David Mark Bennett

Major Dave Bennett: Senior LNO, Prime Minister's Situation Room: August 18, 2005
Major Dave Bennett: Senior LNO, Prime Minister's Situation Room - IRAQ: August 18, 2005


Dave Bennett is an active duty Army Colonel and native of Moses Lake, Washington. He enlisted in the US Army in 1982 to become a Russian interrogator/voice interceptor. Following advanced individual training (AIT) at the Defense Language Institute he attended the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School (USMA) and graduated from USMA at West Point, NY in 1988. His traveling in the military has included visits and tours of duty to Afghanistan, Africa, Alaska, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Hawaii, Kuwait, Iraq, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Texas, and Western Europe.

Dave was deployed to Southwest Asia under Operation Desert Storm with the 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery (PATRIOT) from 1991-1992, to Central Asia as a Russian-speaking Foreign Area Officer (FAO) under Operation Enduring Freedom from 2002-2003, to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom 2005-2006, and to Kabul, Afghanistan from June 2009 to June 2010. Holding a Master’s degree from the University of Washington in Slavic Linguistics, Dave has taught Russian at USMA and speaks German, Russian, and some Spanish. His recent tours of duty have included the Joint Staff as a Politico-Military Affairs Planner responsible for Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, and Turkey, and as Chief of Military Cooperation, US Embassy Astana, Kazakhstan. In August 2012 he began work at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency at Fort Belvoir, VA.

Dave is the divorced and remarried father of four boys – Christopher (born in 1990), Eric (1991), Alex (1994), and Ryan (1996). In October of 2005, Evgenia Aleksandrovna Ilyushenko and Dave married in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Zhenya gave birth to Élodie Anastasia in August 2007, Veronica Reagan in February 2011, and to Brace Hunter in September 2012.

Index of Writings

Dave and son Chris the West Point Cadet, Oct 2008
Dave and son Chris, the West Point Cadet, Oct 2008
Zhenya, Élodie and Dave at West Point, Oct 2008
Zhenya, Élodie and Dave at West Point, Oct 2008

Dave and Evgenia – that special day in October 2005
Dave and Evgenia
That special day in October 2005
Dave and his sons, Christopher, Eric, Alex, and Ryan
Dave and his sons
Christopher, Eric, Alex, and Ryan