Austin "Strobes" Hulbert
Austin “Strobes” Hulbert
Former F/A-18 Hornet & Super Hornet Pilot, USN
Austin “Strobes” Hulbert is a former F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet pilot with 2,200 hours of military flight time and more than 250 carrier arrested landings. During his Naval service, Austin deployed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise and flew combat missions over Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom. Recognized for his superior tactical acumen and leadership, he was selected to instruct newly winged aviators in how to fly the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet aircraft. Accumulating more than 2,025 hours in the F/A-18, Austin instructed hundreds of peers, superiors, and students in how to employ the aircraft in Air-to-Air and Air-to-Ground missions. Additionally, he was one of the few officers hand-selected to instruct students in the demanding arena of landing aboard aircraft carriers. Towards the end of his instructor tour, Austin deployed to the Combined Air and Space Operations Center, where he directed drone and manned aircraft strikes against ISIS forces in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. While serving on active duty, Austin spent his free time volunteering as a Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician at various Fire Departments and Rescue Squads across the country.
Austin left active duty in 2015 and currently serves as a U.S. Naval Reservist in support of natural disaster relief operations. “Strobes” joined the Afterburner team in 2016, and enjoys using his experiences in the military as a combat leader and tactician with the knowledge from his academic studies to help businesses improve their operations and reach new heights by implementing the Flawless Execution Model.
Strobes is a native of San Diego, CA and grew up in Memphis, TN. He graduated with merit from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2005 with a B.S. in Political Science. While at the Naval Academy, he attended the elite U.S. Navy Dive School, becoming a Navy Diver in 2004. Strobes earned his M.A. in Security Studies in 2006 from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and his M.B.A. in 2017 from Harvard Business School.