CAPTAIN DAN W. BRUNE
United States Navy
Captain Brune graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in General Engineering and was designated a Naval Aviator in January 1991. He completed the Air Command and Staff College distance learning program in 2006 and graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College in 2008 to complete his Joint Professional Military Education requirements and was subsequently designated as a Joint Qualified Officer.
His operational assignments include Helicopter Combat Support Squadron ELEVEN (HC-11), USS PELELIU (LHA 5), Helicopter Combat Support Squadron EIGHT (HC-8), Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO SIX (HSC-26), USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 75) (Navigator) and Mine Countermeasures Squadron SEVEN (MCMRON 7). From June 2007 to August 2008, he commanded Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO SIX (HSC-26) in Norfolk, Virginia. From April 2011 to September 2012, he commanded Mine Countermeasures Squadron SEVEN (MCMRON 7) in Sasebo, Japan. He has deployed onboard USS SACREMENTO (AOE 1), USS PELELIU (LHA 5) (two deployments), USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3) and USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 75).
His shore assignments include two tours as a Fleet Replacement Pilot instructor at Helicopter Combat Support Squadron THREE (HC-3) where he served as the Training Officer during his first tour and the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Search and Rescue (SAR) Model Manager during his second tour. Additional shore assignments include staff tours at U.S. Joint Forces Command (J3/4 Directorate) as the senior Navy Readiness Officer and Helicopter Sea Combat Wing U.S. Atlantic Fleet as the Requirements Officer for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF). From October 2012 to October 2015, he served as the Director of Navy Doctrine and Lessons Learned programs while assigned to Navy Warfare Development Command in Norfolk, Virginia. In October 2015, he reported as Executive Officer at Tactical Training Group Atlantic in Virginia Beach, Virginia and he assumed command in March 2017.
Captain Brune has nearly 3,100 flight hours in various aircraft including the C/U/HH-46D Sea Knight and MH-60S Knighthawk. He is entitled to wear the Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards) and various other personal, campaign, and service ribbons. In 1994 he was named as the HC-11 Pilot of the Year and in 1998 he was named the USS PELELIU Shiphandler of the Year.