Rear Adm. Daniel Fillion is a 1984 graduate of the College of Charleston, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business. He also earned a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and is a graduate of Air Command and Staff College, Joint Forces Staff College and the Navy Corporate Business Course.
Fillion’s afloat assignments include service aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) as navigator and the USS Wasp (LHD 1) as executive officer and commanding officer. His aviation assignments in the SH-3 and SH-60B/R involved tours with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 1, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadrons Light (HSL) 40, 44 and 46, and Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC) 2. He served as commanding officer of HSL-51 and of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 41.
Ashore and staff assignments have included duty in the Politico-Military Affairs Directorate in Joint Staff J5; director of the President’s Emergency Operations Center in the White House; Air Warfare Research, Senior Development, Test and Evaluation Budget Analyst in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; fellow on the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group (SSG XXIX); executive assistant to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller); and J5, director of Strategy, Policy, & Plans, U.S. Southern Command.
He currently serves as J3, director of global operations, U.S. Strategic Command. His immediate previous assignment was commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 3.
Fillion’s military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (three awards), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and various service and unit awards.