Sohl gets orders for Pax River

CHINA LAKE – Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert announced July 12 that Rear Adm. Paul Sohl, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division commander, was selected to take over as commander of the Fleet Readiness Centers and assistant commander for Naval Air Systems Command’s Logistics and Industrial Operations in Patuxent River, Md.

Sohl’s orders have him departing NAWCWD in early August; he will replace Rear Adm. C.J. Jaynes.

Capt. Michael T. Moran, who has been selected for promotion to rear admiral, will be the new NAWCWD commander. Moran is currently serving as military assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics in Washington, D.C.

“From a completely selfish view, this tour at Weapons Division has been far too short for me,” Sohl said. “I am grateful for having had the opportunity to see up close the amazing capabilities available at each of the NAWCWD campuses – China Lake, Point Mugu and San Nicolas Island.

“I leave here convinced more than ever of our country’s vital need for NAWCWD’s dedicated civilian, military and contractor workforce. Looking forward, I’m honored and humbled to be able to continue to serve within NAVAIR in my new role.”

Story First Published: 2013-07-24