Commander McCaffree was born in Shepherd, Montana. Following high school he graduated from the University of Idaho in 2000, earning a Bachelor of Science in History. He was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps and reported to NAS Pensacola, FL., for flight training in July 2000. He earned his Naval Aviator Wings in January 2002. and thereafter reported to HS-10 “Warhawks” for initial fleet training as an SH-60F/HH-60H helicopter pilot.
CDR McCaffree’s sea duty assignments include flying with the “Dragonslayers” of HS-11, the HS-10 “Warhawks” as an instructor, and the HSC-12 “Golden Falcons”. CDR McCaffree also served as Helicopter Operations Officer and Flying Hour Program Manager for Carrier Air Wing 2 (CVW-2).
In 2013, CDR McCaffree attended the Naval War College in Newport, RI and graduated with distinction in 2014 with a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.
CDR McCaffree next reported to United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), where he served as the Branch Chief for J-611, the National and Nuclear, Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (N2C4) Solutions branch.
CDR McCaffree awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), and Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards) and various service awards and ribbons.