Captain David W. Stallworth, a native of Summerdale, Alabama, is the Deputy Commodore, Mine Countermeasures Squadron SEVEN. Overall, he assists in managing operations for Surface, Air, and EOD Mine Countermeasures (MCM) assets in Pacific AOR, as well as ISIC duties for four WESTPAC Forward Deployed MIW ships. Prior to becoming the Deputy Commodore, CAPT Stallworth served as the Executive Officer, Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division until June 2018.
Stallworth, graduated Florida State University in 1992 with a degree in Business Management and a Master’s in Education in 1994 prior to reporting to Officer Candidate School at Naval Air Station Pensacola. He has logged over 2,300 flight hours in his career and was promoted to Captain in 2017. Additionally, he holds a second Master’s Degree in Military Operational Art and Science, as well as, his Joint Professional Military Education Phase 1 and Phase 2.
CAPT Stallworth completed primary flight training with VT-27 and intermediate/advance helicopter training with HT-8 and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1997. After finishing his training in the MH-53E, he reported to the “Blackhawks” of HM-15 in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he deployed to the Mediterranean in support of operations in both Albania and Kosovo. In 2001, CAPT Stallworth reported to the HMT-303 to be designated as HH-1N pilot prior to his arrival a Coastal System Station, Panama City, Florida where he was assigned to the Test and Evaluation Aviation Unit where he served as the Quality Assurance Officer. CAPT Stallworth was the naval liaison to AN/AQS-24 sonar system program and the AN/ASQ-232 mine neutralization system program. In 2003, he reported to Mine Countermeasures Squadron One as the Airborne Mine Countermeasures tactics officer and assistant Operations Officer, where he was the lead MCM planner for five major exercise as well the MCM lead for operational planning and qualified as a Tactical Action Officer.
Following MH-53E refresher training with the Airborne Mine Countermeasures Weapon System Training School in Norfolk, Virginia, he reported to HM-15 where he severed as the MCM Officer, Training Officer, Safety Office, and the Operations Officer. He also served as the Officer in Charge of three squadron detachments. During his time as the squadron’s Operations Officer, the squadron was awarded the Battle Efficiency award for 2009.
Following his Department Head tour in 2009, CAPT Stallworth attended the United States Air Force Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base. In 2010, CAPT Stallworth was selected for aviation command. He reported aboard Airborne Mine Countermeasures Weapon System Training School (AWSTS) in Norfolk, Virginia in August 2011 as Executive Officer. Following his tour as the AWSTS Executive Officer, CAPT Stallworth reported aboard Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron FOURTEEN in Norfolk, Virginia in October 2012 where he served as Executive Officer. From August 2013 to October 2014, CAPT Stallworth served as HM-14 Commanding Officer where he was responsible for over 750 personnel and 14 MH-53E stationed both stateside and in the Republic of Korea. Upon completion of his command tour, Stallworth reported to Carrier Strike Group TWO as the Air Operations Officer and Current Operations Officer where he served from October 2014 to October 2016. CAPT Stallworth reported to NSWC PCD in 2017 as the Test and Evaluation Aviation Unit Officer in Charge and eventually took over as the NSWC PCD Executive Officer.
CAPT Stallworth’s awards include the Navy Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, as well as numerous unit awards.