Commander David ‘Bobby’ Van Kampen

Executive Officer, Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 1

29 October 2020 A native of Reno, Nevada, Commander Van Kampen enlisted in the United States Navy as a Machinist Mate in the nuclear power program in 1997.  He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2003, earning a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering.  He earned his ‘Wings of Gold’ in May 2005 and reported to the VP-30 “Pro’s Nest” for training as a P-3 replacement pilot. 

CDR Van Kampen began operational flying in April 2006 with the ‘Screaming Eagles’ of VP-1.  He participated in two 7th FLEET deployments as a Screaming Eagle and in addition to numerous CONUS exercises and detachments, he supported MPRA surge efforts to 5th FLEET flying reconnaissance missions during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. 

For his first shore tour CDR Van Kampen returned to the Pro’s Nest, this time as an Instructor Pilot.  In addition to training replacement aircrew, he graduated from the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School having attained his Weapons and Tactics Instructor qualification. 
CDR Van Kampen reported to USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) as Assistant Navigator in 2012 and participated in multiple deployments supporting 7th FLEET FDNF operations.

CDR Van Kampen returned to the ‘Screaming Eagles’ as a Department Head in 2014.  While with the Screaming Eagles, he completed two deployments, the first to 7th FLEET, and the second as part of a multi-site deployment operating in the 5th, 6th and 7th FLEET AORs supporting Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and COPPER DUNE.

Following his department head tour, CDR Van Kampen served as the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Director, Air Warfare (OPNAV N98).  He selected for squadron command in March 2018 and is scheduled to report to VQ-1 as Executive Officer in April 2020.

CDR Van Kampen has accumulated over 2,400 flight hours in the mighty Orion.  His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal (1 award), Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards), and Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards) and various service awards and ribbons.
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