Commander Daniel R. Prochazka
United States Navy
Commander Prochazka graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering and received his commission through the NROTC program in March of 1999.
In May of 2001, he was designated a Naval Aviator in Meridian, Mississippi. Commander Prochazka then reported to the VAW-120 Greyhawks in Norfolk, Virginia where he completed his Fleet Replacement Squadron training and was designated “Top Hook.” In May 2002, he reported to the VAW-115 Liberty Bells in Atsugi, Japan. There he served as the Aircraft Division Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer. He deployed multiple times in the SEVENTH Fleet Area of Responsibility and to Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and the initial invasion of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM aboard the USS KITTY HAWK.
Commander Prochazka then returned to VAW-120 as an instructor pilot where he served as the Pilot Training Officer, E-2D Officer, and Pilot NATOPS Officer. He was a member of the Hawkeye Tactical Analysis Team, graduated from the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Weapons School, and served as the first FRS pilot Weapons and Tactics Instructor. At VAW-120 he was selected as the Commander ACCLOGWING Pilot of the Year.
In January 2008 he reported to the VAW-124 “Bear Aces” where he served as Training Officer and Safety Officer. During this tour he deployed to Operation ENDURING FREEDOM aboard the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT. Following the deployment he attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
Commander Prochazka then reported to the VAW-126 “Seahawks” where he has served as the Maintenance, Administration, and Safety Officer. He again deployed for Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN aboard the USS HARRY S. TRUMAN.
He then served as a Legislative Fellow for Representative Robert Wittman (VA) during the 113th Congress.
Commander Prochazka has logged over 3,400 flight hours and 137 combat flights. He was twice awarded the Navy and Marine Association Peer Leadership Award. His decorations include four Strike/Flight Air Medals, four Navy Commendation Medals one with combat distinguishing device, two Navy Achievement Medals and numerous unit, service, and campaign awards. He holds master’s degrees from the Naval War College in National Security and Strategic Studies, with distinction, and from Norwich University in Diplomacy and International Conflict Management, with honors, and a certificate from Georgetown University in Legislative Studies.