CDR Patrick Baker grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in French, while playing ice hockey all four years.
CDR Baker attended NFO flight training in Pensacola, FL, receiving his Wings of Gold in January 2002. He reported to NAS Oceana and the “Grim Reapers” of VF-101 for training as an F-14D Radar Intercept Officer. He then joined VF-2 “Bounty Hunters” in October 2002 for their final Tomcat cruise and participated in Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and IRAQI FREEDOM. In the fall of 2003, CDR Baker transitioned from the F-14D to the F/A-18F and moved from NAS Oceana to NAS Lemoore, CA with VFA-2 now. In Spring of 2004, CDR Baker was part of the first F/A-18F Super Hornet crew to graduate from the United States Marine Corps Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course at Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) in Yuma, Arizona.
Following his first fleet tour, CDR Baker completed the Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor Course at the Naval Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) in Fallon, NV. He then served as an instructor at the Strike Fighter Weapon School Atlantic (SFWSL) where he was the combat systems subject matter expert and the FAC(A) Program Manager.
After SFWSL, he reported to the “Checkmates” of VFA-211 as Training Officer. While at VFA-211 he was selected as the 2009 CSFWL Weapons System Officer of the Year. After VFA-211, CDR Baker reported to the United States Naval Postgraduate School. In 2011 he graduated from NPS with a Master of Arts in Security Studies focused on Russia and Eastern Europe. Following graduation, he presented his thesis at the Brookings Institute in Washington, DC.
Post refresher training at VFA-122, CDR Baker reported as a department head to the “Diamondbacks” of VFA-102 as part of Forward Deployed Naval Forces stationed in Atsugi, Japan. During his time at VFA-102 he served as the Safety Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer. In June 2014, he reported as Training Officer to the “Gladiators” of VFA-106 overseeing all aspects of FRS replacement and refresher aircrew training until February 2017, whereupon he joined VFA-213 “Blacklions” as the Executive Officer.
CDR Baker has over 3200 flight hours and 800 arrested landings. His personal awards include the Strike Flight Air Medal (four awards), Navy Commendation Medal (five awards and one with combat distinguishing device), Navy Achievement Medal and various campaign and unit medals and citations. He is married to the former Stephanie Huber of Fairfax, Virginia and they are the proud parents of Maura, Sean and Rory.