David Baucom

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David Folk Baucom
US Navy 111201-N-CD297-122 Rear Adm. David F. Baucom, commander of Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, tours the uniform issue department at th.jpg
Baucom (center) talking to Navy personnel
Born (1959-03-07) March 7, 1959 (age 59)
Blythewood, South Carolina
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1980s-2016
Rank Rear Admiral
Awards Legion of Merit (3)
Defense Superior Service Medal (2)

David Folk Baucom (born 7 March 1959) is a retired United States Navy Rear Admiral. Among Baucom’s military roles were White House military aide to the president,[1] director of the US Central Command Deployment and Distribution Operations Center in Kuwait, commander of Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support,[2] commander of Fleet & Industrial Supply Center in Norfolk, Virginia,[1] and strategy and policy director of the US Transportation Command.[3] Baucom is currently senior director at Vintun LLC.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

David Baucom was born in 1959 to Horace Clifford Baucom, Jr. and Rosalind Windhorn Baucom.[5] A native of Blythewood, South Carolina,[3][5][1] Baucom and his two brothers would all later join the United States Navy.[5] Studying personnel and industrial management, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in industrial management from Auburn University in 1981, where he was commissioned into the Navy through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program.[1]

Later he received executive education degrees from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and the University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School. His first master's degree in acquisition and contract management was from the Naval Postgraduate School, while his second[3] in national resource strategy[6] was from the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy at the National Defense University.[3] He is also a Lean Six Sigma green belt.[3]

Military career[edit]

Early in his military career, Baucom's ship assignments included supply officer of the USS Edward McDonnell, stock control officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt on its maiden voyage,[3] and the first supply officer of the USS Ronald Reagan.[1] He was also assigned to serve as White House military aide to president Ronald Reagan[7] and first lady Nancy Reagan.[1] Baucom worked with Acquisition and Sustainment for the Joint Staff from 1998 until 2000,[8] and in 2003 he became director for logistics transformation with the NATO Supreme Allied Command Transformation. He held the role for three years.[9] From August 2006 until July 2008[8] he was commanding officer of the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center in Norfolk, Virginia,[1] while other roles have included director of contracting at the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center of Yokosuka, Japan[3] and executive assistant to the deputy commander for logistics at Naval Supply Systems Command.[1] For Headquarters, Supreme Allied Command Transformation, he was also the first deputy chief of staff for logistics.[3]

Baucom (in black) tours the United States Navy’s uniform department at Great Lakes, Illinois.

Baucom was promoted to rear admiral on May 1, 2009. At the time he served as both assistant deputy chief of staff for fleet readiness & training and fleet supply officer[1] for the US Fleet Forces Command,[3] roles he held from July 2008 until September 2009.[8] He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Acquisition and Logistics Management in Washington D.C.[3] from September 2009 until August 2011.[citation needed] In that role he had oversight for acquisition and logistics in the Navy and Marine Corps.[3]

He was the commander of Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support[3] in Philadelphia[7] from July 13, 2011[10] until August 2012.[2] In support of Operation Enduring Freedom,[3] from August 2012 until January 2013[2] he was director of the United States Central Command Deployment and Distribution Operations Center in Kuwait.[3] Maintaining his command of DLA Troop Support during this time, he afterwards returned to commanding DLA Troop Support[2] until October 2013. He joined the US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) in October 2013[11] as director, with roles in strategy, capabilities, policy and logistics.[3] In October 2015, Baucom was relieved from his position with USTRANSCOM after his behavior at an April 2015 conference was found to constitute disorderly conduct and conduct unbecoming an officer.[12][11] Baucom was assigned to Fleet Forces Command at The Pentagon[12][13] on November 4, 2015,[11] and in December 2015 he became the special assistant to the director for material readiness & logistics in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations. He retired in October 2016.[3]

Business career[edit]

Baucom joined the information services and management consulting firm of Vintun LLC in October 2016, where he assumed the post of senior director.[4] He holds memberships in the Military Officers Association of America, the National Defense Transportation Association, and the National Contract Management Association.[6]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Baucom is a resident of Alexandria, Virginia.[8] In years prior, Baucom lived in locales such as Norfolk, Virginia and Yokosuka, Japan.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Baucom promoted to Rear Admiral". The Flagship. Norfolk, Virginia. 28 May 2009. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Tuttle, Michael (March 27, 2012), DLA Troop Support commander to direct USCENTCOM deployment, distro center, Defense Video Imagery Distribution System, retrieved August 31, 2017 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "United States Navy Biography: Rear Admiral David F. Baucom". United States Navy. 
  4. ^ a b "Vintun News". Vintun LLC. 15 October 2016. Archived from the original on 29 October 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c "In Memory of Rosalind Windhorn Baucom". Columbia, South Carolina: Shives Funeral Home. Archived from the original on 1 December 2016. 
  6. ^ a b About, David Baucom's Blog, retrieved August 31, 2017 
  7. ^ a b "Navy Rear Admiral David Baucom, Former Presidential Military Aide, To Head Local Defense Agency". CBS. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. August 6, 2011. Retrieved August 31, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c d David Baucom, LinkedIn, retrieved August 31, 2017 
  9. ^ United States Navy Rear Admiral David Baucom, davidbaucom.net, retrieved August 31, 2017 
  10. ^ Poulson, Janeen (September 2011), Supply Foundation (PDF), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), retrieved August 31, 2017 
  11. ^ a b c Office of the Chief of Information (7 December 2015). "Rear Adm. Baucom Receives Non-judicial Punishment". United States Navy. Archived from the original on 13 December 2015. 
  12. ^ a b Larter, David (10 December 2015). "Navy two-star fired for public drunkenness, nudity". Navy Times. Archived from the original on 13 December 2015. 
  13. ^ Whitlock, Craig (7 December 2015). "Admiral reprimanded for drunken, naked escapade at Florida hotel". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 13 December 2015. 
  14. ^ a b "Valor awards for David F. Baucom". Military Times. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. 

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