Commander David Wegmueller, a native of Monroe, Wisconsin, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in May of 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in History. Soon after commissioning, Commander Wegmueller began flight training, earning his designation as a Naval Aviator in 2001.
Following completion of H-60S fleet replacement training, Commander Wegmueller was assigned to the "Chargers" of Helicopter Sea Combat Support Squadron 26 (HSC-26) in Norfolk, Virginia. Commander Wegmueller served with the Chargers as NATOPS Officer and helped the squadron transition from H-46 to MH60S aircraft. His tour included deployments aboard the USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) and USNS SUPPLY (AOE-6) in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
In 2005, Commander Wegmueller reported to the "Fleet Angels" of Helicopter Sea Combat Support Squadron 2 (HSC-2) in Norfolk, Virginia, as an instructor pilot. There, he helped the squadron transition from H-3 to MH-60S aircraft and served as Standardization Officer and Quality Assurance Officer.
Commander Wegmueller transferred to the USS IWO JIMA (LHD-7) in 2007, where he served as Safety Officer, Aircraft Handling Officer, and Assistant Air Officer. While onboard, he qualified as Officer of the Deck Underway and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Following sea duty, Commander Wegmueller reported to the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. As a student in the College of Naval Command and Staff, he earned a Masters of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
For his Department Head tour, Commander Wegmueller reported to the "Firehawks" of Helicopter Sea Combat Support squadron 85 (HSC-85) in 2010. While onboard, he helped the squadron transition from MH-60S to HH-60H aircraft, served as Detachment OIC, Administrative Officer and Operations Officer, and earned the designation of Dedicated Special Operations Support Tactical Level III.
In 2013, Commander Wegmueller transferred to Headquarters, U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida. He served in the J8 Directorate as Aviation Requirements Branch Chief, managing aviation-related requirements for the entire USSOCOM enterprise.
Commander Wegmueller has flown over 2,500 hours in numerous aircraft and has earned instructor qualifications in the MH-60S and T-6B. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), and numerous service and campaign ribbons.