|Captain Daniel P. Hopkins
CAPT Daniel P. Hopkins is a native of Chicago, IL. He enlisted in the Navy in October 1989 under the Navy Nuclear Power Program. He earned an NROTC scholarship in 1991 and graduated from Jacksonville University in 1995, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and International Studies.
Following his commissioning, he reported to NAS Pensacola, Florida for initial flight training and Randolph AFB, Texas where he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in December of 1996.
CAPT Hopkins served with the “RANGERS” of VQ-2 in Rota, Spain from June 1997 through 2000 as the Training Division Officer, Special Configurations Officer, Power Plants Officer, Assistant Tactics Officer and the Senior Tactical Evaluator Instructor. CAPT Hopkins participated in the initial strikes OPERATION ALLIED FORCE over Serbia/Kosovo and deployed in support of OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH in Iraq.
In July 2000, CAPT Hopkins reported to the Jacksonville University NROTC Unit in Jacksonville, Florida as a Naval Science Instructor and Recruiting Officer. He concurrently earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland during his tour.
From February 2003 to May 2005, CAPT Hopkins served on the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) as the Senior Tactical Action Officer, Ship’s Weapons Coordinator and Force Protection Officer. During this tour he participated in Indonesian Tsunami Relief in support of OPERATION UNIFIED ASSISTANCE while on a surge deployment to SEVENTH FLEET.
In August 2005, CAPT Hopkins reported to the VPU-1 “Old Buzzards” serving as the Special Configurations, Administration and Operations Officer. During this period, he completed three deployments in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, and two deployments in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa.
In January 2008, CAPT Hopkins was assigned to the Pentagon on the Joint Staff J-3 Operations Directorate as the Reconnaissance Operations Division Air Branch Chief. In 2009, he was named the Joint Staff Deputy Director of Global Operations Action Officer of the Year.
CAPT Hopkins reported to the “Talons” of VTC-12 as Executive Officer in August 2011 and served as Commanding Officer from November 2012 until March 2014 completing multiple deployments in support of ESG-3, ESG-7, and 31st MEU.
From June 2014 to June 2017, he was the Chief Staff Officer and Deputy Commander for CTF-67/Commander Fleet Air Sigonella, Sicily where he was responsible for directing Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance operations in support of EUCOM and AFRICOM missions ranging from the North Atlantic to the Horn of Africa.
In September 2017, CAPT Hopkins reported to CTG-1 as the Prospective Commander with his wife Denise and sons; Danny, Dean (DJ) and Darren.
CAPT Hopkins' primary awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (six strike flight awards, one individual action award), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal and various campaign medals. He has accumulated over 1,500 flight hours in the EP-3 ARIES II and P-3C, and over 150 combat designated missions.