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Today@NPS showcases some of the speakers, conferences, experiments, lectures, and other events that take place at the Naval Postgraduate School on a daily basis.  If you would like more information about any of the highlighted activities please contact the public affairs office at pao@nps.edu. To view more stories visit the Today at NPS archive. NPS' photo galleries and graduation pictures can be found on the Photo Gallery - Collections page.
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ONR Director of Innovation Presents at NPS Executive Education Workshop
MC1 Leonardo Carrillo

Dr. Larry Schuette, Director of Innovation for the Office of Naval Research (ONR), speaks to a group of Navy flag officers and senior level officials during a Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Center for Executive Education (CEE) Leading Innovation Workshop, Aug. 23. The four-day course was designed to help Navy leaders understand the important nature of innovation by providing them with the skill set and proper mindset through lectures and exercises in the CEE spaces at NPS.

Attendees of the seminar participated in case studies, small-team exercises, interactive class discussions and targeted interactions with companies and speakers from industry and DOD. The focus was on building and sustaining innovative organizations that produce measurable results in organizational and business contexts. As an executive branch agency within the DOD, ONR leads the charge on coordinating, executing and promoting science, technology and innovation for the Navy.

Schuette gave a detailed overview on how ONR has evolved over the years, and the types of changes and innovations it has undergone. He emphasized the importance of listening to ideas and incentivizing innovative thought throughout the fleet. He said that innovation could come from where you least expect it, and that opening channels for ideas was key to improving on innovation.

“We listen very carefully to what comes from the fleet,” said Schuette. “Some of our most innovative ideas come from the deck plate Sailors.”

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DOD's Chief Information Officer Briefs Campus on Current IT Operations
Javier Chagoya

Department of Defense Chief Information Officer Terri Takai emphasized leveraging investments while at the same time encouraging innovation during a visit to NPS, Aug. 23. As DOD's senior IT leader, Takai manages an annual budget of $37 billion.

She pledged to return to NPS to discuss workforce development and learn more on how NPS can play a role in cyber education more broadly within the DOD. While training for cyberspace workforce awareness is statutory, Takai says she is also working on a higher education track, in addition to working closer with service leaders on setting ground rules for operating in cyberspace. “Building a defendable net-infrastructure is paramount to the enterprise,” added Takai.

NPS' own Vice President for Information Resources and Chief Information Officer Dr. Christine Haska accompanied Takai on a visit to the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC), and saw firsthand the initial results of the newly established .EDU network roll-out on their campus. Takai was impressed by the collaboration between NPS and DLIFLC, by the new agile, network environment, and by the project's receipt of the Corporation for Educational Network Initiatives in California 2012 Innovations in Networking Award. Takai took the opportunity to meet some of the faculty and students at DLIFLC who have used both old and new systems, and to hear directly from them about their enhanced learning experiences.  

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GSBPP Faculty Recognized Through Elite Academic Competitions
MC1 Grant Ammon

Assistant Professor Mike Dixon, right, of NPS’ Graduate School of Business and Public Policy (GSBPP), displays a copy of his recently published dissertation titled “Sequence Effects in Evaluating, Scheduling, and Designing Service Bundles” that won an honorable mention at the Decision Sciences Institute’s Elwood Buffa dissertation award while GSBPP Assistant Professor Chong Wang, left, displays a third place award from the 5th International Public Procurement Conference’s (IPPC) best paper contest for a work he co-authored retired NPS professor Joe San Miguel titled “The Excessive Profits of Defense Contractors: Evidence and Determinants.”

According to Dr. Bill Gates, Dean of GSBPP, having junior faculty members participate, and enjoy recognition, in contests like these ultimately strengthens the academic experience offered to students at NPS.

“Recognition through contests such as these serve at least two purposes,” noted Gates. “Academic recognitions are one metric indicating that we are in fact working at the forefront of our disciplines, ensuring we provide our students the highest-quality graduate education. They also increase the stature of GSBPP and NPS within our academic communities.”

Earning recognition in elite academic competitions, such as IPPC’s best paper contest and the Elwood Buffa dissertation contest, helps to complement faculty member’s academic standings with real-world experience. According to Gates, this blend of academic excellence and operational relevance serves the NPS institution and students well.

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Former NPS Faculty Returns to Lecture in Joint FAO Course
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Dr. Peter Lavoy, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, delivers remarks to students of the Joint Foreign Area Officer (JFAO) Program’s latest in-residence course focusing on FAO operations in the Asia-Pacific region, Aug. 22 on the NPS campus. Lavoy previously established and directed NPS’ Center for Contemporary Conflict and taught in the university’s Department of National Security Affairs.

