Summerdale Native takes command of Navy’s International Student Training Organization

By Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs
Posted 8/19/19

PENSACOLA – Summerdale native, Capt. David W. Stallworth, relieved Capt. Mark Truluck as commanding officer of Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity (NETSAFA) during a …

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Summerdale Native takes command of Navy’s International Student Training Organization

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PENSACOLA – Summerdale native, Capt. David W. Stallworth, relieved Capt. Mark Truluck as commanding officer of Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity (NETSAFA) during a change of command ceremony onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola on Aug. 9.

Stallworth became the 15th commanding officer of NETSAFA, the U.S. Navy's agent for international education and training, coordinating training support to international governments and international organizations. As a field activity of Naval Education and Training Command, the command serves as a focal point for all security assistance training program issues, coordination and advice within the U.S. Navy.

“I look forward to the NETSAFA mission. During my short time here, I have already been able to see the pride, importance and the impact of the mission and look forward to being part of the continued growth of the command,” said Stallworth.

Stallworth graduated from Florida State University in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a master’s degree in Education in 1994. He was commissioned through Officer Candidate School at Naval Air Station Pensacola and, after completing primary flight training, was designated a naval aviator in 1997. He holds a second master’s degree in Military Operational Art and Science through the Air Command and Staff College.

Stallworth’s Navy tours have included Carrier Strike Group 2 as air operations officer and current operations officer; Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division as the Test and Evaluation Aviation Unit officer in charge and then executive officer. Stallworth additionally led a Forward Deployed Naval Forces unit located in Sasebo, Japan, as a volunteer to fill the gapped billet of the deputy commodore for a 12-month unaccompanied tour. There, he assisted in managing operations for surface, air, and explosive ordnance disposal mine countermeasures assets in the Pacific area of responsibility, as well as immediate superior in command duties for four western Pacific, forward-deployed mine warfare ships.

For more information about NETSAFA, visit https://www.netsafa.navy.mil/.