Captain Steve Dradzynski was born in Detroit and served in the Army National Guard as a TOW gunner while earning his degree from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, graduating in 1987.
He was commissioned through Aviation Officer Candidate School and earned his Naval Flight Officer “Wings of Gold” in 1990.
His operational assignments include Bombardier/Navigator with Attack Squadron THIRTY-SIX, Mission Commander Evaluator and Operations Officer with Fleet Reconnaissance Squadrons FOUR and THREE, respectively. Captain Dradzynski commanded the “Roughnecks” of Fleet Reconnaissance Squadron SEVEN from 2008 – 2009. A highlight of his TACAMO career was flying the only operational endurance test of the E-6, logging 25.6 hours in a single flight supporting the annual Bulwark Bronze exercise.
Ashore, Captain Dradzynski served as the Communications Officer for U.S. Strategic Command’s Airborne Command Post (ABNCP), as the E-6 Readiness Officer for Commander, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and as the interim Flag Aide for VADM Malone.
His most recent assignment was as Director of Operations (N3) for Strategic Communications Wing ONE. He reported to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command as Liaison Officer and Chief of Staff in March 2012.
Captain Dradzynski has a B.S. in Quantitative Methods in Management from Oakland University, an M.A. in National Security Studies from the Naval War College, and an M.S. in Strategic Studies from the National War College in Washington, DC.