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Mr. Steve Schulze receives 2019 Distinguished Civilian Award

The Naval Submarine League recently recognized Mr. Steve Schulze for his commitment to the submarine force by honoring him with the 2019 Distinguished Civilian Award.  Schulze, currently Senior Vice President, Navy Technical Support Services with Patrona Corp, retired following 34 years of federal government service with the Navy, including Executive Director, Undersea Warfare Directorate (SEA 07); and Executive Director, Naval Systems Engineering Directorate (SEA 05).  During his career, Schulze led the navy through some of its most challenging technical issues.  Schulze assembled and led teams of technical experts and developed inspection, repair and restoration plans to recover from the GREENEVILLE/EHIME MARU collision, GREENEVILLE/OGDEN collision, HARTFORD grounding off La Maddalena, Sardinia, SAN FRANCISCO collision with a submerged sea mount, and the HARTFORD/NEW ORLEANS collision. In his remarks, Mr. Schulze credited his successful career to NAVSEA’s Command climate, mutually supportive partnerships with the Flag Officers, trusting and respectful relationships with industry, and the dedication and commitment of the NAVSEA workforce.

Pictured left to right VADM Jay Donnelley, USN, Ret., NSL President; Mr. Steve Schulze; and ADM Kirk Donald, USN, Ret., Chairman NSL

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Former NAVSEA Deputy Chief Engineer and Chief Technology Officer, Steven Schulze has joined Patrona Corporation as Vice President of Navy Technical Support Services

Steven Schulze has joined Patrona Corporation as Vice President of Navy Technical Support Services, to expand, lead, align and integrate the technical services portfolio Patrona Corporation delivers to the US Navy.  Mr. Schulze has more than 30 years of experience in managing and executing engineering and technical services across a wide range of engineering disciplines supporting the life cycle engineering maintenance and modernization of ships, submarines and naval systems.

Prior to joining Patrona Corporation, Mr. Schulze served as NAVSEA’s Deputy Chief Engineer and Chief Technology Officer accountable for executing the Navy’s technical authority policy across all ships, submarines, vehicles and assigned systems. 

Mr. Schulze holds a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy, from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University.  He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology.

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Patrona Joins Huntington Ingalls Industries Team Awarded Aircraft Carrier Maintenance Contract

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA. June 22, 2017 – Patrona Corporation, a leading small business service provider to the U.S. Navy and DoD, announced today it is a team member on the newly awarded Commander Naval Air Forces (CNAF) Engineering Maintenance Services (EMS) Multiple Award contract awarded to Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Technical Solutions division. Under the contract, the Technical Solutions team will bid to provide engineering, technical, and related services for aircraft carrier maintenance and modernization advance planning, work package development, integration and execution.

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FORMER US NAVY CHIEF ENGINEER SCOTT WILLIAMS JOINS PATRONA CORPORATION

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA. June 6, 2013 – Patrona Corporation, a leading woman-owned small business service provider to the US Navy and DoD, announces the hiring of D. Scott Williams as its Chief Engineering Officer. He will be assigned duties providing leadership and technical oversight of Patrona’s cadre of engineers and supporting a broad array of emergent customer initiatives. Williams has a unique blend of technical, senior management and strategic expertise that make him an invaluable asset for Patrona as it strives to become the preeminent service provider for the submarine and greater Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) community.

Prior to joining Patrona Corporation, Williams was Chief Engineer at the Submarine Maintenance Engineering, Planning & Procurement (SUBMEPP) Activity, a part of NAVSEA located at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. He was second-in-command overseeing a staff of 220 civilians and 145 contractors. He has 35 years of Federal Civilian Service, employed in various engineering and management positions related to US Naval nuclear submarine life cycle maintenance, modernization, reliability, safety, and cost control.

“Patrona is pleased and excited to welcome Scott to our team,” said Patrona President Joseph Novak. “Scott brings a wealth of US Navy experience, knowledge and engineering insight that will help Patrona grow its presence throughout the Northeast, including our Portsmouth, New Hampshire office. We look forward to Scott leading many of our US Navy initiatives and helping to expand our service offerings throughout the DoD market.”

