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Commander Brennan Sweeney, United States navy

CDR Brennan Sweeney


Brennan Sweeney

United States Navy

Commanding Officer


CDR Brennan “Pup” Sweeney is a native of Arlington, VA.  He graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems in 1997.  CDR Sweeney received his commission through Officer Candidate School in January 1999 and was designated a Naval Aviator in March 2001.

 After initial training in the F/A-18, CDR Sweeney reported to “Dambusters” of Strike Fighter Squadron ONE NINE FIVE, forward deployed to NAF Atsugi, Japan, in July 2002.  While in the “Dambusters”, he completed several WESTPAC deployments onboard USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) in addition to a deployment supporting Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and IRAQI FREEDOM.  In November 2005 he reported to the “Sharp Shooters” of Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron ONE ZERO ONE for duties as an instructor pilot and Landing Signals Officer.  Following completion of his tour as a flight instructor, CDR Sweeney joined Carrier Air Wing THREE in 2008 as Air Wing LSO.  In 2010, he transferred to the “Ragin’ Bulls” of Strike Fighter Squadron THREE SEVEN for duties as a Department Head and completed a deployment onboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.  In October 2012, CDR Sweeney accepted orders to the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. where he received a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.

 CDR Sweeney has accumulated over 2500 flight hours and 500 carrier arrested landings.  His various personal and unit awards are attributed to the outstanding men and women he has served with during his various tours.