CAPTAIN DAVID E. KOSS
Captain David E. Koss was commissioned in May 1991 upon graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Oceanography. Following a year "stashed" at Strike Fighter Weapons School Atlantic, he reported to NAS Pensacola, Florida in May of 1992. Upon completion of initial flight training in VT-2, he reported to NAS Meridian Mississippi to fly the T-2 Buckeye and TA-4 Skyhawk with VT-19 and VT-7. He received his wings of gold in March of 1995.
Following completion of the FA-18C Fleet Replacement Squadron training with VMFAT-101 at MCAS El Toro, California, Captain Koss reported to The Golden Warriors of VFA-87 at NAS Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Florida. During his 3-year tour, he completed a Summer Med/Adriatic Sea deployment participating in operations over Iraq and Bosnia-Herzegovina while embarked in USS JOHN F KENNEDY (CV 67).
In February of 1999, Captain Koss reported to Fallon, Nevada for training at TOPGUN. Upon completion, he reported to the VFA-106 Gladiators for a 2-year tour as A Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor and Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot. In July of 2001, Captain Koss re-joined VFA-87, embarked in USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65), in the Arabian Gulf. As the Training Officer, he flew missions in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. A year later, he "fleeted up" to Department Head with the Golden Warriors, went back to sea embarked in USS ROOSEVELT (CVN 71), and flew missions in support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
In December of 2004, Captain Koss reported as Air and Maritime Planner to Standing Joint Force Headquarters, U.S. Pacific Command at Camp Smith Hawaii. He completed a 2-year tour at SJFHQ, participating in numerous Multi-National exercises within the Pacific Theater. In November of 2007, Captain Koss reported to VFA-122 to conduct training in the FA-18E. Upon completion, he reported In July of 2007 to VFA-14 as Executive Officer.
In November of 2008, Captain Koss assumed Command of the Tophatters and completed an 8-month deployment embarked in USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. In May of 2010, Captain Koss turned over command of the Tophatters and reported to VFA-125 to retrain in the FA-18C. In September of 2010, he reported to the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels. In May of 2011, he left the Blue Angels and reported as Executive Assistant to the Director of Air Warfare in the Pentagon. Following a year in the Pentagon, he reported to the National War College where he was awarded a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies.
In August 2013, CAPT Koss reported to Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet as Deputy Commodore and subsequently assumed command of the largest Type Wing in the U.S. Navy in December 2014.
He has accumulated over 740 carrier arrested landings and over 3,700 flight hours in the FA-18C and FA-18E/F aircraft. His personal decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Combat V (two awards), Strike Flight Air Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Joint Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), LT Charles Nelson and LCDR Mike Longardt leadership awards, and numerous other campaign and service awards.
He is the proud son of CAPT Howard (USN, Ret.) and Janice Koss who reside in Jacksonville, Florida. He has 2 sisters, Lisa and Jennifer, and 6 energetic nieces and nephews.
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