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Rear Admiral Daniel W. Dwyer
Rear Admiral 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 U.S. Naval War College, Newport Rhode Island, and holds a Masters in Foreign Affairs and Strategic Studies, and a Masters in Computer Information Science.
Dwyer received his Wings of Gold in March 1992 with orders to fly the F/A-18C in Lemoore, Calif.
He has previously commanded VFA-27 a FDNF Super Hornet Squadron assigned to CVW-5 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Asadabad, Kunar Province Afghanistan, VFA-106 the East Coast F/A-18A-F Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS), Carrier Air Wing Eight aboard the USS George HW Bush (CVN-77), and Carrier Air Wing Seventeen aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70).
His ashore and staff assignments include, TOPGUN Class 97-1, F-18 Tactics Instructor Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific Lemoore Calif., Hornet Air Combat Placement Officer (Pers-433a) Naval Personnel Command Millington Tn., Director Regional Outreach (CJ9) Headquarters COMISAF Kabul Afghanistan, and Director of Aviation Officer Distribution (Pers-43) Naval Personnel Command Millington Tn.
In his current assignment Rear Adm. Dwyer is the Chief of Staff overseeing all headquarters staff functions for Commander U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa and for the Commander of U.S. 6th Fleet. Additionally Rear Adm. Dwyer is the Assistant Chief of Staff for Strategy, Resources and Plans (N5/8) supporting naval component theater engagement development, resource programing, and operational planning in support of U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command.
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 (4 awards), Bronze Star, Air Medal Strike/Flight (4 awards), 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.