Commanding Officer Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center
Born in Austin, Texas, Captain Dan Starling enlisted into the Naval Nuclear Power Program in 1980. His enlisted service included tours as an instructor at the Nuclear Power Training Unit in Windsor, Connecticut, and as a member of the precommissioning crew of USS Helena (SSN 725). In 1987, Captain Starling was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program. He returned to Austin to attend the University of Texas, where he earned the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics and was commissioned an Ensign in 1989.
Captain Starling's first commissioned service was as Damage Control Assistant and Combat Information Center Officer in USS Gary (FFG 51), in Long Beach and San Diego, California. While serving onboard USS Gary, Captain Starling earned his Surface Warfare Officer designation and qualified as a Tactical Action Officer. Captain Starling then attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he received the Master of Science Degree in Astronautical Engineering. While in Monterey, Captain Starling also earned certification as a pilot.
After completing Department Head School in Newport, Rhode Island, Captain Starling reported for duty as Operations Officer in USS John Rodgers (DD 983) in Mayport, Florida. Captain Starling completed that ship's final Mediterranean deployment as flagship for CTF 60 before helping to supervise her decommissioning in September 1998.
From January 1999 to April 2001, Captain Starling commanded USS Typhoon (PC 5). During his tenure, the USS Typhoon twice deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and West Africa, became the first CYCLONE-class ship to conduct an unescorted and unrefuelled crossing of the Atlantic Ocean and earned the Special Boat Squadron TWO Battle Efficiency Award. The USS Typhoon also gained distinction as the first ship ever whose entire crew, officer and enlisted alike, were qualified Surface Warfare Specialists.
In June 2001, Captain Starling reported to the staff of the Commander, Naval Surface Reserve Force, where he served as the Assistant Director for Training Programs and Requirements. In September 2002, he assumed command of USS Osprey (MHC 51) in Ingleside, Texas. During his 25 months in command, the USS Osprey deployed to the western Atlantic and conducted numerous high-visibility port visits along the Gulf and east coasts, along with a dramatic rescue of Cuban refugees off the Florida Keys.
From November 2004 to April 2007, Captain Starling commanded the Navy Operational Support Center in Austin, Texas. In October 2007, he assumed command of USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) just hours before beginning a transit of the Panama Canal. During his tenure, SWG deployed in support of counter-narcotrafficking operations in the eastern Pacific Ocean and became the first Navy ship to recover narcotics from a self-propelled semi-submersible vessel.
Captain Starling assumed command of Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center, responsible for all Navy Individual Augmentees in support of Overseas Contingency Operations, June 7, 2013.
Captain Starling's other shore assignments include Navy Personnel Command and US Fleet Forces Command. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three) and the Good Conduct Medal (two).