Rear Adm. David Baucom became director, Strategy, Policy, and Logistics, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., in October 2013. USTRANSCOM is the single manager for global air, land, and sea transportation for the Department of Defense.
A native of Blythewood, South Carolina, Baucom graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University where he received his commission through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program in 1981. He also fulfilled all requisites for a second Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn. He earned a Master of Science degree in Acquisition and Contract Management from the Naval Postgraduate School and a second Master of Science degree from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University - today known as the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.
Baucom is a graduate of the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business and the University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School Executive Education Programs. He is a certified Level III acquisition professional in the contracting career field; a certified lifetime professional contracts manager in the National Contract Management Association; and a graduate of the Senior Acquisition Course at the National Defense University. He is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, a qualified naval aviation supply officer, and a designated joint specialty officer.
He served in a variety of key leadership positions afloat and ashore. Afloat assignments include supply officer, USS Edward McDonnell (FF 1043); stock control officer, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) culminating in the aircraft carrier’s maiden deployment; and as the pre-commissioning supply officer, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).
Shore duty assignments include commanding officer, Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Norfolk; the first deputy chief of staff for logistics at the Headquarters, Supreme Allied Command Transformation; the Joint Staff (J4), the Pentagon; at the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Yokosuka, Japan; and as a White House military aide to president and Mrs. Ronald Reagan.
Previous flag assignments include commander, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Troop Support; director of the United States Central Command Deployment and Distribution Operations Center, Kuwait, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom; deputy assistant secretary of the Navy (Acquisition and Logistics Management) providing policy and oversight to all Navy and Marine Corps contracting and logistics; and assistant deputy chief of staff for Fleet Readiness and Training/the Fleet Supply Officer at U. S. Fleet Forces Command.