Commander David WhetstoneExecutive Officer
CDR Whetstone is a native of Richmond, Virginia. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Military Institute (2000) and a master’s degree from American Military University in National Security Studies.
Upon commissioning as a Naval Officer in May 2000, he reported to Service Schools Command, Great Lakes, Illinois, as the Boatswain Mate, Signalmen, and Quartermaster Division Officer and reported to VTC-27 “Boomers” for initial flight training. He continued follow-on flight training at NAS Whiting Field with the HT-18 “Eight-ballers” earning his wings December 2001. After being designated a Naval Aviator, he completed MH-53E fleet replacement pilot training at AMCM Weapon Systems Training School (AWSTS) in Norfolk, Virginia.
His initial sea duty assignment was with HELMINERON FOURTEEN (HM-14 “Vanguard”) where he deployed to Bahrain (February-June 2003) in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. He also supported Operation NEW Horizon in Haiti (April 2005). At HM-14 he served as Aircrew Training Officer, Flight Scheduling Officer, Aircraft Line Division Officer, and Quality Assurance Officer.
In 2005, he became a MH-53E instructor at AWSTS where he was the NATOPS Program Manager, a NATOPS Instructor, a Deck Landing Qualified Instructor Pilot and the 2006 and 2007 AWSTS Instructor Pilot of the Year. In 2008, he transferred to USS George H. W. BUSH and was deployed as an Individual Augmentee (February-November 2009) to Iraq with the 450th Civil Affairs Battalion as the Battalion Operations Officer. After returning from Iraq, he served onboard USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH as a Catapult Officer and the V-1 Division Officer overseeing 200 Aviation Boatswain Mate Handlers. He was then selected as the Aide and Protocol Officer to Commander, US SECOND Fleet.
LCDR Whetstone transferred to HELMINERON FIFTEEN (HM-15 “Blackhawks”) in 2011, as the squadron Aviation Safety Officer, Maintenance Officer, and Operations Officer. He deployed to Bahrain (February-November 2012) during the squadron’s ‘plus up’ in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. After transferring to the Joint Staff J7 in Suffolk, Virginia, he was assigned as the Desk Officer to USTRANSCOM and the Joint Staff.
His personal awards include Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation (four awards), Navy Achievement (two awards) and various unit and service awards.