Although I served during the Vietnam war, I was serving in the Cold War with the USSR. I was home ported at NAS Quonset Point, RI, with Air Antisubmarine Squadron Twenty-Four (VS-24). We were a part of Carrier Air Group 56 deploying aboard the USS Intrepid (CVS-11). Our role was supporting Hunter-Killer Forces, Atlantic Fleet (HUKFORLANT) in protecting the U.S. and maritime activities from submarines (both attack submarines and ballistic-missile submarines) operating in the North Atlantic Ocean and in the Norwegian, Mediterranean, and Barents Seas.
A major upside of this duty – having port calls around coastal Europe, including ports in Norway, Denmark, Scotland, England, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, and Greece.
Some people suffer from sleepless nights. I once experienced 3 weeks of nightless sleeps as we operated far above the Arctic Circle north of Norway during August. Oh, my! Just about to celebrate the 48th anniversary of this event.
Navy Active-Duty Service
Mar – July 1969
Aviation Officer Candidate School, Pensacola, FL
Aug 1969 – Nov 1970
Navy Flight Training, FL and TX
Nov 1970 – Jun 1971
Fleet Replacement Training, VA and RI
Jul 1971 – Oct 1973
VS-24 flying the S2-E/G Tracker
Completed three extended deployments aboard the USS Intrepid. Following these deployments, the Intrepid was decommissioned and is now an Air and Space Museum in New York City.
Navy Reserve Service
1973 - 1975
VS-73 flying S-2E Tracker, NAF Detroit, MI
1976 – 1979
Maintenance Division Officer with ABFCH9B, NAS Dallas, TX
1980 – 1984
Staff Command & Control Officer at N&MCRC, St. Louis, mobilizing to support Commander Naval Forces Marianas in Guam
1985 – 1987
Aeronautical Engineering Duty Officer (AEDO) with Naval Air Development Center, Warminster, PA
1988 – 1990
AEDO with NATC Patuxent River at NAS Willow Grove, PA
1991 – 1993
Commanding Officer, NR NAS Sigonella 0293 at NAS Willow Grove, PA, mobilizing to NAS Sigonella, Sicily
October 1, 1993 - Retired
Mike’s deep knowledge of the F-35 and modeling and simulation, along with his experience in verification and validation (V&V), is what brought him to SURVICE. Mike is an important part of SURVICE’s Joint Simulation Environment V&V team, providing expert technical and analysis capability in the development of V&V evidence and documentation.
It is with great sadness that SURVICE Engineering announces the passing of Mike Hewlett on 20 September 2020. His friendly and helpful personality will be missed by all of us who knew him. Mike’s loss is felt by the entire SURVICE family, and we extend our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
With over 22 years of service, I have completed two tours in Iraq and two peace-keeping missions—one in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the other in Kosovo. My home stations included Fort Hood, TX; Fort Campbell, KY; Darmstadt, Germany; Edgewood Arsenal, MD; Fort Bragg, NC; Schofield Barracks, HI; and Fort Lee, VA. I was an enlisted soldier from 1996 to 2003 and went from an E-2 to an E-6 (Staff Sergeant). During that time, I served as an avionics radar repairman. I was responsible for the maintenance and readiness of all rotary wing aircraft survivability equipment. Some of the equipment I maintained included infrared, heat-seeking countermeasures, night vision systems, navigation systems, and many other avionic systems.
While serving in Iraq in 2003, I was selected to become a Warrant Officer (WO). As an Electronic Systems Maintenance Warrant Officer (948B), my role and responsibilities expanded from avionics to all electronics and communication systems across the Army. As a WO, I was privileged to serve in the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC); Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command; and various Signal and Communications Commands.
My final assignment allowed me to serve as a Capability Developer (CAPDEV) in the Integrated Logistics Support Division at the Sustainment Center of Excellence at Fort Lee. As a CAPDEV, I worked closely with the acquisition community and materiel developers to ensure logistics supportability and logistics readiness for fielding Army combat systems. I assessed Joint Capabilities Integration Development System documents to identify requirements in training, force structure, and equipment supportability. I worked with program offices to develop life cycle support strategies and maintenance support plans and participated in numerous logistics demonstrations and technical manual verifications.
I retired from active duty on 31 March 2019 as a Chief Warrant Officer Four (CW4), with 22 years and 9 months of honorable service. During that time, I completed my bachelor’s in cybersecurity policies and master’s in cybersecurity technologies.
