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COL David Bussel

United States Marine Corps

Deputy Commander, Naval Safety Center

Colonel David Bussel is from Indiana and earned his degree from Ball State University. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in May 1991, graduated from The Basic School in February 1992, and was designated a Naval Aviator in December 1993. He is a graduate of the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, the Marine Corps Command & Staff College, the Army War College, and the Senior Strategy and Policy Course.

He first served with the Gunfighters of HMLA-369, Camp Pendleton, California, flying the AH-1W Super Cobra, 1994-1998. There, he served in Operations, Safety & Standardization, and Maintenance, and deployed twice to Okinawa. After attending Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 1-98, he served as the Intelligence and Tactics Department Head.
Bussel was then selected as the Aide-de-Camp, Commanding General 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, in 1999.
From 2000-2001, he served with the Stingers of HMLA-267, Camp Pendleton, California. There, he served as the Tactics Officer and deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Upon return from deployment, he was selected as a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron-One Instructor, 2001-2004. There, he served as the Urban Close Air Support Specialist and the AH-1W Division Head. He also deployed to Operation IRAQI FREEDOM with HMLA-267 and was selected to lead the first USMC aviation strike into Iraq.
Bussel served again with HMLA-267 as the Squadron Operations Officer and Executive Officer, 2004-2007.
He commanded Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa 2007-2009. There, the Squadron won the National Defense Transportation Association Squadron of the Year.
After attending the Army War College, Bussel served on the U.S. European Command Staff, Stuttgart, Germany, as Team Lead for the largest U.S-Israeli exercise, AUSTERE CHALLENGE, as Joint Force Headquarters Branch Chief, and the Joint Training, Readiness, and Exercises Division Chief, 2010-2014.
He served as the Inspector General and Assistant Chief of Staff, Capabilities, Requirements, and Assessments for U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia, from 2014-2017 until transferring to the Naval Safety Center as the Director, Aviation Safety.
In March 2020, Bussel assumed his current position as Deputy Commander, Naval Safety Center.
His personal decorations include: Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, Air Medal with Valor, Gold Star and with Strike Flight Numeral 2, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.