|RDML James S. Bynum
Commander (June 2016 - June 2017)
A native of Waco, Texas, Bynum was commissioned in 1985 via the Naval ROTC program at the University of Oklahoma and was designated a Naval Aviator in December, 1986. A career FA-18 pilot, he holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Database Management and is a Georgetown University Capitol Hill Fellow. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and the U. S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College. He also holds a subspecialty in Financial Management.
Bynum commanded Carrier Air Wing 3 as part of the Harry S. Truman Strike Group and the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA 27) while serving as part of forward deployed U.S. Naval Forces in Japan.
His other operational assignments include tours with VFA 113, VFA 22 and a tour under the services Personnel Exchange Program where he flew with the U.S. Air Force’s 94th Fighter Squadron. He also served as battle director, Combined Air Operations Center, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom from October, 2007 through February, 2008.
Ashore, Bynum served as an instructor pilot, military legislative aide and Capitol Hill Fellow on the staff of United States Senator John S. McCain (R) AZ, and as Senior Readiness Programmer/Analyst for Navy issues, as well as Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance programs while attached to the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He later served in the Aviation Warfare Section of the Navy’s Program Development Staff, was the executive assistant to Commander, U.S. Naval Air Forces, in San Diego, was the executive assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, and served as the Deputy Director of the White House Military Office.
Bynum took command of Carrier Strike Group 9 in June 2016.
Bynum has logged more than 4,200 hours in tactical aircraft and flown more than 90 combat missions with U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force units. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense and Meritorious Service Medals, individual and strike flight Air Medals, Defense, Navy and Air Force Commendation Medals as well as other individual, campaign and unit awards.