Captain David Buttram, U.S.N.
Airborne Command Control and Logistics Wing
Captain Buttram was born in Atlanta, Georgia and spent the first ten years of his life there. A family move put Captain Buttram in the New York and New Jersey area for his formative years through high school. His college experience was at Virginia Tech where he graduated in 1982 with a BS in Finance.
After a brief period as a stock broker, Captain Buttram decided a desk was not the answer and joined the Navy, heading to Aviation Officer Candidate School in the summer of 1984. He was commissioned in November of that year and after finishing VT-10, selected E-2 Hawkeyes and proceeded to VAW-120 for NFO training. He earned his Wings of Gold in May of 1986 and completed training in August. Captain Buttram then reported to the Tigertails of VAW-125, embarked aboard the USS Saratoga where he deployed to the Mediterranean in the summer of 1987. Captain Buttram left the Tigertails in 1989 after which he reported to VAW-120 for instructor duty. He was subsequently selected for the Harvard Masters program where he completed a Masters in Education, Training, and Management Systems, graduating in 1991. Captain Buttram’s next stop was COMCARGRU TWO where he was Flag Lieutenant and Aide to the Battle Group Commander deploying once again to the Mediterranean. From there, it was back-to-back sea and a tour with the Fight’n, Bit’n Steel Jaws of VAW-122. A short eleven month touch-and-go followed at Airborne Early Warning Wing Atlantic.
Captain Buttram reported to the Bluetails of VAW-121 for his Department Head tour in 1995, where he held the Safety, Operations, and Maintenance Officer positions and deployed in USS George Washington during a 1996 Mediterranean/Persian Gulf cruise. Captain Buttram then proceeded to U.S. Army FORCES Command in Atlanta, Georgia where he was the Navy liaison officer and Data Link expert for the Joint Interoperability Division. During this tour he earned full JPME and Joint tour qualifications making him a Joint Specialty Officer. It was back to sea for Captain Buttram as he reported to COMCARGRU SIX becoming the TFCC Officer and lead Flag Battle Watch Captain. It was during this tour he screened for Operational Command.
Captain Buttram’s Command tour was with the Bear Aces of VAW-124 where he reported as XO in the summer of 2002. During this period the Bears deployed, embarked in USS Theodore Roosevelt, for Operation Iraqi Freedom in March of 2003. He took Command of the Bears in November of 2003. He relinquished Command in February of 2005 and reported to the Pentagon and OPNAV N88 as the Hawkeye/Greyhound Requirements Officer. It was here that he promoted to the rank of Captain and selected for Major Command.