Navy Flag Officer Biography

Rear Admiral Dan W. Davenport

Chief of Staff
United States Joint Forces Command

Rear Admiral Dan W. Davenport


Rear Admiral Davenport is chief of staff, U.S. Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, Va. He is responsible for managing the command's warfighting initiatives and providing guidance to the command's executive staff on day-to-day matters. Additionally, he supervises all matters pertaining to manpower and personnel, financial management, programming and budgeting, security, knowledge management, protocol and administration.

Davenport graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering. His initial assignment was gunnery officer aboard USS O’Brien (DD 975) in San Diego, where he completed deployments to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean. He then served as fire control officer aboard USS Lewis B. Puller (FFG 23) and was part of a Battle Efficiency award winning crew.

After earning a master’s degree in Operations Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., he returned to sea as combat systems officer and, later, chief engineer aboard USS Spruance (DD 963) in Mayport, Fla. During this tour, Spruance conducted deployments to the Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea and Baltic Sea, and participated in Operation Desert Shield. He next completed a joint duty tour in the Mobility Analysis Division at the U.S. Transportation Command.

During his tour as executive officer, USS Ticonderoga (CG 47) participated in the Joint Air Defense Operation/Joint Engagement Zone (JADO/JEZ) Near Land test, earned its first Battle E and won the Arleigh Burke Trophy. Following a tour at the Atlantic Fleet Headquarters as executive assistant to the deputy commander in chief, he assumed command of USS Ramage (DDG 61) in February 1997 in Haifa, Israel. While on this maiden deployment, Ramage earned the Meritorious Unit Citation and Armed Forces Service Medal for participating in Operation Silver Wake, the evacuation of U.S. citizens from Albania. Ramage also participated in the historic sailing of USS Constitution and won the Battle E during this tour. Davenport assumed command of Destroyer Squadron 15 in Yokosuka, Japan, in January 2001. As part of the Kitty Hawk Battle Group, Destroyer Squadron 15 conducted two deployments under his command, one in the Western Pacific and the second in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Davenport served in several assignments on the staff of the chief of naval operations, including head of the Air Dominance Integrated Warfare Architecture in the Assessment Division, executive assistant to the deputy chief of naval operations for Resources, Requirements and Assessments, executive assistant to the chief of naval operations, director of the Navy Quadrennial Defense Review and director of the Assessment Division/Capability Analysis Group. Most recently Davenport served as director, Joint Concept Development and Experimentation (J9) at the U.S. Joint Forces Command.

Davenport has been awarded the Legion of Merit (four awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards) and numerous unit, service and campaign medals and ribbons.


Updated: 26 July 2010