CDR Propst was born and raised in Cumberland, Maryland and graduated from Oldtown High School in 1987. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1995 and reported to Pensacola, Florida, for Naval Flight Officer training. Designated a Naval Flight Officer in August of 1997, he reported to VAQ-129 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, for fleet replacement training in the EA-6B Prowler.
Upon completion of VAQ-129 in September of 1998, he joined the VAQ-134 GARUDAS where he completed three deployments in support of Operation NORTHERN WATCH and Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. He also completed a combat deployment to Aviano, Italy, in support of Operation ALLIED FORCE.
In November 2001, CDR Propst reported to the Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee, where he served as Rating Assignment Officer in the Enlisted Distribution’s Aviation Assignments Branch. In February 2003, he reported United States Central Command where here was assigned to the Iraqi Coalition Coordination Center and completed a 10 month Individual Augmentee assignment during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
In April 2004, CDR Propst reported to Mayport, Florida, and served on Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group Twelve staff as the Electronic Warfare Officer and embarked on the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65).
CDR Propst then reported to the LANCERS of VAQ-131 in September 2005, where he served as Training Officer, Safety Officer, Administrative Officer and Operations Officer. While attached to VAQ-131, he completed two Western Pacific deployments onboard the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72), flying missions in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and the Global War on Terrorism.
In October 2008, CDR Propst reported to the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island and received Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
In December 2009, CDR Propst reported to the United States Northern Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he was assigned to the Readiness Branch in the Operations Directorate. After a two-year tour at USNORTHCOM, he returned to NAS Whidbey Island for transition training in the EA-18G Growler .
CDR Propst’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (six Strike/Flight, two individual awards with combat distinguishing device), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), the Joint Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal and several other unit and service level awards. CDR Propst has accumulated over 2000 hours of flight time and 480 carrier arrested landings.