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Monday, June 17, 2019

Apprentice School News

Jill Biden, the former Second Lady of the United States, delivers commencement address at The Apprentice School graduation. Photo by Ashley Cowan/HII

HII: 157 Apprentice School Graduates

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted commencement exercises on Saturday, March 2, 2019, for 157 graduates of The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding. The apprenticeship is a rigorous four- to eight-year program designed to develop the next generation of shipyard leaders. The Apprentice School, which first opened in 1919 with 126 apprentices, is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year. Over the last 100 years, the school has produced more than 10,800 graduates.“To casually say that you build ships falls woefully short of how you serve the United States of America…

Photo by Matt Hildreth/HII

Newport News Shipbuilding Dedicates Habitat for Humanity Home

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday for a new home company volunteers built in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg. The company also broke ground on its 17th joint project.Newport News joined elected officials and community leaders in welcoming Salima Kabwe and her three children to their new home in the city’s southeast community. The three-bedroom house is the 16th…

Suzanne Beckstoffer, an accomplished engineering leader and business woman, the first woman president in SNAME’s 125 year history. Photo: HII/NNS

One-on-One with Suzanne Beckstoffer

One-on-one with Suzanne Beckstoffer, an accomplished engineering leader and business woman, the first woman president in SNAME’s 125 year history.As the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2018, it will celebrate another historical milestone at the start of 2019 when Suzanne M. Beckstoffer takes the helm of SNAME as president, the first woman to hold this position in the association’s history. We met recently with Beckstoffer to discuss her distinguished shipbuilding career…

Xavier Beale. Photo: Huntington Ingalls Industries

Xavier Beale New VP at Newport News Shipbuilding

Huntington Ingalls Industries  announced  the promotion of Xavier Beale to vice president of trades at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. He will succeed Ray Bagley, a master shipbuilder who retired in July after more than 43 years of service.In this role, Beale, who most recently served as director of human resources operations, will be responsible for production trades, trades management, trades administration and The Apprentice School. He will report directly to Matt Needy…

Bryan Caccavale has been promoted to vice president of strategic sourcing for HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. (CREDIT: HII)

HII Names Caccavale As VP at Newport News Shipbuilding

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that Bryan Caccavale has been promoted to vice president of strategic sourcing for the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. He assumed his new role this week and reports to the shipyard’s president, Jennifer Boykin. Caccavale joined Newport News in 2002 and has held leadership positions in contracts and pricing and business management. He also served as director of business management for aircraft carrier construction, overhaul and inactivation, where he supported the CVN 80 and 81 multi-ship procurement strategy.

Scott Weldon. Photo: HII

Shipbuilding: Weldon Named VP at HII Ingalls

Scott Weldon was promoted to vice president of supply chain management at HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division. In this role, Weldon will provide leadership to all Ingalls supply chain management functions, including sourcing, procurement, inventory control and material warehousing. He succeeds Lori Harper, who will retire on Aug. 1 after more than 15 years of service at Ingalls. Weldon joined HII in 1998 and served in various leadership positions across the shipyard. Most recently, he served as chief procurement officer.

Latitia McCane (HII photo)

McCane Named Director at Newport News’ Apprentice School

U.S. shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that Latitia D. McCane has been named director of education for The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding.McCane is responsible for the overall leadership, vision and strategic direction of craft training, academic delivery, student services, accreditation and recruitment for the school that provides four-to eight-year apprentice programs for approximately 800 students. She will report to Ray Bagley, Newport News’ vice president of trades operations.Since 2007…

Rear Adm. Mat Winter, the U.S. Navy’s deputy program executive officer for the F-35 Lightning II, gave the commencement address at The Apprentice School graduation. Photo by John Whalen.

HII Graduates 184 Shipbuilders from Apprentice School

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted commencement exercises on Saturday for 184 graduates of the company’s Apprentice School located at Newport News Shipbuilding. The ceremony was held at Liberty Baptist Church Worship Center in Hampton. Rear Adm. Mat Winter, the U.S. Navy’s deputy program executive officer for the F-35 Lightning II, reminded the company’s newest shipbuilders during his commencement address that everything they have achieved and will continue to achieve makes a difference.

Forty-five students representing various crafts graduated from Ingalls Shipbuilding’s Apprentice School on Saturday. (Photo by Andrew Young/HII)

Ingalls Shipbuilding Celebrates Apprentice Graduation

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) held a graduation ceremony Saturday for graduates of Ingalls Shipbuilding's Apprentice School. The ceremony celebrated the accomplishments of 45 students representing various crafts at Ingalls. "Knowing that you've helped build these ships as they sail away and join the fleet should make you and your family proud—every day," said Capt. Joe Tuite, commanding officer, Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast, the ceremony's featured speaker. "Every bolt, every hose and every pipe will have been carefully placed by you and the Ingalls team.

(From left) The Apprentice School Director Everett Jordan presented the school’s 10,000th graduate, Sara Ruggles, with a plaque to commemorate the milestone as Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin and Newport News Shipbuilding Vice President of Trade Operations Ray Bagley joined other shipyard leadership in applause. Photo by John Whalen/HII

Apprentices Graduate to Newport News Shipbuilding

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted commencement exercises Saturday to graduate 157 apprentices from the company's Apprentice School located at Newport News Shipbuilding. The graduation, held at the Liberty Baptist Church Worship Center in Hampton, also marked a milestone in graduating The Apprentice School's 10,000th graduate, Sara Ruggles. Retired Adm. John C. Harvey Jr., Virginia's secretary of veterans and defense affairs, delivered the commencement address. "There is no one in any industry…

Rob Hogan (Photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries)

Rob Hogan Appointed Vice President of Manufacturing at Newport News Shipbuilding

Rob Hogan has been appointed vice president of manufacturing at the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division. Since beginning his career as a welder in 1976, Hogan has held leadership positions at all levels of production and construction. Most recently, he served as director of manufacturing for steel fabrication. Hogan is a graduate of The Apprentice School and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Strayer University. In his new position…

Rob Hogan (HII photo)

Hogan Named VP at Newport News Shipbuilding

Rob Hogan has been appointed vice president of manufacturing at the Newport News Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), the company announced. Hogan began his career in 1976 as a welder. Since then, he has held leadership positions at all levels of production and construction. Most recently, he served as director of manufacturing for steel fabrication. Hogan is a graduate of The Apprentice School and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Strayer University.

Ray Bagley (Photo by Chris Oxley/HII)

Bagley Named VP at Newport News Shipbuilding

Ray Bagley has been appointed by Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) as the company’s new vice president of trades operations for its Newport News Shipbuilding division. Bagley, who will earn the distinction of "Master Shipbuilder" for 40 years of continuous service next week, began his career at The Apprentice School as a painter. He has worked at all levels of production and construction leadership on all of Newport News' product lines, including nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines, ship repair and conversion, and commercial ships.

Newport News Fosters Home-grown Talent

Newport News’ Apprentice School seeks to go beyond training workers; it seeks to build leaders. The Apprentice School at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division offers an invaluable educational and career opportunity for those seeking a profession in shipbuilding, but the school’s benefits extend much further than that. Within the HII business, the company uses the program to groom its apprentices for leadership roles within its managerial and corporate ladder.

Apprentices Jason Marshall (left) and Matthew Stanley (center) greet Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton in the lobby of The Apprentice School before her tour led by the school’s director, Everett Jordan (right). Photo by Chris Oxley/HII

Holton Tours Newport News’ Apprentice School

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton Wednesday for a tour of The Apprentice School at the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division. Danny Hunley, Newport News' vice president of operations, and Everett Jordan, The Apprentice School's education director, led the tour of the 90,000-square-foot facility, which includes eight computer labs, two video teleconferencing classrooms, a physics lab and a 600-seat gymnasium. Holton was also joined by Virginia Deputy Secretary of Education Dietra Trent…

Apprentice graduates: Photo courtesy of HII

HII Graduate 137 Shipbuilding Apprentices

Huntington Ingalls Industries hosted commencement exercises for the company's Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding. The graduation, held at the Liberty Baptist Church Worship Center in Hampton, celebrated 137 apprentices representing 18 trades and four advanced programs. Danny Hunley, vice president of operations at Newport News and an Apprentice School graduate, served as the keynote speaker. He shared lessons learned during his 40 years of service at the shipyard and reminded the future shipbuilders of the importance of their daily work.

NNS 'Memorial Mural' : Photo credit HII

NNS's New Apprentice School to Display Restored 'Memorial Mural'

The "Memorial Mural," painted by Thomas W. Skinner in 1947, once on display in The Apprentice School's administration and classroom building is being restored. The "Memorial Mural," once on display in The Apprentice School's administration and classroom building, has served as a reminder of the men and women who not only built ships for the Navy but also served as sailors and soldiers themselves. Skinner's mural is being restored to its original vibrancy at The Mariners' Museum before claiming its home in The Apprentice School's new facility, which is currently under construction.

John Temple: Photo credit HII

NNS Appoints John Temple V-P at SRNS

Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) appoints John Temple as Vice President of Contracts Management for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS). Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII ) announce that John Temple has been promoted to vice president of contracts management for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) –  a joint partnership between Newport News Shipbuilding, Fluor Corp. and Honeywell that manages operations of the Department of Energy's Savannah River Site in Aiken, S.C.

Award-winner, Micah Terrell Meeks: Photo credit HHI

HII Apprentices Graduate

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosts the graduation ceremony for the company's Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS). The graduation, held at Liberty Baptist Church Worship Center in Hampton, celebrated the achievements of 206 apprentices representing 21 trades. Retired Navy Adm. Tim Keating served as the commencement speaker and shared some of his personal experiences with NNS-built aircraft carriers and submarines and their impact on national security. "Think of the difference you have made over decades of good, honest hard work," he said to the graduates.

HII Apprentices Career Day: Students Set a Design Challenge

The Apprentice School gymnasium at Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division transformed. Using materials such as duct tape and marshmallows, NNS, in partnership with NASA Langley Research Center and the Peninsula Engineering Council (PEC), will engage 600 sophomores and juniors from Peninsula and Southside high schools to explore their passion in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and increase their awareness and appreciation of engineering—all while having a little fun.

Greg Hoefflin: Photo credit HII

NNS Employee Named Outstanding Apprentice 2012

Newport News Shipbuilding employee Greg Hoefflin has been named an Outstanding Apprentice for 2012 by the Virginia Apprenticeship Council. Hoefflin, a 2012 graduate of The Apprentice School at NNS, is the ninth Apprentice School graduate to receive the honor since it was first awarded in 1998. The Virginia Apprenticeship Council, in association with the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, sponsors the annual awards program to honor outstanding apprentices who represent the best of what apprenticeship has to offer. Apprentices are nominated by their sponsoring organizations.

Sec. of Labor & Apprentices: Photo credit HII

US Shipyard Apprentice School Given High Profile Recognition

Huntington Ingalls Industries'  Newport News Apprentice School recognized as 'Trailblazer & Innovator' by Dept of Labor Office of Apprenticeship. The Office of Apprenticeship awards registered apprentice programs this recognition if their programs, practices, strategies or partnerships demonstrate the types of trailblazing and innovative efforts that play a critical role in preparing the workforce in the 21st century. Because of this recognition, NNS' Apprentice School was invited to attend the "Out-Educate…