Commander Robert Bibeau, USN
Commander Robert Bibeau was raised in Windsor, Connecticut and is a 1997 distinguished graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace and Systems Engineering. He completed a Technical Fellowship at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, and received a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999.
CDR Bibeau earned his Naval Aviator wings in Kingsville, Texas in January 2001, and completed initial F/A-18C Hornet training with the VFA-106 Gladiators. He then joined the Royal Maces of VFA-27, forward deployed to NAF Atsugi, Japan. While with the Maces CDR Bibeau completed numerous WESTPAC at-sea periods, deployed in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and IRAQI FREEDOM, and transitioned to the F/A-18E Super Hornet.
CDR Bibeau attended the United States Naval Test Pilot School in 2005 as a member of class 129, and remained at NAS Patuxent River to join the Salty Dogs of VX-23. He served as the Super Hornet project officer, led the initial envelope expansion of the EA-18G Growler and was recognized as the 2007 Naval Test Wing Atlantic Test Pilot of the Year. In June of 2008 CDR Bibeau joined the VFA-87 Golden Warriors, where he deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, flew the mighty War Party F/A-18A+ to victory in the 2009 Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic Fighter Derby, and completed a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
In March of 2011 CDR Bibeau returned to VX-23 as the Ship Suitability Department Head, where he managed a unique shore-based catapult and arresting gear test facility and led the aircraft envelope expansion of the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launching System (EMALS), the initial developmental flight test of the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS), and precision approach and landing system certification for aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships. CDR Bibeau joined the VFA-31 Tomcatters as Executive Officer in November, 2013. CDR Bibeau has accumulated over 2,700 flight hours and over 400 arrested landings. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, four Strike Flight Air Medals with one combat “V,” and two Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medals.