U.S. Navy Rear Adm. James Bynum, former chief of Naval Air Training, has been appointed as director of the assessment division (N81) within the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, the Defense Department reported Wednesday.
Bynum served as an F/A-18 pilot and tallied more than 4,500 hours onboard tactical aircraft throughout more than 90 combat missions for the U.S. Air Force and Navy.
He supported various operational assignments including tours with Strike Fighter Squadron 113, VFA-22 and a tour within the services Personnel Exchange Program where he supported missions of the 94th Fighter Squadron.
The rear admiral was a battle director for the Combined Air Operations Center within the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar which provided assistance for Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
Bynum was also a commander of the VFA-27, instructor pilot, military legislative aide and Capitol Hill fellow, executive assistant to the commander of the U.S. Naval Air Forces in San Diego, executive assistant to the vice chief of naval operations and deputy director of the White House Military Office.
The OPNAV Assessment Division is in charge of the assessment process for the Deputy Chiefs of Naval Operations for Resources, Warfare Requirements and Assessments as well as offers analytics resources to assist the Joint Mission Areas and Support Areas assessment teams.