Capt. Michael Orr
U.S. Navy

Captain Michael Orr


A native of Covina, California, Captain Michael Orr received his bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering / Astronautics from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1995. After completing flight school in Pensacola, Florida, and Meridian, Mississippi, he earned his Wings of Gold in 1998 and reported to Electronic Attack Squadron 129 (VAQ-129) for initial EA-6B Prowler training.

During his first operational tour assigned to the VAQ-139 “Cougars”, he served as the NATOPS, Training, and Aviation Armaments Division Officer. He was designated a Prowler tactics instructor upon graduation from the EA-6B Electronic Attack Weapons School in 2001, qualified as an Air Wing Landing Signals Officer, and completed two deployments in support of Operations Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom. His department head tour with the VAQ-138 “Yellow Jackets” included assignments as aviation safety officer and operations officer, with an additional deployment in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

In 2004, Orr became the first naval aviator fully qualified to fly the U.S. Air Force B-2A Spirit, serving as a B-2A survivability lead and wing electronic combat officer while assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. In 2010, he simultaneously served as the senior air advisor to the Commanding General, Combined Joint Task Force-101, Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, and as the executive officer of the 817th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron, responsible for all joint terminal air controllers and air liaison officers in Regional Commands North and East.

Orr was re-designated an Aeronautical Engineering duty officer in 2011. Acquisition assignments include integrated product team lead for F/A-18 Core Avionics in the F/A-18 & EA-18G Program Office (PMA-265), deputy program manager for Advanced Development and Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare in the Precision Strike Weapons Program Office (PMA-201), deputy program manager for Anti-Radiation Missiles in the Direct and Time  Sensitive Strike Weapons Program Office (PMA-242), military lead for the Program Executive Office for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons (PEO (U&W)), mission area lead integrator for Surface and Strike Warfare (MALISS) team and executive assistant to Commander, Naval Air Systems Command. He earned Program Management Level III certification in 2012, and is a member of the Acquisition Corps.

In June 2017, he assumed his current position as program manager for Airborne Electronic Attack Systems and EA-6B Programs (PMA-234), providing acquisition, engineering and technical services to the Navy and Marine Corps for the Next Generation Jammer, AN/ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System, AN/ALQ-231 Intrepid Tiger II, Jammer Technique Optimization, and the EA-6B Prowler aircraft.

Orr has accumulated more than 350 carrier arrested landings and 1,600 flight hours in the EA-6B Prowler, TA-4J Skyhawk, T-2C Buckeye, T-34C Turbo Mentor, T-38 Talon, and B-2A Spirit aircraft. His personal awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Strike Flight Air Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal, and various other personal and unit awards.

Program Manager Platforms

Airborne Electronic AttackEA-6B