Rear Admiral David F. Baucom earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial management from Auburn University, a master’s degree in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University, and a master’s degree in acquisition and contract management from the Naval Postgraduate School. RADM David Baucom served as a military aide to President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan and enjoys his lifetime membership in the Society of White House Military Aides (SWHMA).
The SWHMA was founded in 1991 to help people who have worked as military aides in the White House stay connected through annual events and newsletters. Military social aides volunteer their time to help with diplomatic protocol at a range of meetings and social events. The aides offer a quiet presence at these events, helping to ensure that everything runs smoothly and safely.
In 1902, Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to enlist the help of military officers as social aides to manage his large number of guests. Female military officers were invited to volunteer for the first time during the administration of President Nixon in 1969.