For Immediate Release: June 23, 2022

By Warren Duffie Jr., Office of Naval Research

ARLINGTON, Va.—Two members of the Office of Naval Research Reserve Component (ONR-RC) lately received the group’s most prestigious prizes.

Lt. Cmdr. John Hamilton earned the ONR-RC Junior Science and Technology Officer of the Year Award — and Capt. Mark Murphy the ONR-RC Senior Science and Technology Officer of the Year Award (senior officers are commanders and above). The officers acquired the accolades for his or her efforts to assist speed up the fast supply of know-how to warfighters.

“ONR’s Reserve Component is a uniquely qualified cadre of personnel with advanced scientific and technical skills, as well as experience in fleet operations and technical program management,” mentioned Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Lorin Selby. “These Science and Technology Officer of the Year Awards recognize the leadership and technical expertise of Lt. Cmdr. Hamilton and Capt. Murphy. They should be proud of their achievements, which reflect the excellence of the ONR Reserve Component.”

Reservists play an vital position in ONR’s mission to assist science efforts round the world — from primary and conceptual analysis to utilized analysis and fast-turnaround applied sciences requested by Sailors and Marines.

Hamilton received his award for serving as a science advisor for ONR’s worldwide arm, ONR Global. He served with Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT). Hamilton’s duties included understanding PACFLT’s warfighting capabilities, evaluating current and rising applied sciences, and making suggestions to PACFLT employees on what actions must be taken.

One of Hamilton’s most rewarding accomplishments was serving to to plan the PACFLT-led Unmanned Integrated Battle Problem 21. In that train, a big quantity of multi-area unmanned platforms — many sponsored by ONR — had been put into actual-world, “blue-water” environments, working in sync with manned platforms in precise fight drills designed to assist PACFLT goals in the Indo-Pacific area.

For his civilian job, Hamilton is a rustic director in ONR Global’s International Engagement Office. He fosters engagement, collaboration and licensing relating to know-how issues between ONR Global and France, Israel and different North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) nations.

Murphy’s award acknowledged his stint as a science advisor at U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (COMUSNAVCENT), the place he was accountable for executing the command’s science and know-how nationwide safety targets. His accomplishments included spearheading a examine of littoral fight ships and addressing functionality gaps in areas equivalent to mine warfare, port safety and unmanned programs.

After his time at COMUSNAVCENT, Murphy helped plan and perform the NATO Coherent Resilience Table Top Exercise — which evaluated the crucial vitality infrastructure of Ukraine and Lithuania and decided greatest practices for sustaining safety in these nations.

In his civilian position, Murphy works as a lead programs engineer at Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division in Orlando, Florida. There, he designs coaching simulators for F-18 and F-35 fighter jets.

“The talents and expertise of reservists like Lt. Cmdr. Hamilton and Capt. Murphy demonstrate why the ONR-RC is among the Navy’s most highly integrated, technically skilled reserve components,” mentioned Capt. Michael Van Poots, ONR-RC commander.

“The Science and Technology Officer of the Year Awards spotlight how valuable these two Sailors are in enabling the ONR-RC to provide warfighting readiness, strategic depth and operational relevance to the fleet — advancing its technical edge.”

The ONR-RC contains roughly 190 Navy reservists from 15 items nationwide. Many of these people have superior technical levels in science and engineering disciplines, in addition to deep operational expertise in the fleet.

These reservists assist ONR in some ways — together with growing ideas of operations and integration plans for brand new and growing applied sciences; participating in transition boards and assessments; taking part in know-how demonstrations and warfare-gaming workouts to determine functionality gaps and velocity options to warfighters; and serving as army liaisons to allied nations.

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Warren Duffie Jr. is a contractor for ONR Corporate Strategic Communications.

Date Taken: 06.23.2022
Date Posted: 06.23.2022 14:32
Story ID: 423621
Location: ARLINGTON, VA, US 

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