CDR Brad L. Arthur
Commander Arthur was born in Lemoore, California and raised on various Naval Stations throughout the United States. He graduated from James W. Robinson High School in Fairfax, Virginia in 1988. That same year he entered The Citadel (The Military College of South Carolina) and graduated with a National Security Strategy and International Affairs – Political Science Bachelor of Arts degree in 1993.
Commander Arthur received his Wings in August 1997 and was designated an Unrestricted Naval Aviator. His follow on assignment was to the Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Ten (HS-10) in San Diego, California. Upon completion of the FRS syllabus in February 1998, Commander Arthur was assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Fifteen (HS-15) located in Jacksonville, Florida. While assigned, Commander Arthur would deploy on two cruises with Carrier Air Wing Seventeen to the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf in support of operations in Bosnia and Iraq. He served as Legal Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, CSAR Officer, Line Division Officer, and Quality Assurance Officer.
In May 2001 Commander Arthur detached HS-15 and attended the Helicopter Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course in Fallon, Nevada with a follow-on assignment to Commander Helicopter Anti-Submarine Wing – Atlantic (Weapons and Tactics Unit). While assigned, Commander Arthur became the Combat Search and Rescue and Aircraft Survivability Equipment subject matter expert.
Assigned as Assistant Navigator USS RONALD REAGAN CVN-76 in May 2003, Commander Arthur became a “plank-owner” and conducted all major post commissioning sea trials. Later, Commander Arthur would be part of the team that made history when the USS RONALD REAGAN sailed through the Straits of Magellan on her way to San Diego, California.
Following a successful Assistant Navigator assignment, Commander Arthur was selected for Department Head and was assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Five (HS-5) in Jacksonville, Florida. As the Maintenance Officer, he deployed with Carrier Air Wing Seven onboard USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER CVN-69 (2006-07) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operations in the Horn of Africa. Commander Arthur attended the Naval War College in 2008 and earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. Upon graduation, Commander Arthur was assigned to the Joint Staff (J-3) at the Pentagon. Specifically, he was the Assistant Deputy Director for Operations, Operations Team Three (OT-3) at the National Military Command Center. In July 2011, he reported to HSC-9 as the Executive Officer, and assumed command in October 2012.