Rear Adm. Dan “Undra” Cheever is a native of Downers Grove, Illinois, and is a 1986 graduate of Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Business. After college, he worked for a fortune 500 corporation and attended the University of Hawaii. He joined the Navy in 1988 and was designated a naval aviator in 1990.
Cheever’s operational sea tours include his air wing commander tour with Carrier Air Wing 8 in Oceana, Virginia, on USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) from 2012-2015; commanding officer tour with Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 in Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, California, on the USS John C. Stennis from 2005-2008; department head tour with VFA-147 from 2000-2002; Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor tour with VFA-146 from 1998-2000; junior officer tour with VFA-195 in Atsugi Japan on the USS Independence from 1991-1995.
He served as the naval amphibious liaison element for Commander, U.S. 6th fleet at 17th Air Force in Ramstein, Germany, and as the battle director at the Combined Air and Space Operations Center in U.S. Central Command in 2011.
His shore tours include department head for Top Gun and Strike at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Fallon, Nevada, from 2008-2011; aide de camp to Gen. Richard B. Myers, U.S. Air Force 15th chairman of the joint chiefs of staff at the Pentagon from 2002-2004; instructor, Navy Fighter Weapons School/Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Miramar, California, and Fallon from 1995-1998; VFA-125 and NAS Lemoore from 1990-1991.
Cheever has accumulated over 5,000 flight hours and over 1,100 carrier-arrested landings. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Air Medal Strike/Flight and various campaign, unit and service awards.