Captain Daniel S. BlackburnCommodore
CAPT Daniel S. Blackburn is a native of Holdrege, Nebraska. He was commissioned in 1991 from the Naval Reserve Officer Training Program at Northwestern University. He is a Surface Warfare Officer and Navy Reserve Full Time Support Officer.
Blackburn has served in a variety of assignments at-sea. His junior officer assignments included the USS KANSAS CITY (AOR 3) and USS SEATTLE (AOE 3). As a Department Head, he served as Operations Officer on USS DETROIT (AOE 4) and Training Officer aboard USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3). He returned to USS DETROIT (AOE 4), serving as the Executive Officer in 2004-2005. From Mar 2009 to Sep 2010, he was the Commanding Officer of USS OAK HILL (LSD 51).
Ashore, Blackburn has served in a variety of commands and staffs. He was Commanding Officer, Navy & Marine Corps Reserve Center, Amityville, NY from 2002-2003. From 2005-2007, he served on the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in the Current Ships Branch, OPNAV N86. From 2010-2013, he served on the Joint Staff as the Air/Sea Branch Chief, Force Application Division, J8. From 2013-2015, he was the Assistant Inspector General for Reserve Affairs and Deputy Director, Hotlines and Investigations in the Office of the Naval Inspector General.
Blackburn has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University. In addition, he completed a Master of Arts Degree in Strategic Studies and National Security Affairs from the United States Naval War College. He also holds a Juris Doctor Degree, magna cum laude, from the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law. He is a licensed attorney and admitted to practice before the courts of the State of New Jersey and Federal District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Blackburn’s military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal, among various unit and campaign awards. He is a recipient of the Earl H. Davis Memorial Prize for Advocacy and a Dean’s Fellow at the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law.