A native of San Ramon, CA, Commander Budde graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2000; earning his Commission and a Bachelor of Science in Economics. Following graduation, he was ordered to Pensacola, FL for flight training, and was designated a Naval Aviator in 2002.
After earning his wings, CDR Budde reported to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron THREE (HC-3) in San Diego, CA for initial training in the MH-60S. Upon completion of training, he was ordered to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron FIVE (HC-5) on Anderson AFB in Guam. While at HC-5, he deployed aboard the USNS Concord (T-AFS 5) and USS Essex (LHD 2) in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and UNIFIED ASSISTANCE, and participated in HC-5’s redesignation as Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWENTY-FIVE (HSC-25).
CDR Budde returned to HC-3 in 2005, and served as a Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Instructor Pilot. During this time, he was selected as part of the command’s initial “Armed Helo Cadre”, and helped to transition the squadron from its traditional focus on Combat Support to the more diversified missions of Sea Combat. For the second time he was onboard for a squadron’s transition to a new mission-set; this time as HC-3 was redesignated Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron THREE (HSC-3).
In 2008, CDR Budde reported aboard the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76), where he served as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer (Shooter), V-4 (Fuels) Officer, and qualified as Assistant Air Officer (Mini-Boss). During his tour, CVN-76 conducted a deployment to the Western Pacific and executed combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
Following his tour as a Shooter, CDR Budde reported to the “Blackjacks” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO ONE (HSC-21) in San Diego, CA. As a Blackjack, he served as the Officer-In-Charge for the 2515th Naval Air Ambulance Detachment in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, where his unit participated in Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and NEW DAWN, and then sequentially as the HSC-21 Operations and Maintenance Officer.
In 2013, CDR Budde reported to the Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, RI. While at NWC, he earned a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies and distinction as the College of Naval Command and Staff’s Honor Graduate. The following year, CDR Budde reported to USNORTHCOM in Colorado Springs, CO, where he served as Lead Maritime Homeland Defense Planner for the Operations Directorate.
CDR Budde was selected for Operational Command in 2016, and reported aboard Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron FOUR in June of 2018.
CDR Budde has accumulated over 2500 flight hours, primarily in the MH-60S. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5), Army Commendation Medal, and various other personal, unit, and campaign awards.