“It’s always a great opportunity to come back here to NPS,” noted Lavoy. “The faculty and programs here have always distinguished themselves, and the opportunity to speak to Foreign Area Officers is important. We need more officers with area expertise, and I’m happy to do what I can to support the FAO program.”

Lavoy shared his experiences working as Director of Analysis on the Director of National Intelligence staff, his thoughts on Asia Pacific stability and security, as well as his experiences working at NPS, with JFAO course participants. In his current position, Lavoy serves as the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and the Secretary of Defense, on international security strategy and policy that relate to the nations and international organizations of Asia and the Pacific, their governments and defense establishments, and for oversight of security cooperation programs, including foreign military sales, in the region.

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NPS Signs Memorandum of Agreement With Naval Undersea Warfare Center
MC1 Leonardo Carrillo

NPS President Dan Oliver is pictured with members of the university's Undersea Warfare Research Center – with Capt. T.W. Cramer, Commander of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport, on screen in the background – during the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between NPS and the NUWC via video teleconference call, Aug. 13.

“This MOA is significant because it more directly links our two organizations in ways that enhance our shared mission,” said NPS Research Associate Jeffrey Weekley. “It provides the technical and programmatic framework for us to work collaboratively across a number of domains and may provide a model for others to follow. I'm pleased that years of dialogue, cooperation and shared understanding have culminated in this way. It's very exciting.”

NPS has been cooperating with the NUWC conducting research, development and training for years, but the MOA serves to formalize the relationship between the two institutions aligning collaboration and outlining their individual responsibilities. The university's undersea warfare (USW) program offers a unique educational and research opportunity that is very relevant to the USW operational communities.

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Advanced Materials Workshop Brings Top Scientists to Campus
Javier Chagoya

Materials scientists and engineers from industry and national labs attended a Thermoelectric Power Generation Workshop hosted by the Naval Postgraduate School’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Aug. 10. The workshop provided a forum for team building between key institutions involved with thermoelectric power generation that also work in various aspects of national defense.

Invitees included those representing the Naval Postgraduate School, U.S. Marine Corps, Sandia National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Northern Lights, a company involved in the fabrication and deployment of small devices for military applications. NPS Visiting Professor Joe Farmer and Assistant Professor Sebastian Osswald provided tours to the participants, and Osswald also presented a paper on Gas Dynamic Cold Spray, a technique of coating and deposition of particles to substrates using supersonic gas jets.

During the all-day workshop, visiting engineers were given the opportunity to observe a demonstration of a thermoelectric generator, a device which converts heat (temperature differences) directly into electrical energy using a phenomenon called the Seebeck effect. 

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Skydiving Club Students, Staff Help Kick Off Quail Motorsports Event
Javier Chagoya

Army Lt. Col. Alexander MacCalman lands in the drop zone with his blue and gold parachute inscribed with the Naval Postgraduate School’s initials as part of the opening ceremonies that celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Motorsports Gathering at Quail, the well-known event in Carmel Valley, Calif., Aug. 17.

NPS Skydiving Club Team Members, MacCalman and Petty Officer First Class Roy Campbell both parachuted from an altitude of 2,000 feet. Campbell followed MacCalman with the POW/MIA banner during the “hop and pop,” where canopies are deployed immediately after leaving the aircraft. The two were cheered on by several thousand astonished guests as they approached the drop zone. Their jumps had to be pin-point accurate, landing in a small target amidst the car show’s million-dollar luxury automobiles, not to mention the 3,000 applauding guests. Both the Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, Chairman of Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels, and Quail Motorsports Gathering event co-founder Gordon McCall congratulated the skydivers on their triumphant entry.

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Satellite Communications Executive Addresses NPS Students, Faculty
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Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ViaSat Mark D. Dankberg fields a question during a guest lecture on the military advantages of satellite communications with a group of NPS students during a campus visit, Aug. 16. During his two days on campus, Dankberg spoke with students in addition to several meetings with school officials and faculty.

During his lecture, he spoke to students about the importance of satellite communications systems, and gave a brief history of the topic offering valuable insight into the industry. He said the industry has undergone many changes over the years, and that it was important to distinguished between the different capabilities of satellite systems when determining what kind of capability was needed. He discussed the complexity of different systems employed in various parts of the world, and about the importance of continued research and advancement in the field.

He would, however, convey his most important advice – a much simpler concept – through quoting iconic American writer Mark Twain. “It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble,” he said during the lecture. “It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.”

