FutureThe Navy Entomology Center of Excellence will be recognized as a global center of choice for the evaluation of novel pesticide application equipment, technologies, and operational and pest management services for the war-fighterContinue to leverage collaborations through the Deployed War-fighters Protection (DWFP) Program to discover novel insecticides, vector control techniques and equipment
Following WWII, during which Navy Entomologists were extremely successful in reducing casualties due to malaria, dengue fever, scrub typhus and numerous other insect/arthropod-borne disease, a few remained on active duty. A unit, Navy Malariology and Preventive Medicine Unit, was then established in 1947 at NAS Banana River to primarily control vector-borne disease in the Sixth Naval District. After a short period of time, the unit was re-located to NAS Jacksonville, FL and renamed the Navy Malaria and Mosquito Control Unit No. 1. This mission of this unit would evolve over the next 60+ years eventually becoming the Navy Entomology Center of Excellence, DoDs only command dedicated to operational entomology and the test center for all pesticide dispersal equipment that receives an NSN and used by all Services. **-10 Officers (all entomologists)-11 Enlisted (Engineman, PMTs, 0000)-16 civilians (5 Contractors/11GS 3 Term) *Since WWII, Navy Entomologists have been tasked with reducing the risk of human disease carried by blood feeding insects, contributing to Force Readiness. The mission remains the same today as the risk of insect-borne disease has not been eliminated despite advances in technology and our knowledge of insect behavior and ecology. With increased personnel exposure due to world-wide deployment, reduced access to control tools (particularly pesticides) and few immunizations (only 2/yellow fever and Japanese encephalitis), the threat of insect-borne disease adversely affecting readiness has never been higher. Everyday we dedicate ourselves to finding better control tools and techniques, providing support to the operational forces. **NECEs mission includes direct support to all Services whether in garrison or deployed. Since 2001, NECE entomologists have supported Contingency, Humanitarian and Disease Relief Missions accounting for over 15 years of cumulative boots on the ground time, serving in Marine Corps, Army and Navy positions. Additionally we serve as a training center for DoD pest management professionals (both military and civilian) providing courses leading to DoD pesticide application certification recognized as the gold standard by the US EPA, shipboard pest control certification and Operational Entomology Training where we train medical personnel how to establish and maintain a robust pest control program where none exists. Entomologists have also collaborated with civilian organizations to include to the University of Floridas Emerging Pathogens Institute to train international public health professionals*Over the past 5+ years, NECE has leveraged a consortium of world-class scientists from academia, industry and the government to develop pesticide dispersal equipment, new insecticides and application techniques to protect the deployed war-fighter from human disease carried by blood feeding insects.
Many projects are funded by the Congressionally mandated and Armed Forces Pest Management Board directed Deployed War-fighters Protection Program (DWFP)
*From our relationship with this consortium, many products have been produced directly impacting control programs leading to reduced risk of disease.*For over 60 years, NECE has been best in class for operational entomology support. We will continue this tradition, always searching for better ways to meet exceed our customers expectations. *