CDR Bryan “STAG” Pinckney, a native of Richmond, VA, graduated from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA followed by Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Political Science. He was commissioned through NROTC in May 2002.

CDR Pinckney was designated a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) in Pensacola, FL in March 2004. After advanced training at VFA-122 at NAS Lemoore, CA, he was qualified as an F/A-18F Super Hornet Weapons System Officer (WSO).

In January 2005, CDR Pinckney reported to the “Black Aces” of VFA-41. He completed two Western Pacific deployments aboard the USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) in support of both Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He also earned his Strike-Fighter Weapon Training and Tactics Level IV and FAC(A) qualifications and served as Line Division and Air-To-Surface Weapons Trainings Officer.

In January 2008, he reported to the “Gladiators” of VFA-106 at NAS Oceana, VA and qualified as an F/A-18D-F Instructor WSO. At VFA-106, he served as 1st LT, Operation Administration, Demonstration Team Lead, and Strike Phase Head.

While a member of the 2009 SuperHornet Tactical Demonstration Team, he performed at the Sakhir Airbase for the 2010 Bahrain International Airshow.

In December 2010, CDR Pinckney reported to C5F/USNAVCENT HQ in Manama, Bahrain where he served as the Aide to the Commander, VADM Mark Fox. Following his Aide tour, he attended the Naval War College in Newport, RI where he graduated with distinction.

CDR Pinckney then reported to the “Swordsmen” of VFA-32 in NAS Oceana, VA. While with the “Swordsmen,” he served as the Administration Officer, Maintenance Officer, and Operations Officer. He deployed to the CENTCOM AOR aboard the USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) from Sept 2013 – April 2014 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During his tour, he earned his CDO (underway), Air Wing Mission Commander, and Air Wing Rescue Mission Commander qualifications.

In December 2015, CDR Pinckney reported to US European Command in Stuttgart, Germany where he was assigned to the J4 Directorate. He served as the Directorate’s Integrated Priority List manager, Annual Joint Assessment lead, and was a member of the Director’s Command Action Group to spearhead USEUCOM’s Mobility Strategy. In November 2019, he joined the VFA-213 “Blacklions” as the Executive Officer and took command in March 2021.

CDR Pinckney has accumulated over 2700 flight hours, including over 2200 hours in the F/A-18D-F and more than 500 carrier arrested landings. He is the recipient of the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Strike Flight Air Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards) and various campaign and unit medals

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