Lt. Cmdr. Freda was commissioned through the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 2003. He is a MH-60S Level IV helicopter pilot both maritime and overland. He has served with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) Eight, DCMA Sikorsky, as a shooter onboard USS George HW Bush; an instructor pilot and department head with HSC-2; and recently as the maintenance department head and officer in charge with HSC-26.