David Buss (United States Navy)

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Vice Admiral David H. Buss
(Official portrait)

David H. Buss[1] (b. 18 Feb 1956) is a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and a retired[2] Vice Admiral in the United States Navy. His last assignment was as Commander, Naval Air Forces and Commander, Naval Air Force, Pacific in San Diego, California, a position also known as the Navy's "Air Boss."[3][4] Prior to taking command as the "Air Boss," Buss served as the Deputy Commander, United States Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia . He also commanded Task Force 20 (formerly U.S. Second Fleet) where he was responsible for training and certifying all Atlantic Fleet naval forces for overseas deployment. A career Naval Flight Officer, Buss served in multiple jet squadrons and staff assignments, and has commanded at every level of the Navy from Commander to Vice Admiral.

Buss was succeeded as Commander, Naval Air Forces and Commander, Naval Air Force Pacific by Vice Admiral Mike Shoemaker in January 2015.[2]

Educational background[edit]

Previous assignments/tours[edit]

Buss commanded the A-6 Intruder squadron, Attack Squadron 34 (U.S. Navy), VA-34, (1995–96); the fast combat support ship USS Sacramento (AOE-1) (2000–01); the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) (2003–06); and Carrier Strike Group Twelve, the USS Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (2009–10). He also served in Baghdad, Iraq (2008–09) as Director, Strategy/Plans/Assessments (J-5) for Multi-National Force Iraq (MNF-I) where he oversaw the planning effort for the initial troop drawdown from the height of the 2007-08 surge.

Military Awards and Decorations[edit]

Buss is authorized to wear the following:

Navalflightoff.jpeg Naval Flight Officer insignia
U.S. military decorations
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Legion of Merit with 4 gold award stars
Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat V
Bronze Star
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Gold star
Meritorious Service Medal with a gold award star
Award star (gold).pngAward star (gold).png"V" device, gold.svgAward star (gold).pngAward numeral 4.png Air Medal with Combat V, 3 individual gold stars and Strike/Flight numerals "4"
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat V and four gold award stars
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Bronze star
Navy Unit Commendation with a bronze service star
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Navy "E" Ribbon (awarded three times)
Navy Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with a bronze service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
Bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze service stars
Bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with a bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Silver star
Bronze star
Sea Service Ribbon with six bronze service stars
Non-U.S. service medals
NATO Medal
Foreign military decorations
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


  1. ^ "The Hook - Journal of Carrier Aviation" Tailhook Association. Vol.40, Number 3. Published Fall 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Naval Air Forces Holds Change of Command". U.S. Naval Air Forces. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d Steele, Jeanette (17 April 2012). "Pentagon names Navy's next 'air boss'". U-T San Diego. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  4. ^ The U.S. Navy's Newest Aircraft Carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), 2015-05-31.

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