Commanding Officer

Captain Bradley C. Mai, United States Navy

Capt Mai

Captain Brad Mai was raised in Columbia, Missouri.  He attended the United States Naval Academy, where he graduated with distinction in 1985 with a degree in Systems Engineering.  His other education includes the Navy’s nuclear power program and Masters Degrees in Naval Architecture and Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he also performed research work for Draper Laboratories.

Afloat, CAPT Mai has served as Navigator and in engineering in USS TEXAS (CGN 39), Combat Systems Officer in USS Valley Forge (CG 50), Chief Engineer aboard the nuclear powered cruiser USS South Carolina (CGN 37) and Executive Officer in USS San Jacinto (CG 56).  He commanded USS McFaul (DDG 74) from 2003 to 2004 where he deployed with the WASP Expeditionary Strike Group to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  During the deployment MCFAUL interdicted an arms smuggling vessel and confiscated over 500 AK-47’s and multiple larger caliber weapons.

Ashore Captain Mai has served as Flag Secretary to Commander Naval Forces Europe in London from 2000 to 2002, and as the Chairman’s Joint Staff, J4, Strategic Sealift representative for national policy and commercial industry issues from 2004 to 2006. He also served as Head of Surface Nuclear Programs and Policy at the Naval Personnel Command from September 2006 to January 2009 and as head of all Officer Community Management in the Navy’s Bureau of Personnel from July 2010 to July 2012.

CAPT Mai’s last overseas assignment was as Commodore of Destroyer Squadron 50 in Bahrain where he commanded the multi-national forces protecting the Iraqi oil terminals, commanded U.S. Navy and Coast Guard patrol boats assigned to the gulf, and acted as the United Arab Emirates’ Task Group Commander during their first command of the Arabian Gulf Task Force, CTF-152 out of Abu Dhabi. 

CAPT Mai is now ashore as the Commanding Officer and Professor of Naval Science at the NROTC units of the University of Mississippi and the University of Memphis.

His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, and two Meritorious Service Medals.

He is married to the former Rachelle Hagerott of Kent, Washington.  They have four children, ages ten to nineteen.

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