Captain Jonathan J. Bradford
USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)
CAPT Bradford was commissioned at Officer Candidate School, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., in August 1996. He then completed primary and intermediate naval flight officer (NFO) training at VT-4 in October 1997, receiving orders to the E-2C Hawkeye Fleet Replacement Squadron, VAW-120.
After completing advanced NFO training and receiving his “Wings of Gold” in July 1998, CAPT Bradford received orders to the “Tigertails” of VAW-125.
While at VAW-125 he deployed aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) in support of Operation Southern Watch and held jobs as public affairs officer, line division officer, and NFO NATOPS officer.
In February 2002, he transferred to the “Greyhawks” of VAW-120 as a flight instructor and held jobs as line division officer, E-2C NFO NATOPS model manager, and assistant maintenance officer. Following his instructor tour, CAPT Bradford joined the staff of Carrier Airwing SEVEN as the command and control/air defense officer and assistant operations officer, deploying onboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).
He then transferred to the “Bear Aces” of VAW-124 for his department head tour, holding the positions of administrative, operations, and maintenance officer. While at VAW-124, he deployed aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in support of OEF.
In October 2009, CAPT Bradford transferred to Navy Personnel Command (NPC) in Millington, Tenn., as VAW/VRC placement officer and was selected for commander command. He then transferred to the Joint Staff J7 Deployable Training Division as the current operations functional lead and observer/trainer, assigned to Combatant Command and Unified Endeavor exercises worldwide.
Following transition training in the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye at VAW-120, CAPT Bradford reported to the “Bluetails” of VAW-121 as executive officer in May 2014 and assumed command in September 2015. During this tour he was selected to attend Navy Nuclear Power Training. He reported as the “Big XO” aboard USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) in December 2018. CAPT Bradford has accumulated 3,300 flight hours in all models of the E-2C and E-2D Hawkeye. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (five awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards).