CDR Brad Busch
Commander Brad Busch was born and raised in Annapolis, MD. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1995 with a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.
CDR Busch’s initial sea tours were onboard USS STOUT (DDG 55) and USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 75). He served as the Communications Officer on USS STOUT from March 1996 to November 1997, where he earned his OOD letter and SWO qualification. Following the nuclear training pipeline, CDR Busch served onboard USS HARRY S TRUMAN from November 1998 to December 2000 as the Reactor Plant Machinery and Reactor Plant Mechanical division officers, earning his nuclear engineer qualification while onboard USS TRUMAN. Following his tour on USS TRUMAN, CDR Busch served as a sailing instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy as part of the CSNTS sailing program.
CDR Busch reported aboard the USS HAWES (FFG 53) as the Combat Systems Officer in August 2003. During his tour as CSO, CDR Busch led the Combat Systems department through an extended shipyard period that included upgrading two major weapon systems and removal the ship’s missile launcher. Following his CSO tour, CDR Busch reported to USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) as the Reactor Controls Assistant. During his tour on the USS ENTERPRISE, CDR Busch deployed to the FIFTH, SIXTH, and SEVENTH Fleets.
Shore duty assignments following his department head sea tours included the Executive Assistant for the Deputy Director, Naval Reactors from December 2006 to December 2008 and most recently the Shipbuilding Industrial Analyst in the office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy.
CDR Busch’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars, and the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one gold star.