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  • CAPT Paul M. Dale, USN

    Commanding Officer, NAWS China Lake


    Captain Dale is a 1994 graduate of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.  He earned his Surface Warfare Officer designation then subsequently earned selection for lateral transfer followed ultimately by Naval Flight Officer wings in 1998.

  • LCDR Arthur Gutting, Executive Officer, NAWS China Lake


    LCDR Gutting was raised in Brockton Massachusetts and received a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.  Upon earning his wings as a Naval Flight Officer in April of 2001 he reported to VS-41, the S-3B Viking fleet replacement squadron.  Upon disestablishment of the VS-38 Red Griffins on board the USS Constellation LCDR Gutting was selected for the NFO to Pilot transition and reentered the Navy’s flight program and received his wings as a Naval Aviator in December of 2005. 

  • Command Master Chief

    CMDCS Joseph J. Montenero, Command Senior Chief NAWS China Lake


    Joseph J. Montenero was born in Sonora, California and raised in Northern California.  Upon graduating from Manteca High School in 1996, he enlisted in the Navy on September 23, 1996. His first duty assignment was the USS MOBILE BAY (CG-53) home-ported in Yokosuka, Japan.