department of the Navy acquisition programs and for the development of business transformation initiatives.

Wounded warrior dinner set for March 6

The Defense Acquisition University Alumni Association will hold a Wounded Warrior Appreciation Dinner on March 6 at the River’s Edge Restaurant at Patuxent River Naval Air Station.

The guest speaker will be Rear Adm. Cindy L. “CJ” Jaynes. The first 20 Wounded Warriors and guest that RSVP will be admitted for free. Everyone is welcome. The deadline to RSVP is Wednesday, Feb. 27.

The alumni association is looking for anyone interested in sponsoring a Wounded Warrior for the dinner, or a Chopticon High School student that is helping with the event.

To RSVP, sponsor an attendee or get more information, call Duane Mallicoat at 240-895-7363 or Bill Lankford at 240-895-7330.

Scholarships offered

The Marine Corps Aviation Association John Glenn Squadron is accepting applications for its 2013 merit-based college scholarships. Applicants must be St. Mary’s, Calvert or Charles high school seniors or the dependents of MCAA members who are pursuing a STEM-based degree in college and show an intent to work in a career field that supports the Department of Defense. Visit www.mcaa-jgs.org/scholarship.html to apply. Applications are due by March 15.

Since the inception of its scholarship program in 2007, the MCAA John Glenn Squadron has awarded $183,500 in scholarships to 45 Southern Maryland students. Individual scholarship awards have recently ranged from $4,000 to $6,000 with an average of $4,800 last year. The scholarships are funded through the gracious donations of corporations, local businesses and philanthopic individuals in the community.

Kirkland named vice president

Precise Systems has appointed Lindy Kirkland vice president for Marine Corps programs. In his new role, he will be overseeing many programs and projects, as well as serving as the new program manager for the Precise Systems PMA-274 team.

Kirkland has been with Precise Systems since his retirement from the Marine Corps in June 2006. He has previously served as program manager for PMA-274 and as the Presidential Helicopters requirements officer supporting Marine Corps headquarters. Most recently, he served as the USMC liaison officer for the Robotics Systems Joint Project Office.

In the Marine Corps he was assigned as an AH-1W Cobra attack helicopter pilot. His tours included multiple shipboard and overseas deployments and participation in Operation Desert Storm. Kirkland’s final assignment on active duty was as the executive officer of Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) in Quantico, Va. There he flew three different helicopters and served as pilot in command of Marine One and personal pilot for the president of the United States.

Precise Systems is employee-owned and a service disabled, veteran-owned small business headquartered in Lexington Park founded in 1990.

KCG names Mayfield

KCG Training Systems has appointed Jennifer Mayfield as director of communications. Mayfield, 28, has seven years’ experience working in public relations, communication and advertising.

“We are very happy to have Jen on the team,” President and CEO Wade Koch said in a statement. “She will be instrumental in enhancing our current presence within the simulation and training industry by helping us collaborate and communicate more effectively with each other and our clients.”

Established in 2008, KCG Training Systems of Leonardtown specializes in systems analysis, strategic training system consulting, and business development for Department of Defense contractors. KCG is a service disabled veteran-owned small business.

PMA-226 marks year of broader mission

After more than two decades supporting only the CH-46 helicopter, the Navy’s Specialized and Proven Aircraft Program Office (PMA-226) recently marked the first anniversary of its broadened mission and expanding portfolio.

Under its new mission, which was amplified in November 2011, PMA-226 assumed program responsibilities for several aircraft in the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and out-of-inventory Foreign Military Sales aircraft.

The office now has team members at Patuxent River Naval Air Station; Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C.; and Jacksonville, Fla.

PMA-226 now maintains five of the 13 different types of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft at the TPS, including T-38 Talons, UH-72 Lakotas, U-6A Beavers, an NU-1-B Otter and X-26 Frigates. More than 50 years old, the fixed wing T-38C Talon is one of the oldest trainers in the U.S. Navy’s aircraft inventory and serves as the primary fixed-wing instructional platform at the TPS.

Rusher picked for Leadership Maryland

Jeffrey L. Rusher, director of unmanned systems for the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division and the Naval Air Systems Command, was selected as a member of the 2013 Leadership Maryland class. Following a two-day retreat in April, class members will attend sessions focusing on economic development, education, health and human services, criminal and juvenile justice, the environment, multiculturalism and diversity. Founded in 1992, Leadership Maryland is an independent, nonprofit organization designed to inform executives about issues, challenges and opportunities facing the state. Each year, up to 52 leaders are selected to participate in the eight-month program.