David Napoliello is a freelance writer, author of several published works, and a reviewer of military history journal articles and books. He graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, earning a Bachelor of Science in business administration and election into Beta Gamma Sigma business honorary. He received graduate degrees from the University of Utah, Regina University, and the Naval War College (With Honors). He is also a graduate of the Defense Acquisition University, the Army War College, the Naval War College (With Honors), the Army Command and General Staff College (With Distinction), and the Armed Forces Staff College (With Distinction).
Colonel Napoliello served 28 years in the United States Army with key assignments, including Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), Project Manager for the Army’s $22 billion Advanced Field Artillery System programs, multiple field artillery cannon, and missile battalion and battery command assignments, and field artillery, comptroller and financial management staff assignments at Battalion, Division Artillery, Division, Installation, Corps, and Department of the Army, and Department of Defense levels. He also was an Assistant Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Creighton University, teaching military science and American military history.
Col Napoliello has Army and Joint experience in the operational aspects of cannon, rocket, and missile fire support, including combat and United Nations peacekeeping operations. His overseas assignments include Vietnam, Germany, Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. His military awards include the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, multiple awards of the Legion of Merit, and numerous other combat, achievement, and service awards. He was twice cited in dispatches to the United Nations Security Council for his actions with the UN Truce Supervision Organization in Palestine, supporting the UN Emergency Force.
Upon retirement, he was Vice President for Army Programs and for Washington Operations United Defense, LP. Col Napoliello was Vice President for Global Strategy of BAE Systems Land & Armaments Operating Group. Mr. Napoliello was a member of the Board of Directors of the Children and Family Network Centers, a member of the Bank of America Customer Advisory Board, and a member of the Vietnam Veteran Memorial Fund Education Center Campaign Leadership and the Virginia State Committee of the Education Center at the Wall Campaign.
Following his time in the defense industry, Col Napoliello volunteered with and worked for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund serving as Vice President for Development and Senior Vice President for Organizational Advancement.
Throughout his career and wherever he was assigned, he volunteered in his local Catholic Diocese and church, scouting and youth organizations, and other community charities.
He is a recipient of the Boy Scouts of America Saint George’s Medal, the Ancient Order of Saint Barbara, and the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara from the U.S. Field Artillery Association.
David and his wife, Sharon, have two children and five grandchildren.
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