Unit Leadership

Captain David B. Adler, USN (retired)

The son of Captain and Mrs. Robert E. Adler, Captain David Adler was born in Newport, RI.  He graduated from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and as a NROTC Honor Graduate.  His initial sea tour was in USS JOHN YOUNG (DD 973), where he served as Electronics Warfare Officer, Combat Information Center Officer, and Navigator/Deck Department Head.  In JOHN YOUNG he deployed to the Western Pacific. He next served as Flag Lieutenant to Commander, Naval Safety Center. Following Department Head Course at the Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS), he reported to USS STARK (FFG 31) as Combat Systems Officer during her re-construction following the attack by IRAQI forces.  He then joined the Commissioning Crew of USS GETTYSBURG (CG 64), where he served as Combat Systems Officer and deployed to the Mediterranean. Captain Adler detached from USS GETTYSBURG and returned to Surface Warfare Officers School where he served as the Lead Department Head instructor for Weapons, Anti Air Warfare, and AEGIS Combat Systems training. Following his tour at SWOS, he reported to the Naval War College where he earned his Masters Degree in National Security Affairs.  Upon graduation, Captain Adler reported to USS FITZGERALD (DDG 62) as Executive Officer and completed a deployment to the Arabian Gulf.  He then reported to Commander, THIRD Fleet where he served as Flag Secretary. Captain Adler took command of USS DOYLE (FFG 39) in MAY 2000 and participated in two Counter-Drug deployments in the Caribbean and Southern Pacific. Captain Adler then reported to The Pentagon as Assistant Naval Analyst and Contingency Plans Officer overseeing all Pacific Command war plans, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Captain Adler then reported to the Navy Staff, Future Ships Branch, in January 2004 and detached in January 2006. Captain Adler took command of USS PORT ROYAL (CG 73) on August 5th, 2006.  He led PORT ROYAL through a successful Board of Inspection and Survey, a deployment to 7th and 5th Fleet and was the Anti Air Warfare Commander for RIMPAC XXI. He was relieved in Oct 2008. Captain Adler assumed duties as Chief of Staff, Navy Air and Missile Defense Command in March 2009 and retired in 2011.  He is a MIT Seminar XXI Alumnus.  He is married to Linda Murphy-Adler and they have two children.

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