COMMANDER BRAD FREEMAN,
Commander Freeman, a native of Texas, was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in April 1997. In July 1999, he 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 with the Sidewinders of VFA-86 where he deployed onboard the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. He later served as an instructor at VFA-106 and as a staff officer at CVW-8. He completed his Department Head tour with the Blue Blasters of VFA-34 and deployed twice aboard the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) in support of Operations 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.
Commander Freeman has accumulated over 2,800 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.