Commander James P. Brassfield, USN

CDR Brassfield

Chief Staff Officer, Commander Fleet Air Western Pacific

Commander Brassfield hails from Fairfield, Ohio and is a 1996 graduate of Fairfield High School. He attended the United States Naval Academy, graduating in May 2000, earning a B.S. in History.  He also holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from Naval Command and Staff College in Newport, RI and JPME Phase 1 completed with distinction at the USMC Command and Staff College.  He entered flight training in Pensacola, FL, and Corpus Christi, TX and was designated a Naval Aviator in March of 2002.

Upon completion of initial P-3C “Orion” training, at Patrol Squadron THIRTY, Commander Brassfield’s operational assignments took him around the world completing two flying tours with the World Famous “Skinny Dragons” of VP-4 homeported in Kaneohe, HI.  He served as the Safety/NATOPS Officer at home and the Maintenance Officer on a multi-site deployment in support of FIFTH and SIXTH Fleets. 

Ashore, Commander Brassfield’s assignments include tours as an Instructor Pilot and Standardization Pilot at Training Squadron TWO-SEVEN (VT-27) in Corpus Christi, TX as the Air Operations Officer on the SIXTH Fleet Staff at Commander Task Force SIX THREE (CTF-63), and Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TWO (CPRW-2) Naval Support Department Officer-In-Charge (NSD OIC) and Permanent Duty Station change officer for the Hawaii based P-3 squadrons during their P-8 transition and homeport change to Whidbey Island, WA.

As the CFWP Safety Officer, Commander Brassfield serves as the Navy’s UC-12 Program Manager, CRM Program Manager and Wing Safety Officer. He is responsible for the Safety, Training and Standardization of units in Bahrain, Guantanamo Bay, Patuxent River, Okinawa, Misawa and Atsugi.

Now as the CFWP Chief Staff Officer, CDR Brassfield is responsible to the Commander for the day to day operations of the headquarters staff as well as interaction with the 12 subordinate Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Detachments and Aviation Supply Depots.

In his career, Commander Brassfield has accumulated over 3,500 flight hours in five aircraft types. His personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (4), Navy Achievement Medal and various other unit awards. He plans to retire in June of 2020 to Brisbane, Australia. He is married to the former Miss Melanie Carins of Hobart, Tasmania and they have three children:  Sophie (9), Camille (7), and Liam (5).

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