Commander Charles D. Fairbank

Commanding Officer

A native of Philadelphia, PA and the Eastern Shore of Maryland was commissioned in 2000 after earning a B.S in History from the United States Naval Academy. Designated as a Naval Flight Officer in 2002, CDR Fairbank reported to NAS Whidbey Island to train in the venerable EA-6B Prowler. In June 2003 he joined the Scorpions of VAQ-132 where he deployed on board USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan in support of 7th Fleet Operations 

In 2006 he was selected for and completed the Electronic Attack Weapons School Prowler Tactics Instructor course and a reported for duty to VAQ-129 as an EA-6B FRS Instructor. In 2009 he reported to Carrier Airwing NINE as the Electronic Warfare / Future Ops officer and deployed on board USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74) to the Western Pacific. In 2010, deployed with VAQ-140 on Board USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. In 2011 he returned to VAQ-140 for his Department Head tour where he served as Administration, Operations and Maintenance officer. During his VAQ-140 tour, the squadron deployed to Aviano AB, Italy in support of Operations ODDESSY DAWN/UNIFIED PROTECTOR in Libya. Upon return from Italy, VAQ-140 was immediately turned around and deployed twice more on board USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69) before finally returning home to begin its transition to the EA-18G in July of 2013. 

In the fall of 2013 CDR Fairbank attended the Naval War College in Newport, RI earning his Master of Arts (with distinction) in National Security and Strategic Studies, as well as his JPME Phase I training. Following War College, CDR Fairbank reported for duty to the Joint Staff in December 2014 where he was assigned to the Joint Operational War Plans Division of the Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5) Directorate with a specialty in CENTCOM, EUCOM and SOCOM areas of responsibility. Following EA-18G transition training, CDR Fairbank assumed duties as the Executive Officer of the VAQ-131 Lancers in January of 2018.

During his career, CDR Fairbank has accumulated over 2800 flight hours and nearly 600 arrested landings on 10 different Aircraft Carriers.

He is married to Maria and they are the proud parents of a six-year-old daughter, Maggie and a one-year old son Charlie. Maria holds a PhD in Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of British Columbia. They live in Anacortes, WA. While with the Patriots, he completed a deployment aboard USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER (CVN 69) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and an expeditionary deployment to Aviano, Italy in support of Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR, serving as both Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer.