Moran was presented with the Legion of Merit for his service as commanding officer for NRL from July 2017 to June 2019. Under his leadership, 146 rapid technology initiatives were introduced into the broad range of acquisition programs and global operations.
Moran also enabled a multi-million-dollar aircraft recapitalization effort for the Naval Research, Development and Enterprise’s only flight Scientific Development Squadron (VXS-1) Warlocks.
“Serving as NRL’s Commanding Officer was the highlight of my Navy career,” Moran said. “This tour provided a unique opportunity to facilitate the efforts of superb professionals as they developed and matured new technologies for naval forces. I found it especially satisfying to plan for improvements with Director of Research Dr. Bruce Danly, and look forward to seeing Capt. Ric Vigil continue these efforts as he takes command.”
Vigil, a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School with a doctorate in applied physics, assumed command of NRL following his tour of duty as the executive officer.
“Truly, our mission of delivering unmatched technological advantage is realized by the teamwork of a talented and diverse workforce who are passionate, creative, and dedicated to serving our country,” Vigil said. “I am humbled and honored to serve as the commanding officer of this extraordinary team.”