Rear Adm. Daniel Dwyer is a native of Alameda, California, and a 1988 graduate of the California Maritime Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation and a third mate’s license in the Merchant Marine. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College, Newport Rhode Island, and holds a master’s in foreign affairs and strategic studies, and a master’s in computer information science.
Dwyer received his Wings of Gold in March 1992 with orders to fly the F/A-18C in Lemoore, California.
He has previously commanded Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27, a FDNF Super Hornet Squadron assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63); Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Asadabad, Kunar Province, Afghanistan; VFA-106 the East Coast F/A-18A-F Fleet Replacement Squadron; CVW-8 aboard the USS George HW Bush (CVN-77); and CVW-17 aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70).
His ashore and staff assignments include Topgun Class 97-1; F-18 Tactics Instructor Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific Lemoore, California; Hornet air combat placement officer (Pers-433a) Naval Personnel Command Millington, Tennessee; director Regional Outreach (CJ9) Headquarters, Commander, International Security Assistance Force Kabul, Afghanistan; and director of aviation officer distribution (Pers-43) Naval Personnel Command Millington.
In his current assignment, Dwyer is the chief of staff overseeing all headquarters staff functions for Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa and for the commander of U.S. 6th Fleet. Additionally, Dwyer is the assistant chief of staff for strategy, resources and plans (N5/8) supporting naval component theater engagement development, resource programing and operational planning in support of U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command.
Dwyer was the 1997 Commander Strike Fighter Wing Pacific Adm. Wesley McDonald Junior Officer of the Year and his personal decorations include the Legion of Merit (four awards), Bronze Star, Air Medal Strike/Flight (four awards), Combat Action Ribbon, Battle E (three awards) and has accumulated over 3,500 F-18 flight hours, and over 1,100 carrier arrested landings on 11 different aircraft carriers.