LCDR David C. Leiker
Lieutenant Commander Leiker is a native of Santa Rosa, CA and joined the navy in 1989. After service aboard USS Chosin (CG 65), he was selected for the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) Program and was commissioned in December of 1998 at the University of Idaho, Moscow, ID.
Afloat Leiker served as Chief Engineer in USS Underwood (FFG 36) and as an Engineering Assessor, Engineering Assessments Atlantic. Earlier sea duty includes USS Chosin (CG 65) where he served as a Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical), Second Class in the pre-commissioning crew; USS Nicholas (FFG 47) as the CIC Officer and Auxiliaries Officer; and USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) as Fire Control Officer.
Ashore, Leiker served at Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force as an Operational Test Director for Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES).
Leiker holds a Master of Science Degree in Systems Engineering and Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School and is Phase I certified in Joint Professional Military Education from the Naval War College.
He has been awarded numerous personal decorations and unit awards including the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 Awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 Awards) and the Battle “E” (3 Awards).