David Hunter Bankart

Military Professor College of Leadership and Ethics
Capt., U.S. Navy
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Capt. Bankart joined the faculty at the U.S. Naval War College after graduation from the NWC in-residence course and Stockdale Leadership Advanced Studies Program in June 2020. He is a 1999 graduate of James Madison University and a Naval Aviator with over 3400 hours, 600+ carrier arrested landings spanning seven operational deployments in the EA-6B “Prowler” and EA-18G “Growler.” He graduated from the Electronic Attack Weapons School in 2005 and served two tours as a community flight instructor. His most recent assignment was as the commanding officer of Electronic Attack Squadron 138 (VAQ-138) in Whidbey Island, Washington.

Areas of Expertise

  • Air Warfare
  • Electronic Warfare
  • Ethics
  • Leadership
  • Operational Warfare
  • Weapon Systems

Professional Highlights


Commanding Officer VAQ-138

Served as the Commander of Electronic Attack Squadron 138 employing EA-18G "Growlers" to provide electronic attack capability in support of all services inside the department of defense.

Electronic Attack Community Manpower Manager and U.S. Navy Captain Detailer

Served in Millington, TN as the U.S. Navy Electronic Attack detailer distributing 915 constituents to fill aviation and joint billets worldwide; served as the Assistant Captain detailer providing counsel and training track support for Major Commanders leading the Naval Aviation Enterprise.

Electronic Attack Flight Instructor and Weapons School Training Officer

Served overseas in Japan as a Weapons and Training officer, transitioned back stateside to complete a second tour as a flight instructor in the EA-6B "Prowler" for the last pilots and naval flight officers to select the "Prowler" as their fleet platform and later transitioned to a Department Head.

Fleet Weapons and Training Officer


Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor and Evaluator


Graduate Certificate, U.S. Naval War College, 2020, Leadership and Ethics

M.A., U.S. Naval War College, 2020, National Security and Strategic Studies

B.S., James Madison University, 1999, Psychology

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