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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

104th Birthday of Naval Support Facility Dahlgren

WHEREAS, Dahlgren was established in 1918 as the Naval Proving Ground, and named in honor of Rear Admiral John Adolphus Dahlgren, who is considered the father of modern naval ordnance; and, 

 WHEREAS, what began as a gun test facility in the waning days of World War I has since evolved and expanded into a major shore installation that is responsible for numerous scientific and response-force missions serving all branches of the United States armed forces; and, 

 WHEREAS, Naval Support Facility (NSF) Dahlgren is home to nearly a dozen military commands and supporting organizations that are contributing directly to a multitude of critical defense programs and operations on a worldwide scale; and, 

 WHEREAS, NSF Dahlgren and it’s 11,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel make a significant economic contribution to the local community, contributing over $3 billion annually to area economies through payroll dollars and defense contracts alone; and, 

 WHEREAS, NSF Dahlgren is the largest employer in King George County, Virginia; and, 

 WHEREAS, today, we celebrate the Naval Support Facility Dahlgren as a premier research and development center that serves as a specialty site for weapon system integration; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize October 16, 2022 as the 104th BIRTHDAY OF NAVAL SUPPORT FACILITY DAHLGREN in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.