USS Nebraska (SSBN 739)

Submarine Squadron 17

Bangor, WA

Commander Brad Muskopf

Commanding Officer, Gold Crew, USS Nebraska

CDR Muskopf was born and raised in Belleville, Illinois. He graduated from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in the Spring of 2004, attained his commission via the Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Program, and completed initial nuclear power training in the Spring of 2006.

At sea, CDR Muskopf served as a Junior Officer on board USS MARYLAND (SSBN-738)(GOLD), as Engineer Officer on board USS HOUSTON (SSN-713), and as Executive Officer on USS KENTUCKY (SSBN-737)(GOLD). While at sea, he completed seven strategic deterrent patrols and a 7-month Western Pacific deployment, conducting three missions vital to national security, multiple theater ASW missions, two multinational exercises, and several other Seventh Fleet missions.

Ashore, CDR Muskopf served on the staff of the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commander for Plans, Policies, and Requirements (N5/N8) and as Flag Aide to the Deputy Commander; as a Junior Board Member on the Pacific Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board; and as an undersea and seabed warfare strategist on the CNO’s Naval Strategy Panel (OPNAV N5X/74). Additionally, he completed his graduate degree in National Resource Strategy while attending the Eisenhower School at National Defense University in 2021.

Most recently, CDR Muskopf served as the Director of the Submarine Forces Pacific Commander’s Action Group, and as the Deputy Commander for Special Operations and Development at Submarine Squadron ONE in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.