CDR THOMAS H. BUNKER
Executive Officer, VFA-32
United States Navy
Commander Thomas H. Bunker is a native of Salt Lake City, UT. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (2000). He attended Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Pensacola, and was commissioned in February 2001. Upon completion of OCS, he reported to NAS Whiting field and the “Doerbirds” of VT-2 for initial flight training. After completing initial flight training and being selected to the jet pipeline, he continued follow on flight training at NAS Kingsville with the “Redhawks” of VT-21 where he earned his wings in March 2003. He then spent the next 15 months as an instructor in the T-45 as part of the Navy’s SERGRAD program. His next assignment was to the Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) “Flying Eagles” of VFA-122 at NAS Lemoore in August of 2004.
Upon completion of the FRS in June of 2005, he was patched to the VFA-211 “Fighting Checkmates”. While attached to the Checkmates, he served as the Ground Safety Officer, Personnel Officer, Schedules Officer, and the Aircraft Division Officer. During his time with the “Checkmates” in Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1), he completed two combat deployments in 2006 and 2007 onboard the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. After completion of his first operational flying tour, he reported to the “Gladiators” of VFA-106 in February 2008 for duty as an instructor pilot in the Hornet and Super Hornet. While at VFA-106 he served as the ADP Officer, Schedules Officer, Strike Shop Officer, and the Demonstration Team Boss. Following his tour at the FRS, he reported to Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8) in August 2010 for a CAG Staff tour as the Air Warfare Officer. While at CVW-8 he completed a combat deployment onboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in support of Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom.
After his CAG Staff tour he joined the “Blacklions” of VFA-213 for his Department Head tour in April 2012. While at VFA-213 he served as the Assistant Administration Officer, Administration Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, Operations Officer, and Maintenance Officer. During his tour with the “Blacklions” he completed a combat deployment attached to Carrier Air Wing Eight onboard USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) supporting Operations Enduring Freedom and Inherent Resolve. Following his Department Head tour he was assigned to the J7 Exercise Division of the Joint Staff in Suffolk, VA where he served as an Action Officer in the JTF HQ Training and Readiness Branch. Commander Bunker currently serves as the Executive Officer of VFA-32, “The Fighting Swordsmen.”
Commander Bunker has logged over 3,500 flight hours and more than 700 arrested landings. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Strike Flight Air Medal (four awards), Navy Commendation (three awards), Navy Achievement (two awards), and various unit and service awards.