SURFOR Appoints Military Executive Assistant to the Executive Director
By Dave Hostetler, Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs
CORONADO, Calif. – San Antonio native Cmdr. Yvette M. Davids assumed duties as the Military Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR) Feb. 5 at the command headquarters on Naval Amphibious Base Coronado.
“I am exceptionally proud to be appointed to this position,” said Davids, who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1989.
Vice Admiral D.C. Curtis, Commander, Naval Surface Forces and Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet bestowed upon Davids a gold and navy blue aiguillette signifying her new station during a small ceremony attended by several senior staff members including Jeff A. Klein, whose position as Executive Director was established in August 2008 to better support the command's mission of manning, training and equipping the Navy’s 168 surface force ships.
“It’s certainly an honor to work with Mr. Klein and help him reach his vision of making SURFOR a better place,” Davids said. “Everyone at this command shares the same vision of improving the quality of life and professional opportunities of our Sailors. There is a common sense of optimism that prevails at this command. I feel very fortunate to have been assigned here and to this position. I hope I can positively influence our support to the surface force.”
Davids brings more than 19 years of naval experience to the newly established post of Military Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. In this role, Davids will be responsible for assisting Klein with key initiatives to improve warfighting readiness through the Strategic Warfare Enterprise.
“There are many people that can bring my same attributes of positiveness, optimism, hard work, integrity, and being able to look at a big picture of the needs of my boss and the Navy,” Davids said. “I’ve just been fortunate enough to be assigned to this position.”
Davids added, “I think every step of the way in their career, every officer feels the same way. No matter what position we’ve served in the military, we basically take what we learn at each different assignment and let it mold us. We become an officer shaped by all these wonderful ideals and experiences. So, everything I’ve done thus far has prepared me for this position, and what I am going to do is the best I can every single day.”
Before reporting to the Naval Surface Forces staff, Davids served as the commanding officer of the USS Curts (FFG 38) which is homeported in San Diego. While in command, Curts completed a successful deployment to the Persian Gulf with the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
“CDR Davids brings a wealth of fleet experience, innovative ideas and energy to the staff,” Klein said. “I look forward to leveraging her talents in support of CNO and SURFOR priorities.”