RADM David Rogers, USN (ret.)

August 19, 2010  |  ARTICLES

DAVID N. ROGERS
REAR ADMIRAL, U.S. NAVY (RETIRED)
JFSC SENIOR FELLOW

RADM Dave RogersAdmiral Rogers was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Georgetown University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Naval Academy in June, 1959. While a midshipman he participated in the U.S. amphibious landing in Lebanon in 1958.

Admiral Rogers' first duty was as an instructor of Seamanship and Navigation at the Naval Academy. Following flight training at Pensacola, Florida, and Beeville, Texas, he reported to Attack Squadron 36 flying the A-4 and deploying twice aboard USS Saratoga to the Mediterranean and then aboard USS Lexington during the Cuban Crisis.

Admiral Rogers is a 1966 graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California and received a Graduate Degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Following school, he reported to Attack Squadron 125 at Lemoore, California as an A-4 instructor pilot.

He then reported to Attack Squadron 93 deployed aboard USS Bon Homme Richard and later aboard USS Ranger in Southeast Asia. Admiral Rogers flew over 200 combat missions in Vietnam. Subsequently, he was assigned to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C. as an Aviation Officer Detailer where he returned to Vietnam for the third time.

Admiral Rogers served as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of Attack Squadron 192, the "World Famous Golden Dragons", deploying twice aboard USS Kitty Hawk and flying the A-7E. He then reported again to the Bureau of Naval Personnel, serving as Head Subspecialty Development Branch, and Head, Air Combat Placement Branch. He was then graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master of Science Degree.

Admiral Rogers assumed command of Carrier Air Wing 14 aboard USS Enterprise, later deploying aboard USS Coral Sea. He was then assigned as Air Wing Training Officer at Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. He commanded the USS Okinawa, followed by command of the USS Kitty Hawk. He was next assigned as Chief of Staff to Commander Seventh Fleet. He then served as Deputy Director for Operations, National Military Command Center, Deputy Director for Operations, Current Operations, and Vice Director for Operations, Joint Chiefs of Staff. He then served as Commander Carrier Group Three and Commander Battle Group Charlie, Deputy Assistant Chief of Naval Operations (Air Warfare), and Commander U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Rear.

Rear Admiral Rogers has flown 62 different types of military aircraft; 16 types from the decks of 17 carriers. He has over 1,400 carrier landings and over 5,000 accident-free flight hours.

His personal awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, four awards of the Legion of Merit, two awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, eighteen awards of the Air Medal with Combat V, five awards of the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V, the Combat Action Ribbon, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.

Following active duty he joined Kapos Associates as Director of Studies for three years followed by nine years as Senior Vice President of Titan Corporation.

Rear Admiral Rogers is married to the former Barbara Kenna of McLean, Virginia. They have two children: Captain Glenn Rogers, USMCR; and Mrs. Cindy Stevenson.