June 21, 2024

Tomahawk Boss Retires

Rear Adm. Mat Winter, NAWCWD commander, observes as Capt. Paul A. Sohl, left, assumes command of Naval Test Wing Pacific, from Capt. Timothy J. More, right, in a Sept. 1 ceremony held at Point Mugu, Calif. (U.S. Navy photo)

The former Tomahawk test director at Naval Air Station Patuxent River ended his 24-year career last week at a change of command and retirement ceremony in Point Mugu, Calif.

Capt. Timothy J. “Eel” Morey celebrated his retirement Sept. 1 at the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 30 Hangar. Morey, Naval Test Wing Pacific commodore, completed his last military flight Aug. 29, departing from China Lake, Calif., where he served from March 2004 to March 2007 as chief test pilot and then commander of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 31.

Capt Paul A. Sohl relieved Morey at a ceremony attended by 200 guests. NASA astronaut Capt. Scott Kelly attended as guest speaker. Kelly, like his shipmate Morey, received his commission from the State University of New York Maritime College and was designated a naval aviator at Naval Air Station Beeville, Texas.

Morey is known in the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division community from his service as the Tomahawk test director within Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons program office at Pax River from October 2001 to December 2003. He became the military director of NAVAIR’s Weapons and Energetics Department from March 2007 to June 2008, then assumed command of Naval Test Wing Pacific from June 2008 to September 2011.

According to the Navy, Morey of North Salem, N.Y. was commissioned May 1987 through the NROTC Program at the State University of New York Maritime College where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a USCG Third Mate license in the Merchant Marine. He was designated a naval aviator in July 1989 at Naval Air Station Beeville, Texas. Throughout his career, he accumulated more than 3,000 hours of flight time in 35 different aircraft.

Morey’s personal awards include three Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals. He is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, currently serving on the Board of Directors as a technical advisor, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, where he serves on the Flight Test Technical Committee.

Source: NAWCWD Public Affairs

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