DVIDS – News – Petrovic relieves Vigil as 41st commander of the NRL

WASHINGTON – Captain Gregory Petrovic relieved Captain Ricardo Vigil and assumed command as the 41st Commander of the US Naval Research Laboratory in a ceremony on June 25, 2021. Petrovic assumed command of the NRL after his tour of duty as general manager.

Chief of Naval Research Rear Admiral Lorin Selby was the guest speaker and presented Vigil with a Legion of Merit Award for his service as Commander of the NRL from June 2019 to June 2021.

“Captain. Vigil led a great NRL team through some of the most difficult times, including a pandemic, without wasting a minute when it comes to providing our Sailors and Marines with the best capabilities in the world,” Selby said. “We wish him good winds and a sea that follows, and I look forward to continuing to exceptionally lead the NRL under Captain Petrovic.”

Vigil has overseen over $ 1.3 billion for sponsored research and advanced technology development, including over $ 216 million for basic and applied research with superb potential for scientific breakthroughs.

During his tenure he implemented sustainable organizational improvements and faced a global pandemic. Its strategic thinking has enabled nearly 4,000 employees to safely accomplish their vital mission.

Vigil has reflected on a variety of NRL science and research efforts that will someday support the sailors and marines of the fleet, such as fire foam testing for use on ships and airplanes, quantum information, the development and improvement of modeling of the oceanic atmosphere. He also highlighted advanced laser weapon technology, software-based encryption systems, artificial intelligence, advanced fluid dynamics and hypersonic research aircraft. Schedule.

“Finally, the areas of scientific and technological research that I mentioned earlier are only a small sample of the whole portfolio,” said Vigil. “It represents current and future naval power as well as the dedication and passion of a truly incredible workforce. It has been an honor and a personal dream to be able to lead the talented workforce at the Naval Research Laboratory. Thank you.”

Vigil will then report as Deputy Director of the US Navy’s Office for Policy, Technology, and Advanced Low Observation and Counter-Low Observation Projects (PMR-51).

Petrovic is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and the Eisenhower School of National Security. His previous military assignments include the Division Chief for Theater Anti-Submarine Warfare and International Engagement, at the Undersea Warfare Development Center, in San Diego, California.

Petrovic was posted to the Pentagon Joint Chiefs of Staff, as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director of Requirements and Deputy Head of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) branch.

After his tour of the Pentagon, Petrovic took command of the “Mad Foxes” (VP) 5 Patrol Squadron, where he led the first deployment of P-8 aircraft for the VP-5 to Okinawa, Japan. His military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Medal of Honor (six awards, including one with bravery), the Service Medal spouse, the Navy and Marine Corps Medal and various other campaign medals and unit awards.

About the US Naval Research Laboratory

The NRL is a scientific and technical command dedicated to research driving innovative advances for the US Navy and Marine Corps, from the seabed to space and in the realm of information. NRL is located in Washington, DC with major field sites at the Stennis Space Center, Mississippi; Key West, Florida; Monterey, Calif., And employs approximately 3,000 civilian scientists, engineers and support staff.

For more information, contact NRL Corporate Communications at (202) 480-3746 or [email protected]

Date taken: 25.06.2021
Date posted: 25.06.2021 17:32
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