Naval Test Wing Pacific

Naval Test Wing Pacific provides safe, effective and efficient ground and flight test, airborne flight test support, and experimental operations of manned and unmanned aircraft, weapons, and weapons systems for the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Missile Defense Agency, and foreign government programs. 

 

"We Test Like We Fight"

Naval Test Wing Pacific

Mission

Naval Test Wing Pacific provides safe, effective and efficient ground and flight test, airborne flight test support, and experimental operations of manned and unmanned aircraft, weapons, and weapons systems for the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Missile Defense Agency, and foreign government programs. We enable this by providing

  • Surveillance, clearance, telemetry, logistics, and photometric support on the Point Mugu Sea Range and other worldwide locations.
  • Persistent, on-call search, rescue and incident response surrounding China Lake and its land ranges, as well as on the Point Mugu Sea Range.
  • Administrative support, financial and contract management, and aviation safety oversight for the VX-30 "Bloodhounds" and the VX-31 "Dust Devils."
  • Operations support to the R-2508 Airspace Complex.
  • Highly instrumented aircraft in support of developmental and integrated ground and flight test of aircraft, weapons and weapons systems.
  • Test Pilot School-trained and fleet-experienced pilots and naval flight officers serving various aircraft and weapons test teams within the Air Force Test Center and Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division.

Vision - "We Test Like We Fight"

Naval Test Wing Pacific will enable delivery of integrated air warfare capabilities to Navy and Marine Corps warfighters through capabilities-based test and evaluation. We are dedicated to providing a technically-based assessment focused on mission relation within a system-of-systems environment representative of current and future from-the-sea and from-the-air warfighting effects chains.

Captain Ryan J. Bryla

Commodore, NTWP

Capt. Ryan J. Bryla graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. He earned his commission through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1996 and was designated a Naval Aviator in Kingsville, Texas, in May 1999.

After completing initial E-2C training with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120, Bryla joined VAW-125, serving as aircraft division officer, pilot NATOPS officer, assistant operations officer and landing signals officer (LSO). He twice deployed aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) in support of Operations Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom, and to Puerto Rico to conduct counter-narcotics operations.

After completing U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, Bryla was selected for the USNTPS Cooperative Program and earned a Master of Science in aeronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He joined Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20 in December 2005 and participated in test programs for platforms including the E-2C, E-2D, C-130, NC-130H and C-2A. He served as the test LSO during the C-2A NP2000 Carrier Qualifications.

Bryla reported to VAW-123 in October 2007 and served in multiple roles. During his time as the squadron’s safety officer, VAW-123 earned the CNO Safety “S” Award while deployed onboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

In February 2012, Bryla reported as a staff officer in the Operations Directorate (J-3) at U.S. European Command (EUCOM). There, he served as the focal point control officer and lead planner for EUCOM’s Time Sensitive Operations and Special Operations center. He planned and executed multiple joint training events and operations with European partner nations.

Bryla took over as executive officer of VAW-121 in February 2013, where he deployed to the Fifth and Sixth Fleet AORs in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In May 2014, Bryla assumed command of VAW-121 and transitioned the squadron to the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye.

Beginning in 2015, Bryla served as the E-2/C-2 Military Class Desk officer, PMA-231 Deputy Program Manager for Modification and Sustainment, and then Deputy Program Manager for Development and Production. He was responsible for the cost, schedule, and performance of all aspects of E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Program and oversight of E-2D production.

Bryla took command of Naval Test Wing Pacific in June 2020.

Bryla has accumulated over 2,500 flight hours in 25 different aircraft and has over 250 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (two Strike/Flight awards) Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (two Awards) and other various awards.

 

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Andrew Anderson

Technical Director, NTWP

Andrew Anderson, a native of Northbrook, Illinois, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois. 

In 2001, Anderson began his career with the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in Patuxent River, Maryland, working as a flight test engineer at the Rotary Wing Test Squadron.  There he worked as a fly-by-wire flight controls test engineer, providing support to the MV-22B Integrated Test Team for all of their electrical and hydraulic flight control systems, including trouble shooting and software regression flight testing.

Anderson was selected to attend the United States Naval Test Pilot School in 2005, where he graduated with class 128.

Following test pilot school, he was designated the rotary-wing fly-by-wire technical subject matter expert, responsible for conducting digital fly-by-wire regression tests, which included handling qualities, structural, aero-servo-elastic, performance, and engine integration testing. 

In 2012, Anderson joined the CH-53K Integrated Test Team as the air vehicle lead responsible for developing all aeromechanical tests for the CH-53K prior to first flight.  In that position, he led a group of Naval Air Systems Command and contractor flight test engineers in Florida through first flight and initial operational testing.  In 2015, Anderson took over the role of CH-53K lead test engineer responsible for all developmental tests of the aircraft leading the team through over 1,000 flight hours and transitioning the team from Florida to Patuxent River, Maryland.

In 2019, Anderson transferred to the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in Point Mugu, California, where he serves the technical director for Naval Test Wing Pacific. 

 

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Naval Test Wing Pacific

Mission

Naval Test Wing Pacific provides safe, effective and efficient ground and flight test, airborne flight test support, and experimental operations of manned and unmanned aircraft, weapons, and weapons systems for the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Missile Defense Agency, and foreign government programs. We enable this by providing

  • Surveillance, clearance, telemetry, logistics, and photometric support on the Point Mugu Sea Range and other worldwide locations.
  • Persistent, on-call search, rescue and incident response surrounding China Lake and its land ranges, as well as on the Point Mugu Sea Range.
  • Administrative support, financial and contract management, and aviation safety oversight for the VX-30 "Bloodhounds" and the VX-31 "Dust Devils."
  • Operations support to the R-2508 Airspace Complex.
  • Highly instrumented aircraft in support of developmental and integrated ground and flight test of aircraft, weapons and weapons systems.
  • Test Pilot School-trained and fleet-experienced pilots and naval flight officers serving various aircraft and weapons test teams within the Air Force Test Center and Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division.

Vision - "We Test Like We Fight"

Naval Test Wing Pacific will enable delivery of integrated air warfare capabilities to Navy and Marine Corps warfighters through capabilities-based test and evaluation. We are dedicated to providing a technically-based assessment focused on mission relation within a system-of-systems environment representative of current and future from-the-sea and from-the-air warfighting effects chains.

Captain Ryan J. Bryla

Commodore, NTWP

Capt. Ryan J. Bryla graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. He earned his commission through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1996 and was designated a Naval Aviator in Kingsville, Texas, in May 1999.

After completing initial E-2C training with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120, Bryla joined VAW-125, serving as aircraft division officer, pilot NATOPS officer, assistant operations officer and landing signals officer (LSO). He twice deployed aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) in support of Operations Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom, and to Puerto Rico to conduct counter-narcotics operations.

After completing U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, Bryla was selected for the USNTPS Cooperative Program and earned a Master of Science in aeronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He joined Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20 in December 2005 and participated in test programs for platforms including the E-2C, E-2D, C-130, NC-130H and C-2A. He served as the test LSO during the C-2A NP2000 Carrier Qualifications.

Bryla reported to VAW-123 in October 2007 and served in multiple roles. During his time as the squadron’s safety officer, VAW-123 earned the CNO Safety “S” Award while deployed onboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

In February 2012, Bryla reported as a staff officer in the Operations Directorate (J-3) at U.S. European Command (EUCOM). There, he served as the focal point control officer and lead planner for EUCOM’s Time Sensitive Operations and Special Operations center. He planned and executed multiple joint training events and operations with European partner nations.

Bryla took over as executive officer of VAW-121 in February 2013, where he deployed to the Fifth and Sixth Fleet AORs in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In May 2014, Bryla assumed command of VAW-121 and transitioned the squadron to the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye.

Beginning in 2015, Bryla served as the E-2/C-2 Military Class Desk officer, PMA-231 Deputy Program Manager for Modification and Sustainment, and then Deputy Program Manager for Development and Production. He was responsible for the cost, schedule, and performance of all aspects of E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Program and oversight of E-2D production.

Bryla took command of Naval Test Wing Pacific in June 2020.

Bryla has accumulated over 2,500 flight hours in 25 different aircraft and has over 250 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (two Strike/Flight awards) Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (two Awards) and other various awards.

 

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Andrew Anderson

Technical Director, NTWP

Andrew Anderson, a native of Northbrook, Illinois, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois. 

In 2001, Anderson began his career with the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in Patuxent River, Maryland, working as a flight test engineer at the Rotary Wing Test Squadron.  There he worked as a fly-by-wire flight controls test engineer, providing support to the MV-22B Integrated Test Team for all of their electrical and hydraulic flight control systems, including trouble shooting and software regression flight testing.

Anderson was selected to attend the United States Naval Test Pilot School in 2005, where he graduated with class 128.

Following test pilot school, he was designated the rotary-wing fly-by-wire technical subject matter expert, responsible for conducting digital fly-by-wire regression tests, which included handling qualities, structural, aero-servo-elastic, performance, and engine integration testing. 

In 2012, Anderson joined the CH-53K Integrated Test Team as the air vehicle lead responsible for developing all aeromechanical tests for the CH-53K prior to first flight.  In that position, he led a group of Naval Air Systems Command and contractor flight test engineers in Florida through first flight and initial operational testing.  In 2015, Anderson took over the role of CH-53K lead test engineer responsible for all developmental tests of the aircraft leading the team through over 1,000 flight hours and transitioning the team from Florida to Patuxent River, Maryland.

In 2019, Anderson transferred to the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in Point Mugu, California, where he serves the technical director for Naval Test Wing Pacific. 

 

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