Commander Raymond K. McBride, a native of East Providence, R. I. was commissioned through the United States Military Academy (West Point) in May of 2000 after completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical and Aeronautical Systems Engineering.
CDR McBride reported to NAS Pensacola in July of 2000 and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in November of 2001, earning distinguished graduate recognition. Following his winging, he reported to the Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) VS-41 at NAS North Island for initial training in the S-3B Viking. Upon completion of the FRS, CDR McBride was immediately assigned to a forward deployed Viking squadron on board the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). During his two and a half years with the (VS-35) Blue Wolves and Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW 14), he participated in two deployments, conducting carrier operations in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, SOUTHERN WATCH, and IRAQI FREEDOM. CDR McBride served as the Aircraft Division Officer, Head Schedules Officer, Personnel Officer, and Ground Safety Officer while assigned to VS-35.
In June of 2005, CDR McBride was selected in the highly competitive NFO-to-Pilot program and reported for student pilot training in Corpus Christi, Texas. After completion of Primary Pilot Training in the fall of 2006, he was selected for the TACAIR/JET pipeline and reported to Training Air Wing Two in Kingsville, Texas for Advanced Jet Training. CDR McBride was designated a Naval Aviator in September of 2007 and transferred to the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet FRS in Lemoore, California. Upon completion of the 12-month FRS syllabus, CDR McBride was assigned to the Strike Fighter/Attack 143 (VFA-143) Pukin’ Dogs and CVW-7, flying the F/A-18 E Super Hornet in direct support of continued combat operations in both the Iraq and Afghanistan areas of operation.
In January of 2012, CDR McBride was selected to the Navy’s Full Time Support component (Active Reserve) and assigned to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Five Six (VR-56) Globemasters, flying the C40A Clipper in support of the Navy’s Unique Fleet Essential Airlift (NUFEA). During his tour with VR-56, CDR McBride served as the squadron’s Operations Officer, managing three aircraft, and 240 pilot and aircrew in 24/7, worldwide flight operations. CDR McBride also served as the Officer-in-Charge of two forward deployed aircraft detachments, directly supporting Navy and Marine Corps air logistics in the PACOM and CENTCOM AORs. The Globemasters of VR-56 earned the coveted “Battle-E” Award for Operational Excellence as well as the Commander Naval Air Force Reserve “Squadron of the Year” during CDR McBride’s tenure as the squadron’s Operations Officer.
In February of 2015, CDR McBride reported to the Pentagon to work as an Action Officer on the Joint Staff, J8, where he worked Global Force Management policy for the Secretary of Defense. During his time on the Joint Staff, CDR McBride worked hand-in-hand with representatives from the Military Departments and Combatant Commanders on balancing strategic force alignment and mission readiness against world-wide threats to national security.
In October of 2017, CDR McBride reported to Naval Air Facility Washington (NAFW), first serving as the Facility Air Operations Officer and Facility Manager for 11 Navy and Marine Corps tenant commands onboard Joint Base Andrews. CDR McBride currently serves as NAFW’s Executive Officer, managing a staff of 37 military and civilian personnel.
CDR McBride has logged over 1,800 flight hours, has accumulated more than 300 carrier-arrested landings, and visited more than 30 countries in his 19+ years of service. He is the recipient of various personal decorations and campaign medals and has the distinct honor of serving with shipmates and on teams who were awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Citation, the Navy Unit Commendation, and the Navy Battle “E” Ribbon.