Jeff "Hobie" Hobrath
Co-Host Jeff Hobrath is a Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer and a accomplished Graphic Artist who joined the team in 2016 . His childhood dream was to serve in the United States Navy and Jeff joined the Navy in 1981, at the age of 17 and shipped off to bootcamp in February 1982. Jeff's military service revolved around Naval Aviation, specifically Aviation Life Support Systems (ALSS) dealing with Aircrew Survival and equipment on America's most advanced weapons systems including carrier based aircraft such as the F-4 Phantom, F-14 Tomcat, A-6 Intruder, EA-6B Prowler, F-5 Tigershark and F/A-18 Hornet.
He served in various commands and duty stations including Recruit Training Command Great Lakes Illinois, Naval Air Technical Training Center Lakehurst New Jersey, Naval Air Station Miramar Califronia, Naval Air Station Glenview Illinois, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove Pennsylvania, Fighter Squadron Twenty One (VF-21), Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Five One (VR-51), Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Five Two (VR-52), the aircraft carriers USS Constellation (CV-64) and the USS Coral Sea (CV-43). Deployed around the world several times in various operations. While stationed at NAS JRB Willow Grove, Jeff was selected as “Sailor of the Year” and promoted to Chief.
He currently is a Art Director for an Aviation Defense Contractor and specializes in illustrations, technical drawings, web sites, page layout, cartoons, and logos. Jeff has 30+ years experience as a leader and senior graphic artist in both government and commercial environments. He thrives on all things creative and is a great addition to the Hangardeck Podcast Team.