Vice Admiral David Architzel:
Test Pilot and Principal Deputy
Assistant Secretary of the Navy
by Seymour “Sy” Brody
Vice Admiral David Architzel was a test pilot with more than 5,000 hours of flying and on August 7, 2007, he was appointed as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition.
He was born in Ogdensburg, N.Y., but was raised with his brother, Ralph, and his sisters, Reba and Anne Fleming, in Merrick Long Island, NY. He graduated from the Naval Academy, in 1973, with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics. He received a Master of Science degree in 1975, in Aeronautical Systems from the University of West Florida.
Architzel’s Naval career encompassed many assignments and ships in many parts of the world. He was in Sea Squadron (VS) 30, deploying aboard the USS Forrestal (CV-59) and he was a Maintenance Officer in VS-28, deploying aboard the USS Independence (CV 62). Later in his career, he became the executive officer of the VS-30 and then he became the Commanding Officer.
After his Nuclear Power Training, he became the executive officer of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. During his tour of duty, the ship was awarded the 1992 Naval Air Force Atlantic Battle Efficiency Award.
Architzel became the Commanding officer of the USS Guam (LPH 9), flagship for Commander Amphibious Squadron 2. His ship won three consecutive Battle Efficiency Awards. On November 1, 1996, he became the 6th Commanding Officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt. During his tour on the Roosevelt, they were in the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf, during this time the Battle Group conducted operations in support of Joint Guard and Southern Watch.
He was selected for the Navy’s Test Pilot School, filled a billet at the Spanish Naval War College in Madrid Spain.
His first assignment as a Rear Admiral was in Iceland where served as Commander Iceland Defense Force and Commander of Fleet Air Keflavik. On August 6, 2007, he became the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition.
Vice Admiral David Architzel’s awards included:
● Defense Superior Service Medal
● Four Legions of Merit
● Three Meritorious Service Medals
● The Navy Achievement Medal
● Spanish Naval Cross of Merit from His Majesty Juan Carlos of Spain
● Navy League’s John Paul Jones Leadership Award, 1998
● The Commander’s Cross with Star of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon presented by the President of Iceland
Vice Admiral Architzel was the guest speaker at a formal dinner at the Uriah P. Levy Jewish Center and Chapel, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD. He was quoted as saying the following:
“He recounted his experiences as a Jewish Naval Officer and the special treat he had as the Commanding Officer and the ship’s Jewish lay leader of the nuclear aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt. “
Admiral Architzel’s ships were noted for having the best ice cream throughout the fleet. It seems that his old high school buddies were Ben & Jerry of ice cream fame.
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