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Commander Brian C. Erickson, U.S. Navy
Commanding Officer, Patrol Squadron Four Seven
Commander Erickson hails from Devils Lake, North Dakota and is a 1991 graduate of Devils Lake High School. He attended the United States Naval Academy, graduating with merit in May 1995, earning a B.S. in Computer Science. He entered flight training in Pensacola, FL in the fall of 1995 and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in October of 1996.
Upon completion of initial P-3C “Orion” training at Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP-30) in Jacksonville, FL, he reported to Brunswick, ME for an initial operational assignment with the “TRIDENTS” of Patrol Squadron TWO SIX (VP-26) in June 1997. Designated an Instructor Tactical Coordinator (TACCO) and Mission Commander he deployed to Sigonella Sicily, Keflavik Iceland, and Roosevelt Roads Puerto Rico, completing P-3C Orion missions throughout the Mediterranean, Balkan, North Atlantic, and Caribbean areas of responsibility. While assigned to VP-26, his duties included Command Security Manager, Acoustic Warfare Division Officer, Operations Schedules Officer, NFO NATOPS Officer, and Officer-in-Charge UNITAS Peru Detachment.
In January of 2001, Commander Erickson joined Patrol Squadron THIRTY, where he completed an assignment as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor NFO and served as a Fleet NATOPS Evaluator and the Fleet Instructor Under Training program manager.
In August of 2003, Commander Erickson reported to the USS Nimitz (CVN-68), home-ported in San Diego, CA. serving as Air Department Administration Officer (V-5) and Aviation Fuels Division Officer (V-4). Aboard NIMITZ he directed Catapult and Arresting Gear flight deck evolutions as a “Shooter” and qualified as “Mini-Boss” executing operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
At the completion of this tour, Commander Erickson was selected to attend the Naval Command and Staff College in Newport, RI. He graduated in June of 2006 with a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.
In October 2006, Commander Erickson was assigned to fly with the “RED LANCERS” of Patrol Squadron TEN (VP-10), in Brunswick, ME. During his Department Head tour he completed a Western Pacific deployment to Okinawa, Japan and served as the squadron Tactics, Administration, Training and Operations Officer.
Following his department head tour Commander Erickson completed a staff assignment in the Joint Staff Operations Directorate (J-3) at the Pentagon, in Washington, D.C. He reported as the Executive Officer of the “GOLDEN SWORDSMEN” of Patrol Squadron FORTY SEVEN (VP-47) in April of 2012.
In his career, Commander Erickson has accumulated over 2500 flight hours and his personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (3), and Navy Achievement Medal (3). He is married to the former Miss Erika Johnson of New Orleans, LA and resides in Kaneohe, HI with their three children: Liam, Finley, and Addison.
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