Cmdr. Stephen Bruner
Cmdr. Stephen “Angry” Bruner is a native of Saint Petersburg, Florida 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 Patrol Squadron (VP) 10 in Brunswick, Maine. He completed deployments to U.S. 5th and 6th 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 VP-30 in Jacksonville, Florida as a fleet replacement squadron (FRS) instructor pilot. There he qualified in the new P-8A Poseidon aircraft while serving as the fleet integration and projects lead pilot, 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, he completed his Masters 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 7th 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 VP-47 where he served as safety/NATOPS officer, training officer, and operations officer. During his tour, they 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 Chief of Naval Operations staff as deputy executive assistant to Director, Air Warfare, OPNAV N98. He was selected for operational command and ordered to report as executive officer of VP-45 in Spring 2021.
Bruner has received various unit, campaign, and personal awards.