"Onward with Valor"
CDR David Oden
CDR David Oden
Commanding Officer (May 2011 - September 2012)

CDR David Oden was raised in Fortville, Indiana, and attended Ball State University. He Enlisted in the Navy in 1993 as an Aviation Ordnanceman. While attached to VFA-15 Valions in Cecil Field, Florida, he received a direct commission through Officer Candidate School graduating in June, 1995.

His sea tours include USS FORT FISHER (LSD-40), where he served as Electrical and Auxiliary division officer and finished as 2nd Deck Division Officer. In March 1998, CDR Oden reported aboard USS MILIUS (DDG-69) where he served as the Fire Control Officer. While assigned to MILIUS, he was selected to attend the Leadership Education and Development Masters Program through the Naval Postgraduate School. In May 2004, CDR Oden reported onboard USS CHOSIN (CG-65) as the Weapons Officer and completing that tour as the Combat System Officer.

CDR Oden’s tours ashore include a two year Company Officer tour at the United States Naval Academy where he completed his Masters. In April 2007, he reported to the United States Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia as the Joint Data Integration Branch Chief and finished his tour as the Data Services and Strategy Branch chief. He completed his Joint Professional Military Education (JPME II) at the Joint Forces Staff College while at JFCOM.

Oden’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Navy Commendation Medal; Navy Achievement Medal and various unit and service awards.


Class 11002 graduation ceremony
Senior Chief Gunner’s Mate Fager frocks Gunner’s Mate First Class Scheuller as Gunner’s Mate Second Class Holmes awaits his turn
Sailors from BENFOLD's Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure Team (VBSS) conduct a boarding on the training ship ATLS.
USS Benfold (ddg65)
USS BENFOLD (DDG65) E-4 Sailors Take Enlisted Advancement Exam
An SH-60 Seahawk of HSC-23 stationed aboard USS Benfold assisted four stranded mariners near San Clemente Island
USS Benfold DDG 65
USS Benfold (ddg65)
USS Benfold (ddg65)
USS Benfold sailors successfully complete Koa Kai 2012.
USS Benfold hosted a large tour group from the Chinese American Military Support (CAMS) on Sunday at Naval Station San Diego.
Sailors Attend US Battleship Premiere
USS Benfold Family Day Cruise 2012
USS Benfold (DDG-65)
Benfold Sailors Support Wounded Warrior Project
CMDCM Sean Snyder
CDR Richard E. LeBron

 Served with...

CDR Michele Day
FCCM Eric Henderson
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