Army Active-Duty Service
Basic Training, Fort Jackson, SC
Advanced Individual Training, Fort Gordon, GA
March 1997–July 2000
1st Cavalry Division
Avionics Radar Repairman, Fort Hood, TX
September 1998─March 1999
Lead Technician, Rotary Wing Avionics
Bosnia-Herzegovina Stabilization Force North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) support
August 2000─June 2004
101st Airborne Division
Maintenance Supervisor for Rotary Wing Avionics, Fort Campbell, KY
May 2001─November 2001
Maintenance Supervisor for Rotary Wing Avionics
Kosovo NATO support
Operation Iraqi Freedom
WO Candidate School, Fort Rucker, AL
WO Basic Course, Red Stone, AL
WO Technical Training, Fort Gordon, GA
June 2004─July 2007
Battalion Electronic Systems Maintenance WO
32nd Signal Battalion, 22 Signal Brigade
Darmstadt, Germany, Kelly Barracks
October 2005–September 2006
Battalion Electronic System Maintenance WO
32nd Signal Battalion, 22 Signal Brigade
2nd Tour in Iraq
August 2007–December 2010
Senior Electronics Systems Maintenance WO
20th CBRNE Command, G-4
Edgewood Arsenal/Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
January 2011–May 2013
Brigade Electronic Systems Maintenance WO
95th Civil Affairs Brigade, USASOC
Fort Bragg, NC
May 2013–June 2015
Division Electronic Systems Maintenance WO
25th Infantry Division, G-6
Scofield Barracks, HI
July 2015–December 2018
Senior Capabilities Developer
Combined Arms Support Command
Fort Lee, VA
Retired March 31, 2019
As a cybersecurity test and evaluator for Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO) at SURVICE’s Aberdeen Area Operation, Kelvin provides cybersecurity test and evaluation for programs in support of the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command Survivability Evaluation Directorate and conducts operational assessments to provide independent early assessment of the operational effectiveness and suitability of DCO systems.
Shawn Nelson began his Army career as a UH-60A Blackhawk helicopter repairer, Private First Class, and flew his first combat mission as a Crew Chief during Operation Just Cause, where he earned his first Air Medal. He supported operations in Central America, Germany, Cyprus, Savanna Georgia, Thailand, and Venezuela.
Upon completing flight school at Fort Rucker, AL, he piloted the TH-67, OH-58A/C, and UH-60L and deployed to support the Stabilization Force 11 in Bosnia, where he flew Blackhawk air assault operations as Pilot-in-Command.
Nelson’s most satisfying mission was with MEDEVAC, where he served in Iraq as an UH-60L Instructor Pilot (IP). As part of the 54th MEDEVAC Company, he transported over 360 soldiers, civilians, and prisoners, earning him another Air Medal and seven more combat patches.
Asked directly by U.S. Department of the Army headquarters, CW3 Nelson became one of seven MQ-1 Warrior-A UAS Warrant Officer IPs Army wide. As a standardization and maintenance pilot, he supported Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, providing reconnaissance, intelligence, surveillance, and target acquisition support to joint service/forces operations. He wrote the Army’s MQ-1 Aircrew Training Manual and retired as the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Training Battalion, Medium Altitude Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Standardization Officer.
Army Active-Duty Service
Fort Rucker, AL /Flight school
Fort Huachuca, AZ/Afghanistan OEF
Shawn is a program manager with SURVICE Engineering, where he has worked a maintenance modernization project for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. He is currently working on a counter-UAS program for the U.S. Special Operations Command.
My military service began when I enlisted the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in January 2001 as an infantryman. In March 2003, I deployed to Kosovo for 8 months in support of Operation Joint Guardian. Two years later, I was mobilized to Louisiana to provide humanitarian relief following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It was during this time I decided to begin a transition from the Army National Guard to active-duty Army, which was completed in the fall of 2006.
In November 2006, I reported to Fort Campbell, KY, where I was assigned to B. Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team (Rakkasans), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). The next 11 months were spent training for an upcoming deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. My brigade deployed to Iraq in October 2007, where we conducted combat operations for the next 15 months.
Upon returning home from deployment, I tried out for a position in our Battalion Scout Platoon. After being selected from these tryouts, I was assigned as an assistant squad leader in a reconnaissance squad. Over the next year, our platoon trained in reconnaissance tactics, techniques, and procedures for our upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.
In February 2010, the Rakkasans once again deployed, this time to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Over the next year, the Scout Platoon and I were utilized as a battalion asset, which means we worked directly for our Battalion Commander and filled various mission roles in support of each line company. We returned from our deployment in February 2011 and began training for the next one. Over the next year, I helped train the new Scout Platoon. In March 2012, I ended my time in service as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army.
Army Reserve Service
Enlisted in Pennsylvania Army National Guard
Operation Joint Guardian Kosovo (8 months)
Humanitarian relief following Hurricane Katrina
Army Active-Duty Service
Assigned to 101st Airborne Division
Operation Iraqi Freedom (15 months)
Operation Enduring Freedom (12 months)
End time of service
My SURVICE career began in October 2020. I was hired to fill a position as a Terminal Ballistics Research Engineer, where I study characteristics and behaviors of small-, medium-, and large-caliber penetrators. These studies are conducted through target reduction, slow motion videography, and radiographic imaging.