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Saint Leonard Native Serves with Naval Test Wing Atlantic Aboard NAS



Wesley Mumper is an aircraft mechanic contractor with NTWL, he's a helicopter and plane captain who is responsible for the overall upkeep of the command's aircraft. Wesley Mumper is an aircraft mechanic contractor with NTWL, he's a helicopter and plane captain who is responsible for the overall upkeep of the command's aircraft.

PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (May 20, 2016)—A 2000 Patuxent High School graduate and Saint Leonard, Maryland native is serving with Naval Test Wing Atlantic (NTWL) supporting the future of naval aviation aboard Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.

Wesley Mumper is an aircraft mechanic contractor with NTWL, he's a helicopter and plane captain who is responsible for the overall upkeep of the command's aircraft.

"Not only does this job provide me with sound financial security and stability, but it's a continuation of what I did while previously serving in the Navy as an aviation machinist's mate," said Mumper.

NTWL is responsible for safe and efficient execution of developmental ground and flight testing across all naval aviation platforms and systems.

It consists of five component commands, air test and evaluation squadrons, VX-20, HX-21 and VX-23, the Unmanned Aerial Systems Test Directorate and U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.

Mumper works directly for HX-21, which is responsible for testing and evaluating the Navy's newest and most advanced aircraft systems.

"What I enjoy most about my job is having the opportunity to learn different aspects of my trade from other test engineer contractors here at HX-21," said Mumper.

NTWL includes approximately 3,800 personnel, including 400 military, 800 civilian, 2,500 contractors and 65 students at any given time. Working together to accomplish the command's test and evaluation mission, they do everything from maintaining aircraft airframes, electronic systems and engines, to handling administrative requirements, developing test plans, reporting test results, handling weapons and flying the aircraft.

"The men and women of Naval Test Wing Atlantic do great work every day to keep naval aviation at the cutting edge," said Capt. Brett Pierson, NTWL commander. "Whether they're flying or maintaining our aircraft, developing or executing test plans, or taking care of all the support we need in order to do what we do so well, our team takes pride in ensuring systems are ready for the fleet. I'm very proud of our people for what they do to defend our nation."

Working at HX-21, Mumper is taking what he learned from serving in the Navy and applying to his role at the command.

"Previously serving in the Navy for seven years, I learned great teamwork skills and how to be an effective leader," said Mumper. "I also learned a good skill set working on multiple aircrafts which has definitely helped my transition into the civilian world."

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