United States Navy

Executive Officer

VAW 121


CDR Bradford was commissioned at Officer Candidate School, NAS Pensacola, FL in August 1996.  He then completed primary and intermediate Naval Flight Officer training at VT-4 in October 1997, receiving orders to the E-2C Hawkeye Fleet Replacement Squadron, VAW-120. After completing advanced NFO training and receiving his “Wings of Gold’ in July 1998, CDR Bradford received orders to the “Tigertails” of VAW-125.

While at VAW-125 he deployed onboard USS George Washington (CVN-73) in support of Operation Southern Watch (OSW) and held jobs as Public Affairs Officer, Line Division Officer and NFO NATOPS Officer.

In February 2002, he transferred to the “Greyhawks” of VAW-120 as a flight instructor and held jobs as Line Division Officer, E-2C NFO NATOPS Model Manager and Assistant Maintenance Officer.

Following his instructor tour, CDR Bradford joined the staff of Carrier Airwing SEVEN as the Command and Control/Air Defense Officer and Assistant Operations Officer, deploying onboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

He then transferred to the “Bear Aces” of VAW-124 for his Department Head tour, holding the positions of Administrative, Operations and Maintenance Officer. While at VAW-124, he deployed onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) in support of OEF.

In October 2009, CDR Bradford transferred to Navy Personnel Command (NPC) in Millington, TN as VAW/VRC Placement Officer and was selected for Commander Command.

He then transferred to the Joint Staff J7 Deployable Training Division as the Current Operations Functional Lead and observer/trainer, assigned to Combatant Command and Unified Endeavor Exercises worldwide.

Following refresher training in the E-2C Hawkeye at VAW-120, CDR Bradford reported to the “Bluetails” of VAW-121 as Executive Officer in May 2014.

CDR Bradford has accumulated 2,900 flight hours in the E-2C Hawkeye. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (5 awards) and Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (6 awards).  He is married to the former Charlene Novak or Corinna, ME and they reside in Chesapeake, VA with their children.