Commander Billy Bushman is a native of Charlotte, NC. He is a 1996 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he earned a B.S. in Political Science and a commission in the U.S. Navy. He received his wings of gold in February 1999. Following P-3C Fleet Replacement Squadron training at VP-30, Jacksonville, FL, he joined the Pelicans of VP-45 in January 2000. He held various positions in the squadron to include Aviation Safety Officer and Pilot NATOPS Officer.
After VP-45, Commander Bushman joined VP-30 as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot from April 2003 to August 2005. During his tour, he served as P-3 Personal Qualification Standards (PQS) model manager, SLAM ER Training Team member, and Fleet NATOPS Pilot Evaluator. He qualified as a Weapons and Tactics Instructor in April 2004, and served as lead pilot in the development of Aircrew Continuum Training Systems software and e-learning syllabus.
In September 2005, he reported to Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet, as the Future Operations Strike and Targeting Officer. As a member of C7F Staff on the USS BLUE RIDGE, he qualified as Flag Briefer, Battle Watch Captain, and Ballistic Missile Defense Watch Officer. He planned and participated in several exercises including lead planner for TALISMAN SABER 2007, for which he provided training to the Australian Deployable Joint Force Headquarters (DJFHQ) staff.
In October 2007, Commander Bushman reported to the Screaming Eagles of VP-1 for department head duty. He deployed to Japan flying various missions in support of Seventh Fleet and to Ali Air Base, Iraq and Al Udeid, Qatar flying intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions in direct support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. His VP-1 billets included Safety NATOPS Officer, Maintenance Officer, and Senior Pilot. From January 2010 to March 2012, Commander Bushman reported to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Strategic Plans and Policy J-5 where he was assigned to the Africa Deputy Directorate. While serving as the desk officer for 24 African countries, his responsibilities included preparing the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other high ranking officials for national security policy meetings, including all meetings related to Libya and Operation ODYSSEY DAWN and NATO Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR .
In June 2012, he graduated with a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies through the Naval War College of Distance Education Program. Throughout his career, Commander Bushman has logged over 2,100 flight hours. His personal decorations include Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), and various campaign, unit, and service medals.