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Division of Leadership Education and Development

cCDR David Wallace, USN

NL310 Professor

  •  Phone: (410) 293-6055
  •  E-mail:
  •   Department of Leadership, Ethics, Law, Luce Hall (Mail Stop 7-B) 112 Cooper Road Annapolis, MD 21402-5022
  •  Download CDR Wallace's CV here.
Commander David Wallace is the Admiral Jay L. Johnson Professor of Leadership and Ethics at the US Naval Academy, where he teaches and conducts research on leadership and leader development. A 1996 graduate of the Naval Academy, Command Wallace was a surface warfare officer in the Navy for over twenty years prior to his return to Annapolis.

His initial sea tour was as Communications Officer in USS JOHN S MCCAIN (DDG 56), where he completed a homeport shift from Pearl Harbor to Yokosuka and a deployment to the Middle East in support of OPERATION DESERT THUNDER. He then transferred to USS HAYLER (DD 997) as the Main Propulsion Assistant, completing a UNITAS deployment to South America.

CDR Wallace served as the Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer in USS MUSTIN (DDG 89). MUSTIN deployed with CARL VINSON Carrier Strike Group and served as the Air Defense Commander in the Arabian Gulf for four months to support OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. CDR Wallace was also onboard MUSTIN when the ship shifted homeports from San Diego to Yokosuka.

For his command tour, CDR Wallace commanded Coastal Riverine Group TWO Detachment Bahrain/Task Group 56.11, headquartered in Manama, Bahrain. TG 56.11 was responsible for the conduct of OPERATION VIGILANT MARINER, providing close-in security defense for logistics force ships operating as part of the US FIFTH FLEET.

Onshore, CDR Wallace worked in joint doctrine assessment and development at US Joint Forces Command. He helped codify joint doctrine on foreign humanitarian assistance, counterinsurgency operations, foreign internal defense, and stability operations. He also served as Deputy Director of Professional Development at the US Naval Academy, where he instructed midshipmen in navigation, naval warfare, and leadership.

CDR Wallace is a graduate of George Mason University, with a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. His main areas of research and study are leadership and leader development. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals, and various unit, campaign, and service awards.


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