NUWC Division Newport engineer earns Meritorious Civilian Service Award

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Story by Public Affairs Office on 01/17/2018
Douglas P. Hembdt, technical project manager for surface ship undersea warfare at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport, was recently selected for the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the third highest Navy honorary award. NUWC Commander Rear Adm. Moises DelToro presented the award during a ceremony with Capt. Michael Coughlin, NUWC Division Newport commanding officer, on Dec. 14, 2017.

The award recognizes meritorious civilian service or contributions that have resulted in high value or benefits to the Navy.

Hembdt, a resident of Tiverton, R.I., has an exceptional record of process improvement and workforce development initiatives from March 2012 through July 2017.

"As technical project manager for surface ship undersea warfare in the Sensors and Sonar Systems Department, Hembdt developed and implemented a process that facilitates access to relevant technical data and provides a more timely response to technical issues," reads the award citation signed by DelToro. "Endorsed as a Best Practice by the Program Executive Office, Integrated Warfare Systems, the process was recently adopted by the crew of USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) and is part of a High Velocity Learning Pilot Program at NUWC Division Newport.

"His leadership and resourcefulness have directly resulted in workload growth in the Surface Ship and Aviation Systems Division, which has resulted in a workforce increase of nearly 50 percent from 2014 to 2016," the citation continues. "Hembdt's many important contributions reflect great credit upon Division Newport, both externally with our customers and internally as a model for developing the workforce of the future."

Hembdt holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Western New England University, Springfield, Mass., earned in 1980 and a master of science in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., earned in 1995.

NUWC Division Newport, part of the Naval Sea System Command, is one of two divisions of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center. NUWC Division Newport's mission is to provide research, development, test and evaluation, engineering and fleet support for submarines, autonomous underwater systems, undersea offensive and defensive weapons systems, and countermeasures. NUWC's other division is located in Keyport, Wash.

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