WIRA 2018 Quarterly Meeting Dates

Greetings Everyone,

Thank-you for an excellent start for 2018 at our 1st Quarterly Meeting!

The upcoming sessions for the remaining Quarter 2, 3, & 4 meetings will be on the following dates:

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 (11:30-1:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 (11:30-1:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 (11:30-1:00 p.m.)

We will be hosted by the Chincoteague Community Center:

6155 Community Drive

Chincoteague, VA 23336

We look forward to seeing you!

If you have any membership questions, please call Tiffany at 757-824-0600.

WIRA Quarter 4 Agenda October 17th

I. Welcome & Opening Remarks Peter Bale

II. Recognition of VIPS

III. WIRA Activities Visits

IV. Updates:

-NASA Wallops, Bill Wrobel

-Surface Combat Systems, Commander Jeff Lock

-Orbital ATK, Dan Givens

-Virginia Space. MARS, Michael Hansberry (SRS) Runway Acitivity

-Southern Maryland Navy Alliance, Admiral (Ret) Tim Heely (EVP SMNA) (Patuxant River Update)

V. Keynote Speaker: Ahmed Al Ansari. Acting CEO Dubai South, Dubai Aviation City Corporation. “An Overview of Global Aviation Advances Occurring in Dubai”

VI. Old Business/New Business

VII. Chincoteague Community Center, Stephen Frolich


We Hope to See You Tomorrow!

Norfolk Naval Shipyard Career Fair October 14, 2017

Norfolk Naval Shipyard to Hold Career Fair at TCC Portsmouth

Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) will host a career fair at Tidewater Community College’s Portsmouth Campus located at 120 Campus Drive, Portsmouth, Virginia Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The fair will emphasize shipyard career opportunities in the production skill trades. Representatives from major departments throughout NNSY, as well as the Naval Foundry and Propeller Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will be on hand to meet with attendees and answer questions. Representatives for Fleet Forces Human Resources Office will be there to discuss the application process.

Congress has granted temporary Direct Hire Authority (DHA) for certain occupations at NNSY to shorten the hiring process so large numbers of civilian employees can be hired more quickly. Prospective applicants should have copies of their resumes available and be prepared to be interviewed at the career fair.

Federal employment benefits at the shipyard include health and life insurance, matching retirement plan contributions, 10 paid holidays annually, 13 vacation days annually (advancing to 26), and 13 sick days annually.

The shipyard needs to hire more than 1,000 employees during the next 12 months. This will bolster NNSY’s number of employees to nearly 11,000, its most employees since the early 1990s, to support an influx of fleet repair and modernization in the coming years.

NNSY, a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command, is the oldest industrial facility belonging to the U.S. Navy, and specializes in repairing, overhauling and modernizing ships and submarines. It is the fourth largest employer in the Hampton Roads area with more than 10,000 civilians and an annual payroll of approximately $700 million. NNSY is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Questions about shipyard employment can be e-mailed to: FLTHRO_NNSY@navy.mil

Career Fair Flyer

2017 2nd Quarter General Meeting

Tuesday, April 11th, 11:30am to 1pm

The Chincoteague Center

6155 Community Center Dr., Chincoteague

$5 admission for members, $15 admission for non-members.
Bag lunch available.


  1. WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS – Chairman, Peter Bale

Captain John P. Robinson III – Welcome home and welcome to the WIRA Board.

  1. Introduction of new Town Managers – Chairman, Peter Bale
    1. Chincoteague: Jim West
    2. Onancock: Bill Kerbin
  1. UPDATES from 2017 Virginia Legislative Session
    1. Senator Lynwood Lewis
    2. Delegate Rob Bloxom
    1. NASA Wallops – Bill Wrobel
    2. Virginia Space / MARS – Dale Nash
    3. NAVY Surface Combat Systems – Commander Jeffrey Lock
    4. Orbital ATK – Dan Givens

Curtis Smith, Accomack Northampton Planning District Commission

    Old Business / New Business