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David Architzel
Vice Admiral David Architzel (Ret.)
(as Commander, Naval Air Systems Command)
Born Ogdensburg, New York
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1973-2012
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held Commander, Naval Air Systems Command
Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force
Awards Navy Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (4)
Meritorious Service Medal (3)
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal

David Architzel is a retired Vice Admiral in the United States Navy. His last assignment was as Commander of Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).

Vice Admiral Architzel was relieved by Vice Admiral David A. Dunaway and retired from nearly four decades of service on September 20, 2012.[1]


Architzel was born in Ogdensburg, New York. He grew up in Merrick, New York and has one brother, Ralph, and two sisters, Reba and Anne Fleming.

Architzel graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1973 with a degree in mathematics. He became the Commanding officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt on November 1, 1996. On July 29, 2005, he "assumed command as the fourth Program Executive Officer for Aircraft Carriers," according to the Navy's Web site.

Vice Adm. Architzel has accumulated over 5000 flight hours, 4300 in the S-3 Viking and the remainder in some 30 other aircraft types. His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, four Legions of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals, the Navy Achievement Medal and various service related awards and campaign ribbons. He was also awarded the Spanish Naval Cross of Merit from His Majesty, King Juan Carlos of Spain, and the Navy League’s John Paul Jones Leadership Award for 1998. Architzel has been honored by Iceland by being made a Knight of the Order of the Falcon.


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