CAPT David “Bonk” Moore, a native of Columbus, Indiana, graduated from Purdue University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. He enlisted in the Navy in July 1993 as a Machinist’s Mate and qualified as a Nuclear Mechanical Operator.
MM2 Moore was commissioned as an Ensign in September 1995 following graduation from Officer Candidate School, Pensacola, Florida. Designated a Naval Flight Officer in February 1997, he reported to VAQ‑129 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington for training as an EA‑6B Prowler Electronic Counter-Measures Officer.
In May 1998, CAPT Moore reported to the VAQ-141 “Shadowhawks.” CAPT Moore deployed aboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) supporting Operations ALLIED FORCE and SOUTHERN WATCH.
In April 2001, CAPT Moore was assigned to the VX-9 “Vampires” at NAWS China Lake, California serving as Operational Test Director for EA-6B Operational Flight Programs, where he also earned a Master of Science in Aviation Systems from the University of Tennessee Space Institute. CAPT Moore was then accepted to United States Naval Test Pilot School class 125. After graduating USNTPS in June 2004, he served as Engineering Test Flight Officer assigned to the VX-23 “Salty Dogs” at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and was a project officer for EA‑18G Growler Mission Systems.
In January 2006, CAPT Moore returned to NAS Whidbey Island as a department head for the VAQ‑133 “Wizards”. He served as tactics and operations officer and completed two expeditionary deployments to Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
CAPT Moore reported in March 2008 to DEEP BLUE on the OPNAV staff at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. In May 2008, DEEP BLUE was merged into the OPNAV Naval Warfare Integration Group (N00X)/Quadrennial Defense Review where CAPT Moore served as action officer and executive assistant. CAPT Moore detached from N00X in June 2010 and attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
He returned to NASWI for EA-18G Growler Electronic Warfare Officer training and joined the World Famous “Black Ravens” of VAQ-135 as Executive Officer in May 2013 and assumed command in August 2014, leading his squadron on an expeditionary deployment to the Pacific region in 2015. CAPT Moore next served as Director of Future Operations (N33) at the U.S. Pacific Fleet Headquarters starting in December 2015. In August 2018, CAPT Moore reported to Singapore as Commanding Officer, Singapore Area Coordinator.
CAPT Moore’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with “V”, Strike/Flight Air Medal (13 Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various campaign and unit awards. He has accumulated almost 2,900 flight hours including over 2,000 hours in the EA-6B Prowler and over 500 hours in the EA-18G Growler.