Cmdr. Brian Blaschke
Cmdr. Brian Blaschke is a native of San Antonio, Texas, and a 2004 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was designated a naval aviator in April 2006.
Blaschke reported to Patrol Squadron (VP) 5, in January 2007 and qualified as a P-3C aircraft commander, mission commander, and instructor pilot. He served as the aviation safety officer and the pilot Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) program officer. Blaschke deployed to the U.S. 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Fleets and was selected as the 2009 Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 Naval Aviator of the Year.
Blaschke served in USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as the operations administrative assistant from May 2012 to March 2014. He completed a full workup cycle and deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Blaschke qualified as officer of the deck (OOD) underway and command duty officer (CDO) underway. He was selected as the 2013 Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic Junior Officer Ship Handler of the Year.
In April 2014, Blaschke reported to VP-30 for duty as a fleet replacement squadron instructor pilot. In addition to his duties as an instructor pilot and the assistant operations officer, Blaschke organized and led a team that relocated VP-30 flight operations to Cecil Airport during the year-long closure of Naval Air Station Jacksonville’s runways. Blaschke was selected as the 2015 VP-30 Sailor in the Arena.
Blaschke’s department head tour in VP-4 included service as officer in charge of a detachment supporting the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2016 and officer in charge of CTG 67.5 in support of Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa. As VP-4’s maintenance officer he led the squadron into 7th Fleet for VP-4’s inaugural P-8A deployment.
Blaschke’s staff duty assignments include flag aide to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group and defense policy analyst in the office of the Secretary of Defense.
His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (5), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals (3). He holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Naval Postgraduate School and is a graduate of the United States Air Force Air Command and Staff College. Blaschke has accumulated more than 2,100 military flight hours.