Cmdr. Bankart joined the faculty at the U.S. Naval War College after graduation from the NWC in-residence course and Stockdale Leadership Advanced Studies Program in June 2020. He is a 1999 graduate of James Madison University and a Naval Aviator with over 3400 hours, 600+ carrier arrested landings spanning seven operational deployments in the EA-6B “Prowler” and EA-18G “Growler.” He graduated from the Electronic Attack Weapons School in 2005 and served two tours as a community flight instructor. His most recent assignment was as the commanding officer of Electronic Attack Squadron 138 (VAQ-138) in Whidbey Island, Washington.