Captain David W. Stallworth

Capt. David W. Stallworth, a native of Summerdale, Alabama, graduated from Florida State University in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a master’s degree in Education in 1994. He was commissioned through Officer Candidate School at Naval Air Station Pensacola and, after completing primary flight training with Training Squadron (VT) 27 and intermediate/advance helicopter training with Helicopter Training Squadron (HT) 8, was designated a naval aviator in 1997. He holds a second master’s degree in Military Operational Art and Science through the Air Command and Staff College and completed Joint Professional Military Education Phase 1 and Phase 2.

His early squadron assignments include Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 15, where he deployed to the Mediterranean in support of operations in both Albania and Kosovo, serving as assistant admin officer, flight operations officer, Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures (NATOPS) officer and qualifying as both a NATOPS instructor and airborne mine countermeasures (MCM) instructor pilot. At Marine Helicopter Training Squadron (HMT) 303, he was designated as an HH-1N Iroquois helicopter pilot before a tour at Coastal System Station, Panama City, Florida at the Test and Evaluation Aviation Unit as the quality assurance officer. At Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) 1, he was the Airborne Mine Countermeasures tactics officer and assistant operations officer, qualifying as a tactical action officer. Following MH53E refresher training with the Airborne Mine Countermeasures Weapon System Training School (AWSTS) in Norfolk, Virginia, he reported to HM-15 where he served as the MCM officer, training officer, safety officer, operations officer, and officer in charge of three squadron detachments. During his time as HM-15’s operations officer, the squadron was awarded the Battle Efficiency award for 2009.

He served as executive officer of AWSTS; executive officer of HM-14 in Norfolk, Virginia; and commanding officer of HM-14, where he was responsible for over 750 personnel and 14 MH-53E stationed in Norfolk and the Republic of Korea from August 2013 to October 2014.

His follow-on tours include Carrier Strike Group 2 as air operations officer and current operations officer; Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division as the Test and Evaluation Aviation Unit officer in charge and then executive officer; and MCMRON 7, a Forward Deployed Naval Forces unit located in Sasebo, Japan, as a volunteer to fill the gapped billet of the deputy commodore for a 12-month unaccompanied tour. There, he assisted in managing operations for surface, air, and explosive ordnance disposal mine countermeasures assets in the Pacific area of responsibility, as well as immediate superior in command duties for four western Pacific forward-deployed mine warfare ships.

Stallworth reported as commanding officer of Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity in August 2019.

He has logged over 2,300 flight hours in his career. Stallworth’s awards include the Navy Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, as well as numerous unit awards.

Last Updated: 27 July 2021




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