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CDR Patrick B. Bookey

CDR Patrick BookeyCommander Bookey is a native of Edmonds, Washington.  He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 2003 earning a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering.  CDR Bookey then attended Princeton University, graduating in 2005 with a Master of Science in Engineering for Aerospace Engineering.  

Designated a Naval Aviator in 2007, he reported to VFA-122 in Lemoore, California for initial training in the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.  He joined the “Gunslingers” of VFA-105 on their 2008 deployment in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.  He deployed again in 2010, flying combat missions over Afghanistan and Iraq in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN onboard USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75).  At VFA-105, he served as Public Affairs Officer, Line Division Officer, NATOPS Officer, Assistant Operations Officer and Landing Signals Officer (LSO). 

CDR Bookey was selected for test pilot training, graduating from the US Naval Test Pilot School in June 2012.  He reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Three (VX-23), serving as test pilot, LSO and Department Head in the Carrier Suitability Department.  During his time at VX-23, CDR Bookey was involved in Naval Aviation “firsts” to include the first carrier landings of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System-Demonstrator (UCAS-D), ship suitability testing of the F-35C, and initial development of the precision landing mode (PLM) flight control law update to the F/A-18E-G.  He was selected as the 2014 Naval Test Wing Atlantic Test Pilot of the Year. 

In May 2015, CDR Bookey joined the Wildcats of VFA-131 flying the F/A-18C Hornet, where he served as Safety Officer, Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer.  He completed a combat deployment in 2016 in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE onboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), flying combat missions over Iraq and Syria. 

He reported to Commander Naval Air Forces Atlantic as the F-35C Requirements Officer in August 2017.  CDR Bookey reported to the Ragin’ Bulls of VFA-37 as Executive Officer in April 2020 and assumed command in October 2021.

CDR Bookey has accumulated more than 2,600 hours in over 20 different aircraft and 600 carrier arrested landings.  CDR Bookey’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Strike Flight Air Medal (3 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards) and numerous unit and campaign medals.

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