Commander John D. McBryde
United States Navy
Commander John D. McBryde is a native of Houston, Texas. In May 1996, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. After serving as a graduate assistant coach for the U.S. Naval Academy football team, where he earned three varsity letters, he entered flight training and earned his Naval Aviator wings in October 1998.
As a MH-53E Helicopter pilot, CDR McBryde served at HELMINERON FIFTEEN (HM-15) as a Division Officer; in the Air Department aboard the USS NASSAU (LHA-4) as the Flight Deck Officer, Aircraft Handler, and Assistant Air Officer; and at HELMINERON FOURTEEN (HM-14) as a Department Head and Officer-In Charge. During these operational tours, he operated from the flight decks of numerous aircraft and helicopter carriers, and participated in Operations Enduring Freedom and Caring Response and Hurricane Katrina rescue efforts.
Shore assignments include being selected as a Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) flight instructor at the Airborne Mine Counter Measures Weapons Systems Training School (AWSTS). His efforts as an instructor resulted in him being named the Hampton Roads Association of Naval Aviation's Pilot of the Year for the HM community. He also served a Joint Duty assignment with the Joint Staff as the Deputy Branch Chief of Current Interoperability Assessments for the C4 Assessment Division. During this period he completed JPME Phase II at the Joint Forces Staff College and earned a "Joint Qualified Officer" designation.
Prior to reporting to AWSTS as the executive Officer, he served as the COMHELSEACOMBATWINGLANT LNO to COMMANDER FIFTH FLEET. In his off-duty time, he completed JPME Phase I and earned a MBA from Touro University graduating Magna Cum Laude.
CDR McBryde is married to the former Allison Singletary of Houston, Texas and has 2 sons (Connor and Maddox) and a step-daughter (Ashley).