February 29, 2012

Commander Of Aircraft Carrier Named For President Bush To Speak At Texas A&M Tuesday

Captain Brian E. Luther

Captain Brian E. Luther

Captain Brian E. Luther, U.S. Navy, commanding officer of USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), will give a historic first combat deployment debriefing concerning the nation’s newest aircraft carrier on Tuesday (March 6). Several crew members of USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), along with Captain Luther, will speak at 6 p.m. in the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center at the George Bush Presidential Library Center on the Texas A&M University campus.                                              

Captain Luther graduated from Marquette University in 1984 with a degree in computer science and was designated a naval aviator in March 1986. He graduated from the Navy War College non-resident program, earned his MBA from George Mason University in May 2004 and completed the Navy Nuclear Power training program in December 2005.

Seagoing assignments include Sea Control Squadron Twenty-Two onboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) and Sea Control Squadron Twenty-Four onboard USS Roosevelt (CVN 71) flying the S-3B Viking. Captain Luther also served as the Carrier Air Wing Seven Undersea and Surface Warfare Officer aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73). He commanded Sea Control Squadron Twenty-Four onboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65). He first served ashore as a Joint Staff Intern (J6K) in the National Military Command Center during Operation Desert Storm. Other Washington D.C. duty assignments include; Tactical Air Analyst for the Director, Strike and Amphibious Warfare Division (OP-74) on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations and at the S-3 Class Desk, Naval Air Systems Command. He has served two tours on the staff of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Financial Management and Comptroller as the Financial Management Officer for Aviation Procurement programs and as the Assistant Director, Office of Budget. He served as Executive Officer onboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) prior to assuming duties as commanding officer for USS Tarawa.

Captain Luther’s military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards, one combat device), Navy Achievement Medal and various other unit and campaign awards. He has flown over 3,400 flight hours and has accumulated 825 carrier landings.

the USS George H.W. Bush

The USS George H.W. Bush

The aircraft carrier CVN 77 was commissioned on Jan. 10, 2009 as USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). The nuclear powered ship is the 10th Nimitz class carrier – the largest warships in the world. USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) is only the second carrier named after a naval aviator. During World War II, George Bush, 41st President of the United States, enlisted in the United States Navy at age 18 as a Seaman 2nd Class. A year later, when he received his wings and commission, he became the youngest pilot in the United States Navy.

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), along with four other ships of its carrier strike group, departed on her first deployment on May 11, 2011, and sailed across the Atlantic. Following a seven-month deployment supporting operations with the United States Navy, and 61,000 miles later, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) returned to her home port in Norfolk, Va. on Dec.10, 2011.

The George Bush Presidential Library Foundation was established in 1991 as a nonprofit educational foundation to design, build and support the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University. In addition to sponsoring its own programs and activities, the Foundation provides logistical and financial support to the Library, as well as the George Bush School of Government and Public Service. Through its outreach, the Foundation is helping make the George Bush Presidential Library Center a leading institution in cultural, policy, and academic discussions.

The program is a ticketed event. Free tickets are available at the Texas A&M University MSC Box Office, The Bryan/College Station Eagle at 1729 Briarcrest Drive, KBTX at 4141 East 29th Street, the Bryan/College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau at 715 University Drive East, and the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. For more information, please call (979) 862-2251 or email bushevents@georgebushfoundation.org.

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Media contact: Tom Hughes, News & Information Services, at (979) 862-4001

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