David T. Watters
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Juris Doctor (1992)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MBA (1992)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA in Journalism (1979)
Mr. Watters was admitted to practice of law in North Carolina in 1992. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the Wake County Bar Association, the Tenth Judicial District Bar, and the Wake County Estate Planning Council.
Mr. Watters joined the Marine Corps through the Officers Candidate program and served for six years as an infantry officer during his initial tour. Based first at Camp Lejeune, he deployed to the Mediterranean Sea (1984) and the Western Pacific (Japan and Korea, 1985-86) before spending two years as a Series Commander at the Marine Corps Recruit Training Depot at Parris Island.
After leaving active duty, Mr. Watters returned to UNC-CH for his law and MBA degrees. He remained active in the Reserve through 2007, earning the rank of colonel. He deployed overseas three times as a Reserve. In 1998, he went to Bosnia as a Civil Affairs Officer. In 2002-2003, he deployed to Qatar, Kuwait, and Iraq for the early stages of Operation Iraqi Freedom, serving as the senior deployed historian for General Tommy Franks and the United States Central Command. In 2005-2006, he deployed to eastern Africa as Director of Plans for the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa.
From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Watters wrote a book for Marine Forces Reserve on the Operational History of Reserve Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2004 to 2007. The book, entitled, Marine Forces Reserve Operational History – Global War on Terror, 2004-2007, was published in 2009.