Ross honored for 45 years of service

Ross honored for 45 years of serviceRear Adm. Scott Dillon, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division commander, presents Ron Ross, head of the Logistics Management Integration Department, with a 45-year length of service award during a ceremony Sept. 11 at China Lake. — U.S. Navy photo by Paul Kakert

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By STACIE LAWRENCE

NAWCWD Public Affairs

“It kind of flew by for me,” said Ron Ross of his 45 years of federal service. “I like what I do.”

Ross, head of the Logistics Management Integration Department at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division and WD site lead for Logistics Integration for Naval Air Systems Command, was honored during a Sept. 11 ceremony at China Lake.

After earning a degree in business from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Ross served as a naval aviation weapons officer making deployments aboard carriers such as USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and USS Enterprise (CVN 65) among others. Later, he served as a weapons officer at Naval Air Station Miramar and for the U.S. Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor Program, better known as TOPGUN.

“It’s remarkable the number of very impressive accomplishments that can be fit into an individual’s highly successful career,” said Rear Adm. Scott Dillon, NAWCWD commander, before presenting Ross with his award. “Thank you for everything that you’ve done for us. Forty-five years is quite the accomplishment and it really is impressive.”

Once he retired from naval service, Ross supported the Aerial Targets, F/A-18 and EA-18G, and Standoff Missile Systems Program Offices until he moved to China Lake in 2003 to accept his current position in Logistics.

“Thank you everyone for coming here today,” Ross said addressing his colleagues in attendance. “Whatever time you’ve given our country and given your service, thank you for that, I appreciate your time.”

Story First Published: 2018-09-21