Commander Brad WhittingtonCurrent Operations Division
NATO Maritime Air Command
Commander Whittington is a native of St. Augustine, Florida. He earned a commission in 2001 from the U.S. Naval Academy, and completed his flight training as a Naval Aviator at NAS Meridian Mississippi, earning his wings of gold in 2003.
In 2004, following qualification in the S-3B Viking at the Fleet Replacement Squadron of VS-41, NAS North Island, Commander Whittington reported to the Maulers of VS-32 at NAS Jacksonville. He deployed with the Maulers in 2006 and in 2007, flying the Viking on board USS Enterprise in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, and in the skies of southern Iraq conducting reconnaissance missions in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
In 2008, following his tour with the Maulers, Commander Whittington reported to the Fleet Replacement squadron of VFA-106 and completed a transition to the FA-18E Super Hornet. He was subsequently assigned to the Pukin’ Dogs of VFA-143 at NAS Oceana, where he deployed on board USS Eisenhower in 2009 and again in 2010, completing more than 80 combat missions over Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
Following his transition tour, Commander Whittington reported for his department head tour to the Valions of VFA-15 flying the FA-18C Hornet. In 2014, he deployed aboard USS George H.W. Bush, where he again flew over Afghanistan, and where he helped lead the fight against ISIL in Iraq through the opening weeks of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.
From 2014 to 2015, Commander Whittington attended the U.S. Naval War College, earning a Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies. He was then assigned to the NATO Staff at Allied Headquarters Maritime Command, Northwood, UK where he serves in the Current Operations division of Maritime Air NATO.
Commander Whittington has amassed over 2,900 flight hours and more than 600 arrested landings. His personal awards include the Air Medal Strike Flight Award (five awards)