NUWC engineer Lena Dagher earns Meritorious Civilian Service Award

NEWPORT – Lena Dagher, an engineer in the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport’s Sensors and Sonar Systems Department, was awarded a Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

It is the third-highest honor bestowed on civilians by the U.S. Navy.

According to NUWC, Dagher, a resident of Newport, served as assistant program manager, Advanced Capability Build chief engineer, from July 2018 to this past May in the Undersea Systems Program Office. The award states it is for “exceptional leadership and technical expertise for the AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 Surface Air Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare Combat System and Next-Generation Surface Search Radar coordination efforts.”

The award also states, “Her unique professional history enabled greater communication and increased understanding between her development team and the installation and test communities. … She eagerly sought the hardest problems … and met them head on.”

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The award was presented to Dagher by Rear Adm. Douglas W. Small, program executive officer, Undersea Systems Program Office, Naval Sea Systems Command.

Susan Shalhoub is a PBN contributing writer.

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