Brian hails from Lancaster, Pennsylvania and attended the US Naval Academy. Upon graduation and commissioning he was selected for pilot training and initially flew the S-3B Viking. Brian later transitioned to the F/A-18 Hornet and the Super Hornet. He served as a Naval Academy instructor and is a graduate of the US Air Force test pilot school. Brian has accrued over 2,800 flight hours in numerous military and civilian test aircraft.
Brian retired from the Navy in 2018 and now works for a government contracting company. He and his family reside in San Diego, California.