Lieutenant Bryan Sommer
LT Bryan Sommer was born in Twin Falls, Idaho where he grew up on the family farm. He enlisted in the Navy out of high school in August of 1995 and completed boot camp in Great Lakes, IL. He was initially assigned as an Aviation Electronics Technician with Patrol Squadron Forty in Whidbey Island, WA working on the P-3C anti-submarine aircraft. He made two deployments to Japan and the Far East and was promoted to Second Class Petty Officer. LT Sommer reenlisted, attended Advanced Electronics "C" school, was promoted to First Class Petty Officer and assigned as an instructor where he taught P-3C electronics and weapons systems.
LT Sommer was selected for the Seaman to Admiral (STA-21) Commissioning program and was commissioned an Ensign following graduation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics with a minor in Aviation Safety. He attended Aviation Preflight Indoctrination at NAS Pensacola and Primary and Advanced Flight Training at NAS Whiting Field assigned to VT-2 and HT-8, and received his wings of gold on September 28, 2007. Selected to fly the MH-60R he completed training with HSM-40 Seahawks.
LT Sommer was previously assigned to the first East Coast Romeo Squadron, the 'Spartans" of HSM-70 where he served as the squadron's Communications Officer, Safety Officer, Schedules Officer, and Avionics Division Officer. He deployed aboard the USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH for the carrier's maiden deployment to the 5th Fleet AOR in support of Operation New Dawn, and Enduring Freedom. He also served onboard the USS GETTYSBURG as part of Detachment 2 "Ghosts of Sparta."
LT Sommer reported to the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Fl on 6 January, 2012. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Naval Science, the Aviation Advisor, an Academic Advisor, and the Public Affairs Officer.