Friday, June 16, 2017

The Volga - Europe’s Longest Flowing River

David F. Baucom is a retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral (RADM) who leads supply chain operations at Vintun. Having traveled extensively in Europe, David Baucom particularly enjoys taking riverboat cruises. 

The Volga stretches nearly 2,300 miles through western Russia and encompasses Europe's most extensive river system. Frozen across the majority of its length throughout the winter, the Volga is responsible for draining western Russia and has been turned into numerous reservoirs that offer hydroelectric power and irrigation.

The Volga is also the center of a fertile river valley that combines minerals and natural resources that fuel the petroleum industry. The area has large-scale wheat farms, and the Volga Delta is home to Astrakhan, the epicenter of the traditional caviar industry.

Volga holds interest for history buffs, as the river basin was central to early migration of people from Asia to Europe. In addition, the city of Volgograd was the site of the Battle of Stalingrad, which marked a major victory by the Soviets over Germany in World War II.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Goal Scoring Statistics of Capitals' Alexander Ovechkin

David F. Baucom is a retired United States Navy rear admiral and recipient of masters degrees in national resource strategy, and acquisition and contract management. Currently residing in the Washington, D.C., metro area (where he has spent most of his 35-year career) David Baucom has become a passionate fan of the National Hockey League's (NHL) Washington Capitals.

The Capitals have made the playoffs in nine of the past ten seasons. A major reason why is the performance of Alexander Ovechkin, the franchise's all-time leader in goals and points. The first overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Ovechkin won the Calder Trophy as the league's rookie of the year in 2005-06 after scoring 52 goals and adding 54 assists in 81 games. Two seasons later, Ovechkin scored a career-high 65 goals and led the league with 112 points. He won his first of six Rocket Richard Trophies as the league's top goal scorer that season and first of three Hart Trophies as the league's most valuable player.

An eleven-time All-Star, Ovechkin has 558 goals and 447 assists in 921 career games. The thirty-one-year-old is already third among active players in goals scored, behind only Jaromir Jagr and Jarome Iginla and is twenty-sixth in league history, just two goals behind Guy Lafleur. He ranks sixth of all time in goals per game, ahead of Wayne Gretzky, and has played more games than all five players above him.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Senior Director, Supply Chain @ Vintun LLC

Alexandria, VA – October 2016 - Vintun LLC, a provider of information management, program support and technology solutions to the federal marketplace is pleased to announce that David “Dave” Baucom has joined our firm as a Senior Director of our supply chain consulting group. In this capacity, Dave will work with our client base to provide strategic direction and solutions that improve the business operations of the Federal Government.

Dave served more than 34 years as a US Navy Supply Corps officer culminating in the rank of Rear Admiral. He has vast experience in all facets of global supply chain, acquisition and transportation leadership. His flag officer assignments included director, Navy logistics strategy on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations; director, strategy, capabilities, policy and logistics at US Transportation Command; commander, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Troop Support; director of the US Central Command Deployment and Distribution Operations Center, Kuwait, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom; deputy assistant secretary of the Navy (Acquisition and Logistics Management) providing policy and oversight to all Navy and Marine Corps contracting and logistics; and assistant deputy chief of staff for fleet readiness and training/the fleet supply officer at US Fleet Forces Command.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University and Masters of Science degrees in Acquisition and Contract Management from the Naval Postgraduate School and in National Security and Resources Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University – today known as the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.

He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and the University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School Executive Education Programs.  He is a certified level III acquisition professional in the contracting career field, a certified lifetime professional contracts manager in the National Contract Management Association; and a graduate of the Senior Acquisition Course at the National Defense University.

He has extensive experience with contracting, acquisition planning, financial management, logistics supply chain and leading personnel within large organizations. Aside from several key leadership positions afloat, his shore duty assignments include commanding officer, Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Norfolk; the first deputy chief of staff for logistics at the Headquarters, Supreme Allied Command Transformation; the Joint Staff, director for logistics (J4), the Pentagon where he drafted and coordinated with the services and agencies the very first doctrine for accounting for contractor personnel in the Theater of Operations; at the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Yokosuka, Japan; and as a White House Military Aide to President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan.

“Dave’s experience offers tremendous capability as we work with our clients to improve data management and information systems within federal organizations, especially with regards to supply chain logistics and acquisition and contracting processes,” said Greg Early, President, Vintun LLC.

About Vintun LLC

Vintun is a leading provider of solutions that optimize the use of information within an organization and enables organizations to improve efficiency. Vintun focuses on supply chain, maintenance, procurement, financial, facilities and information technology organizations that are seeking to improve process, implement technical solutions or measure their delivery value.  Vintun is currently serving and has served customers across the federal government including: Defense Logistics Agency, Naval Sea Systems Command, Secretary of the Navy, Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of the Army, and the Program Executive Office, Soldier.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

United States Navy Ethos

We are the United States Navy, our Nation's sea power - ready guardians of peace, victorious in war.

We are professional Sailors and Civilians - a diverse and agile force exemplifying the highest standards of service to our Nation, at home and abroad, at sea and ashore.

Integrity is the foundation of our conduct; respect for others is fundamental to our character; decisive leadership is crucial to our success.

We are a team, disciplined and well-prepared, committed to mission accomplishment. We do not waiver in our dedication and accountability to our Shipmates and families.

We are patriots, forged by the Navy's core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. In times of war and peace, our actions reflect our proud heritage and tradition.

We defend our Nation and prevail in the face of adversity with strength, determination, and dignity.

We are the United States Navy.

David Baucom

Monday, August 8, 2016

The Auburn Creed

Mr. George Petrie wrote The Auburn Creed on November 12, 1943. It remains one of our Auburn University traditions and is at the center of my values and beliefs:

I BELIEVE that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work.

I BELIEVE in education, which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my mind and hands to work skillfully.

I BELIEVE in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot win the respect and confidence of my fellow men.

I BELIEVE in a sound mind, in a sound body and a spirit that is not afraid, and in clean sports that develop these qualities.

I BELIEVE in obedience to law because it protects the rights of all.

I BELIEVE in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all.

I BELIEVE in my country, because it is a land of freedom and because it is my own home, and that I can best serve that country by "doing justly, loving mercifully, and walking humbly with my God."

And, because Auburn men and women believe in these things, I believe in Auburn and love it.

David Baucom

Monday, July 25, 2016

My Values - Commitment

The third value that I closely adhere to is commitment. To be committed is to effectively and efficiently use our public resources; consider the full impact of your actions; once you make a decision, commit to it and execute; continually strive to improve; promote teamwork, improvement, and innovation; and speak up to offer ideas and encourage others to do the same.

Honor, Courage, and Commitment. More than just words. They are my closely held values.

David Baucom

Thursday, July 21, 2016

My Values - Courage

Having courage means you face challenges with determination and strength of character. You make the best choice amongst difficult alternatives; reach out to colleagues and supervisors to assist in decision-making; speak up to avoid improper actions; report unethical conduct; continually strive to improve; and remember, you are responsible and accountable for your decisions and actions.

Certainly, it's not always the easy path, but having the courage to stand tall when tested makes you the stronger person. It's the right thing to do.

David Baucom