Rear Adm. David Manero is a native of Highland Park, New Jersey. A 1988 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, he was designated a naval aviator in July 1989 and is now a foreign area officer (FAO). He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Class 112, holds a Master of Public Policy in International Affairs and Security from Harvard University, and a Master of Strategic Studies (with distinction) from the United States Air War College.
While assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 43, HSL-45 and Commander Carrier Group (CCG) 1, Manero made numerous operational deployments to the Middle East, Asia and South and Central America embarked on USS Paul F. Foster (DDG-964), USS Jarrett (FFG-33), USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and USS DeWert (FFG-45). He has accumulated 69 combat missions, over 3,900 flight hours in 35 different aircraft types and commanded Training Squadron (VT) 2 earning the Vice Admiral Goldthwaite Award, the Chief of Naval Education and Training (CNET) Excellence Award and the Chief of Naval Operations Aviation Safety Award.
Other assignments include: legislative fellow and acting military legislative assistant for the Senate Minority Leader; U.S. European Command as chief, Security Cooperation Programs (ECJ5-SCP) and chief, European Division (ECJ5-E); U.S. naval attaché (ALUSNA) Moscow; and his most recent tour dual-hatted as chief of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations International Engagement and Integration/FAO Community Policy Branches (N521/522). Manero is currently assigned as senior defense official/defense attaché (SDO/DATT) Moscow, Russia.
Personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal (two), Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (two), Air Medal (two Strike Flight), Navy Commendation Medal (six, two with Combat V), Navy Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon. He is also a designated acquisition professional.