Cmdr. Brad C. Weiland
A native of Northridge, California, Cmdr. Weiland enlisted in the United States Navy in 1999 and deployed aboard USS Ramage (DDG-61) as a Fire Controlman. He was selected for the Seaman to Admiral program, and in 2007, he graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, where he received his commission through the Naval ROTC program. He was designated as an E-2 Hawkeye naval flight officer (NFO) in 2009.
Weiland’s sea tours include the “Seahawks” of Carrier Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 126 and the “Wallbangers” of VAW-117. With the “Seahawks,” he completed a U.S. 5th Fleet deployment with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 while embarked on USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75), and he graduated from the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) Air Intercept Controller course. With the “Wallbangers,” he served as the safety, admin, and maintenance officer and helped lead the squadron through their transition from the E-2C to the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye.
Ashore, Weiland served as a Fleet Replacement Squadron NFO Instructor with the “Greyhawks” of VAW-120 and flag aide to the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet homeported in Bahrain. Most recently, he served as a congressional liaison for the Navy to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy Financial Management and Comptroller (FMBE).
Cmdr. Weiland has accumulated over 1,800 flight hours and 200 arrested landings in the E-2 Hawkeye. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (strike/flight award), the Navy Commendation Medal (3), Navy Achievement Medal (5), and various unit and campaign awards.