Captain David Owen
Captain David A. Owen graduated from Ashland College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. He entered the Navy through the Officer Candidate School program and was commissioned in February 1987. He earned a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.
Captain Owen reported to his first fleet assignment in June 1987 as Missiles Officer in USS ARTHUR W RADFORD (DD 968). Subsequent sea tours include Main Propulsion Assistant in USS GRIDLEY (CG 21), Chief Engineer in USS CLEVELAND (LPD 7), Material Officer in the Staff of Commander Amphibious Squadron Four, First Lieutenant in USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62), Main Propulsion Assistant in USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64), Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Combat and Information Systems Officer (C5IO) in USS BOXER (LHD 4), Commanding Officer in USS ASHLAND (LSD 48) from August 2005 through February 2007, and Surface Operations Officer and Material Officer in the Staff of Commander Carrier Strike Group Eight.
Ashore he was the Installation Commanding Officer for Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) from June 2010 until August 2013. Additionally, he was assigned to the Combat Plans Directorate as an action officer in the joint staff of United States Forces Japan located at Yokota air Base, Japan and served in Afloat Training Group Atlantic within the Engineering Assessment branch as a senior assessor.
Captain Owen’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with three gold stars), Navy Commendation Medal (with four gold stars), Navy Achievement Medal, and various other unit and service awards.