As friends, family, Sailors, researchers and staff looked on, Bruington and Moran performed the time-honored Navy tradition, completing Bruington’s distinguished 28-year career.
The ceremony also brought to a close Bruington’s three-year assignment at NRL’s commanding officer, directing the activities of approximately 2,500 scientists, engineers and support personnel in conducting leading-edge research and providing new technological capabilities to the Navy and Marine Corps.
“I truly stood on the shoulders of giants, not only in the field of basic and applied science, but also with incredible leaders who thanklessly make a myriad of decisions that keep a dynamic shore command humming,” said Bruington.
“NRL is a unique place. It is the only corporate laboratory for the Navy and Marine Corps, and I have been proud to be its commanding officer.”
Prior to assuming command of NRL in August 2014, Bruington was the Principal Director, Programs at the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, charged with DoD humanitarian assistance, building partnership capacity and foreign military training and equipping U.S. partner nations.