Commander David Leiker
Commander Leiker is a native of Santa Rosa, CA and enlisted in the navy in 1989. After service aboard USS Chosin (CG 65), he was selected for the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) Program and was commissioned in December of 1998 at the University of Idaho, Moscow, ID.
Afloat, Leiker served as Executive Officer in USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), Chief Engineer in USS Underwood (FFG 36) and as an Engineering Assessor, Engineering Assessments, Atlantic. Earlier sea duty includes USS Chosin (CG 65) where he served as a Gas Turbine Systems Mechanic, Second Class in the pre-commissioning crew; USS Nicholas (FFG 47) as CIC Officer and Auxiliaries Officer; and USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) as Fire Control Officer.
Ashore, Leiker served at Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force as the Operational Test Director for Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) and most recently completed duty as the Deputy Operations Officer for Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic in Norfolk, VA.
Leiker holds a Master of Science Degree in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and is Phase I certified in Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) from the Naval War College. He is a June 2016 graduate of the National Defense University’s Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy where he earned the Master of Science Degree in National Resources Strategy in addition to completing JPME Phase II.
After years away from the Palouse, Commander Leiker returned to Moscow and reported to the University of Idaho NROTC Unit as Executive Officer in July 2016.
Leiker has been awarded numerous personal decorations and unit awards representative of the outstanding men and women he has had the distinct honor of serving with including the Meritorious Service Medal (2 Awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 Awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 Awards), and the Battle Efficiency Award (4 Awards).