|CAPT Dan W. Brune
Commanding Officer (April 2011 - October 2012)
Captain Brune is a native of Davenport, Iowa and graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering in May 1989. Upon completion of flight training in Pensacola, Florida, he was designated a Naval Aviator in January 1991.
Following H-46D "Seaknight" Fleet Replacement Pilot training at HC-3, he reported in November 1991 to HC-11 in San Diego, California. As a “Gunbearer”, he deployed aboard USS KANSAS CITY (AOR 3), USS SACRAMENTO (AOE 1) and USS PELELIU (LHA 5) and was named the 1994 HC-11 Pilot of the Year.
In 1995, he returned to HC-3 to serve as a Fleet Replacement Pilot Instructor Pilot and his job assignments included Training Officer, Assistant Training Officer and NATOPS Officer.
Returning to sea duty, CAPT Brune's next assignment was as the Flight Deck (V-1) Officer and Assistant Air Officer aboard USS PELELIU (LHA 5). Deploying to the Arabian Gulf during this assignment, he qualified and served as Officer of the Deck (Underway) and Command Duty Officer (Underway and Inport).
In April 1999, CAPT Brune reported to HC-3 to again serve as an Instructor Pilot while being assigned as the Chief of Naval Operations Search and Rescue (SAR) Model Manager and Tactics Department Head.
Following a short assignment as the Assistant Operations Officer (Schedules) for Commander, Helicopter Tactical Wing, U. S. Atlantic Fleet, CAPT Brune returned to sea duty at HC-8 in Norfolk, VA where he served as Operations Officer, Administrative Officer, and Detachment SEVEN Officer-in-Charge while deployed aboard USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3).
CAPT Brune next served as the Navy Operations Readiness Officer for the Operations, Plans, Engineering and Logistics Directorate (J3/4), U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, VA from October 2002 until April 2005. He worked extensively on Joint Force Provider Global Force Management (GFM) sourcing options for rotational and emergent force requirements to support Operations ENDURING and IRAQI FREEDOM and the Global War on Terrorism.
In April 2005, CAPT Brune reported as an Executive Assistant to Commander, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic and was responsible for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM requirements. During this assignment, he completed Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I through the Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) Distance Learning Program.
Following completion of MH-60S “Knighthawk” Fleet Replacement Pilot training at HSC-3, CAPT Brune reported to HSC-26 in Norfolk, Virginia to serve as Executive Officer. Assuming command in June 2007, CAPT Brune guided the “Chargers” to sustained levels of superior readiness and performance. HSC-26 earned consecutive CNO Safety “S” awards, consecutive Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Retention Excellence awards (Golden Anchor) and consecutive Commander, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic “Golden Wrench” awards in 2007 and 2008.
From September to November 2008, CAPT Brune completed JPME Phase II requirements while attending the Joint Forces Staff College (JFSC) in Norfolk, VA and he was subsequently designated a Joint Qualified Officer.
In January 2009, CAPT Brune reported aboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) to serve as Navigator. Serving as Command Duty Officer (underway), he completed a seven-month deployment to the CENTCOM Areas of Responsibility to support Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN. During this assignment, TRUMAN was awarded the Commander, Naval Air Forces Atlantic Battle “E” for 2009 and 2010 and the Navigation Department earned the “White Wheel” award for excellence in Navigation both years.
In April 2011, CAPT Brune reported to Commander, Mine Countermeasures Squadron SEVEN in Sasebo, Japan.
His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with Gold Star), the Navy Commendation Medal (with four Gold Stars), the Navy Achievement Medal (with Gold Star) and numerous unit and campaign awards.