Founder and Pitmaster-in-Chief of Commando Dave’s BBQ Seasonings, Dr. David “Commando Dave” Andrews is a humble BBQ pit master, chef, and baker. Having cooked for all sorts, from Generals to the General Public, Commando Dave’s mastery of BBQ is well known in military circles around the globe.
Commando Dave is formerly a Special Operations Command Medical Officer who served over 21 years on active duty, including several combat tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Horn of Africa. Wounded-in-Action while serving as a senior combat advisor in Afghanistan, David retired from the military and went on to become an national-award winning intelligence officer and Wounded Warrior philanthropist. Commando Dave’s BBQ became a way to heal through the kitchen and BBQ pit; a way to be a beacon of hope, resilience, and culinary excellence for Wounded Warriors, families, and patriots across America.
Commando Dave is truly a Renaissance Man: warrior, writer, educator, intelligence officer, researcher, philanthropist, and – of course – a BBQ pit master and chef. A “Quiet Professional” and humble combat wounded veteran, Dave is much happier (and more comfortable) talking about family, food, and philanthropy than he is talking about himself.
As a Purple Heart recipient and elected leader of other combat wounded veterans, Dave would tell you that the real heroes who inspire him are the friends and colleagues killed or wounded in action, the families of the killed and wounded, and the community of caregivers and supporters like you who make it possible for the survivors of war to carry on.