LCDR DAVID BRADLEY
LCDR David Bradley has served AUSN in various roles including as a Chapter President, Region President, various national Vice Presidencies and was the most recent National President of AUSN.
LCDR Bradley joined the Navy in September of 1960 and served in the Reserves as a Quartermaster aboard the USS Hollidaysburg (PCS-1385) a 136-foot patrol craft out of Toledo, OH. With a small crew of 5 officers and 50 enlisted it was a chance to learn many skills. In April of 1967 he volunteered for active duty in Vietnam on Swift boats. He arrived in Coronado, CA in June of ’67 and was assigned to a crew as the senior petty officer, a 2nd class Quartermaster. As the leading petty officer, he was responsible for the Watch, Quarter and Station Bill, controlled equipage, and in the case of a Quartermaster the timely update of charts for the assigned patrol area.
Arriving Coastal Division 13 in Cat Lo, Vietnam in September of 1967 he was assigned to PCF-36 on which he did 13 patrols. On his last patrol on PCF-36 they were caught in bad weather and while securing loose gear on the fantail a rogue wave hit the boat and he flipped and broke his shoulder and was in a figure 8 cast for 6 weeks. Shortly after Tet of ’68 he was reassigned to Coastal Division 15 and had been promoted to 1st class quartermaster and then moved to a staff position with Coastal Division 15. His responsibilities were as a member of the base Master-at-Arms and as a training petty officer for new crews coming in country. While with Coastal Division 15 he did a total of 39 patrols PCF-39 and subsequently did more than 100 patrols with various new crews.
Returning from Vietnam in September of 1968 he was assigned to the USS Shields (DD-596) and the USS Richmond K. Turner (DLG-20), a guided missile cruiser and left active duty in April of 1968. He immediately affiliated with the Naval Reserve and was a member of Inshore Undersea Warfare unit 105. Later advanced to Chief Petty Officer while in that unit and subsequently promoted to Chief Warrant Officer, in 1979 when he affiliated with the Naval Reserve Assoc. and subsequently held various Chapter, Region, and national offices. Later he was assigned to the frigate USS Lang (FF-1060) as the Asst. CIC Officer. While assigned to the Lang he was selected for the Limited Duty Officer program. In 1999 at the rank of Lieutenant Commander he was recalled to active duty as the Maintenance and Repair Officer for Naval Coastal Warfare Group Two. This position was responsible for the material readiness and deployment plans of equipment and boats for more than 20 Naval Reserve units East of the Mississippi. After 9/11 he helped train many of these units which deployed numerous times as the seaward protection for Battle Groups in port in the Mediterranean and Middle East.
In 2002 he retired from the Navy and went to work for the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration as a Diversion Investigator and retired from that position in 2008. During this time Lieutenant Commander Bradley was a member of the transition team taking the Naval Reserve Assoc. to its new role as the Association of the United States Navy and the voice of the America Sailor.
In November 2011, he was part of the team that went to Malta to do a “survey” of P-24 (former PCF-816). In July of 2012 the boat was loaded aboard a container ship from the Maersk line to transport the boat to Norfolk and she arrived in San Diego in August and the real work began! Participating with many other former Swiftboat sailors he helped restore her to operational condition at the Maritime Museum of San Diego where he continues to serve as a Docent aboard her for her weekend harbor cruises.
REAR ADMIRAL BRYAN P. “CLUTCH” CUTCHEN, USN (RET)
RADM Cutchen grew up in Brunswick, Maine, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nautical Science from Maine Maritime Academy and a master’s degree from Air War College.
RADM Cutchen’s operational assignments include E-2C Hawkeye squadron tours with Carrier Airborne Early Warning (VAW) Squadron 114, VAW-78, VAW-88 and VAW-77. From 2000 to 2001 he commanded VAW-77, a special mission counter narcotics squadron supporting United States Southern Command. RADM Cutchen also commanded Carrier Air Wing Reserve 20 from August 2006 to July 2008. From April 2005 to July 2006 he served as deputy air wing commander.