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NPS Awarded the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Award
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Dr. Fran Horvath, Executive Director of Institutional Planning and Communications, left, and Alan Richmond, Director of Media and Community Relations, right, present NPS President Dan Oliver with the 2012 Business Excellence Award. The institution was honored with the award by the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce (MPCC) for outstanding contributions to the community in the education sector.

Oliver remarked, "The Naval Postgraduate School's selection by the chamber as Business of the Year in the education category is an honor for our institution, and a testament of our important relationship with the surrounding communities. Communicating our mission is an integral part of being a higher education institution, and working with our regional neighbors has yielded a number of meaningful partnerships that leverage our collective resources in effective ways.”

The awards program is designed to increase public awareness of the vital role that business plays on the Central Coast, and to honor those businesses that have achieved excellence in their fields.

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University Mourns Loss of Former Superintendent Rear Adm. Robert McNitt
MC1 Grant Ammon

With great sadness, the McNitt family has shared the passing of Rear Adm. Robert “Bob” McNitt, who passed away peacefully on Sunday, Aug. 12, at his home in Annapolis, Md. – he was 97. McNitt served as Superintendent of the Naval Postgraduate School from 1967 - 1971, and was a student as well, pictured above receiving a Gold Star in lieu of the second Silver Star medal from then NPS Superintendent Capt. Herman Spanagel for his heroism during World War II. McNitt would complete a detailed program of study in physics and ordnance engineering at NPS, before finalizing requirements for an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

A private burial service will be held at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery with a Memorial Service to follow at the U.S. Naval Chapel in Annapolis, Md.

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Senior Navy Intel Officer Addresses ID, Cyber Students
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Rear Adm. Samuel J. Cox, Director of Intelligence for the U.S. Cyber Command, addresses attendees of the Naval Postgraduate School's Information Dominance Senior Leader Symposium (IDSLS), Aug. 9. Cox interacted with senior Navy leadership attending the IDSLS, offering an overview of his experience as an intelligence officer and stressing the importance of adaptability in an evolving military environment. He also addressed the importance of Information Dominance (ID) and how economic and manpower constraints are creating more challenges in the field.

During his visit to campus, Cox also met with NPS ID and cyber systems and operations students, holding an open discussion on the vision of Navy ID, its implications for the Navy’s future warfighting capabilities, and the growing importance of the cyber domain.

During the two-week IDSLS, attendees are exposed to a range of courses and workshops that showcase the latest Information Dominance focused studies, culminating with Cox’s visit. Facilitated by the NPS Center for Executive Education, the IDSLS is designed to create senior level seminars that focus on leadership, innovation and ID community core competencies, including space, C4I, acquisitions and more.

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Naval War College Monterey Graduates Honored for Academic Achievements

Twenty four students earned academic honors from the Naval War College Monterey Program for the third quarter of academic year 2012 and were honored during a ceremony, July 31. Students completing the program in the top five percent of their class earn "with Highest Distinction" honors, while students completing the program in the top 15 percent of their class are awarded "with Distinction" honors.

Pictured, from left to right, in front of the NWC program offices in Halligan Hall on campus are Navy Cmdr. Edward DeWinter, Army Maj. Jeffrey Bavis, Navy Lt. William Fleming, Army Maj. Matthew Capobianco, Marine Corps Maj. Jason Jones, Army Capt. Peter Young, Navy Lt. Nicholas Quihuis, Army Maj. Kyle Upshaw and Navy Lt. Mate Aerandir.

Not pictured, but included in the honors, were Navy Lts. Myron Lind, Deak Childress, Randall Jones, Daniel Rolnick, Marty Timmons and George Watkins; Navy Lt. Cmdrs. Brendan Hogan, Heather Hornick, Loren Jacobi, Philip Lowrey and Jonathan Savage; Army Majs. Nicholas Ploetz and Mark Fulmer; and, Marine Corps Capts. Christopher Nea and Joni Pepin.

Photo Provided by Kari Miglaw 

NPS, CIRPAS Participate in AUVSI's Unmanned System North America 2012
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Marlee Rust, a 2006 graduate from NPS' defense analysis program, is pictured at the university's outreach booth at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Unmanned Systems North America 2012 conference and exposition, Aug. 8. NPS alumni relations attended the symposium in partnership with the Center for Interdisciplinary Remotely-Piloted Aircraft Studies (CIRPAS) to build awareness of the institution, its research facilities and assets, and to reconnect with former students. AUVSI president Michael Toacano, or at least a life-size version of him masquerading as Las Vegas icon Elvis Presley, made the rounds at the exposition as well.

