Captain David J. Meron
United States Navy
Captain Meron was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and raised in Bradenton, Florida. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1982, and completed two WESTPAC deployments with the USS Reasoner (FF-1063) as an Operations Specialist. During his time onboard, Reasoner earned the Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy and was the Pacific Fleet ASW Ship-of-the-Year.
After advancing to OS1(SW), he transferred to Fleet Combat Training Center San Diego where he earned his Master Training Specialist and graduated from National University. CAPT Meron was selected for Aviation Officer Candidate School and was commissioned on December 07, 1990. Following Naval Flight Officer Training in Pensacola and Mather AFB, he earned his Wings of Gold in December 1991.
CAPT Meron reported to his first squadron tour with the Ironmen of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron THREE (VQ-3) at NAS Barbers Point in June 1992. During this tour he was selected for the NFO-to-Pilot transition program. In May 1996 CAPT Meron was designated a Naval Aviator at Reese AFB in Lubbock, TX. After earning his pilot wings, he reported back to VQ-3 as Quality Assurance Officer and Assistant Safety Officer.
CAPT Meron was assigned to Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center as a Missile Warning Center Commander and Standardization Evaluator from November 1999 to May 2002. He subsequently reported to the Shadows of VQ-4 from June 2002 to May 2004.
In June 2004, he reported to Commander U.S. 7th Fleet working regional current policy and future strategy issues within N5.
From 2005-2006 he was the Strategic Communications Wing Director for Communications.
From 2009-2010 he commanded VQ-4 and earned the 2009 Navy & Marine Association Commander Naval Air Forces Leadership Award. From 2010-2013 he was assigned to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa and was EA to the Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet.
CAPT Meron commanded Naval Support Activity Bahrain from June 2013 to June 2015.
CAPT Meron is a 2007 graduate of the Naval War College where he earned a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies and was selected to participate in the Halsey Group, a joint/interagency team focused on Ballistic Missile Defense.