David Zacharias

Profile Updated: June 28, 2023
David Zacharias
Residing In: Norfolk, VA USA
Spouse/Partner: Dana Lynn
Occupation: Financial Advisor
Children/Grandchildren: Devon -1993 ICU Nurse
Darin - 1995 Merchant Mariner Engineer
Cohen Zacharias Tomchick - Born More…30 July 2020
Seton Alexandra Tomchick - Born 01 July 2022
Military Service: USN  
Yes! Attending Reunion

Summary: Currently a Financial Advisor with First Financial Group, Virginia Beach Virginia.

Thirty years of U.S. Naval operational experience in demanding military executive leadership and senior management positions that required exacting integrity, a broad range of human relations communication skills, rigorous analytical and problem solving capabilities, and to be able to effectively engage and lead a variety of talented subject matter experts in the successful completion of complicated projects. My experience includes leading operational planning teams, conducting highly sophisticated training, conducting high level operational analysis and planning, and the subsequent testing and employment of highly technical operational engineering systems developed for US Military use.

Military service completed at the rank of Captain, USN; Four Years of direct support to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency which included conducting detailed analytical studies regarding all facets of WMD/CBRNE subject matter, to include final study editing, publication and the formulation and presentation of USG high level briefings which directly impacted U.S. National Defense and Homeland Security. Almost four years as BAE Systems Director of Operational programs, the work included media relations, strategic communications, supervision of all facets of Human Resources and IT related programs, the creation of a variety of high level financial, management and operational briefings for the highest executive levels of company leadership and its customers alike. It also required Business development and RFP process management. As a certified NCCER Master Trainer for 2 years, trained numerous Tradesman Journey-level instructors in all facets of Ship Repair Training and administered the training programs for two Ship Repair companies. Currently Working as a financial advisor with Guardian Life Insurance and Park Avenue Securities.

Highest Security Clearance Held: TOP SECRET / SCI

Skill Sets • Leadership & Executive Management • Submarine Systems Engineering
• Training and Program Logistic Management • Organizational Behavior Diagnosis
• Strategic Communications • Financial Budget Management
•Intelligence Analyst and Study Research / Production with WMD emphasis
• Business Development and RFP Technical writer/RFP Process Supervisor
• Certified National Center for Construction and Education Research (NCCER) Master Trainer

Leadership and Executive Management
• Project Manager for Human Terrain Systems (HTS) Project, US Training and Doctrine Command Intelligence Directorate, and the Army Counter-IED program in support of BAE Systems Army and Joint Programs located in Hampton, Virginia (Oct 2008-Oct2011)
• Officer in Charge Navy Warfare Development Command Detachment, Norfolk, supervised and managed Navy Experimentation programs with Commander Fleet Forces Command staff from 2002-2004.
• Chief of Staff, US Joint Forces Command Joint Warfighting Center/J7 (USJFCOM JWFC/J7), highly involved in the supervision and management of USJFCOM’s Joint and Combined Arms World-wide Training Program and initiatives from 1999-2002.
• Chief of Staff, Navy Personnel Command (1997-1999), highly involved in the supervision and management of Navy personnel policy, detailing processes, and associated personnel distribution and selection board systems.
• Operations Officer, planned, managed and directed highly complex operations and the on-going training of a Naval Battle Group. The Battle Group executed war operations in the Arabian Gulf with Tomahawk capable ships including an aircraft carrier with its intrinsic strike air-wing capabilities.
• Commanded a US Navy nuclear powered 688 class submarine. Supervised over 140 people of varying technical disciplines and controlled an annual operating budget of over $1 million.
• Created and Institutionalized an Apprentice and Work Force Development Program for Two Chesapeake Based Ship Repair Companies.

Operations, Program and Logistic Management
• Supervised and directed the contracting effort for the Army’s > $100M HTS Project which required management of >170 BAE Systems employees and nine associated BAE System subcontractors.
• Planned and supervised numerous RFP Requirements for Joint, Army, Navy Programs as BAE Systems Director of HTS/CIED and G2 Programs.
• Supervised the movement of Navy Personnel Command from Washington DC to Millington, TN to include the logistics of transitioning over 2000 personnel and their associated functions within budget and on schedule.
• Supervised daily shipboard operations including navigation, combat operations, engineering, administration, and personnel support of several Navy combatant ships in increasing billets of responsibility from Command Duty Officer (Shift Manager) to Commanding Officer (CEO).
• Supervised the operation and maintenance of multiple nuclear propulsion plants associated with four US Navy submarines.
• Supervised the planning and execution of complicated multi-platform at-sea training exercises involving aircraft, surface combatants, and submarines in a highly complex and dangerous operational wartime environment -- including multi-combat craft and unit operations with Marines and Army Special Forces. All of these Joint exercises significantly not only improved the tactical readiness of the participants and were successfully completed without incident, but prepared the a Naval battle Group for successful war operations on multiple occasions.

Submarine Nuclear and Non-Nuclear Systems Engineering
• Planned, managed and directed three submarine shipyard maintenance periods involving highly complex nuclear reactor control systems while adhering to stringent engineering safety requirements. Submarine repair activities included extensive experience managing all aspects of submarine maintenance during scheduled repair periods. Significant Submarine SONAR and Engineering Systems Expertise.

Training Expert
• As Chief of Staff USJFCOM JWFC/J7, highly involved with managing the Joint Training System.
• As Operations Officer for the Constellation Battle Group, trained the battle group warfare commanders in conducting Joint Operations with Marine, Army and Air Force Forces.
• As a teacher-instructor at the Joint Forces Staff College, conducted high-level operational art and Joint Military logistic training for all the Combatant Commander Staffs and taught seminars for mid-grade and senior military officers from every service for phase two joint training programs.
• A Certified NCCER Master Trainer and Assessments Coordinator teaching instructors and students in trade related training and administration

Organizational Behavior Diagnosis
• As Chief of Staff Navy Personnel Command, successfully organized the restructuring of the Bureau of Naval Personnel into Navy Personnel Command.
• As Chief of Staff, USJFCOM JWFC/J7 successfully restructured the directorate to maximize budgetary and human resource efficiencies.

Financial and Budgetary Management
• Responsible for the financial management decisions in the management of the BAE Systems HTS Project
• Implemented and directed the Navy Personnel Command Budget of approximately $400M.
• Highly involved in the implementation and execution of the USJFCOM JWFC/J7 budget to include the oversight of a large government contracting force.

Intelligence Analyst and Study Research / Production Expertise with WMD emphasis
• Conducted the JCOA study regarding Hurricane Katrina DOD Lessons learned. This involved planning, research and production of a highly visible JCOA study effort.
• Conducted the JCOA study regarding National Response to Biological Contagion. This involved planning, research and production of a JCOA study effort with related WMD lessons learned.
• Participated as an analyst on a major JCOA effort for MNF-I (General Petraeus) regarding Counter-insurgency, Targeting, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
• Worked closely with Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to use its assets to accomplish JCOA studies.
Work History
2016-present Financial Advisor with Guardian Life Insurance and Park Avenue Securities
2011-2016 American Maritime Holdings, INC., Supervisor of Apprenticeship
2008 – 2011 BAE Systems Director Tidewater Joint, Navy, Army and Stability Operations
2004 – 2008 USJFCOM JCOA study lead / DTRA WMD senior analyst and studies coordinator
2002 - 2004 Officer in Charge Navy Warfare Development Command Det Norfolk, VA
1999 - 2002 Chief of Staff US Joint Forces Command Joint Warfighting Center (JWFC) / J7
1997 - 1999 Chief of Staff Navy Personnel Command and the Bureau of Naval Personnel
1994 - 1997 Operations Officer Constellation Battle Group
1992 - 1994 Commanding Officer, USS Indianapolis (SSN 697)
1989 - 1992 Instructor and Seminar Leader, Joint Forces Staff College Norfolk, VA
1986 - 1989 Executive Officer, USS Bremerton (SSN 698)
1985 - 1986 Command & Control Officer, Commander Submarine Force US Pacific Fleet
1980 - 1985 Combat Systems Officer, Operations Officer, Navigator, USS Pintado (SSN 672)
1975 - 1980 Division Officer, USS Bergall (SSN 667)

Formal Education
2016 FINRA Financial Advisor With Guardian Life Insurance and Park Avenue Securities
2014 NCCER Master Trainer and Assessments Administrator School
2007-08 CBOE Financial Technical Analysis and Stock/Bond Trading Academy
2003 Master of Business Administration (Finance and Organizational Diagnostics), Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA
1992 Naval Reactors Commanding Officer Course, Washington, DC
1989 National Defense University and Armed Forces Staff College Joint Education
1975 Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit Prototype Qualification, Idaho Falls,
1975 Naval Nuclear Power School Officer Course, Mare Island, CA
1974 Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, United States Naval Academy

Professional Licenses And Certificates:
1. Certified NAVSEA 08 – Nuclear Engineering Officer and Engineering Officer Supervisor for S5G, S5W and S6G Navy Nuclear Power Plants
2. Certified NCCER Master Trainer and Assessments Administrator
3. FINRA Certified Series & and Series 66

Military Awards:
1 Defense Superior Service Award (2002): 3 Legion of Merits (1996/1998/2004); 1 Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1991); 2 Navy Meritorious Service Medals (1988/1992); 3 Navy Commendation Medals (1984/1986/1988); 2 Navy achievement Medals (1980/1981); Navy Expert Pistol Award (1970); Navy Expert Rifle Award (1970)
Campaign Badges and/or Expeditionary Medals Received: 1 Navy Unit Battle Efficiency Award; 5 Navy Expeditionary Medals; 1 Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal (2000); 2 Navy Unit Commendation Medals (1989/1990); 2 Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Medals (1996/1998); 2 National Defense Medals

Type of Discharge: Honorable

Other Information:
1. Who’s Who Selection for Graduate Education Programs –2001 & 2002 Business Administration Programs

What was our school mascot called?

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Happy Birthday! ALL WEEK!
Whenever I think of my High School days, being on the Tiger's Football Team and remembering all the things and people in my life that I couldn't possibly fully appreciate at the time, I always remember that day in the locker room after practice when you told me - "One Day Zacharias - I might like you if you could just learn how to block much less catch a pass once in a while". It was powerful motivation for me to work to become better- besides you sic'd David Howard on me too. I have lots of stories i remember from those days. But I remember them all fondly - I pray you and your family are well. God Bless you. David Zacharias

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My great friend David Howard passed April 9th 2016. I miss him. He was inspirational to all. I go to see him every time I get back to Irving - our home town. The picture of me in the tab is taken at his grave. But - I will see him again - and you can bet on that as THE TRUTH as much as when David Howard hit you - it HURT!
Rest in Peace David.

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