Vice Admiral David H. Buss, US Navy

Vice Admiral Buss, a native of Lancaster, Pa.,
graduated with distinction from the United States
Naval Academy in 1978. He was designated a
naval flight officer in 1979 and completed initial
training in the venerable A-6 Intruder later that
Flying assignments at sea include Attack
Squadron 65 embarked in USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) in the early 1980s
and Attack Squadron 36 embarked in USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) during
Operation Desert Storm. He commanded Attack Squadron 34, The Blue Blasters,
embarked in USS George Washington (CVN 73) while conducting operations in
Bosnia and Iraq. The Blasters were one of the Navy’s last A-6 squadrons. Buss also
served at sea as flag lieutenant for commander, Carrier Group 8 embarked in USS
Nimitz (CVN 68).
Following Nuclear Power training, Buss served at sea as executive officer in
Nimitz. He commanded USS Sacramento (AOE 1) during the opening stages of
Operation Enduring Freedom following the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Buss
commanded USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) from 2003 through 2006, deploying to
the Western Pacific in support of 7th Fleet operations.
Shore assignments include tours as a Fleet Replacement Squadron instructor
with Attack Squadron 42 and as the readiness officer with Medium Attack Wing
One. He completed his initial joint duty assignment at the Joint Warfighting Center,
Hurlburt Field, Fla. Buss also served as assistant chief of staff,
Readiness/Requirements (N8) for commander, Naval Air Forces, in San Diego, Calif.
As a flag officer, Buss served on the OPNAV staff as well as serving for 14
months in Baghdad as director, Strategy/Plans/Assessments (J-5) for Gen. David
Petraeus and Gen. Ray Odierno.
Buss commanded Carrier Strike Group 12/Enterprise Carrier Strike Group,
returning Enterprise (CVN 65) and group to the fleet following more than two years
in maintenance, and he recently served as Director, Naval Warfare Integration
Group (N00X) for CNO.Personal awards include the Legion of Merit (5 awards), Distinguished Flying
Cross (with Combat V), Bronze Star Medal, and Air Medal (5 individual, 4
strike/flight awards). He was the recipient of the 1991 East Coast Naval Flight
Officer of the Year and 1991 Intruder of Year awards.