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U.S. Naval Test Pilot School celebrates Class 158 graduation

Retired Vice Adm. David Architzel delivers the keynote address at the graduation of U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Class 158 on January 22, 2021 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. (U.S. Navy photo by Paul Lagasse)

NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER AIRCRAFT DIVISION - The U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) held a graduation ceremony for Class 158 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, January 22. 36 students successfully completed an intense 11-month course of instruction for designation as Engineering Developmental Test Pilots, Test Flight Officers, and Test Engineers.

Retired Vice Adm. David Architzel delivered the keynote address. Architzel is a former Commander of Naval Air Systems Command and a graduate of USNTPS.

Architzel, Col. Richard Marigliano, Commander of Naval Test Wing Atlantic, and Lt. Col. Rory Feely, Commanding Officer of USNTPS, presented diplomas and offered congratulations to the new “Testers.” Graduates included members of the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force; students from Australia, Germany, Israel, and Norway; and civil service engineers from the Department of the Navy.

Lt. Col. Rory Feely, Commanding Officer of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (UNTPS) offers remarks during the graduation ceremony for USNTPS Class 158 on January 22, 2021 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. (U.S. Navy photo by Paul Lagasse)

Navy Lt. Colin Locke received the Outstanding Developmental Phase II Award, which recognizes the student who produced the best final report. The award is symbolic of the longstanding and mutually supportive relationship between the Empire Test Pilots’ School in the United Kingdom and USNTPS.

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Javier Remotti received the Commander Willie McCool Outstanding Student Award, which recognizes the top performing student in the categories of academics, flight performance, and technical report writing. The namesake award commemorates U.S. Navy Commander William C. McCool, a USNTPS alumnus tragically lost in the Columbia space shuttle accident.

Marine Corps Maj. Kyle Kanode received the Syd Sherby Leadership Award. Recognizing the student who displays exemplary leadership, the award is named after U.S. Navy Capt. Sydney Sherby who established the test pilot training division in 1945, now the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.

Marine Corps Maj. Kyle Kanode, the recipient of the Syd Sherby Leadership Award for U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Class 158, offers advice to his fellow graduates during a graduation ceremony on January 22, 2021 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. (U.S. Navy photo by Paul Lagasse)

Twenty-three students completed the requirements for the engineering test pilot course. The new test pilots are:

  • Lt. Zachary J. Bauer, U.S. Navy
  • Lt. Kyle P. Burdick, U.S. Navy
  • Maj. Brandon T. Dell, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Chief Warrant Officer 4th Class Steven D. Fara, U.S. Army
  • Capt. Quinton J. Fenley, U.S. Army
  • Maj. Paul M. Gucwa, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Capt. Jan-Harald Gustavsen, Royal Norwegian Air Force
  • Chief Warrant Officer 3rd Class Kyle Hickman, U.S. Army
  • Maj. Aric H. Jensen, U.S. Army
  • Maj. Kyle B. Kanode, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Lt. James A. Land, U.S. Navy
  • Maj. Stephan Ludwig, German Air Force
  • Lt. Michael A. Maynard, U.S. Navy
  • Flt. Lt. Matthew P. McCarty, Royal Australian Air Force
  • Lt. George J. Meszaros, U.S. Navy
  • Lt. Robert M. Nordlund, U.S. Navy
  • Lt. Steven M. Smallwood, U.S. Navy
  • Maj. Neta-Lee Talmon, Israeli Air Force
  • Lt. Benjamin H. Title, U.S. Navy
  • Lt. Tyler A. Trombetta, U.S. Navy
  • Lt. Bryan C. Valliere, U.S. Navy
  • Lt. Tyler P. Vitti, U.S. Navy
  • Lt. Cmdr. Brian R. Warren, U.S. Navy

Nine students completed the engineering test flight officer course. They are:

  • Lt. Kimberley L. Glaeser, U.S. Navy
  • Lt. Jacob J. Leighton, U.S. Navy
  • Lt. Colin T. Locke, U.S. Navy
  • Lt. Cmdr. Javier F. Remotti, U.S. Navy
  • Lt. Jacob W. Schalles, U.S. Navy
  • Lt. Richard N. Smith, U.S. Navy
  • Lt. Joseph E. Swierzowski, U.S. Navy
  • Lt. Brianna L. Valladares, U.S. Navy
  • Lt. Nicholas S. Waugh, U.S. Navy

Four students fulfilled the requirements for the test project engineer course. They are:

  • Mr. Kenneth M. Cahill, NAWCAD
  • Ms. Amber M. Cook, NAWCAD
  • Capt. Riley A. Livermore, U.S. Air Force
  • Dr. Ryan Turgeon, NAWCAD

NAWCAD advances capability and operational readiness for naval aviation and our warfighters. The warfare center is where naval aviation takes flight through research, development, test, evaluation, and sustainment of both fielded and not-yet fielded naval platforms and technologies that ensure America’s Sailors and Marines always go into conflict with significant advantage. With sites in Patuxent River, Maryland, Lakehurst, New Jersey, and Orlando, Florida, the command is the Navy’s largest warfare center with a diverse force of military, civilians, and contractors building the Navy of today, the Navy of tomorrow, and the Navy after next.

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