Captain David J. Meron
United States Navy
Captain Meron was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and raised in Bradenton, Florida. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1982, and completed two WESTPAC deployments with the USS Reasoner (FF-1063) as an Operations Specialist. During his time onboard, Reasoner earned the Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy and was the Pacific Fleet ASW Ship-of-the-Year.
After advancing to OS1(SW), he transferred to Fleet Combat Training Center San Diego where he earned his Master Training Specialist and graduated from National University. CAPT Meron was selected for Aviation Officer Candidate School and was commissioned an Ensign on December 07, 1990. Following Naval Flight Officer Training in Pensacola and Mather AFB, he earned his Wings of Gold in December 1991.
Joining the TACAMO community, CAPT Meron reported to his first squadron tour with the Ironmen of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron THREE (VQ-3) at NAS Barbers Point in June 1992. During this tour he was selected for the NFO-to-Pilot transition program.
In May 1996 CAPT Meron was designated a Naval Aviator at Reese AFB in Lubbock, TX. After earning his pilot wings, he reported back to VQ-3 as Quality Assurance Officer and Assistant Safety/NATOPS Officer.
CAPT Meron was assigned to Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center as a Missile Warning Center Commander and Standardization Evaluator from November 1999 to May 2002. He subsequently reported to the Shadows of VQ-4 from June 2002 to May 2004.
In June 2004, he reported to COMSEVENTHFLT, homeported in Yokosuka Japan, working regional current policy and future strategy issues within N5. In June 2005 CAPT Meron reported to SCW-1 as N6. He commanded VQ-4 from May 2009 to May 2010 and earned the Navy & Marine Association 2009 Commander Naval Air Forces Leadership Award.
In July 2010, CAPT Meron reported to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa as the Deputy Director for N52, and was subsequently hand selected to serve as Executive Assistant to Commander, U.S. SIXTH Fleet and Deputy Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa.
CAPT Meron is a 2007 graduate of the Naval War College where he earned a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies and was selected to participate in the Halsey Group, a joint/interagency team focused on Ballistic Missile Defense.
Personal awards include Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Naval and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (7 Awards), along with various unit and deployment awards.