Having served his country in a number of roles over 35 years, David F. Baucom is a rear admiral (RADM) in the US Navy and holds leadership responsibilities under the Chief of Naval Operations. RADM David F. Baucom has had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout his time in the Navy and considers Budapest, Hungary his favorite European city.
With a history of settlement extending to the Old Stone Age, Budapest began as a major commercial center in the Roman era with the creation of the settlement Aquincum. In the fifth century, Attila led the Huns in conquering what is now Hungary and in the ninth century the area was settled by Magyars.
With Christianity introduced by King Stephen I around 1000, Buda and Pest became bustling towns on either side of the Danube River. Following the storming of the area by the Mongols in the 13th century, extensive fortifications that exist to this day were constructed. The Royal Palace in particular emerged as a center of Renaissance learning. These early centuries of growth continued under the Turks, who built bathhouses and mosques, and under the House of Habsburg from the late 17th century on. Today, Budapest is a uniquely historic city that weathered the Soviet occupation with its beauty intact, sitting at the crossroads of East and West.