RADM Cutchen’s staff and shore assignments include: VAW-110, Naval Air Station Miramar, Calif., as a flight instructor; Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (N32) as assistant air operations; a tour on the staff of the chief of naval operations in the director of Navy Reserve (N095) as the tactical air requirements officer; followed by re-assignment to the Warfare Integration branch (N70) as the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System coordinator; deputy commander, Naval Air Force Reserve; and, most recently, as deputy commander for the Office of the Chief of Navy Reserve from July 2010 to July 2012.
RADM Cutchen has amassed nearly 5,000 hours in the various aircraft including the E-2C Hawkeye, C-2A Greyhound and F-18A+ Hornet. He is entitled to wear the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
CMDCM HOWARD D. DANIEL, USN (RET.)
CMDCM Howard Daniel is a highly educated professional with 30 years of leadership in the military and civilian executive teams. CMDCM Daniel offers experiences in the fields in aviation, personnel and facility management. He has managed human resources operations in small and large personnel communities in the health, morale and welfare sectors involving more than 13,000 military Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines during the Global War on Terrorism. As a dedicated team builder, CMDCM Daniel is an accomplished problem solver, overseeing the maintenance of 500,000 sf facility and 107 acres of real property.
In his current role, CMDCM Daniel serves as the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Assistant at VA North Texas Health Care Systems responsible for Network that covers and maintains initial contact with EEO complainants and their complaints. Network encompasses Dallas, Fort Worth, Bonham and Tyler VA facilities that covers more than 5000 employees.
Previously to his time with the Department of Veterans Affairs, CMDCM Daniel provided facility management for a facility over 400,000 square foot of building space and 107 acres of landscape and was Director of Green Collar Vets, a start-up non-profit, focused on identifying, training and finding positions for recently discharged and retired military Veterans in the green sustainability industry.
CAPT DAN KELLEY, USN (RET.)
CAPT Kelley has over 25 years of experience in military operations and Department of Defense system acquisition support. He has extensive economic and business case analysis experience in support of the Department of the Navy and the Defense Logistics Agency. Currently serving as a Director at Guidehouse (prior PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Public Sector) as an engagement leader, CAPT Kelley is responsible for Navy market support in the Washington Metro area. As an experienced leader developing teams from diverse backgrounds and capabilities, his expertise is in economic analysis of system acquisition, real property, infrastructure and installation operation services.
CAPT Kelley is experienced in supporting various Defense Department Major System Acquisition Programs (ACAT I-D through ACAT IV) with a concentration in financial analysis, should-cost, life cycle cost estimating and risk management of systems acquisition. Having led and supported numerous detailed business case analyses, analysis of alternatives, and cost benefit analyses for major Defense system acquisition programs, he is well versed in real property and base operating support service analysis. CAPT Kelley supported Joint Basing and Regionalization initiatives through applied economic analyses, and evaluated consolidating base operating support services for the Navy and Marine Corps. Early in CAPT Kelley’s career, he served as the technical lead for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analyses and developed related documentation in support of Military Construction (MILCON) projects.
Having served 26 years in the Navy, both on active duty and as a reservist, CAPT Kelley is a qualified Surface Warfare Officer, conducted two Western Pacific Deployments and served in various leadership roles. He saw active duty service onboard the USS DULUTH and in OPNAV N4 and in the Reserves at OPNAV N4, Commander Second Fleet, Tactical Air Control Squadron 22, Office of Naval Research, Tactical Training Group Altantic, Navy District Washington, and Riverine Group TWO.
CAPT Kelley holds a BS from Virginia Military Institute, an MPH from George Washington University, and an MBA from Viriginia Tech. Dan lives in Northern Virginia with his wife Stacie, and children Lydia and Quinn.
CAPT DAVID STALFORT, USCG (RET.)
With 38 years of experience leading organizations and people to achieve results, CAPT Stalfort served for 30 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, 8 years as a consultant to the maritime and offshore oil and gas industries and government agencies, and a lifetime of experience sailing.
