Cmdr. Stephen Bruner
Cmdr. Stephen “ANGRY” Bruner hails from Saint Petersburg, Florida, enlisted in the Navy in 1996, and is a 2006 graduate of Florida State University. He earned his "Wings of Gold" as a Naval Aviator in 2008.
Bruner’s first operational assignment was with the 'Red Lancers" of Patrol Squadron (VP-10) Ten in Brunswick, Maine. He completed deployments to U.S. Fifth and Sixth Fleet areas of responsibility in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, and relocated to Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, following the squadron’s homeport shift in 2010. He qualified as an instructor pilot, mission commander and special mission commander while serving as logs and records officer, quality assurance officer and pilot training officer.
Bruner completed his first shore tour from 2012 to 2015 aboard "The Pro's Nest" of VP-30 in Jacksonville, Florida as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot. There he qualified in the new P-8A Poseidon aircraft while serving as the Fleet Integration and Projects Lead Pilot, Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) Lead Pilot Evaluator, and FRS Pilot Training Officer. His additional duties included Staff Instructor Under Training Instructor (FRS IUT-I) and Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School Fleet IUT Instructor. During his tour, Bruner completed his Master in Business Administration with focus on Defense Finance and Acquisitions.
Bruner completed his disassociated sea tour as Assistant Navigator aboard the Forward Deployed Naval Force (FDNF) carriers USS George Washington (CVN 73) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in Yokosuka, Japan. While forward-deployed, he executed the Task Force 70 FDNF Carrier Hull Swap and completed five Seventh Fleet patrols. He qualified as Command Duty Officer (Underway) and Officer of the Deck (Underway) and was recognized as the Pacific Fleet Ship-handler of the Year for 2016.
Bruner completed his operational department head tour in Whidbey Island, Washington with the "Golden Swordsmen" of Patrol Squadron Four Seven (VP-47) where he served as Safety/NATOPS Officer, Training Officer, and Operations Officer. During his tour, the "Golden Swordsmen" completed aircraft transition training and the squadron’s first operational deployment in the P-8A Poseidon. Following his department head tour, he was assigned to the CNO staff as Deputy Executive Assistant to Director, Air Warfare, OPNAV N98. He was selected for operational command and reported as Executive Officer with the "Pelicans" of Patrol Squadron Four Five (VP-45) in Spring 2021.
Bruner has accumulated more than 3,000 flight hours in P-3C, P-8A and numerous civilian type aircraft and has received various unit, campaign, and personal awards.