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Rear Admiral David Architzel:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force
Rear Adm. Architzel served in VS-30, deploying aboard USS Forrestal (CV-59), and as Maintenance Officer in VS-28, deploying aboard USS Independence (CV 62). He later returned to VS-30 as XO and subsequently as CO.
Shortly after taking command, his crew conducted the first Harpoon missile shot from a fleet S-3B aircraft. After selection to Nuclear Power Training, he served as XO of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. During his tour, IKE was awarded the 1992 COMNAVAIRLANT Battle Efficiency Award.
Following this tour, he served as XO of PCU John C. Stennis, and CO of USS Guam (LPH 9), flagship for Commander Amphibious Squadron Two. During this tour, Guam won three consecutive Battle Efficiency Awards, making deployments to the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean, which included Adriatic operations in support of the U.S. Ambassador to Somalia. He became the sixth Commanding Officer of USS Theodore Roosevelt on November 1, 1996. His command tour included a deployment to the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf, during which time the Battle Group conducted operations in support of Joint Guard and Southern Watch.
Ashore, Rear Adm. Architzel was selected for the Navyís Test Pilot School, filled a critical billet at the Spanish Naval War College in Madrid, Spain, and was department head of the Warfare Systems Group at the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River.
Rear Adm. Architzelís first flag assignment was to Iceland, where he served as Commander Iceland Defense Force, Commander Fleet Air Keflavik, Island Commander Iceland, and U.S. Anti-Submarine Warfare Reconnaissance Forces Eastern Atlantic. Rear Adm. Architzelís next command was Commander, Naval Safety Center, Norfolk Virginia. On August 22, 2001 Rear Adm. Architzel assumed the duties as Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. On 22 July 2003, Rear Adm. Architzel assumed command of Operational Test and Evaluation Force, Norfolk, Va.
Rear Adm. Architzel has accumulated over 5000 flight hours, 4300 in the S-3 and the remainder in some 30 other aircraft types. His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, three Legions of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals, the Navy Achievement Medal and various service related awards and campaign ribbons. He was also awarded the Spanish Naval Cross of Merit from His Majesty, King Juan Carlos of Spain, the Navy Leagueís John Paul Jones Leadership Award for 1998, and the Commanderís Cross with Star of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon presented by the President of Iceland.
Updated: 23 January 2004

 

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