Ceremony marks launch of NavalX ENC Technology Bridge in Craven County

A launch ceremony in New Bern underscored the significance of the launch of eastern North Carolina’s latest Tech Bridge on Thursday.

The ceremony commemorated the importance of the partnership between Fleet Readiness Center East and Craven County to utilize the benefits of the ENC Technical Bridge.

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“This ceremony fully recognizes the creation of ENC Tech Bridge,” said Jason Jones of the Craven County Board of Commissioners. “Craven County greatly values ​​this partnership with the FRCE and looks forward to working together to bring innovative capabilities to the Navy and Marine Corps.”

Jones said Craven County has a long history of supporting the military and the ceremony was another way to thank everyone who serves this country.

The ceremony included several officials who delivered opening remarks from the Craven County Board of Commissioners, ENC Tech Bridge, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, FRCE, House of Representatives and U.S. Senators and most notable, the Secretary of the United States Navy.

The ENC Tech Bridge Launch Ceremony took place on Thursday, January 27, 2022 at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.  The event commemorated the partnership between Fleet Readiness Center East and Craven County to utilize Tech Bridge benefits.  Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro was the keynote speaker for the event and is seen walking off stage.

“Thank you, thank you Carolinians for your contributions to our great department and for your support in our Navy and especially our Marine Corps here,” Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro said. “I want you to know that our department here in the Navy is extremely committed to meeting all of these (military) challenges.”

Tech Bridge launched in ENC on Nov. 15 with the goal of accelerating the adoption of proven, agility-enhancing prototype solutions to solve tough challenges facing the Navy and Marine Corps, according to a press release. of MCAS Cherry Point, which highlights the launch .

The Department of the Navy’s Office of Naval Agility (NavalX) leads Tech Bridge’s goal of rapidly delivering innovative capabilities to militaries around the world, the statement said.

NavalX was created to help create innovation and technology to get to a warfighter and solve problems quickly, said Jeff Wood, director of economic development for Craven County.

“Today, we are excited to connect with regional technology innovation communities here in eastern North Carolina by expanding and maintaining the partnership between government, state industry, academia, small businesses and private capital for our mutual gain,” said Lt. Col. Tegan Owen. , Director of ENC Tech Bridge.

Not only will NavalX Tech Bridge help establish innovative ideas to continually assist the local Navy and Marines, but it will also bring financial benefits to the local Craven County economy.

“We’re going to be able to work with local businesses that may not have worked with the government before, but they had a solution that was there,” Wood said. “We will be able to help them work with the government to provide them with that solution. The second thing is that we will be able to introduce Eastern North Carolina and Craven County to companies that would work closer to the ENC Tech Bridge and eventually have an installation here. It will help strengthen our universities to be able to work with the army.

He said details of Craven County’s future projects with Tech Bridge could not be disclosed, but generally within the next 12 months the company will become its own nonprofit entity.

“You’re going to hear about innovative things we’ve done, problems we’ve solved, and eventually see a permanent presence in Craven County,” Wood said. “So just stay tuned.”

The ceremony concluded with the unveiling of ENC Tech Bridge’s new logo to highlight the company’s partnership in eastern North Carolina.

The ENC Tech Bridge Launch Ceremony took place on Thursday, January 27, 2022 at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.  The event commemorated the partnership between Fleet Readiness Center East and Craven County to utilize Tech Bridge benefits.  Craven County Director of Economic Development Jeff Wood is pictured signing the new logo after the reveal.

The Fleet Readiness Center East provides the nation’s warfighters with the highest quality airframes, engines, components and services, on time and at the best price, according to the FRCE website.

“Tech Bridge is an entity unto itself and specifically partners with the Fleet Readiness Center,” Wood said. “So imagine FRCE saying they need a new innovative solution for something, but their overall mission of what they’re working with takes precedence. The Tech Bridge will be able to take the initiative to pursue this mission to try and find this innovation, work with companies and work with people like ECU to be able to get this solution, streamline it and get it to the fighter to solve these problems.”

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