David J. Rueter
A native of Derwood, Maryland, Commander Rueter graduated from Cornell University in 1997, earning a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. CDR Rueter was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Program and reported to NAS Pensacola, FL for flight training in June 1997. He earned his Naval Flight Officer Wings in July 1998. In December 1998, CDR Rueter reported to the VAQ 129 “Vikings” for initial fleet training as an EA-6B Electronic Countermeasures Officer. Following initial fleet training, CDR Rueter was selected as the Fleet Replacement Electronic Countermeasures Officer of the year for 1999.
CDR Rueter began his operational flying in January 2000 with the “Scorpions” of VAQ 132. While a “Scorpion”, he made two deployments aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73), participating in Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, Operation JOINT GUARDIAN, and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. During this tour CDR Rueter graduated from the Electronic Attack Weapons School and was selected as the Electronic Attack Wing Pacific Prowler Tactics Instructor of the year for 2002.
CDR Rueter reported to the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) in December 2002 and began studies in Aeronautical Engineering as part of the Joint AFIT/Test Pilot School Program. In June 2005 he graduated the United States Test Pilot School in Patuxent River Maryland as part of Class 127 and also was awarded a Masters of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering as an AFIT Distinguished Graduate. CDR Rueter reported to AIRTEVRON TWO THREE (VX-23), serving as a Project Officer for EA-6B and EA-18G projects.
CDR Rueter returned to the fleet as a Department Head in VAQ-140, the “Patriots”. While with the Patriots, he completed two deployments aboard USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER (CVN 69) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, serving as both Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer. While assigned to VAQ-140, CDR Rueter was selected as the 2009 AIRLANT Naval Flight Officer of the Year.
CDR Rueter then reported to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, J-6 as an Action Officer. During his joint tour, he supported the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, working with the acquisition community to identify requirements for tactical data links and the next generation of tactical communications.
CDR Rueter has accumulated over 2,700 flight hours in 22 aircraft and 636 carrier arrested landings, including 105 combat missions. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal (5 awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), and Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various service awards and ribbons. He has been a member of four battle E award winning squadrons.