Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ZERO (VX 20) is a proud member of Naval Air Systems Command and traces its roots to the founding of Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland. Recognizing the need for Navy flight test effort consolidation, NAS Patuxent River was established on April 1, 1943. The location was selected due to coast proximity, air traffic congestion and isolation. On June 16, 1945, Naval Air Test Center (NATC) (Flight Test Division, Weapon Systems Test Division, Service Test Division, and the United States Naval Test Pilot School) was designated as the center for Navy flight test. In April 1975, NATC was reorganized into the Antisubmarine Aircraft Test Directorate, Strike Aircraft Test Directorate, Rotary Wing Aircraft Test Directorate, Systems Engineering Test Directorate, and the United States Naval Test Pilot School. In June 1986, the directorate was renamed Force Warfare Aircraft Test Directorate. In May 1995, the organization officially became a squadron and was renamed Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron. In May 2002, the squadron was designated Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ZERO. Throughout its history, the squadron supported the Fleet through the full spectrum test and evaluation of VS, VP, VAW, VRC, VQ, VR, VUP, VMGR, and VT community aircraft.
Current aircraft supporting test at VX-20 are the C-2A, C-12M, C-38, E-2C/D, E 6B, C/KC-130J/T, MQ-4C, P-8A, and T-6A.
Cmdr. Charles A. Larwood III
VX-20 Commanding Officer
Commander Charles A. Larwood III, a native of Roswell, GA, is a 2004 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Quantitative Economics. He also attended the Naval Post Graduate School, graduating with a Master of Science in Operations Research. He earned his Naval Aviator wings in December 2006.
Commander Larwood’s P-8A operational tours include Patrol Squadron FOUR FIVE (VP-45) as Commanding Officer and Patrol Squadron EIGHT (VP-8) as Operations Officer. During his P-3C operational tour, he served in Patrol Squadron FOUR FIVE (VP-45) as NATOPS Officer, Pilot Training Officer, Instructor Pilot, and Mission Commander.
His shore assignments include two tours at Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ZERO (VX-20) where he served as Government Flight Test Director and Test Pilot for various projects such as envelope expansion flights on both P-8A and MQ-4C; in-flight refueling compatibility testing with KC-30; HAAWC weapons separation and development; Harpoon II+ missile testing; and various upgrades to fleet aircraft. Additionally he served as NATOPS, Out-of-Control Flight, and Formation/Chase Instructor in the T-2C. Prior to his first test assignment, he graduated from United States Test Pilot School with Class 141 during which he flew various heavy and fighter aircraft, including a DT-II evaluation of the L-39C for the light attack mission.
Commander Larwood has served overseas in FOURTH, SIXTH, and SEVENTH Fleet areas of responsibility, leading crews supporting deployments, combined and joint exercises, and operations to provide critical intelligence in support of US regional interests. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (4), Navy and Marine Association Leadership Award, and recipient of the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution Prize. He has flown approximately 2600 flight hours in over 25 type aircraft and is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. In November of 2021, Commander Larwood reported to VX-20 as Chief Test Pilot.
Cmdr. Jessica Barrientos
VX-20 Chief Test Pilot
Commander Jessica Barrientos, a native of Chicago, IL, graduated the United States Naval Academy in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology – Space Operations. She also holds a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
Following commissioning, she earned her Naval Flight Officer wings in June 2007. Her first operational assignment was with the Black Eagles of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE ONE THREE (VAW-113). While attached to VAW-113, CDR Barrientos completed two WESTPAC deployments with the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
CDR Barrientos was selected to U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) Class 140 and graduated in December 2011. CDR Barrientos remained at NAS Patuxent River, MD for her next assignment at Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ZERO (VX-20) with E-2 flight test where she worked as the Naval Integrated Fire Control – Counter Air (NIFC-CA) and Mode V Project Officer.
In 2014 she was assigned to Carrier Strike Group TWELVE serving as the NIFC-CA Officer, supporting the first operational deployment of the E-2D, aboard the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71). CDR Barrientos then reported to the Seahawks of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE TWO SIX (VAW-126) as a Department Head in 2016. She deployed aboard the USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN-75) in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
CDR Barrientos returned to NAS Patuxent River and VX-20 in 2018 where she served as the Deputy Government Flight Test Director (GFTD) for E-2 and C-2. In 2020, she took over the E-2/C-2 Integrated Test Team as the GFTD. CDR Barrientos completed a short stint in OPNAV N3/N5 prior to reporting to VX-20 in May 2023 as Chief Test Pilot.
CDR Barrientos has over 2,600 flight hours in 19 models of propeller, jet, and rotary wing aircraft. Her awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2), Air Medal (numeral 2), the Navy Commendation Medal (3), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various service and unit awards.
Cmdr. Matthew Moeser
VX-20 Executive Officer
Commander Matthew C. Moeser, a Pleasant Ridge Michigan native, attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI and graduated in 2003 with a Marine Geophysics Bachelor’s Degree.
Following his commissioning in June 2003, he attended flight training in Pensacola, Florida and Corpus Christi, Texas. He earned his wings of gold and was designated as a Naval Aviator in May 2005. He then attended the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training to operate the P-3 Orion with Patrol Squadron THREE ZERO (VP-30) at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Florida.
Commander Moeser’s operational tours include Safety Officer aboard USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) based in Yokosuka, Japan; Operations Officer at Patrol Squadron FOUR SIX (VP-46) based in Whidbey Island, Washington; Assistant Operations Officer aboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) based in San Diego, California; and Aviation Safety Officer at Patrol Squadron ONE (VP-1) based in Whidbey Island, Washington.
His shore tour assignments include Operations Lieutenant at Task Force FIVE SEVEN (CTF-57) in Manama, Bahrain; Student Control Department Head, Assistant NATOPS Instructor, and Standardization Instructor (Out-of-Control Flight, Formation/Chase, Aerobatics, Instruments, etc.) at Training Squadron TWO EIGHT (VT-28) in Corpus Christi, Texas; and Alternative Compensatory Control Measures (ACCM) Chief and Sensitive Technical Operations (STO) Planner at J-399 U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany.
Commander Moeser has served overseas in FIFTH, SIXTH, and SEVENTH Fleet areas of responsibility, leading crews supporting deployments, combined and joint exercises, and operations to provide critical intelligence in support of US regional interests. His personal awards include the Air Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4) along with various other awards and citations for service and meritorious action throughout his career. He has flown over 2600 flight hours across the globe in support of U.S. national and regional interests. In April 2023, Commander Moeser reported to VX-20 as Executive Officer.
William J. Lang
VX-20 Chief Test Engineer
A native of Middleburgh New York, Mr. Lang is a 1999 graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering. Following graduation, he began working at the Naval Air Warfare Center on Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland as a Flying Qualities and Performance Flight Test Engineer assigned to the E-2 and C-2 platforms.
Mr. Lang attended United States Naval Test Pilot School and subsequently graduated in June 2003 as a member of Class 123. Upon graduation, he returned to the E-2/C-2 test team where he served as the Lead Test Conductor on the C-2 NP2000 flight test program.
In 2008, he graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology with a Master’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering. In 2006, he joined the fledgling P-8A Poseidon Integrated Test Team where he became Air Vehicle Lead in 2009. Over the next six years, Mr. Lang led his team through P-8A first flight, System Development and Demonstration flight-testing and initial fleet fielding.
Beginning in 2015, Mr. Lang supervised over 15 Flight Test Engineers and provided technical support to the P-8A, E-6B, and C-130 platforms as the Maritime Aeromechanics Test and Evaluation Branch Head. In 2017, he moved to the position of Maritime Propulsion and Subsystems Test and Evaluation Branch Head, where he supervised 12 Flight Test Engineers and supported all VX-20 platforms.
From 2017 to 2018, Mr. Lang also served as the lead coordinator of employee developmental programs for all Air Vehicle Flight Test Engineers at the Naval Air Warfare Center. Since 2018, Mr. Lang has served as the VX-20 Chief Test Engineer, overseeing all testing efforts for the squadron’s six platforms along with multiple special programs.
Senior Chief Aaron Paul
VX-20 Command Senior Chief
Command Senior Chief Aaron Paul, a native of Queens, New York, was raised in New Orleans and enlisted August 2000. He began his Navy career by completing boot camp at Recruit Training Command (RTC), Great Lakes, Illinois, 2000 (Division 478).
Senior Chief Paul’s sea duty assignments include USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65), USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), and USS MCCAMPBELL (DDG 85). During these sea tours he has seen multiple Western Pacific, Mediterranean, and Arabian Gulf deployments.
Ashore, Senior Chief Paul has served at Syracuse Military Entrance Processing Station, Syracuse, NY; Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes and Navy Wounded Warrior, Bethesda.
Senior Chief Paul is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy 241. His personal decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.
Deborah L. Adams
VX-20 Director of Resources and Operations
Ms. Adams graduated from North Carolina State University in May 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. Immediately following graduation, she reported to the Flight Simulation Group at the Strike Aircraft Test Directorate, where she had been a Pax-Tenn Cooperative Education Student since 1990. She assumed the role at F/A-18 ‘Hornet’ Flight Simulation Engineer at the Manned Flight Simulator. Within a year, she was promoted to the role of F-14 ‘Tomcat’ Lead Simulation Engineer where she lead the efforts to fully test and regress the F-14 ‘Tomcat’ Digital Flight Control System computers in a lab and simulation environment prior to flight test.
In 1999, she participated in the Executive Leadership Development Program where she participated in various rotations to the National Transportation Safety Board and to PMA-205. Following graduation, she promoted to PMA-205 as the F-14 ‘Tomcat’ Assistant Program Manager. This assignment was the first of several from 1999-2012 in the Program Management field across several program offices within Naval Air Systems Command. Those included the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems Requirements Lead (PMA-263), the C-2/E-2C ‘Greyhound/Hawkeye’ Communication Navigation Surveillance & Air Traffic Management Integrated Production Team Lead (PMA-231), E-2D ‘Advanced Hawkeye’ Cooperative Engagement Capability/Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air Co-Integrated Production Lead (PMA-231), and the PEO (U&W) Lean Six Sigma Deployment Champion.
In 2013, Ms. Adams returned to Engineering and Flight Test as the F/A-18E/F ‘Super Hornet’ Assistant Program Manager for Test & Evaluation in PMA-265. In this role, she led test efforts of multiple software system control sets, the Super Blue Angels Transition, and India Ski Jump Demonstration. Additionally she led the Multifunctional Information Distribution Joint Tactical Radio System Concurrent Multinetting-4 upgrade/modification, the final software load of Precision Landing Modes, and other efforts that directly influenced Fleet upgrades of the Super Hornet, across VX-9, VX-23, and VX-31.
Ms. Adams is a graduate of Defense Systems Management College (2002), Florida Institute of Technology (2003) where she earned her Masters of Science in Management, and Senior Executive Management Development Program (2010). She is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Level III certified in Program Management, Systems Engineering and Test & Evaluation and she holds her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.
In November of 2020, Ms. Adams assumed the current role as the VX-20 Director of Resources & Operations. This is the first role of its kind within Naval Test Wing Atlantic.