Rear Adm. Daniel L. Gard is a graduate of Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he received a Bachelor of Arts, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he received his Master of Divinity in 1984, and the University of Notre Dame where he received his Master of Arts in 1988 and Doctor of Philosophy in 1992.
Following ordination in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, he has served as pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church (Woodland), Mishawaka, Indiana (1984-1989) and as the professor of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (1989-Present). In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he has served in various administrative roles and as an author and speaker. He was awarded the Saint Martin of Tours Award by the Board for Mission Services of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (2008).
Commissioned as a lieutenant junior grade in the Navy Reserve (NR) in 1988, Gard’s Navy Reserve tours include: NR Surface Forces Atlantic (SURFLANT) REL 1359A; Naval Station-Adak, Arkansas; Marine Wing Service Group 47; Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 26; Naval Air Station-Sigonella, Sicily; Deputy Force chaplain/deputy director of Operational Ministry, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Deputy Force chaplain, Marine Forces Reserve; officer in charge, MEFREL 106; Deputy Regional chaplain, Navy Region Midwest; and deputy chaplain of the Marine Corps for Reserve Matters, Washington, D.C.
Gard has additionally served as numerous roles in support of active duty including the 9/11 Pentagon recovery operations in Washington, D.C. During Operation Iraqi Freedom I (2003), he mobilized to Norfolk, Virginia, and deployed with Amphibious Task Force East. From 2007-2008, he mobilized to Marine Forces Reserve, New Orleans. From 2012-2013 he again mobilized to serve as JTF Chaplain, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay. His overseas assignments have included Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Rota, Spain and Sigonella, Sicily
Gard assumed his current duties as the 18th deputy chief of chaplains for reserve matters Oct. 1, 2013.
Personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards).