Rear Adm. David Gale, a native of Lebanon, New York, enlisted in the Navy in 1976. Gale earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of New Mexico and a master’s degree in National Resources Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is a graduate of the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College.
After service aboard USS Dupont (DD 941), he was selected for the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training and was commissioned in May 1983. At sea, Gale’s assignments include auxiliaries officer in the pre-commissioning crew of the USS Rentz (FFG 46), engineer officer in the pre-commissioning crew of USS Chosin (CG 65) and executive officer on USS Thomas S. Gates (CG 51). He was the first commanding officer of USS Mason (DDG 87).
Ashore, he served on the Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet Propulsion Examining Board, in the Aegis Program Office as the DDG 51 Fleet Introduction officer and surface combatant readiness officer and as the executive assistant to the program executive officer for Surface Combatants/Aegis Program. He was the Major Program manager for Fleet Introduction and Surface Combatant Lifetime Support (400F) in the Program Executive Office for ships; the military assistant to the undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, and the acting executive director to Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) 21.
After selection to flag rank in April 2010, Gale assumed duties as commander, Navy Regional Maintenance Command, where he oversaw the operations and management of the Navy's Regional Maintenance Centers in their execution of surface ship maintenance and modernization. On October 1, 2013, Gale became the deputy commander for Surface Warfare, NAVSEA 21.
Gale is currently assigned as program executive officer, ships, where he is responsible for Navy shipbuilding for surface combatants, amphibious ships, logistics support ships, support craft and related foreign military sales. PEO Ships currently has more than 17 ships under construction and an additional 24 ships and craft under contract.
Gale’s personal awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.