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Commander Dan Catlin, United States Navy

 CDR Dan Catlin

  Commander

Dan Catlin

United States Navy

Executive Officer

VFA-81

         Commander Dan “Oddjob” Catlin is a native of La Porte, Texas.  He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force after graduating with military distinction from the United States Air Force Academy in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations.  He was designated a Naval Aviator in May 2003 after completing an inter-service transfer to the United States Navy. 

   Following initial F/A-18 training with the “Rough Raiders” of Strike Fighter Squadron ONE TWO FIVE at NAS Lemoore, CDR Catlin reported to the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron ONE FOUR SEVEN.  While with the “Argonauts”, he completed two WESTPAC combat deployments in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM.  During his tour, he served as the Aircraft Division Officer, Senior Landing Signals Officer, and Air-to-Air Weapons and Tactics Officer. 

   After his tour with the “Argonauts”, CDR Catlin reported to the “Flying Eagles” of Strike Fighter Squadron ONE TWO TWO for instructor duty teaching newly winged Naval Aviators how to fly and fight the F/A-18 Super Hornet.  While assigned to the “Flying Eagles”, he served as a Super Hornet Tactical Demonstration Team pilot and was the recipient of the 2008 Instructor Pilot of the Year Award. 

   Upon completion of his tour with the “Flying Eagles”, CDR Catlin reported for his Department Head tour with the “Stingers” of Strike Fighter Squadron ONE ONE THREE.  During his tour with the “Stingers”, he completed two WESTPAC combat deployments  in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM.  Following his assignment to the “Stingers”, CDR Catlin reported to NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM) in Northwood, United Kingdom.  While at MARCOM, CDR Catlin served as the N9 Military Partnerships Branch Officer in support of NATO counter-terrorism and counter-piracy operations.   

   CDR Catlin joined the “Sunliners” of Strike Fighter Squadron EIGHT ONE as Executive Officer in November 2015.  CDR Catlin has accumulated over 2,600 flight hours and 500 carrier arrested landings.  He credits his various personal and unit awards to the outstanding men and women he has had the privilege of serving with throughout his career.