David Buss (United States Navy)
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David H. Buss (b. 18 Feb 1956) is a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and a retired 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." 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.
- United States Naval Academy, 1978, Bachelor of Science (Physics)
- United States Navy Nuclear Propulsion training, 1997
- University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School, 2007 (Exec. Ed)
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
Buss is authorized to wear the following:
- Navy Distinguished Service Medal
- Legion of Merit (5 awards)
- Distinguished Flying Cross (with Combat "V")
- Bronze Star Medal;
- Air Medal (5 individual and 4 strike/flight awards).
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- "The Hook - Journal of Carrier Aviation" Tailhook Association. Vol.40, Number 3. Published Fall 2012.
- "Naval Air Forces Holds Change of Command". U.S. Naval Air Forces. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
- The U.S. Navy's Newest Aircraft Carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), 2015-05-31.
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