CDR David A. Cisneros is a native of Tulare, California, and a 1995 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he earned a bachelor's degree in Computer Science. He completed primary naval aviation training with the VT-3 “Red Knights” at NAS Whiting Field, Florida, and was designated a Naval Aviator on September 3, 1999.
Cisneros’ first operational squadron was Helicopter Combat Support Squadron FIVE (HC-5) in Yigo, Guam. He completed several deployments to the Arabian Gulf and Pacific theaters and also served as the squadron’s Aviation Safety Officer.
Cisneros was next assigned as the Air Officer for USS PONCE (LPD 15), where he also served as the Afloat Safety Officer, and qualified as Officer of the Deck Underway. His next assignment was to the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he earned a master’s degree in Procurement and Acquisitions Management.
Cisneros then served with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO ONE (HSC-21) for his Department Head/Officer-in-Charge (OIC) tour. He deployed as the OIC of Det FOUR embarked in USS TARAWA (LHA 1), and later as the squadron Maintenance Officer. He detached from HSC-21 in May 2009 and was assigned to NATO Joint Forces Command, Naples, Italy, where he served as the lead exercise planner for several NATO and multinational joint exercises.
Cisneros’ most recent assignment was with the Afghanistan-Pakistan Hands program where he completed two deployments to Afghanistan as the Senior Advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Interior Inspector General working to improve reporting, inspections, investigations and combat corruption. Between deployments to Afghanistan he served at U.S. Central Command as an exercise planner in support of Exercise Eager Lion in Amman, Jordan, and the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise in Bahrain.
Cisneros is authorized to wear the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal and several unit awards.