Williams has repeatedly been recognized for his significant contributions to the US Navy Submarine Force including receiving the US Navy’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 1997 and 2000, the Department of Defense Value Engineering Award in June 2011 and the Navy Superior Civilian Award in May 2011 and May 2013.

Williams received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire, in Durham, New Hampshire. He is also Certified Level III as a Department of Defense Acquisition Professional in Systems, Planning, Research, Development and Engineering.

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Former U.S. Navy Ship Design Engineer James Conklin Joins Patrona Corporation

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA. October 30, 2013 – Patrona Corporation, a leading woman-owned small business service provider to the US Navy and DoD, announces the hiring of James L. Conklin as Senior Program Manager, supporting the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) community. He will lead task support for the Virginia Class Submarine construction efforts.

Prior to joining Patrona Corporation, Mr. Conklin was the Ship Design Manager for the Ohio Replacement Class of Submarines. As the Technical Authority, he reviewed and approved the technical design and development of ship specification requirements and Government Furnished Information (GFI). Mr. Conklin also acted as technical liaison between the Strategic Systems Programs and the United Kingdom, managing a design team of more than 75 members, and overseeing the yearly budget development and program cost reduction initiatives.

“We are very pleased to welcome Jim to our team,” said Patrona President Joseph Novak. “Jim has a proven record with more than 30 years of Federal Civilian Service, employed in various engineering and management positions related to U.S. Naval Submarine and Carrier Programs. Most important, he brings the energy and entrepreneurial drive that we know is valued by our customers and critical to our culture.”

Mr. Conklin has been recognized for his significant contributions to the United States Navy and NASA, including the Navy’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the NASA Engineering & Safety Center Letter of Appreciation and recently the Navy’s Superior Civilian Service Award.

He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He is also Certified Level III as a Department of Defense Acquisition Professional in Systems, Planning, Research, Development and Engineering, as well as in Program Management, and LEAN Six Sigma.

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Former NAVSEA Technical Warrant Holder for Electrical Systems Khosrow Moniri Joins Patrona Corporation

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA. February 26, 2015 – Patrona Corporation, a leading woman-owned small business service provider to the US Navy and DoD, announces the hiring of Khosrow Moniri as Principal Engineer, supporting Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). He will lead task support for the Ohio Replacement Submarine Program efforts.

Moniri has 37 years of extensive experience in electrical power generation, distribution, design, operation and maintenance for the U.S. Navy and commercial power industry. Prior to joining Patrona, Moniri was the NAVSEA Technical Warrant Holder for Electrical Systems. He was responsible for the electrical power generation, distribution, protection and control systems for all U.S. submarines, aircraft carriers and surface ships. He also developed electrical specifications for U.S. surface ships, submarines and carriers.

“Patrona is known for hiring high caliber individuals who are experts in their line of work,” said Patrona President Joseph Novak. “Khosrow is no exception. He has a proven record with extraordinary experience in both the U.S. Navy and private industry, and continues to be sought after for his knowledge and expertise in all areas of electrical power design, operation and maintenance for the nuclear submarine community. ”

Moniri has held many senior-level engineering positions for the U.S. Navy and received numerous awards, including the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award, the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award – U.S. Pacific Fleet, and Achievement Award–USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) and the Special Award for: the USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723), USS SANDLANCE (SSN 660), USS Gato (SSN 615), and USS Glenard P. Lipscomb (SSN 685).

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree – Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisville, and his Master of Engineering from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

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Former US Navy Executive Director Timothy Bassett Joins Patrona Corporation

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA. June 3, 2015 – Patrona Corporation, a leading woman-owned small business service provider to the U.S. Navy and DoD, announces the hiring of Mr. Timothy T. Bassett as a Principal Engineer. He will be assigned duties providing senior leadership, technical expertise and strategic planning of Patrona’s broad array of emergent customer initiatives.  Mr. Bassett has more than 37 years of technical, senior management and strategic planning expertise that make him an invaluable asset for Patrona as it strives to become the preeminent service provider for the submarine and greater Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) community.

