VP-45 Commanding Officer
Commander John Brabazon is a native of Doylestown, PA. He is a 1996 graduate of Pennsylvania State University where he earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a commission in the U.S. Navy. He received his wings of gold in June 1998.
Following P-3C Fleet Replacement Squadron training at VP-30, Jacksonville, FL, he joined the Tridents of VP-26 in August 1998. During his tour, he completed two deployments flying missions out of Iceland, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Spain, Norway, Sicily, and Crete. As the Mission Commander of Combat Aircrew Eleven, he flew combat missions in support of peacekeeping missions over Bosnia and Kosovo. He held various positions in the squadron to include Aviation Safety Officer and Pilot Training Officer.
After VP-26, Commander Brabazon joined VP-30 as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot from August 2002 to August 2005. During his tour he served as Aviation Safety Officer, Pilot Schedules Officer, and Pilot Training Officer. In 2004, he was selected as VP-30 Instructor Pilot of the Year. While on shore duty, he earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree in Mathematics from Jacksonville University.
In October 2005, he joined USS RONALD REAGAN, CVN 76, located in San Diego, CA, as Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer, "Shooter." He complted the warship's maiden deployment in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM from January to June 2006. During his tour, he served as Waist Catapult Branch Officer, V-5 Division Officer, and V-2 Division Officer. In addition, he qualified as Officer of the Deck (Underway) and completed a surge deployment in 2007 to 7th Fleet.
In March 2008 he joined the Golden Eagles of VP-9 for his department head tour. In May 2008, he deployed to Ali Air Base, Iraq flying intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions in direct support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. His VP-9 billets include Safety NATOPS Officer and Maintenance Officer. In June 2009, he graduated with a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies through the Naval War College Nonresident Seminar Program.
From January 2009 to December 2011, Commander Brabazon was assigned to Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy where he coordinated U.S. security and defense policies relating to NATO Operations in Afghanistan.
Throughout his career, Commander Brabazon has logged over 2,200 flight hours. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (3rd Strike Flight), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), a Distinguished Service Award to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, and various campaign, unit, and service medals.