Community, Congressional Support Boost Value of Pax River, Navy Official Says

At last week’s meeting of the Southern Maryland Navy Alliance, Sean Stackley, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition, underscored the important work that is conducted at Naval Air Station Patuxent River and urged the community support group to continue to reach out to the base.

“This is a proven model. It needs to be maintained and perfected,” he said, reported the

Stackley also praised the area’s congressional delegation for supporting the air station, singling out lawmakers’ effort to halt a proposed wind farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore from going ahead over concerns it would interfere with the stealth radar system at the base.

“It played out in Pax River’s favor. The rest is history,” he said to a round of applause.

In his opening remarks, Ken Farquhar, the alliance’s president, said that pursuing partnerships and shared services to save money was one of the group’s seven initiatives. The others are:

  • working with the Navy to improve cost of operations;
  • advocating for research, development, test and evaluation, the base’s core mission;
  • developing a new consensus about what should occur at the base in the future;
  • supporting the base and area as an unmanned aerial system center of excellence;
  • assisting in initiatives to secure non-Navy work; and
  • highlighting that encroachment is unacceptable.

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