Rear Adm. Brian Hurley, originally from Galveston, Texas, graduated from Texas A&M University in 1987 and completed the U.S. Navy's Nuclear pipeline in May 1989.
Hurley's active duty service consists of tours aboard USS Pintado (SSN 672), where he held several division officer positions, Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 6 as the operations officer and USS Atlanta (SSN 712) as the combat systems officer. In August 1998, he transferred to Commander, U.S. Atlantic Fleet as the executive assistant to plans and policy. He also took lead in establishing contingency plans and supervising international relations.
In May 2000, Hurley transitioned to the U.S. Navy Reserve holding numerous positions supporting global fleet operations. He was assigned as the commanding officer of the reserve unit for USS Emory S. Land (AS 39); officer in charge of Amphibious Construction Battalion Det. 111; commanding officer, Submarine Learning Center San Diego; commanding officer, Navy Reserve Submarine Development Squadron (DEVRON) 12; commanding officer, Navy Reserve Joint Staff South; and commanding officer for the Navy Installation Command Headquarters reserve unit. Other staff assignments were deputy chief of staff at Navy Reserve Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet and officer in charge of plans and policy for Navy Reserve Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet. Hurley also served as the commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific/Task Force 73 in Singapore.
Hurley's personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (four awards) and Navy Achievement Medal (two awards).