Capt. Brian “Zulu” Corey comes from Granite City, Ill. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a commission as an Ensign from the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Illinois. He is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
Corey served operationally as an F/A-18 pilot in Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 embarked in USS America (CV 66), VFA-146 embarked in USS Nimitz (CVN 68), and command of VFA-192 embarked in USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) forward deployed to Japan. During these tours he participated in operations Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Provide Hope, Deny Flight, Operation Iraqi Freedom and several Western Pacific operations.
His shore tours include service as a selectively retained graduate (SERGRAD) flight instructor with Training Air Wing (TW) 2 and the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) staff where he served as the F/A-18 requirements officer and as the deputy for Strike Aircraft Plans and Requirements.
Corey’s acquisition career began at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School where he was selected to fly the MiG-29 aircraft in Russia. His test experience included two tours at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., where he advanced weapons, sensors, and F/A-18 software upgrades for F/A-18 A-F models. His program management experience includes leading the Core Avionics Integrated Product Team and serving as the deputy program manager for Systems and Advanced Development in the F/A-18 and EA-18G Program (PMA-265). He also commanded the Direct and Time Sensitive Weapons Program (PMA-242) from June 2009 to June 2013. He is currently serving as the vice commander, Naval Air Systems Command.
Corey has more than 3,800 flight hours and 660 carrier arrested landings, mostly in the F/A-18 Hornet. He has logged hours in 21 aircraft, including the F/A-18 A-F, MiG-29, AV-8B, F-15, and F-16. His awards include the Legion of Merit, the Air Medal and Navy Commendation Medal with combat distinguishing devices, and other campaign and unit citations.