Brian C. Kesselring
United States Navy
Commander Brian “G” Kesselring is a native of Fargo, North Dakota. He graduated from
Concordia College in 2000 earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in
Physics, Mathematics, and Business Administration. While at Concordia he also competed in
basketball as well as track & field. Upon graduation, he joined the Navy,
was commissioned via OCS in 2001, and designated as a Naval Aviator in 2003.
Following his initial F/A-18 training with
the “Gladiators” of Strike
Fighter Squadron ONE ZERO SIX, CDR Kesselring reported to the “Gunslingers” of Strike Fighter Squadron ONE ZERO FIVE in 2004. Here
he was honored to serve as Line Division Officer and senior Landing Signals
Officer among his other duties. During this tour, he participated in two combat
deployments in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM onboard USS Harry S. Truman.
In 2008 he reported to “TOPGUN,” the Navy Fighter Weapons School at NAS Fallon, Nevada. After completing
the Strike-Fighter Weapons and Tactics Instructor (SFTI) course he served on
the “TOPGUN” staff as the Navy and Marine Corps’, “F/A-18
Air-to-Air Employment” subject matter expert.
Next, CDR Kesselring reported to the
"Tophatters" of Strike Fighter Squadron ONE FOUR in 2011 where he
served as Training Officer. During this tour, he completed a combat deployment
onboard USS John C. Stennis in support of Operations NEW DAWN and ENDURING
In 2012 CDR Kesselring joined the “Tomcatters” of Strike Fighter Squadron THREE ONE as a squadron
Department Head. During his tour, he completed a combat deployment onboard the
USS George H.W. Bush in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and INHERENT
RESOLVE. Upon returning from deployment, he was awarded the CSFWL “LCDR Michael Longhardt Award” for leadership.
After departing VFA-31, CDR Kesselring returned
to sea with Carrier Air Wing ONE as Assistant Operations Officer during its
2015 combat deployment onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt in support of Operation
In August of 2015, CDR Kesselring reported
to the Naval War College where he earned a Master of Arts in National Security
Strategy, JPME Phase II, and participated in the “Halsey A” Group focusing on wargaming versus peer competitors.
CDR Kesselring joined the “Sunliners” of Strike
Fighter Squadron EIGHT ONE as Executive Officer in March of 2017. He has
accumulated over 3,250 flight hours, and over 650 carrier arrested landings. He
credits his various personal and unit awards to the outstanding men and women
he has had the privilege of serving with throughout his career. CDR Kesselring
is married to his wonderful wife Ashley who currently serves as a Marine Corps
Officer and is a native of DeBary, Florida.