8/29/2007 - Rear Adm. David Dunaway will replace Rear
Adm. Mark Skinner as commander of the Naval Air
Warfare Center Weapons Division during a change of
command ceremony on Sept. 18.
The ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. on the front lawn
of the Administration Building at the Naval Air
Weapons Station China Lake. NAVAIR Commander and
former NAWCWD Commander Vice Adm. David Venlet will be
the keynote speaker. A reception will follow at the
Paradise Cafe (formerly the Wreck Center). All
military personnel, Department of Defense civilian
employees and contractors are invited to attend.
Skinner will return to Patuxent River to head the
Program Executive Office for Tactical Aircraft
Programs. Dunaway comes to China Lake from his most
recent assignment as deputy program executive officer
for Air ASW, Assault and Special Mission Programs at
Dunaway, born in El Paso, Texas, received his wings
in April 1984 and subsequently served as a Selectively
Retained Graduate flight instructor in Meridian, Miss.
After completing F/A-18 initial training, he served in
VFA-151 aboard the USS Midway in Yokosuka, Japan from
1986-1989, when he was selected for the U.S. Naval
Test Pilot School at Patuxent River.
Dunaway’s test assignments include A-12 operational
test director for VX-5, F/A-18 branch head and
operational test director for the Airborne Self
Protection Jammer, and deputy for Test and Evaluation
for the F/A-18 Weapon System Support Activity. He also
served as the F/A-18E/F operational test director at
VX-9. In this position, Dunaway flew more than 200
developmental test missions and was selected as the
Test Pilot of the Year.
His program management assignments include PMA-265 as
the F/A-18 Radar IPT lead for the APG-79 Active
Electronically Scanned Array radar, and PMA-201 as the
program manager for the Precision Strike Weapons
Dunaway holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical
Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, a master’s in
Aviation Systems Management from the University of
Tennessee and a master’s in Aerospace Engineering from
the Naval Postgraduate School. His personal
decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious
Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy
Achievement Medal. He has accrued more than 2,900
flight hours and 290 arrested carrier landings.
Source: USN/NavAir Press Release