VFA-103 Commanding Officer: CDR David "Omed" Casteel
CDR Dave Casteel is a native of Memphis, TN. He received his Officer commission through the Duke University Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) in 1998, while earning a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree. CDR Casteel attended flight training at NAS Pensacola earning his Naval Flight Officer wings in January 2000. After training, CDR Casteel completed F-14B fleet replacement training with the “Grim Reapers” of VF-101 in March 2001.
CDR Casteel’s operational assignments include tours as both a Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) in the F-14B Tomcat and a Weapons Systems Officer (WSO) in the FA-18F Super Hornet. He served with the “Jolly Rogers” of VF-103 on two deployments aboard the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) and the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67). In 2004, he was nominated for the F-14 RIO of the Year Award and was selected by his peers for the VF-103 Leadership Award. As an operational Department Head, he served with the VFA-102 “Diamondbacks” in NAS Atsugi, Japan, deploying three times on the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) in support of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF).
His shore assignments include the “Dust Devils” of VX-31, Naval Air Facility China Lake, as a Developmental Test Project Officer, and USNORTHCOM, Peterson Air Force Base, as the Maritime Domain Chief and Division Military Deputy. Additionally, CDR Casteel has completed education at the United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS), Air Force Institute of Technology, Naval War College, and Joint Forces Staff College.
CDR Casteel has accumulated over 2,200 hours in over 25 types of aircraft. He is a qualified Forward Air Controller (Airborne) and Air Wing Mission Commander. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and numerous unit, campaign, and service awards.