|CDR Dave Back
Commanding Officer - Gold Crew
Commander Dave Back is from Livermore, California. He joined the Navy through the NROTC Program at Stanford University, receiving his commission in 1995.
He served as Electrical and Auxiliaries Officer onboard USS GEORGE PHILIP (FFG 12) for his first Division Officer tour, seeing the ship through the CARAT 96 deployment and a JIATF-West Counter-Narcotics Deployment in 1998. From there he transferred to USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64), completing WESTPAC 99 / OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH as the Communications Maintenance (CS-8) Division Officer and the CMS Custodian. As a Department Head, he was the Pre-commissioning Combat Systems Officer on USS PINCKNEY (DDG 91) from March 2002 to January 2005 and the Operations Officer on the Yokosuka-based USS COWPENS (CG 63) from February 2005 to July 2006, through several multi-national exercises including TALISMAN SABER 05.
Ashore, Commander Back attended the Naval Postgraduate School during from January 2000 to March 2002. He also served as an Air Defense, Operations, and Naval Tactical Planning Instructor at the Surface Warfare Officers School from July 2006 through October 2009, during which time he spent one year as a Brigade Electronic Warfare Officer with the 213th Area Support Group (Army National Guard) in Balad, Iraq as an Individual Augmentee.
Commander Back holds a Bachelor of the Arts in English from Stanford University and a Master of Science in Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulations (MOVES) from the Naval Postgraduate School.
In March of 2011, he reported as Executive Officer, USS INDEPENDENCE (LCS 2), Gold Crew, and assumed Command of USS INDEPENDENCE on 28 September 2012.
Commander Back’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal and the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards).