Captain Brian D. Sanderson

Capt. Brian Sanderson, a native of Epes, Alabama, graduated from the University of South Alabama in 1997.  He earned his commission through Officer Candidate School in February 1998, designated a naval aviator in September 1999, and was assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 10 in San Diego, California, for fleet replacement training in the SH-60F/HH-60H Seahawk helicopter.  He earned a master’s degree in Military Operational Art and Science at the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base.  He is also a graduate of Air War College with a Master of Strategic Studies. 
 
Sanderson served his first operational assignment as legal officer, assistant training officer, avionics/armament division officer, and NATOPS officer with HS-11, Jacksonville, Florida, with deployments aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. While assigned to HS-10 as a fleet replacement instructor pilot, legal officer, tactics officer and standardization officer, he graduated from the Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course in Fallon, Nevada, and was recognized as the 2006 Naval Helicopter Association Fleet Instructor Pilot of the Year. As combat search and rescue officer and anti-submarine warfare officer for Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, he deployed aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and flew multiple missions in support of counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea while embarked on USS San Antonio (LPD 17) and USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) as part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151. During his operational department head tour with HS-3, he conducted a homeport change from Jacksonville, Florida, to Norfolk, Virginia, with the squadron re-designating to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9.  He transitioned to the MH-60S Block III armed helicopter and served as training officer, operations officer, and detachment officer in charge in support of earthquake relief efforts in Haiti as part of Operation Unified Response while embarked on USS Bataan (LHD 5). 
 
Ashore, he was assigned to Joint Staff Suffolk, Virginia, as a modeling and simulations planner and service support team lead for Joint Staff (J7), coordinating live, virtual and constructive simulated training environments for combatant command, service, and mission rehearsal exercises in support of the National Military Strategy.  He also served with Training Air Wing 5 at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Florida.  He joined Helicopter Training Squadron (HT) 18 as an instructor pilot and executive officer in January 2015 and assumed command on April 14, 2016.
 
Following his command tour, Sanderson served as air boss aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Tripoli (LHA 7) in Pascagoula, Mississippi, where he supervised crew training, certification, testing and outfitting in accordance with new construction requirements.
 
He is currently serving as the officer in charge of Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity (NETSAFA) International Training Center, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.
 
Sanderson has accumulated over 3,500 hours of flight time.  His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various unit awards.

Last Updated: 27 July 2021

 
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