Commander Bryan P. Hager
UNITED STATES NAVY
Raised in Bangs, Texas, Commander Hager graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M University in 2000. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Distribution and was the Commanding Officer of Company P-2 in the Corps of Cadets. His pilot training was conducted in Corpus Christi, TX with the VT-28 Rangers and VT-35 Stingrays. He earned his Naval Aviator Wings of Gold in December 2001.
After completing Fleet Replacement training, CDR Hager joined Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN based in Jacksonville, FL in October 2002. He completed two deployments with the "War Eagles", one to 6th Fleet and a split deployment to 5th Fleet/6th Fleet in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. His duties included Aviation Electricians Branch Officer, DAPA Officer, Aviation Safety Officer, and Pilot NATOPS Officer.
CDR Hager reported for instructor duty at Patrol Squadron THIRTY, the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Fleet Replacement Squadron based in Jacksonville, Florida in August 2005. At the "Pro's Nest," he served as the Aviation Safety Officer, Pilot Schedules Officer, and Pilot Training Officer plus qualified as FLEET NATOPS Pilot Evaluator and FLEET Instructor Under Training Pilot. Concurrently he earned a Masters of Business Administration from Webster University and completed Joint Professional Military Education.
In August 2008, he reported to USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69) homeported in Norfolk, VA. CDR Hager served as the V2 Division Officer and Top Cat while earning the qualification of Assistant Air Officer. In 2009 and 2010, the DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER Carrier Strike Group deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. In August 2010, CDR Hager reported to Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Group staff in Norfolk, VA as the Assistant Exercise Officer.
He was assigned as a Department Head to Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN in Jacksonville, FL in June 2011. He served as Commander Task Group Operations Officer in Misawa, Japan during a 7th Fleet deployment. He then led the Safety/NATOPS and Administrative Departments. His final job was leading the first P-8 Maintenance Department through the inaugural Inter Deployment Training Cycle in preparations for the initial P-8 operational deployment.
He reported to Naval Operations (OPNAV) staff in December 2013 to serve as the Assistant P-3C and P-8A Requirements Officer for the Director Air Warfare (N98). He led the requirement prioritization process for future P-8A Increments and coordinated with NAVAIR and the Fleet to facilitate the successful transition from the P-3C to the P-8A.
CDR Hagerís personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), and various campaign, service, and unit awards.
His wife Kristen and their three sons, Kenan, Sladen, and Stetson currently reside in Anacortes, Washington.