Commander Brad Freeman, a native of Texas, attended the University of Texas, and graduated with the Class of 1996. Following graduation, he attended Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL where he was commissioned in April 1997. In July 1999, Commander Freeman was winged as a Naval Aviator and commenced training with VFA-106 in the venerable F/A-18C.
Commander Freeman reported for his for first fleet tour in 2000 with the Sidewinders of VFA-86 in Beaufort, SC. He deployed onboard the
USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in 2001. He later returned to VFA-106 as an instructor in 2003. Following shore duty, Commander Freeman reported to CVW-8 as the Air Warfare Officer in 2006.
In 2008, Commander Freeman reported to the Blue Blasters of VFA-34 and deployed twice aboard the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN. Commander Freeman most recently served at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) where he worked in the NORAD-USNORTHCOM J5 until 2013.
Commander Freeman has accumulated over 2,700 flight hours and 450 traps. His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, one Strike Flight Award with Combat V, five Air Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, one with Combat V, and various other medals and awards.