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Rear Admiral David Goggins

Rear Adm. Goggins is a native of Los Angeles, California. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, and graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering and Material Science Engineering. His graduate education includes a Master of Science in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School, and two Masters of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering and in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

Goggins career in the Navy began as a submariner aboard USS Tecumseh (SSBN 628) where he served as an electrical officer, reactor controls assistant, and assistant operations officer. He was then selected for lateral transfer to the Engineering Duty Officer Community and reported to the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP) in Groton, Connecticut. At this command he was the lead ship coordinator for PCU Connecticut (SSN 22) from initial hull erect to the initial stages of Post-Shakedown Availability planning.

Subsequent shore duty tours included serving as assistant repair officer at Naval Submarine Support Facility in New London, Connecticut; Seawolf Class project officer and program manager’s representative at SUPSHIP Groton; SSGN Conversion project officer and program manager’s representative at SUPSHIP Groton; Virginia Class assistant program manager for New Construction within PEO Submarines; and a staff assignment within the Office of Chief of Naval Operations, Undersea Warfare Division (N97).

Goggins also served as an individual augmentee participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom. While in Iraq, he supported the military’s counter-IED effort and was responsible for fielding over 3,000 mission critical systems to counter the rapidly evolving IED threat.

Goggins served as major program manager of the Virginia Class Program and the Columbia Class Program. Under his leadership and guidance, the Virginia Program delivered three submarines to the fleet, started the initial design work on the Virginia Payload Module and Acoustic Superiority, and won the DoD Value Engineering Award and the David A. Packard Award for Acquisition Excellence. As the Columbia program manager, the program completed Milestone B, awarded the Detail Design and Construction Readiness Contract, and started prototyping efforts.

Goggins was assigned as the special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (ASN (RD&A)) for the Australian-United Kingdom-United States (AUKUS) Partnership in June 2022.

His previous assignments include Program executive officer, Attack Submarines from October, 2021 to June 2022; and Program executive officer, Submarines from August 2018 to September 2021.

His awards include the Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards) and the Navy Achievement Medal (three awards).

Last Updated: 8 March 2024


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