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Commander David Yoon was born and raised in Bakersfield, California. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Naval architecture. After receiving his commission, Cmdr. Yoon completed his flight training in August 2005 as a naval helicopter pilot and then received the assignment to fly the MH-60S Knighthawk.
Upon completing his initial fleet aircraft training, Yoon proceeded to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO SIX (HSC-26), homeported in Norfolk, VA. From 2006-2009 he deployed with multiple detachments to the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, and Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and international exercises aboard the USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), and HMS Ark Royal.
After his tour with HSC-26, Commander Yoon was assigned to the MH-60S Fleet Replacement Squadron HSC-3 as an instructor pilot. He completed his instructor tour then joined HSC-85 flying the HH-60H in support of Naval special operations.
Cmdr. Yoon completed his operational department head tour with HSC-23, where he served as the Detachment FOUR officer-in-charge and the administrative and operations officer. His three-helicopter detachment deployed aboard USS Boxer (LHD-4) throughout the Pacific, South China Sea, Sea of Japan, Indian Ocean, Arabian Gulf, and the Gulf of Aden in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and other multi-national taskings with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Yoon completed his joint staff tour at North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, as a member of the International military staff. There he served as a NATO watch officer, working with international military and civilian staff, serving the highest levels of leadership within the alliance.
He was assigned to Navy Talent Acquisition Group Southwest in July 2019 as executive officer. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2), and the Navy Achievement Medal (2).