CAPT Stalfort’s key accomplishments include responsibility for a $48 million dollar project to transition Coast Guard’s mariner credentialing operations at 17 regional ofﬁces throughout the United States to a new centralized processing center. CAPT Stalfort led a team of 350 people to design and implement new production processes to produce 72,000 credentials for U.S. merchant mariners annually. His implementation of a quality management system reduced credential processing time by 70%, improved customer service to over 210,000 mariners raising satisfaction levels from 30% to almost 90% and saved $8 million dollars in annual operating expenses and achieved ISO 9001-2008 compliance. Under his command, the National Maritime Center won the Coast Guard’s 2010 Alexander Hamilton Award for Excellence, a quality management award based on the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award Criteria.
While serving as a Federal Executive Fellow with the American Petroleum Institute, CAPT Stalfort led development of a research paper exploring improvements in global oil spill prevention and response in the decade following the Exxon Valdez oil spill. CAPT Stalfort developed a project plan, recruited panel of 22 international experts, and facilitated a qualitative analysis of the effectiveness of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. CAPT Stalfort rounded up his fellowship by having his research paper published as part of an international conference on oil pollution. The published paper provided a foundation to improve global strategies for marine environmental protection.
CDR JOHN B. WELLS, USN (RET.)
CDR Wells is a stalwart advocate for the Veterans who have been impacted by the effects of toxic exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War and heads the organization, Military Veterans Advocacy, giving thousands of Veterans a voice on Capitol Hill, the White House and the Pentagon in support of, and in opposition to, legislation that directly impacts their welfare. CDR Wells has been especially integral and a powerful national voice in the battle to provide 90,000 Vietnam Era “Blue Water” Sailors who have been exposed to Agent Orange and who are in need of medical attention.
CDR Wells is an attorney John B. Wells and a disabled veteran, who served from 1972 until 1994. He was assigned to six ships and several shore commands. He is qualified in all aspects of surface warfare including command at sea. He is a graduate of the Surface Warfare Officers School Department Head and PXO schools. Mr. Wells served as a Special-Court Martial convening authority, member, senior member and witness before administrative boards and courts-martials. He has administered non-judicial punishment under Art. 15 of the UCMJ.
CDR Wells attended law school at night while still on active duty. He was a member of the Law Review Staff and contributed to several law school publications. Upon retirement from the military, Mr. Wells settled in Slidell Louisiana and opened a general law practice that emphasized military and Veteran’s law. Mr. Wells has represented military members and veterans throughout the country. He is at home in both state and federal courts and travels often to Washington, D.C. for cases there. CDR Wells was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in November of 1994, the Supreme Court of Louisiana in October of 1995 and the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in April of 1996. He is also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. In addition, CDR Wells is admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Federal and District of Columbia Circuits. He is also a member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and all service courts. He is admitted to practice before the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and the United States Court of Federal Claims. Mr. Wells is also admitted to many federal district courts including the District of Columbia.
Mr. Wells is married to Janice Burton Wells of Perth Australia and has two daughters, five grand-children and one great-grand son. He has spoken before numerous groups on military and Veteran’s issues. He is also a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel.
RADM PAUL SHEBALIN, USN (RET.)
RADM Paul Shebalin received his Doctor of Science, Systems Engineering and Management in 1997 from The George Washington University. He recently has served as a director of one of the four research institutes at the Naval Postgraduate School, providing leadership in ensuring that NPS faculty and students are offered relevant, tailored, and unique research opportunities in systems engineering to support NPS graduate education and further US and allied defense and national security. As a member of the Systems Engineering Department, developed degree programs and taught courses in systems engineering. As a teaching faculty member, performed research in support of curriculum and course development in Navy and DoD systems engineering and related areas.
RADM Shebalin, in support of the Navy’s Reserve Components in various locations, has contributed his executive talents between nationally and internationally and civilian faculty responsibilities at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. Amongst his numerous duties in this role, RADM Shebalin had national leadership responsibility for a 600-member Navy Reserve Engineering Duty Community, responsible for ensuring active-reserve integration, effective mobilization policy, and competency-alignment with the needs of the Navy and DoD.
RDAM Shebalin, while with the Central Intelligence Agency, established and directed a congressionally mandated program to improve the performance of the US intelligence community. Organized and staffed the Program Office, directed the acquisition of new facilities, prepared and awarded contracts for engineering support services, developed program objectives with the Intelligence Community leadership, and improved Intelligence Community executive management processes. Program activities included developing models of the US Intelligence Community, prototyping agile business processes, and establishing a framework for effectively integrating emerging technology.
During his time with the Defense Systems Management College, RADM Shebalin conducted graduate-level classes in program management and DoD systems and software acquisition. Prior with ORI, Inc., he Directed 20 scientists and engineers in the verification, test and evaluation, and computer program development involved in certifying the nuclear safety and performance of the Navy’s Vertical Launching System (VLS) as part of the Tomahawk Cruise Missile Weapon System.
RADM Shebalin’s earlier naval career found him assigned as ASW and Assistant Gunnery Officer on USS Lester (DE-1022) – forward-deployed to Naples, Italy for one year. Served as Navigator and First Lieutenant on USS Bowen (FF-1079) – deployed three times to Mediterranean and North Atlantic. Qualified as Officer of the Deck (OOD) Underway. Served as the General Quarters OOD.
CAPT KEN IRELAND, USN (RET.)
Captain Ken Ireland is a 1981 graduate of the University of North Carolina, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and was commissioned via the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps. Captain Ireland currently serves as a member of AUSN’s Legislative Advisory Committee, a position he has held for three years.
Captain Ireland was designated a Naval Aviator in 1982 and served five consecutive tours in the HSL community flying the SH-2 Seasprite and SH-60 Seahawk helicopters in San Diego, Jacksonville and Philadelphia. He was then assigned to staff tours in San Diego, Washington DC and Corpus Christi, Texas before returning to San Diego to serve as the Executive Assistant for Naval Aviation Enterprise for the Commander, Naval Air Forces. His final assignment was Commanding Officer of Navy Operational Support Center North Island.
Captain Ireland is the recipient of numerous personal awards and also received the Secretary of the Navy “Revolution in Business Affairs” award in 2001. He retired from the Navy in January, 2010 and was hired by the Coronado Unified School District as the Senior Naval Science Instructor for the Navy Junior ROTC program, a position he held until his retirement in 2015.
Captain Ireland currently volunteers his time tutoring elementary school students in San Diego, providing presentations on Combat Operational Stress Control to returning Navy Reserve Sailors and their loved ones, and training combat injured veterans to ride mobility devices through the non-profit Segs4Vets. He is employed by SkyWest Airlines as a pilot in the Embraer 175 regional jet.
Captain Ireland resides in Coronado, CA with his wife, CAPT Patricia Ireland, USN, Medical Service Corps (retired) and has two children, Heather, a Lieutenant in the US Navy (Supply Corps) stationed at NAS Whidbey Island, WA and Andrew, a Navy helicopter pilot assigned at NAS North Island.
CAPTAIN MARK T. VANDERBERG, USN(RET.)
Captain Vanderberg retired from the Navy in 1997 after 27 years of active service. An unrestricted Naval Aviator, he had three aviation commands (HS-5, HS-1 and COMHSWING ONE) and two ship commands (USS MOBILE (LKA-115), USS NASSAU (LHA-4). He also had staff assignments in COMNAVAIRLANT, BUPERS, and OPNAV. He served on the board member for the U.S. Naval Institute, and director for the Naval Helicopter Association.
Captain Vanderberg joined Whitney, Bradley and Brown as defense consultant for carrier, helicopter and training support. He was critical in the implementation of an industry centric training programs on the Department of Defense’s planning, programming and budgeting processes. As a life member of the American Association of Individual Investors, he served as the Treasurer and later as President of the Washington D.C. chapter until 2006.
Captain Vanderberg then joined the Burney Company as a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) in 2008 and became a principle at Burney Associates managing a $4 million dollar portfolio. Active in rotary club of Blacksburg, he was an active promoter of financial literacy and a regular speaker in the Alumni Financial Literacy Educational Program.
Upon relocating to Jacksonville, FL in 2013, Captain Vanderberg is currently active in the local community with the Micah’s Backpack Program, the Volunteer Tax Assistance Program sponsored by AARP, Navy Safe Harbor Foundation in addition to the East Arlington Rotary.