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Commander Brad "Fid" Garms grew up in Round Lake, Minnesota. He attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical science in 1999. In February 2000, he entered the U.S. Navy’s officer candidate school in Pensacola, Florida and was commissioned an ensign in May 2000.

Cmdr. Garms reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida for aviation indoctrination in September of 2000. He completed primary flight training in the T-34C Turbo Mentor at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas and transferred to NAS Kingsville, Texas for advanced flight training in the T-45A Goshawk. He earned his wings of gold in February of 2002.

From Kingsville, Garms reported to the Flying Eagles of VFA-122 at NAS Lemoore, California for training in the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.

In November of 2003, he reported to the VFA-41 Black Aces. While attached to the Black Aces, Commander Garms completed a Western Pacific deployment aboard aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) in support of operation Iraqi Freedom. Garms also sailed aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) on its maiden voyage from Norfolk, Virginia to San Diego, California in 2004. During his time with the Black Aces, Commander Garms served as head landing signals officer, pilot training officer, and a maintenance department branch officer.

In January of 2007, Cmdr. Garms reported to the Flying Eagles of VFA-122 as an instructor pilot in the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. While instructing at VFA-122, Garms served as the west coast rhino tactical demonstration team coordinator and performed in numerous air shows throughout the country.

Commander Garms transferred to the VFA-154 Black Knights in October 2009 for his department head tour. As a Black Knight department head, Cmdr. Garms served as the quality assurance officer, administrative officer, and operations officer. In 2011 he deployed with the Black Knights flying combat missions in support of operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom along with humanitarian and disaster relief missions in support of operation Tomodachi aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76).

In June of 2012, Cmdr. Garms reported to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California to pursue a Masters of Business Administration with a focus on financial management. He graduated with distinction in December 2013 and was selected as a conrad scholar. Garms also attended the Naval War College at Monterey where he completed the joint professional military education phase one syllabus as a distinguished graduate.

Commander Garms reported to the Joint Chiefs of Staff in January 2014. Cmdr. R Garms serves as the logistics and technology team chief for the Support Agency Review and Assessment Office (SARAO) in the J8 directorate.

He assumed duty as commanding officer of NRD Minneapolis in September 2017.


He has accumulated more than 2500 tactical flight hours and over 560 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include the Strike Flight Air Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various service and unit awards.


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