A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Captain Bobby Baker was commissioned in May 1993 at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. After completing the Army Aviation Officer Basic course at Fort Rucker, Alabama in 1994, he was designated an Army Aviator and assigned to the 24th and 3rd Infantry Divisions at Fort Stewart, Georgia, where he served as Platoon Leader and Executive Officer.
Baker executed an inter-service transfer in 1996, completed Navy flight school and was designated a Naval Aviator at NAS Kingsville, Texas in 1999.
Upon completion of F/A-18 training with the Gladiators of VFA-106, he joined the Gunslingers of VFA‐105 and completed two deployments embarked on USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) flying sorties in support of Operations Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom.
In June 2003, Baker reported to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Fallon, Nevada. He completed the TOPGUN Adversary course and served as an Overall Instructor for Air Wing Training and Subject Matter Expert for Time Sensitive & Dynamic Targeting.
In January 2006, Baker reported to the Sidewinders of VFA-86 for his Department Head tour. He completed two deployments embarked in USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
In March 2008, Baker joined the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany. As the Deputy Director of Military Cooperation, he directed the ISAF Individual Augmentee Pre-deployment Course and was responsible for out-of-country training programs for Iraqi and Afghan officers.
Following refresher training at VFA-125, Baker reported to the World Famous Golden Dragons of VFA-192 as Executive Officer in November 2010, assumed command of the squadron in March of 2012, and completed two deployments in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn embarked in USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
In August 2013, Baker reported to Oxford University as a Senior Fellow at St. Antony’s College. Until April 2016, he has served as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Commander Naval Forces Europe/Africa/Sixth Fleet.
Baker has logged over 3,400 flight hours, 104 combat sorties and 778 carrier landings. His individual awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with combat V, five Strike/Flight Air Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals (one with combat V), Army Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Commander Carrier Air Wing One Pilot of the Year, and the LCDR Michael Longardt Award for Leadership from Commander, Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic.