Cmdr. David Sidewand grew up in Madison, Ohio. He attended Boston University through the Navy ROTC program and graduated with a B.A. in astronomy in 1997. He holds master’s degrees in international affairs (Webster University, 2009) and space studies (American Military University, 2015). He is a joint qualified officer. Cmdr. Sidewand started his Navy career in aviation, briefly re-designated to special operations in 1999 but ultimately designated as an intelligence officer in 2000. He has experience in the intelligence field from the tactical to the national level.