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Captain Dave “Crusty” Pollard
Commanding Officer
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Captain Dave “Crusty” Pollard is a native of Texas, and a 1996 graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a BS in Systems Engineering.  He also attended Regent University, and in May 2012, was named the Regent University School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship 2012 Outstanding Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership Graduate.
 
A Navy pilot, Captain Pollard deployed with both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets, flying the F/A-18C Hornet with Strike Fighter Squadron THREE FOUR (VFA-34), the “Blue Blasters;” Strike Fighter Squadron ONE THREE SIX (VFA-136), the “Knighthawks;” and Strike Fighter Squadron ONE NINE TWO (VFA-192), the “World Famous Golden Dragons.” Flying the F/A-18E Super Hornet, he served as the Executive Officer and then Commanding Officer of Strike Fighter Squadron ONE NINE FIVE (VFA-195), the “Dambusters.”

Ashore, Captain Pollard served as a Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor at Strike Fighter Weapons School, Atlantic, a project lead for both the U.S. Joint Forces Command and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Naval Financial Analyst/Programmer for Tactical Aviation for the President’s budget in the Chief of Naval Operations office.

Captain Pollard completed the Aviation Nuclear Power Training Program to become the Executive Officer of USS RONALD REAGAN
(CVN 76), the only forward deployed aircraft carrier, stationed in Yokosuka, Japan. 

Captain Pollard is currently the Commanding Officer of the USS MOUNT WHITNEY, the U.S. SIXTH Fleet Command Ship, stationed in Gaeta, Italy.

Captain Pollard has more than 3,000 F/A-18 flight hours and 1,026 arrested carrier landings. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Strike Flight Air Medal (three awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various unit, service, and campaign awards.