Capt. David “DW” Kindley earned his commission through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit at Auburn University in 1990, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1993 He is a graduate of the Naval War College with a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Flying the F/A-18C and E operationally, he has seen combat in support of Operations Deliberate Force, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. His sea tours include assignments Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94, assigned aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) where he was one of the first aircraft to enter Afghanistan airspace on opening night of Operation Enduring Freedom, as a designated air wing strike lead. Kindley took command of VFA-137 assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), and deployed in support of CENTCOM and Fifth Fleet requirements. He led the last flight of Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) aircraft from Afghanistan airspace in 2008.
Kindley’s shore tours at the Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, include assignments from 2009 to 2013, serving as the F/A-18 Radar Integrated Product Team Lead and F/A-18 Mission Systems Deputy Program Manager, for the F/A-18 and EA-18G Program Office (PMA-265). In 2013, he reported as Air Warfare Mission Area – From the Air (PMA-298) Deputy Program Manager, and led the Naval Integrated Fire Control – Counter Air (NIFC-CA) Integrated Product Teams in the development and delivery of system of systems capabilities. Following that, he served as the Executive Assistant to the Commander, Naval Air Systems Command, from 2014 to 2015.
In 2013, Kindley was selected and is currently serving as the F/A-18 and EA-18G (PMA-265) Program Manager.
Kindley has logged over 3,400 hours and 780 arrested landings in various military and civilian aircraft, and his awards include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Individual Air Medal (with Combat V), Strike Flight Air Medal (six awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards, two with combat V) and various unit awards.