Rear Adm. James (Jay) Bynum is a native of Waco, Texas, and was commissioned via the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program at the University of Oklahoma. A career F/A-18 pilot, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Database Management and is a Georgetown University Capitol Hill Fellow. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College. He holds subspecialties in financial management and strategy.
His operational assignments include tours with Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113, VFA-22 and a tour under the services Personnel Exchange Program where he deployed with the U.S. Air Force’s 94th Fighter Squadron. He commanded VFA-27, as part of the forward deployed U.S. Naval Forces in Japan, and Carrier Air Wing 3 as part of the Harry S. Truman Strike Group where he deployed in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom respectively.
Ashore, Bynum served as an instructor pilot, military legislative aide and Capitol Hill fellow on the staff of U.S. Sen. John S. McCain (R-AZ) and as senior readiness programmer/analyst for Navy issues, as well as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance programs while attached to the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He later served in the Aviation Warfare Section of the Navy’s Program Development Staff, was the executive assistant to Commander, U.S. Naval Air Forces in San Diego, and the executive assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations.
He is currently serving in a dual capacity as the deputy N7 and director, Warfare Development (N72), on the OPNAV staff. His previous flag assignments include director, Assessments Division (N81) on the OPNAV staff, Chief of Naval Air Training, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 9, Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group, and deputy director of the White House Military Office.
Last Updated: 6 August 2021