Cmdr. Dan Caldwell, Commanding Officer, Pre-Commissioning Unit John Warner (SSN 785)
Cmdr. Dan Caldwell was born and raised in Milford, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1994. After completing initial nuclear power and submarine training, he reported to USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740)(GOLD) where he served as the Main Propulsion Assistant, Reactor Control Assistant, Communications Officer, and Damage Control Assistant from April 1996 to June 1999. During his tour the ship complete five strategic deterrent patrols and was awarded the Squadron TWENTY Battle Efficiency ‘E’.
Following his initial sea tour, CDR Caldwell served as a shift engineer and as the Chemistry and Radiological Controls Assistant at the Nuclear Power Training Unit in Charleston, SC. from July 1999 to June 2002. During his tour, he earned a Masters of Business Administration from the Citadel.
After completing the Submarine Officer’s Advanced Course, Cmdr. Caldwell served as engineer officer on board USS Wyoming (SSBN 742)(BLUE) from December 2002 to October 2005. During this time, the ship completed four strategic deterrent patrols and earned the Squadron TWENTY Battle Efficiency ‘E’. After his department head tour, Cmdr. Caldwell was assigned to the Division of Naval Reactors in Washington, DC as the S8G Line Locker technical Assistant from October 2005 to November 2007.
Cmdr. Caldwell served as executive officer on board USS Scranton (SSN 756) from March 2008 to January 2010. During his tour, the ship completed a CENTCOM deployment and was awarded the Squadron SIX Battle Efficiency ‘E’ for 2009. He then served on the staff of Commander, Submarine Forces in the Warfare Development and Requirements division (N8).
Cmdr. Caldwell is currently the commanding officer of USS John Warner (SSN 785). His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (four awards) and the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards).