Captain, U.S. Navy
Captain David W. Dry was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography, earned his commission through the NROTC program and was designated a Surface Warfare Officer in December 1995.
Captain Dry reported in October 1994 to USS Cape St. George (CG 71), Norfolk, VA, as the Damage Control Assistant and subsequently as Strike Warfare Officer. He deployed to the Mediterranean with the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group in support of NATO Operations Sharp Guard and Deny Flight over Bosnia, participated in two counter-narcotics deployments to U.S. Southern Command, deployed for Exercise Baltic Operations, supported several All-Service Combat Identification and Evaluation Team exercises and Exercise Mountain Top for Cooperative Engagement Capability testing and development. While assigned to Cape St. George, the crew earned the Arizona Memorial Trophy award in 1995 and Battle Efficiency Awards.
In 1998, Captain Dry reported to the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, for his first shore tour, earning a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering. In 2001 he returned to sea assigned to Commander Carrier Strike Group 12 as surface operations officer embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan combat operations immediately following the attacks of September 11, 2001. He then reported to USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) as Chief Engineer, again deploying to the Arabian Gulf with Commander, Task Force 150 for the Global War on Terrorism campaign, earning the Battle Efficiency Award. In 2003 he reported to USS Valley Forge (CG 50) as Chief Engineer, deploying for a third counter-narcotic/anti-terrorism deployment and Valley Forge’s decommissioning in 2004. Concurrently, he was assigned to USS O’Brien (DD 975) as Executive Officer/Chief Engineer in support of O’Brien’s 2004 decommissioning.
Captain Dry reported for shore duty in 2004 to Commander, Naval Surface Forces, San Diego, CA, as the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, and returned to sea duty in 2007 assigned to USS Benfold (DDG 65) as Executive Officer, deploying to the Arabian Gulf with the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group for Operation Iraqi Freedom maritime anti-piracy operations, and the crew earning the Battle Efficiency Award. In 2010 he deployed to United States Forces-Iraq Joint Headquarters, Baghdad, Iraq, as Deputy Chief J35, Training Division and Stability Academy in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn.
Captain Dry assumed command of USS Gravely (DDG 107) in December 2011 where he deployed to the Mediterranean as Air Defense Commander in support of SIXTH Fleet’s ballistic missile defense operations. His crew earned consecutive Battle Efficiency Awards. Following command, he reported to the Surface Warfare Officers School, Newport, RI, in 2013 as instructor and Deputy Director for the Senior Officer Ship Material Readiness Course.
In May 2015 he assumed major command as Commander, Military Sealift Command Pacific / Combat Logistics Force (CTF 33) in San Diego, CA. As Commodore, he directed THIRD Fleet’s logistic and service ships across the eastern Pacific and participated in numerous operations and exercises, including Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2016. In June 2017 he reported to the Naval Postgraduate School as the Military Associate Dean for the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy. In June 2019 Captain Dry assumed command of the Naval ROTC Unit at the University of Missouri.
Captain Dry earned masters’ degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2000 and the Naval War College in 2010. His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit (2), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Award (5), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (2), and other personal, campaign, service and unit awards.