In Other News: Navy Opening First Newly Built Hotel at NS Newport; AFCEC Gets New Director; Startup Tests Hybrid Rocket Engine at Brunswick Landing

In Other News: Navy Opening First Newly Built Hotel at NS Newport; AFCEC Gets New Director; Startup Tests Hybrid Rocket Engine at Brunswick Landing

Naval Station Newport, R.I., is scheduled to host a ribbon-cutting Thursday for a $48 million Navy Gateway Inns & Suites (NGIS) transient lodging facility that will mark the Navy’s first newly constructed property. NGIS historically adapts existing buildings previously built for unaccompanied sailors, according to a press release. The hotel also represents the first NGIS property funded entirely through guest room charges at NGIS locations within the Mid-Atlantic region. The Navy is planning to build several more hotels from the ground up at Naval Station Mayport, Jacksonville, Fla., and Dahlgren, Va., funded through guest fees. NGIS also is working to eliminate smaller facilities that are no longer efficient. … Terry Edwards was installed as the new director of the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) during a ceremony Monday at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. Edwards, a career civil engineer and member of the senior executive service, most recently served as executive director of the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, according to a press release. Previously he was director of the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment and supported its merger with the Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency and Air Force Real Property Agency which formed AFCEC. Edwards replaces Edwin Oshiba who moved to Air Force headquarters to become director of resource integration for the deputy chief of staff for logistics, engineering and force protection. … A startup company located at Brunswick Landing, the reuse project at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, Maine, is developing a rocket for launching small satellites powered by a proprietary bio-derived, carbon neutral rocket fuel formulation. bluShift Aerospace moved from Massachusetts to TechPlace, Brunswick’s technology incubator, in 2016 to take advantage of the Maine Composites Alliance which is based there and the carbon composites study program at Southern Maine Community College. Recently the firm expanded to a remote facility elsewhere at Brunswick Landing, reported the Bangor Daily News.

Navy photo by MC2 Rawad Madanat

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