Capt. David-Tavis Pollard
Capt. Pollard is a native of Corpus Christi, Tex. He graduated and commissioned from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering in 1996. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership through the Regent University School of Global Leadership. He is also is a graduate of the Navy Nuclear Power School.
He commanded USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) in support of U.S. 6th Fleet’s Theater Security Cooperation plan, as well as Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 forward deployed in Atsugi. Other sea duty assignments include VFA 34, VFA 136, VFA 192, and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).
Ashore, he served as a Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor at the Strike Fighter Weapons School, at U.S. Joint Forces Command, project lead at the Joint Staff, and as the Naval Financial Analyst/Programmer for the President’s Budget in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.
He is a qualified naval aviator with more than 3,000 hours in the F/A-18C/E and he accumulated 1,034 carrier arrested landings. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two), the Navy Commendation Medal (three), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two), and various campaign and unit awards.