Rear Admiral Dale E. Horan
Commander, Carrier Strike Group Eight
Rear Adm. Dale E. Horan graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He furthered his education in December of 1994 with a Master’s of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and later an additional Master’s of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College in June of 2001.
Following flight training in Pensacola, Florida and Kingsville, Texas, Rear Adm. Horan was designated a Naval Aviator, September 1987. He reported to Fighter Squadron 101 at NAS Oceana, Virginia for Fleet Replacement Pilot Training in the F-14A Tomcat. In the Fleet, Rear Adm. Horan flew the F-14A and F-14B in Fighter Squadron 142 on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). In his Department Head tour with Fighter Squadron 2 he flew the F-14D on USS Constellation (CV 64). Rear Adm. Horan transitioned to the F/A-18E Super Hornet and commanded the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron 115 on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Rear Adm. Horan’s Major Command was as Commander, Carrier Air Wing 9. This tour included a combat deployment on John C. Stennis in support of Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom.
On shore and staff tours, Rear Adm. Horan completed the Naval Postgraduate School/Test Pilot School Cooperative Program (USNTPS Class 106) and then served at the Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division in Patuxent River, Maryland. Follow on tours included duties as aide to the director, Naval Reactors, a Joint Tour at U.S. Strategic Command in Omaha, Nebraska, at Carrier Strike Group 5 / Carrier Task Force 70 as the Operations Officer on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and USS George Washington (CVN 73) out of Yokosuka, Japan and at NORAD/USNORTHCOM as the EA to the Commander. His first flag tour was as the Deputy Director for Operations (DDO), Joint Staff, J3 in the National Military Command Center.
Rear Adm. Horan has accumulated 3460 flight hours and 940 carrier landings. His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medals (Combat "V"), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (Combat "V"), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.