Commander, Naval Air Forces

Commander, Naval Air Forces


Commander, Naval Air Forces > CNAFCOS

Captain Daniel L Cheever, U.S. Navy

Chief of Staff
Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet


Captain Dan “Undra” Cheever is a native of Downers Grove, Illinois and is a 1986 graduate of Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Business degree.  After graduation he worked for a fortune 500 company.  He joined the Navy in 1988 and after flying the T-34, T-2 and TA-4 in flight school in Pensacola and Beeville, TX, he received orders to fly the F/A-18C Hornet in Lemoore, California.

CAPT Cheever’s CAG tour was with CVW-8 in Oceana, VA from May 2012 to May 2015.  “Team Factory” deployed on a 9 month combat cruise, including the beginning of Operation INERHENT RESOLVE.  The USS George H.W. Bush and CVW-8 were presented with the RADM “Jig Dog” Rammage & Admiral Flatley awards.  CAPT Cheever’s XO/CO tour was from June 2005 to May 2008, VFA-147, "The Argonauts", NAS Lemoore; flying the F-18C and F/A-18E assigned to CVW-9 aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).  As CO, “Team ARGO completed a highly successful combat cruise in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, awarded the Battle "E", Michael J. Estocin and CNO Safety "S” and he was presented the CNAF peer leadership award.  From June 2008 to April 2011, he served as TOPGUN and STRIKE Department Head and Special Assistant at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center where he received the Admiral Timothy “Timbo” Keating Leadership Award and the 2010 Tailhooker of the year Award.

He served as the Naval Amphibious Liaison Element for Commander, 6th fleet at 17th Air Force in Ramstein, Germany during Operation ODYSSEY DAWN.  He then served as the Battle Director at the Combined Air and Space Operations Center in CENTCOM.  He then completed JPME II at the Joint Forces Staff College resulting in Joint Officer Qualification. 

CAPT Cheever’s other at-sea tours include tours with the VFA-195 “Dambusters” 1991-1995 in Atsugi Japan, aboard USS Independence (CV 62), and was awarded the Wesley L. McDonald Leadership award; VFA-146 “Blue Diamonds” 1998-2000 (SFTI); and VFA-147 “Argonauts” 2000-2002 in Lemoore aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) where he received the CNAF peer leadership award and the Order of Daedalians award. 

CAPT Cheever’s shore tours include VFA-125 in Lemoore where he received the Bruce Carrier award; instructor, Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN)/ NSAWC 1995-1998 in Miramar, CA and Fallon, NV after TOPGUN moved to Fallon in June, 1996 to join NSAWC and then was selected as aide to General Richard B. Myers, 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2002-2004.  CAPT Cheever’s current duty assignment is with Commander, Naval Air Forces as Chief of Staff. 

CAPT Cheever’s decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Air Medal Strike/Flight and various campaign, unit and service awards.  Captain Cheever is joining Commander, Naval Air Forces as Chief of Staff.  He has accumulated over 5,000 flight hours and over 1,100 carrier-arrested landings.