Prior to joining Patrona Corporation, Mr. Bassett was Executive Director of the NAVSEA Submarine Maintenance Engineering, Planning & Procurement (SUBMEPP) Activity located at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. He was first-in-command overseeing a staff of 220 civilians and 110 contractors, supporting submarine maintenance, strategic planning and execution of a $60+ million budget. He also maintained alignment with NAVSEA and Fleet Commands to ensure efficient and effective execution of submarine maintenance plans for the entire submarine navy. Mr. Bassett developed and implemented revised strategy for SSN 688 Class submarine maintenance and achieved savings of approximately $278 million dollars.

“Tim is a leader with the experience and acumen to accelerate Patrona’s presence throughout NAVSEA, and particularly in the Northeast U.S.,” said Patrona President Joseph Novak. “Tim’s extensive track record of delivering results will continue to provide our customers cost-effective and innovative solutions in the submarine community. We look forward to Tim leading our U.S. Navy initiatives and helping to expand our service offerings throughout the DoD market.”

Mr. Bassett received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, in Lowell, Massachusetts. He also received a Masters in Engineering Management from the University of Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command Awards Patrona Corporation $23.5 Million Contract to Support Submarine Safety and Quality Assurance

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA. May 4, 2016– U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has awarded Patrona Corporation, a leading woman-owned small business service provider to the U.S. Navy and DoD, a five-year contract to provide engineering, programmatic and quality assurance support for the Submarine Safety and Quality Assurance Division. The Submarine Safety and Quality Assurance Division is responsible for safety and quality assurance programs associated with acquisition and life cycle management of Submarine Safety (SUBSAFE), Fly-By-Wire Ship Control Systems (FBW SCS) and Deep Submergence Systems Programs and for monitoring compliance with these Programs. 

The cost-plus incentive fee contract, valued at $23.5 million, includes a base year, two option years and two award terms. Patrona and its teaming partners, Global Services Solutions, Inc., and Gryphon Technologies will assist the Submarine Safety and Quality Assurance Division with program planning, implementation, management and execution for the Submarine Safety (SUBSAFE), Deep Submergence Systems (DSS) and FBW SCS Certification Programs, including life cycle support, logistics and quality assurance engineering.

“We are honored that the U.S. Navy has chosen our team to support the Submarine Safety and Quality Assurance Division with their critically important role in maintaining the safety and readiness of our submarine forces,” comments Executive Vice President of Operations, Bob Morrissey. “This contract award continues Patrona’s longtime commitment to providing quality, timely and cost-effective program management and engineering support services to NAVSEA.”

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Patrona Corporation Opens New Washington, DC, Office to Support U.S. Navy Submarine Safety and Quality Assurance Division

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA. July 1, 2016– Patrona Corporation was recently awarded a $23 million five-year contract to provide engineering, programmatic and quality assurance support for the NAVSEA Submarine Safety and Quality Assurance Division. The Submarine Safety and Quality Assurance Division is responsible for safety and quality assurance programs associated with acquisition and life cycle management of Submarine Safety (SUBSAFE), Fly-By-Wire Ship Control Systems (FBW SCS) and Deep Submergence Systems Programs and compliance with these programs.

Patrona Corporation has opened a SUBSAFE Support Center on the first floor at Maritime Plaza II. Located at 1220 12th Street SE, Washington, DC, it will be home to more than 30 employees of Patrona and its teaming partners.

“With the U.S. Navy’s choice of our team to support their critically important Submarine Safety and Quality Assurance Division, it was imperative for us to be located close to our customers,” comments Executive Vice President of Operations, Bob Morrissey. “Our SUBSAFE Support Center is a short walk from the Washington Navy Yard giving our team a rapid response capability when our customers need us.”

About Patrona Corporation Patrona Corporation is a leading small business service provider to the U.S. Navy and DoD. Patrona is a woman-owned, small disadvantaged 8(a) certified, consulting firm, founded in 2005 and headquartered in Arlington, VA, with field offices in Portsmouth, NH, the Virginia Tidewater area, and Washington, DC. Its core capabilities include: Program Management, Technical and Engineering Services, Logistics Support, Financial Management, Strategic Planning and Implementation, Operations Planning, and Quality Management.