VP-45 Commanding Officer
Commander T.J. Grady is a native of Doylestown, PA. He is a 1996 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. He earned his Wings of Gold in December 1998.
Following P-3C Fleet Replacement Squadron training at VP-30, Jacksonville, FL, he joined the Golden Swordsmen of VP-47 in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii in 1999. During his tour, he completed two deployments to 5th Fleet and 7th Fleet along with multiple detachments in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. His duties included serving as a Mission Commander, 110 Branch Officer and Pilot Training Officer. During his tenure, VP-47 was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation.
After VP-47, Commander Grady joined VP-30 as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot in December 2002. During his tour, he served as a Weapons and Tactics Fleet Introduction Pilot, Operations Schedules Pilot, Instructor Under Training / Standardization Pilot, Formation Flight Instructor and lead FLEET IUT Pilot.
In August 2005, he joined USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, CVN 73, located in Norfolk, VA, as Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer, “Shooter.” During his tour, he served as Waist Catapult Branch Officer, V-5 Division Officer, and V-2 Division Officer. In addition, he served as the Summary Court Martial Officer underway as well as the ship’s Casualty Assistance Calls Officer. He completed multiple surge training detachments as well as the inaugural Partnership of America’s deployment.
In February 2008, he joined the Wizards of Special Projects Patrol Squadron TWO for his department head tour. He amassed over 970 combat flight hours in support of various detachments throughout the world. His duties included Safety NATOPS Officer, Maintenance Officer, Senior Pilot and detachment OIC. In February 2010, he graduated with a Masters of Arts in National Security through American Military University.
In July 2010, CDR Grady was selected to serve as the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Commander Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, HI. His duties included managing all aspects of the Pacific Fleet Commander’s schedule.
In July 2011, CDR Grady reported to the Naval War College in Newport, RI where he received a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.
In May 2013, CDR Grady assumed the duties of Executive Officer, VP-45.
In May 2014, CDR Grady assumed the duties of Commanding Officer, VP-45.
Commander Grady’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (3rd Strike/Flight), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), and various campaign, service, and unit awards.
He is married to the former Christine Weidman of Chalfont, PA. They have two children, Lindsey and Gavin.