Staff Sargent Thaubald – the War Years

Written By: Ted B Markley

Nostalgia is a natural reflex. Certainly there is much for the Crane Military Complex to be proud of in its muted 75th Anniversary celebration. Recently published, The World War II History of NAD Crane[1] by Tony Haag and Peggy Julian portrays much to admire. It portrays rural Hoosiers mentored by military experts striving to create a national defense treasure. Selfless service and anxiety for the nation were obvious throughout the account.

Seventy-five years ago the United States was not at war, but it was getting ready. Preparation extended well beyond the nascent industrial base reflected in the construction of an ammunition production facility in southern Indiana. It included the largest mobilization of military force in the nation’s history. During World War II, 16.1 million citizens served in uniform[2]. The following is an account on one Mid-Westerner’s service reconstructed from public records, private papers/photos, and family interviews. Until recently even the family of Staff Sargent Thaubald was not aware of the extent of his service.

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Chief of Naval Operations Visits Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane

At the invitation of U.S. Sen. Joseph Donnelly, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John M. Richardson toured Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) on Aug. 23 to learn about the warfare center’s capabilities and alignment to ‘A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority’—a document that addresses how the Navy will adapt to changes in the security environment and continue to fulfill its mission.

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IU-MSI STEM Initiative Representatives Visit NSWC Crane

Indiana University Minority Serving Institutions (IU-MSI) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Initiative representatives visited Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) to view and discuss research opportunities with NSWC Crane technical professionals on July 27. The tour included presentations which highlighted cyber security, polymer, electro-optics, failure material analysis lab and others.

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STEM Educational Program Continues to Grow in Outreach Support

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The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education program has been a part of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) since 2009, but has since grown to include major K-12 programs, receive statewide recognition, establish a regional makerspace and has evolved into a recruiting tool for next generation NSWC Crane employees.

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Educational Partnership Agreement between NSWC Crane Division and Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc.

CRANE, Ind.- Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane), signed an Education Partnership Agreement with Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc. (ROI) in June. The new agreement sets the stage for collaboration on a number of workforce development and educational initiatives within Southwest Central Indiana.

ROI is a newly formed regional entity, which will help identify the skills and qualifications needed in the region’s defense sector. The information collected will be combined with similar information collected from the region’s life sciences and advanced manufacturing employers, in order for ROI to develop programming at the K-12 and post-secondary level to better prepare the local workforce pool for future jobs.

ROI is one of the recipients of the $42 million grant earlier this year from the Lilly Endowment to further the implementation of a regional strategic plan in the areas of workforce development and quality of life.

“This partnership between Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI) and NSWC Crane not only signifies the importance that Crane places on education and workforce in Southwest Central Indiana, it also confirms Crane’s commitment to supporting a region that has long been its home. Working together we can strengthen Crane’s capacity to fulfill its mission right here in SWCI (Southwest Central Indiana) and create opportunities for workers, of all ages and education levels, to secure high paying, quality jobs with one of the largest employers in our region and the state. It’s a win, win for us all,” said Tina Peterson, Interim CEO of ROI.

“We are excited about our educational partnership with ROI,” said Brian Blackwell, Director of Engagement for NSWC Crane. “It will provide the foundation for us to work together to better define and communicate our skillset needs in the future and collaborate on the development of programs to better equip the local workforce to meet our needs.”

NSWC Crane will be among a number of regional employees participating in ROI’s initial occupational needs assessment during the coming weeks in order to identify key skills and qualifications needed within the region for the future.

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

Scholarships Award Luncheon held at Club Lakeview: Annual event brings organizations together to support higher education

Crane, Ind. – A select group of Indiana’s best and brightest college students were honored at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) when the Southern Indiana Section of American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE), Blacks in Government (BIG), the Association of Old Crows (AOC) and the Hoosier Hills Chapter of Federally Employed Women (FEW) hosted a joint scholarship luncheon at Club Lakeview on July 26.

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After the Fireworks

Written By:   Mr. Matt Craig

In July communities across the nation celebrate our independence. We are reminded of our unparalleled freedoms, our patriotism and, of course, our fellow Americans who have answered the call of duty for our country.

Our region was shaped by one such poignant story of Americans answering that call—through unbelievable dedication, work ethic and tenacity everyday Americans stood up the Naval Ammunition Depot Burns City during WW II, which was nothing short of impossible.

Embroiled in war, our nation needed ammunition, and it needed it immediately.

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