Trustee, The Institute of World Politics
Rear Admiral David N. Rogers, a highly experienced naval aviator who served in the United States Navy for over thirty-four years, is a founding member of the Military Advisory Board of The Institute of World Politics, as well as a lecturer at the school. A native of Chicago, Illinois, he attended Georgetown University before graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the United States Naval Academy in June, 1959. While a midshipman, he participated in the U.S. amphibious landing in Lebanon in 1958.
Rear Admiral Rogers’ first duty was as a 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, he deployed twice, aboard USS Saratoga to the Mediterranean, and then aboard USS Lexington during the Cuban Crisis.
In 1966, he graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California, receiving a Postgraduate 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. Rear 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.
Rear 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. Rear Admiral Rogers reported again to the Bureau of Naval Personnel, serving as Head, Subspecialty Development Branch, and Head, Air Combat Placement Branch. He then graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master of Science degree in management.
Rear 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 then commanded USS Okinawa, followed by command of USS Kitty Hawk. He was next assigned as Chief of Staff to Commander Seventh Fleet. Rear Admiral Rogers 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 sixty-two different types of military aircraft; he has flown sixteen of these types from the decks of seventeen aircraft carriers. He performed over 1,400 carrier landings during his more than 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 his retirement from the Navy, Dave Rogers began working with private industry as a consultant, providing expertise in radar, electro-optics, missile systems, operations research, and C4I. He worked for Kapos Associates as Director of Studies before joining Titan Corporation in January 1997 as its Senior Vice President and General Manager.
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.