Captain David Melin hails from Seattle, Washington, and graduated in 1984 from Maine Maritime Academy earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering.
At sea, he has served in numerous ships in the Pacific Fleet. He commanded USS PRINCETON (CG 59) deploying twice with the NIMITZ Strike Group as the Air Defense Commander. In 2003-2005 he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans on the staff of Carrier Strike Group Eleven (NIMITZ Strike Group). In 2001-2003 he commanded USS STETHEM (DDG 63). While under his command, USS STETHEM was the Navy’s test and evaluation ship for the Tactical Tomahawk Weapons System. Other sea tours include Executive Officer in USS VALLEY FORGE (CG 50); Operations Officer in USS REEVES (CG 24) and USS HARRY W HILL (DD 986); and Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer and Main Propulsion Assistant in USS FRANCIS HAMMOND (FF 1067) home ported in Yokosuka, Japan.
Most recently, Captain Melin served as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5). He reported to the University of Washington NROTC unit in April of 2012.
Other shore assignments include Theater Anti-submarine Warfare Officer and Deputy for Training at Fleet ASW Command; politico-military analyst, Asia-Pacific region and War Game Director on the Joint Staff, Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment Directorate (J-8); Flag Secretary on the staff of Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific (CTF 73) in Singapore; and Assistant Professor of Naval Science at the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit, Maine Maritime Academy.
Captain Melin received the degree of Master of Business Administration from the University of Maine, and the degree of Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College. Captain Melin holds various Merchant Marine licenses from the United States Coast Guard in both engineering and deck positions.
Commander Mike Maxwell is a descendant of a long line of career Naval Officers and graduated from New Mexico State University in December1993 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to entering Naval service, Commander Maxwell was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Air Force in June of 1994. He entered active duty with the 46th Electronic Combat Test Squadron in Eglin AFB, Florida as a flight test engineer. He served as lead test engineer for an electronic range calibration test program and an F-16 HARM targeting pod software test program.
Commander Maxwell laterally transferred to the US Navy in June of 1996 and reported to NAS Pensacola, Florida for flight training, completing undergraduate flight training with the VT-3 “Red Knights”, VT-19 “Frogs” in Meridian, MS and the VT-21 “Redhawks” in Kingsville, TX earning his wings of gold in October 1998. He then reported to the VF-101 “Grim Reapers” at NAS Oceana, VA for training in the F-14 Tomcat aircraft.
In October 1999 Commander Maxwell reported to the VF-143 “Pukin’ Dogs” based at NAS Oceana, VA, where he served aboard the USS EISENHOWER (CVN 69) and USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) in direct support of Operations DENY FLIGHT, SOUTHERN WATCH, and ENDURING FREEDOM. In this tour he served as the Personnel Officer, Aviation Electrician Branch Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. He also earned his Joint Terminal Air Controller qualification and Forward Air Controller Airborne designation. In December of 2002 he graduated from the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School and reported to Strike Fighter Weapons School Atlantic. During this tour he served as the Close Air Support, Forward Air Controller Airborne and Basic Fighter Maneuvering subject matter expert as well as the Fleet F-14 Training Officer. Commander Maxwell reported to the VF-32 “Swordsmen” in April 2005 as Assistant Operations/Training Officer and bedded down the Tomcat then transitioned to the FA-18F Super Hornet. He then served in VFA-32 for his Department Head tour where he served as the squadron’s Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer aboard USS TRUMAN (CVN 75).
Commander Maxwell then reported for Joint Duty with Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command Europe in Stuttgart, Germany in January 2008, serving in the Operations Directorate (J-3) as Air Operations Officer, Joint Operations Center Chief, and Contingency Operations Branch Chief. Commander Maxwell then transferred to Special Operations Command Africa in April 2009 to stand up the newly formed Geographic Combatant Command where he served as Future Operations Chief and U.S. Africa Command Survey and Assessment Team (ASAT) Lead and Air Planner. During these tours he participated in numerous exercises, contingency operations and evacuation operations throughout Europe and the continent of Africa where he worked directly with Country Teams and Ambassadors in crisis to include leading a rapid deployment team of seven personnel to conduct preliminary evacuation operations in Conakry, Guinea in September of 2009.
From March of 2011 to July of 2013 he served as the Assistant Air Officer, “Mini Boss”, aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN 68). As Mini Boss, he led and directed more than 600 Officers, Chiefs and Sailors in the safe and efficient execution of high risk carrier flight operations and the maintenance and operation of an extensive aircraft launch and recovery and fuel distribution system. In July of 2013 he reported to the University of Washington Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Unit as the Executive Officer and Associate Professor of Naval Science where he serves today.
Commander Maxwell completed Joint Profession Military Education and earned a Masters of Business Administration from TUI University. He is married to the former Laura Semones of Columbia, South Carolina and they have two children, Sarah (15) and Benjamin (12).