Cmdr. Brett "Dingle" Hudspeth was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, and raised in Pensacola, Florida. He attended Florida State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in finance in May 2000 and commissioned through Navy Officer Candidate School in Pensacola in July 2001.
Upon completion of Flight School at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola in January 2003, he was designated a naval flight officer and was assigned to the F-14 Tomcat Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) at Fighter Squadron (VF) 101 at NAS Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
In 2003, he joined "The Red Rippers" of VF-11, flying the F-14B Tomcat. The tour included combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 on the USS George Washington (CVN 73). In 2005, The Red Rippers completed a squadron-wide transition syllabus to the new F/A-18F Super Hornet.
Hudspeth reported to Training Squadron (VT) 86 as an instructor pilot in November 2006 at NAS Pensacola. Upon completion of his tour in December 2009, he was awarded the prestigious George M. Skurla Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) Naval Flight Officer of the Year award.
In February 2010, Hudspeth reported to Carrier Strike Group 12 as the strike operations officer (N331) aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65), completing his second combat deployment support of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.
In 2012, Hudspeth reported to Tactical Training Group Atlantic (TTGL) to serve as an Air and Missile Defense instructor.
In February of 2013, Hudspeth joined the "Fighting Swordsmen" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 for his department head tour where he completed his third combat deployment aboard USS Harry S. Truman from July 2013 to April 2014 supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
In August of 2015, Hudspeth checked in to Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk for his major staff tour and was assigned to the Readiness and Reporting (N76) division.
In April of 2018, Hudspeth became the operations officer of CVW-7, The Freedom Fighters. Flying with the "Jolly Rogers" of VFA-103 during USS Abraham Lincoln's 2019 deployment, the air wing supported Operation Freedom's Sentinel in Afghanistan.
In November of 2019, Hudspeth received follow-on orders to become the chief staff officer for Training Wing 6 and received his initial instructor qualification in the T-45C Goshawk.
Hudspeth's awards include two Meritorious Service medals, two Air Medals, five Navy Commendation Medals, three Navy Achievement Medals, Iraqi Freedom Medal, Afghanistan Campaign medal and various unit awards.