The Chicago Council on Global Affairs today announced that Commander Thomas Bodine – a decorated Navy aviator who participated in the first U.S. missions in Afghanistan following 9/11 – has joined the Council as its first U.S. Navy Federal Executive Fellow. Commander Bodine has been deployed numerous times on critical U.S. operations and will provide a unique perspective on national security and military affairs at the Council as resident fellow through August 2018.
“Commander Bodine’s extensive leadership, expertise and experience with our nation’s military affairs will contribute to and extend the Council's expertise in global security," said Ambassador Ivo H. Daalder, president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. “We are proud to be selected as one of the leading global affairs institutions to host the prestigious Navy Federal Executive Fellowship."
Commander Bodine’s diverse military experience includes alliance and foreign partnership engagement and development, manning and manpower distribution, war-gaming and operational plans development and the application of hard power. He can also provide perspective on the Navy’s larger role including nuclear deterrence, counter piracy and drugs and humanitarian relief efforts.
"Despite its extraordinary importance to our nation and indeed to the world, the U.S. military is not well understood by most Americans," said Commander Bodine. "I look forward to working alongside the Council’s experts to help inform critical understanding of the scope, nature and role our military plays in shaping U.S. global affairs and foreign policy."
Commander Bodine most recently served as the Commanding Officer of Strike-Fighter Squadron TWO TWO (VFA-22), the “FIGHTING REDCOCKS,” which operates the FA-18F Super Hornet, the Navy’s most lethal strike-fighter aircraft, from his base in Lemoore, California. Commander Bodine has accumulated more than 3,300 flight hours, 750 carrier-arrested landings, 550 combat hours, and 105 combat sorties – including during Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. He joined the Navy in 1998 and received his initial naval fighting training at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida and was selected to attend the Navy Fighter Weapons School (commonly referred to as TOPGUN) in Fallon, Nevada, remaining as a TOPGUN instructor after graduation. He received a Bachelor's degree summa cum laude in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mississippi and a Master's degree with distinction in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.
The U.S. Navy Federal Executive Fellowship aims to cultivate naval strategists by placing them with world-class policy and research institutions. It encourages fellows to "think big" and allows them to exercise a great deal of intellectual freedom in diverse research areas to improve their interdisciplinary understanding of the global landscape. The Council is one of only 13 institutions to be selected to host a Navy Federal Executive Fellow.