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Commander David S. Ostwind, USN

Commander David Ostwind is a Navy Reservist recalled to active duty to serve as an instructor within the U.S. Naval Academy’s Political Science Department. 

A native of Chestertown, Maryland, CDR Ostwind graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science.  He is a graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he received a Master of Public Administration degree and the George Washington University, where he received a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management.  A joint educated officer, CDR Ostwind is also a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College’s Joint Professional Military Education program.

CDR Ostwind has operational experience in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, as well as the Mediterranean Sea and the Arabian Gulf. In USS MITSCHER (DDG 57), he completed a deployment to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch and maritime interdiction operations.  In USS FIFE (DD 991), he deployed to Central and South America in support of the annual UNITAS exercise and counter-narcotic operations.  Following his sea tours, CDR Ostwind served as a Seamanship and Navigation instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy.  Upon affiliating with the Navy Reserve, CDR Ostwind served in various leadership positions in reserve units supporting the Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technical Division, the Military Sealift Command and the U.S. Naval War College.

From July 2008 to July 2009, CDR Ostwind was recalled to active duty and deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan as a member of an Afghan National Army Embedded Training Team in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  While in Afghanistan, CDR Ostwind served as the Security, Fire and Administrative mentor to Afghan officers and their staffs. 

CDR Ostwind has twice served as the Commanding Officer of reserve units supporting Commander Naval Surface Forces Atlantic where he led reserve sailors in providing material support to prepare the surface forces of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet for inspection and deployment.  Additionally, he has served on the reserve staff of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Supreme Allied Command Transformation.  In this capacity he provided operational level of war subject matter expertise for the first-ever certification of a NATO Rapid Deployable Corps during exercise Trident Jaguar 14 in Menorca, Spain.

CDR Ostwind is authorized to wear the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards) and various unit and campaign awards.  In his civilian career, CDR Ostwind is a Deputy Assistant Director with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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