Cmdr. Brian X. Conlan
Cmdr. Brian X. Conlan is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and completed Joint Professional Military Education through the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College. He received his commission through Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida and was designated a Naval Aviator in 2006.
Prior to qualification in unmanned aviation, Conlan deployed to CENTCOM, INDOPACOM, EUCOM, AFRICOM and SOUTHCOM areas of responsibility, to include service in Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Odyssey Dawn. He served as Patrol and Reconnaissance Squadron (VP) 10’s pilot training officer and assistant operations officer and as VP-45’s tactics, safety-Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization officer, training officer, and maintenance department head while qualifying as functional check flight pilot, instructor pilot, mission commander, and special mission aircraft commander. Afloat, he served as Aide-de-Camp to the Admiral, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10, aboard both the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69).
His shore tours include Commander, Task Force 67, Turkey and Levant desk officer, and assistant officer-in-charge of Tactical Operations Center, Naval Air Station Sigonella; military advisor, US State Department; and as a member of the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Strategic Innovation Group.
Conlan has more than 2,000 flight hours in multiple Air Force and Naval aircraft and is rated in the MQ-4C Triton unmanned system. He is entitled to wear the Air Medal (1st Strike/Flight Award) and other personal, unit, service, and campaign awards.
Following service as executive officer from April 2020 until May of 2021, he now serves as the commanding officer of the Navy’s first Unmanned Aviation Squadron, Unmanned Patrol Squadron (VUP) 19, employing both the RQ-4 BAMS-D and MQ-4C Triton in multiple theatres.