NSWC Crane participates in Federal Networking and Education Event

Original Article: GC Daily World

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) participated in a Federal Networking and Education Event in Washington, Ind. on Thursday, Feb. 2.

The event featured three workshops to network and gain understanding of how to do business with Crane.

“This event demonstrates how NSWC Crane is embracing the region and seeking out opportunities to inform and educate community members of how to do business with us,” said Brian Blackwell, NSWC Crane’s Director of Engagement. “In addition to highlighting our business, technology and employment opportunities, the audience was interested in some basics about the facility, our history, our mission and how the Navy came to locate a base in Indiana.”

The event also allowed Matt Burkett, NSWC Crane’s new Deputy for Small Business, to introduce himself to the community and take the opportunity to educate local business owners on how they can sell products and services to NSWC Crane.

“I am your advocate,” Burkett told the audience. “I am here to help in any way that I can, try to help you learn about new business opportunities at NSWC Crane.”

Burkett, who replaces Reggie Joslin as Deputy for Small Business, has worked in NSWC Crane’s Contracting Department since 2006, most recently as a contracting officer team lead.

Burkett hit the ground running on Thursday afternoon by delivering a presentation in front of more than 60 attendees and engaged with the crowd afterwards.

“My new role is about just getting out, interacting with businesses, learning what they do, learning how they can benefit Crane, and learning how we can benefit them,” said Burkett.

NSWC Crane is a naval laboratory and a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) with focus areas in Expeditionary Warfare, Strategic Missions and Electronic Warfare. The warfare center is responsible for multi-domain, multi- spectral, full life cycle support of technologies and systems enhancing capability to today’s warfighter.