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Captain Daniel W. Dwyer
Captain Dwyer is a native of Alameda, California and a 1988 graduate of the California Maritime Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation and a Third Mates License in the Merchant Marine. He is also a graduate of the US Naval War College, Newport Rhode Island, and holds a Masters in Foreign Affairs and Strategic Studies and a Masters in Computer Information Science.
He received his Wings of Gold in March 1992 with orders to fly the F/A-18C in Lemoore, California.
Captain Dwyer’s command tours include, VFA-27 (FDNF), Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Asadabad, Kunar Province Afghanistan, VFA-106 (FRS), Carrier Air Wing Eight aboard the USS George HW Bush (CVN- 77), and Carrier Air Wing Seventeen aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70).
Captain Dwyer’s shore 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 COMISAF Kabul Afghanistan, and Director of Aviation Officer Distribution (Pers-43) Naval Personnel Command Millington Tennessee.
Captain Dwyer was the 1997 Commander Strike Fighter Wing Pacific Admiral Wesley McDonald Junior Officer of the Year and his personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Air Medal Strike/Flight, Combat Action Ribbon, Battle E (3 awards), and has accumulated over 3500 F-18 flight hours, and over 1100 carrier arrested landings on 11 different aircraft carriers.