Dave Babcock

Dave Babcock, a native of West Springfield, Massachusetts, graduated as a member of the Class of 1978 from the U.S. Naval Academy, majoring in Political Science.

After attending U.S. Navy flight training and gaining his helicopter pilot wings in 1980, Babcock served in the Light Airborne Multipurpose System (LAMPS) MK1 anti-submarine warfare helicopter community flying the venerable SH-2F Seasprite, making multiple Mediterranean deployments on Knox-class frigates with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 34 and HSL-36. Additionally, he served as operations officer for HSL-36, and between sea duty assignments he spent a shore tour with Helicopter Training Squadron (HT) 8 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field as a helicopter instructor pilot in the TH-57 A, B, and C Sea Ranger. During his time as a flight instructor, Babcock earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of West Florida. He surpassed 4,000 hours as a naval aviator.

In 1990, Babcock graduated with distinction with a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College “College of Naval Command and Staff” and subsequently served with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff J-7 Joint Warfighting Center (JWC), then located at Hurlburt Field, Florida. At JWC he was an operations analyst for combatant command staff wargames and managed virtual and constructive computer simulation exercises. He also attended the Armed Forces Staff College and was designated a Joint Qualified Officer.

Babcock then served as naval aviation advisor to the Royal Saudi Naval Forces while assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Division of U.S. Military Training Mission to Saudi Arabia, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In 1995, he returned to the Naval Air Training Command as training officer on the staff of Training Air Wing 5 at NAS Whiting Field. His final military assignment prior to retirement as a commander in 2001 was that of officer in charge of Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity (NETSAFA) International Training Center responsible for foreign military student (FMS) preparatory studies and other U.S. Navy security cooperation education and training opportunities for allied students. Babcock is a U.S. Navy master training specialist.

In 2001, Babcock joined government service as a country program manager for NETSAFA, orchestrating FMS and grant program training programs within the U.S. Navy for U.S. allies. Initially serving U.S. Central Command countries, including Kuwait and Pakistan, Babcock then transitioned to U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command countries, serving as division lead for these unified combatant commands. He temporarily departed NETSAFA in 2011 to serve as international partner outreach officer for - U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/ U.S. 6th Fleet, located in Naples, Italy. He returned to NETSAFA in 2013 where he served as N-3 program management department head for NETSAFA’s worldwide operations supporting security cooperation education and training programs until January 2018.

He currently serves in his present position as NETSAFA executive director.

Last Updated: 27 July 2021




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