USS Ronald Reagan
A graduate of Auburn University, David F. Baucom served in numerous assignments over 34 years in the United States Navy and retired in the rank of rear admiral. A former White House military aide to President Ronald Reagan, David Baucom also served aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.
Christened by Nancy Reagan in March, 2001, the USS Ronald Reagan was commissioned in July, 2003, at the Norfolk Naval Station and first departed for its home port of San Diego in May, 2004. The aircraft carrier departed for its maiden deployment in January, 2006, eight years after construction began, as part of a mission in support of the global war on terrorism, which included Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.
The ship has also been used to support humanitarian efforts and disaster relief, most notably in response to the sinking of the 24,000 ton MV Princess of the Stars, which sank south of Manila as a result of Typhoon Fengshen in 2008. It has also been deployed to Japan following the catastrophic 9.0 magnitude earthquake in 2011 that resulted in thousands of casualties. Two days after being order to provide disaster relief to Japan, USS Ronald Reagan arrived off the coast of Honshu, where it served as a refueling platform for Japanese Self Defense Force helicopters conducting rescue and recovery missions.
Before beginning a career in the United States Navy, retired Rear Admiral (RADM) David F. Baucom attended Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, where he received a bachelor of science in industrial management in 1981. David Baucom also attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he earned a master’s in acquisition and contract management in 1991.
The Naval Postgraduate School is designed to provide advanced education and programs to train and develop effective officers who are then better equipped to protect the United States. The school offers several research programs, some of which include the use of unique laboratory facilities, allowing students to provide support for Navy/DoD needs.
The Naval Postgraduate School also features research programs that work together with non-federal entities as well as providing fleet support and joint warfare analysis. Students are trained in basic and applied research and are also able to submit their own ideas for research projects through the Naval Research Program Portal.
USS Ronald Reagan CVN 76
Having served in the United States Navy for more than 30 years, retired Rear Admiral (RADM) David F. Baucom was responsible for overseeing logistics operations and supply chain management related to strategic planning for the Navy. David Baucom served in a variety of leadership positions both ashore and afloat, including being the pre-commissioning supply officer for the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).
Commissioned to be the cornerstone of the Navy’s Carrier Strike Group, the USS Ronald Reagan CVN 76 publishes its own newsletter, known as the Seventy Sixer, to provide information and assistance for Navy personnel assigned to the USS Ronald Reagan, as well as promote the ship’s activities to the military and the general public.
The Seventy Sixer features biographies of individual military personnel who serve or have served on the aircraft carrier, articles covering new technology and weaponry, and information regarding U.S. naval bases in foreign countries and details about rules of conduct while visiting such locations. The newsletter also covers general topics such as military benefits and assistance for military families.
An honorably retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral (RADM), David F. Baucom served in a variety of posts throughout his career, including as a military aide to President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan. Outside of his military career, David Baucom enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking.
When heading out on a hike, bringing the proper foods is just as vital as having the right equipment. It’s equally important to maintain proper hydration. A good practice is to drink around four cups of water to hydrate before a hike, and then plan to bring along at least two cups of water to drink for every hour you plan to be on the hiking trail, with some additional water in case something comes up.
For shorter hikes that last a day or less, it’s okay to bring perishable items to eat as long as you have a way to keep them cool. An ice pack is most commonly used for this, but bringing these types of things along adds to the weight of one’s pack. That’s why it’s usually best to pack less-perishable foods such as trail mix, granola bars, or jerky.
For longer trips that will stretch out over days and include camping, one obviously has to bring along items that won’t spoil. Many of the same non-perishable items listed above are great to pack, but you will probably want to bring along more substantial foods such as canned meat and/or poultry. If you’re bringing along a pot for boiling water, then pasta, rice, and soup are also foods you can safely pack, and as these items are dehydrated, they add less weight that must be carried.