The outreach effort is coordinated through NPS Director of Alumni Relations Kari Miglaw, who says the diverse attendees at relevant discipline conferences provide an excellent opportunity to build awareness of the university's capabilities, and to reconnect with alumni in critical, defense-relevant positions well after graduation.

AUVSI is the world's largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics communities through education, advocacy and leadership. The AUVSI conference is one of the largest unmanned systems events in the world, bringing together the unmanned systems and robotics communities.

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Systems Engineering Senior Lecturer Publishes Book on Integration
MC1 Grant Ammon

Naval Postgraduate School Senior Lecturer of Systems Engineering Gary Langford proudly displays the book he recently authored, “Engineering Systems Integration: Theory, Metrics, and Methods,” a research textbook that focuses extensively on integration and addresses underlying premises of systems integration.

“We have a long history of talking about it [integration], but no history of actually developing a theory for it and appreciating its deepest, most fundamental framework concepts,” noted Langford. “It’s a tediously written book. Every word and every sentence is packed with a lot of meaning, so it’s very slow reading. It doesn’t skip ahead to the principles, and then give you a bunch of examples … This is a densely-packed 400 pages.”

Langford began lecturing at NPS in 2005 and is the recipient of the 2008 Wayne E. Meyer Award for Teaching Excellence in Systems Engineering. That same year, he also received the Wayne E. Meyer Award for Systems Engineering and Analysis in recognition for advising systems engineering analysis cohort 13's project, titled “Maritime Interdictions in Logistically Barren Environments.”

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NPS Distinguished Professor Receives 2012 Control Heritage Award
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NPS Distinguished Visiting Professor of Applied Mathematics Dr. Arthur J. Krener was recently honored with the 2012 Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award from the American Automatic Control Council. Krener joined the applied mathematics department at NPS in 2006 after a 35-year career on the faculty at the University of California, Davis.

The  Bellman Control Heritage Award is named after the applied mathematician Richard E. Bellman, inventor of dynamic programming,  and recognizes distinguished career contributions to the theory or applications of automatic control. The award  represents the highest recognition of professional achievement for U.S. control systems engineers and scientists. Upon accepting the award at the council's American Control Conference in June, Krener said that although he had never met Richard Bellman, like many in the discipline, his work, either directly or indirectly, has benefited from Bellman's pioneering efforts within the field.

“It is an honor to receive the 2012 Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award,” said Krener during his acceptance remarks. “I am deeply humbled to join the very distinguished group of prior winners … I did not know Richard Bellman personally but we are all his intellectual descendants.”

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GPPAG Certificate an Easy Fit for PsyOps, Civil Affairs Communities
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Dr. Anke Richter, Associate Professor of Operations Research, discusses analytic methods to improve decision making with a specific focus on irregular warfare environments during a seminar on the NPS campus, Aug. 7, part of the Global Public Policy Academic Group's (GPPAG) 10-week certificate in Stability, Security and Development in Complex Operations.

A cadre of 20 U.S. Army officer and senior enlisted with backgrounds in civil affairs and psychological operations recently began the second phase of a 10-week course that splits six weeks of distributed learning and four weeks of in residence work through GPPAG. The certificate's two-phase setup allows students to work from their home base for a portion of the program, then come into the classroom to begin an intensive lecture and seminar series to include writing and presentation exercises as well as a final group paper based on real-world issues relevant to the current Combatant Commands.

The academic group's website notes that the multidisciplinary expertise of GPPAG faculty, along with NPS' extensive and diverse knowledge base, "combine to create a center of expertise and excellence in the areas of globalization, security, stability, and complex environments. This expertise gives GPPAG the ability to develop and deliver a variety of unique, tailored, and highly specialized best-in-class certificate programs designed to meet the needs of the Department of Defense."

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Sub Group Commander Returns to Alma Mater to Talk Undersea Warfare
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Research Associate Professor Doug Horner leads NPS alumnus Rear Adm. Rick Breckenridge on a tour of the Center for Autonomous Vehicle Research laboratory, Aug. 2. Breckenridge returned to his alma mater, Aug. 1-3, to deliver remarks to undersea warfare (USW) students and strengthen the bond between the university and the operational submarine community.

Currently serving as Commander, Submarine Group Two, Breckenridge is a 1989 graduate of NPS’ electrical engineering and acoustic engineering programs. During his return to campus, he toured research laboratories and facilities, met with key NPS faculty, and delivered two lectures to USW students, as part of the university’s Menneken Lecture series.

