Captain Donald A. “Drew” Basden graduated from Virginia Tech in December 1989 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry. He earned his Naval Aviator wings in August 1991 and reported to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE TWO ZERO (VAW-120) where he was trained in the C-2A Greyhound and the E-2C Hawkeye. His first fleet assignment was with Fleet Logistics Support Squadron FOUR ZERO (VRC-40) where he deployed with the USS America (CVN 66) and the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
In 1995, Captain Basden returned to VAW-120 as an Instructor Pilot and Carrier Qualification Phase Head. Following this tour, he reported to Carrier Air Wing FIVE (CVW 5) at NAF Atsugi, Japan as Staff Landing Signals Officer (LSO) in 1998 and deployed with the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63.)
In 2001, he reported to Naval Air Forces Pacific Fleet as Force LSO. During this tour, he was selected as the 2002 recipient of the Navy League’s “CDR Bug Roach Golden Paddles Award.”
In April 2002, Captain Basden reported to the Providers of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron THREE ZERO (VRC-30) for his Department Head tour. He deployed immediately as the Officer in Charge of Detachment One, the “Hustlers,” with the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Upon returning from deployment in April of 2003 supporting OPERATIONS IRAQI FREEDOM, SOUTHERN WATCH, and ENDURING FREEDOM, he finished out this tour as the squadron Maintenance Officer.
In early 2004, Captain Basden reported to Commander, Airborne Early Warning Wing, Pacific Fleet as the Chief Staff Officer. He screened for command and returned to VRC-30 as Executive Officer in May 2005, assuming command in July 2006.
Captain Basden reported in November 2007 to the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island where he was a Stockdale Group Fellow and graduated with a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies. In November 2008, He reported to VAW-120 as Commanding Officer.
From July 2010 to June 2012, Captain Basden was attached to the Pentagon for duty as the US Navy Military Assistant in the Immediate Office of the Secretary of Defense.
In March 2013, Captain Basden reported to Airborne Command and Control Logistics Wing in Point Mugu, California as the Deputy Commodore.
Captain Basden is a three-time recipient of the Navy-Marine Corps Leadership Award, and a two-time recipient of the Hawkeye-Greyhound Association’s “Greyhound of the Year.” He is authorized to wear the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), as well as various unit, campaign, and service awards.
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