A native of St. Louis, Mo., Commander Todd Bruemer graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1996 earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. Commissioned in May of 1996, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in December of 1997 and reported to Fleet Replacement Squadron, Patrol Squadron THIRTY, for initial flight training in the P-3C Orion.
Commander Bruemer’s first operational tour was with the “Red Lancers” of VP‑10 at NAS Brunswick, Me., where he completed one deployment to the Sixth Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR) and one to the Second Fleet AOR. He was also designated an ACT Facilitator, Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator, Mission Commander and Instructor TACCO.
In 2001, he returned to the 562nd Flying Training Squadron at Randolph AFB to serve as an Instructor Navigator, responsible for the joint training of all Navy and Air Force Flight Officers. During his tenure, he served as the Cross Country Officer and the Pilot Schedules Officer for the squadron.
Commander Bruemer joined the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Sea Duty Component, Dallas, Texas, in 2004 where he served as the Administrative Officer and Maintenance Officer, and was designated as Tactical Operator, Mission Commander and Tactical Instructor.
Commander Bruemer transitioned to the Full Time Support community in October 2006. He was assigned to the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., where he earned a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies in June 2007. He reported to VP-62 at NAS Jacksonville in December 2007 for his department head tour where he served as the Operations Officer and deployed numerous times to Central and South America in support of Counter Narcotics Operations. During his tenure as the Operations Officer, the Broadarrows of VP-62 were the recipients of the Noel Davis Battle “E” Award, the Blue “M” Award and CNO’s Safety “S” Award.
In 2010, Commander Bruemer reported to United States Transportation Command where he served as USTRANSCOM Chief of Reserve Affairs and Naval Operational Support Officer. He earned a Master’s of Science in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego in May 2010 and the JS5 AQD (Level III JQS/JQO) in 2013.
Commander Bruemer has accumulated over 2,500 flight hours and has attained every advanced qualification for a P-3 NFO. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (First Strike), Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, as well as other numerous unit and general awards.