Captain Eric D. Bray, USN
Commander, Naval Ordnance Safety and Security Activity
Captain Eric Bray earned his commission in May 1995 through the Navy’s Reserve Officer Training Corps program after graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering.
Bray served as counterterrorism branch chief, U.S. Northern Command; commanding officer, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit 12, where he deployed to Afghanistan as the commander of Joint Task Force Paladin Southwest; director of operations and plans for both Task Force 56 and EOD Group 1; executive officer, Naval Special Clearance Team 1; and mine warfare officer, Carrier Strike Group 11. As an EOD Detachment officer in charge, Bray deployed in support of both the Lincoln and Nimitz Carrier Strike Groups and served ashore at Naval Base Ventura County. As a Surface Warfare Officer, he was the auxiliaries officer and combat information center officer onboard USS Supply (AOE 6).
Bray is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps and most recently served as the deputy director of the Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment. He has also served as the executive officer of Naval Surface Warfare Center EOD Technology Division, and holds acquisition workforce certifications in the fields of engineering and program management.
His military education includes Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal School, Basic Diving Officer School, and Surface Warfare Officer’s School, in addition to serving as a Counterterrorism Fellow at National Defense University.
Bray’s awards include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (six awards) and Navy Achievement Medal in addition to various campaign and unit awards. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from California Lutheran University.