Rob “Sunshine” MacFadden


Sunshine joined the Check-6 team in March 2014 after retiring from U.S. Navy as a multi platform Aviator. He grew up in Connecticut and attended the University of New Haven pursuing an Aeronautics degree while playing linebacker for the football team. He transferred to Arizona State University and completed his B.S. in Aeronautical Technology in 1993.

Having first entered the Navy as an AEGIS Radar technician, Rob earned his commission through Officer Candidate School in 1994. He earned his Aviator Wings as a helicopter pilot in 1998 and his first assignment was flying the Sikorsky MH-53E Sea Dragon performing Heavy Lift Logistics and Airborne Mine Countermeasures(AMCM) missions. During his 11 years in the community, he completed 2 Operational deployments, a tour as a test pilot for developmental AMCM weapons, qualified as a search and rescue pilot in the HH-1N Huey, and completed a high altitude helicopter mountain flying course in British Columbia.

Sunshine twice commanded a 4 helicopter, 100+ personnel forward detachment in the Arabian Gulf maintaining rapid response AMCM and Humanitarian Crisis capability throughout the region.  His unit flawlessly transported over 2 million pounds of critical ammunition, cargo and more than 1000 personnel on 800+ missions to ships and forward operating bases with zero equipment damage or injuries.

After 11 years of operational flying, Sunshine moved into the TC-12B Huron flying fixed wing logistics missions coast to coast supporting Chief of Naval Air Training requirements. His last tour was as the Officer in Charge of Navy Auxiliary Landing Field  Orange Grove, Texas where he flew in the T-45C Goshawk directly supporting the Navy and Marine Corps Tactical Jet Training pipelines. He completed his Masters Studies at Embry-Riddle in Aerospace/Aviation Safety Systems and his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification before leaving active duty.

Sunshine ended his exceptional career with the respect and camaraderie of everyone he worked with.  His successes are directly attributed to his ability to build safe, smart and effective teams in the most austere environments while being challenged with shortages in manpower, material and time. Rob enjoys motorcycling, camping, offshore fishing and sports and currently lives in Texas with his wife and children that he coaches in baseball and soccer.