Military electronics site SPAWAR to get new commander


SPAWAR, the military electronics center in North Charleston, gets a new commander today.

Capt. Bruce Urbon will relieve Capt. Red Hoover as commanding officer of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in North Charleston in a ceremony this morning.

SPAWAR Charleston's most-visible project is installing communication devices in mine-resistant vehicles, which are sent to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense called the project its top priority. About 600 workers send out 50 vehicles a day from North Charleston.

Altogether, SPAWAR employs about 2,600 government employees and 9,000 industry partners, making it one of the area's biggest employers. SPAWAR estimates the annual economic impact at $2.3 billion.

Urbon comes to Charleston from the SPAWAR facility in Tidewater, Va. He has been the director of type command/combatant command operations and director of fleet support there since 2006.

Hoover will become the CG(X) Systems integration program manager in the program executive office of Integrated Warfare Systems in Washington.

Rear Adm. Michael Bachmann, commander of SPAWAR Systems Command in San Diego, Calif., will be keynote speaker for Urbon's installation ceremony, which is by invitation only.

SPAWAR also has locations in Pensacola, Fla.; Washington D.C.; Norfolk, Va.; Europe and the Middle East.

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