“Our Navy is a high-edge, technological service. We operate complex warships with sophisticated payloads that require more than just rudimentary, canon knowledge,” noted Breckenridge. “As we develop greater capabilities from the sea, we do so, really, by leveraging our academic institutions. We need to know what things are going on academia so we can pace ourselves and make sure we exact the maximum benefit out of that.”

The visit also strengthened partnerships between researchers at NPS and the operational fleet by allowing Breckenridge to share his perspectives and expectations of academia from a fleet commander’s perspective.

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MOVES Holds 12th Annual Research and Education Seminar
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Cmdr. Joe Sullivan, Ph.D., Director of the Naval Postgraduate School's Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation (MOVES) Institute, addresses attendees of the 12th Annual MOVES Research and Education Seminar, July 31.

The annual event, running July 31 through Aug. 2, looks to foster discussions about training and analysis products, education, and modeling and simulation in the domains of military, health care, homeland security, distributed learning and more. For the MOVES Institute, this is the self-described 'event of the year' – the time to showcase their latest accomplishments, and the changes that have been implemented since the last event. But more importantly, for the institute, it is an opportunity to interact with leading minds, technicians and policy makers, and get feedback on current projects and inspiration for future endeavors.

“As much as we highlight our strengths, and we think we have a unique mode, the challenges of modeling and simulation are much greater than any one organization or any single approach,” said Sullivan. “We think it is incredibly important to be open and collaborative so that we involve the right players and build the right team because it is a team effort … Without collaboration, we’ll never reach the real potential of modeling and simulation.”

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Captain's Cup Golf Tourney Draws a Full Crowd to Monterey Pines
Rachel Davison

Naval Support Activity Monterey Supply Management Analyst Tom Tuttle swings his club on the opening tee of the 2nd Captain's Cup Golf Tournament at the Monterey Pines Golf Club, July 27. The tournament drew players from the NPS community and beyond, with 104 participants competing in 26 four-person teams. A team that included NPS summer intern Adam Savattone ultimately won the gold Captain’s Cup trophy after all of the score cards were tallied up.

"It is a tradition at naval installations to have a base commanding officer golf tournament," said Monterey Pines Golf Club Director Sam Jepsen. "In 2010, NSAM was established, resulting in an installation commanding officer overseeing the base activities, [and] this was the second annual NSAM Captain’s Cup tournament.”

Participants in the competition also won raffle prizes after the tournament. Fifty-dollar gift certificates to the Monterey Pines Golf Club were given to each member of the winning teams for top gross and top net as well as to the players closest to the hole, and with the longest drive in fairway. The members of the winning team for top net will also have their names engraved on a plate that will go on the cup trophy, which is displayed in the golf club's pro shop.

Photo provided by the NPS Dudley Knox Library 

In Memoriam, Adm. James D. Watkins
Dale M. Kuska

Hall of Fame alumnus and former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. James D. Watkins, left, is pictured in 1994 with Dr. Max Kelleher, then Chairman of the NPS Department of Mechanical Engineering, during a construction site tour of the building that would later bear Watkins' name. The distinguished and honored graduate, and namesake of Watkins Hall, passed away at his home in Virginia late last week at the age of 85.

Following a highly-decorated, 37-year naval career, Watkins was asked by then President Ronald Reagan to lead the embattled  presidential commission on AIDS in 1987, for which he was widely praised. He also served as Secretary of Energy under President George H.W. Bush, and is considered one of NPS' most notable alumni.

A 1958 mechanical engineering graduate, Watkins was inducted into the NPS Hall of Fame on April 20, 2005.

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MWR Bench Press Competition Celebrates the Olympic Spirit
Javier Chagoya

With the 2012 Summer Olympics underway across the Atlantic, the Naval Support Activity Monterey Morale, Welfare and Recreation office got into the spirit of competition, hosting a bench press competition at the Monterey Bay Athletic Club on the NPS campus, July 27.

While many of the athletes could bench press hundreds of pounds, the event pitted 10 lifters in a friendly competition of strength and stamina, where each had to bench 80 percent of their body weight for as many repetitions as they could with no time limit. Weigh-ins were made prior to each person’s lift, and all of the competitors lifted 80 percent of their weight more than 20 times. First place went to Joseph Chmura, who bench pressed 160 lbs. for 35 reps. Joshua Wilson finished a close second, lifting 163 lbs. for 34 reps. And Melissa Klotz won first place among the women's division, pressing 103 lbs. for eight reps..

NPS student Lt. Marvin Joseph, pictured, weighed in at the scales at 160 lbs., and was able bench press 130 lbs. for 27 repetitions which earned him a tie for third place with NPS staff member Petty Officer Second Class Martin Chance.

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