Brian “Zeke” Baker is a native of Holyoke, Massachusetts. He holds a BA degree from Lake Forest College and an MPA from the University of Oklahoma. Zeke was commissioned a 2dLt in the United States Marine Corps in May 1988 and was designated a Naval Aviator in January 1991.
Following initial training in the CH-53D Sea Stallion, in Tustin, California, Zeke reported to HMH-362 (Rein), aboard the USS Saipan deployed to the Persian Gulf. While assigned to the “Ugly Angels” the squadron also deployed with the CVSPMAGTF aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt and with MARFORCARIB to the Haiti AOR aboard the USS Nassau and USS Wasp. During these deployments Zeke served in a variety of squadron billets to include: Administration Officer, Flight Line Officer, and Pilot Training Officer.
In July 1995 Zeke reported to the 1st MAW, ASE, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, for duty as an FRS instructor with HMT-301. During this tour Zeke served as the squadron Aviation Safety Officer and Assistant Operations Officer.
In July 1997 Zeke transferred to The Presidential Helicopter Squadron, HMX-1, at Quantico, Virginia. While at HMX-1 Zeke transitioned to the CH-53E Super Stallion and was qualified as a White House Aircraft Commander in the VH-3 and VH-60 Marine One helicopters. Duties while at HMX-1 included Operations Duty Officer and White House Liaison Officer (WHLO).
After graduating from Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 2002 Zeke reported to HMH-361, MAG-16, MCAS Miramar, California where he served as the Director of Safety and Standardization and squadron Executive Officer. From March – May 2003 Zeke joined the G-3, I MEF, as an Air Fires Watch Officer in Operation Iraqi Freedom; before returning to his duties as Executive Officer for a squadron deployment to Okinawa, Japan in June 2003.
In December 2003 Zeke was assigned as the 3d Marine Aircraft Wing Future Operations Officer in Al Asad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. Upon return to MCAS Miramar in August 2004 Zeke assumed the duty as Operations Officer for Marine Aircraft Group 16.
Zeke received orders back to Quantico, Virginia in August 2005 where he served as a Branch Head within the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Commanding Officer of Marine Corps Air Facility Quantico, from 2007-2009 and as a Faculty Advisor at Marine Corps Command and Staff College until his retirement in 2011.
Following his retirement Zeke worked for SAIC as a contract Site Lead for an aviation ISR program in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.