Aerial Targets Program

PMA-208 provides threat representative aerial targets for fleet training and weapons systems test and evaluation and realistic decoys of strike aircraft to deceive and saturate enemy integrated air defense systems (IADS).


Capt. Molly Boron, U.S. Navy

Program Manager, Aerial Targets program

Capt. Molly Boron is the program manager for Navy’s Aerial Targets program office.

Raised in Navarre, Ohio, Boron graduated with the class of 1995 from the United States Naval Academy, with a bachelor's degree in Oceanography.

Boron was awarded Naval Aviator Wings of Gold in December 1998 after carrier qualifications in the TA-4J aboard USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67).  Following training in the F-14A/B and P-3C Orion, she reported to the “Pelicans” of VP-45 in Jacksonville, Florida in March 2001. She completed two deployments; flying out of Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Iceland and Sigonella, Sicily.

Assigned as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer or “Shooter,”  Boron was assigned to USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and in 2005, deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.  In 2006, CAPT Boron reported to the “Fighting Marlins” of VP-40 onboard NAS Whidbey Island, Washington.  Her department head duties included, maintenance Officer, operations officer and detachment officer-in-charge.  She completed a dual site deployment to 5th and 7th Fleets.

While assigned to the Joint Staff, Boron served as a Joint Warfighting Analyst and Executive Assistant within Force Structure, Resources and Assessment Directorate, J8.  In April 2011, she became the executive officer of the “War Eagles” of VP-16 in Jacksonville and in May 2012, she assumed command.  Upon returning from a western Pacific deployment, Boron led the squadron through the first fleet transition from the P-3C Orion to the P-8A Poseidon.  She was awarded the 2012 Navy and Marine Association Leadership Award and the 2013 Captain Winifred Quick Collins Award for Inspirational Leadership.

Boron reported to Naval Air Station Patuxent River in 2013 and served as the P-3C Assistant Program Manager for Systems Engineering, the P-3/Airborne Multi-Intelligence Special Mission Aircraft Deputy Integrated Product Team (IPT) lead and the P-8A IPT lead within the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft Program Office.  She assumed command of PMA-208 in July 2018.

Boron’s decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike/Flight), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various campaign, service and unit awards.


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Patuxent River , MD 20670
United States


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