Commanding Officer (June 19, 2015 - Present)
CDR Daniel J. August
Commanding Officer

CDR Dan August is a native of San Jose, California. He enlisted in the Navy in 1989 as an Aviation Electronics Technician and deployed with USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) in support of OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH. In 1994, he was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program and reported to NROTC San Diego, California. In May 1997 he graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Mathematics and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board national honor societies.

Following his commissioning, he reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida for initial flight training, received his wings in March 1999, and was selected to fly the P-3 Orion.

In April 2000, CDR August reported to Patrol Squadron TWENTY- SIX (VP-26) in Brunswick, Maine. His first deployment was to Sigonella, Sicily supporting NATO led missions in Kosovo. He also deployed to Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico conducting counter drug missions in the Caribbean. He served as the aviation electricians branch officer, command security manager, pilot training officer, assistant training officer, and mission commander of Combat Air Crew Six (CAC-6).

In April 2003, he reported to Training Squadron TWENTY-SEVEN (VT-27) in Corpus Christi, Texas as a primary flight instructor. CDR August mentored 10 students to their first solo flight and achieved every flight standardization qualification in the T-34. He served as the ground safety officer, schedules officer, and training officer. CDR August was recognized as the 2002 VT-27 Instructor Pilot of the Year.

In March 2006, CDR August reported to HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN-75) in Norfolk, Virginia as an aircraft launch and recovery officer, shooter. He served as the arresting gear branch officer and V2 division officer. One month into a planned seven month deployment supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, he assumed the full duties of the assistant air officer, mini-boss, for the remainder of the deployment. CDR August was selected for the 2007 HARRY S. TRUMAN leadership award.

In April 2009, CDR August reported to Patrol Squadron FORTY-FIVE (VP-45) where he served as the administrative officer, safety/NATOPs officer, and maintenance officer. CDR August deployed to Japan flying missions throughout the SEVENTH FLEET area of operations as the mission commander of Combat Aircrew Three (CAC-3). Under his leadership the maintenance department won the inaugural Maintenance Olympics and CAC-3 won the 2010 Anti-Submarine Warfare Rodeo during the annual P-3 Symposium.

In January 2011, CDR August reported to Headquarters United States European Command (EUCOM) as an action officer in the communications directorate (J6). He led the planning and deployment of highly sensitive information technology (IT) and communication systems with the theater's most strategically significant partner nations. He was the deputy director of the Department of Defense's (DoD) largest C4ISR exercise, COMBINED ENDEAVOR, leading 1,500 personnel from 41 nations in the development of the DoD's newest multilateral IT architecture. Additionally, CDR August was the Cyber Outreach branch chief responsible for increasing the Cyber security posture, enhancing C4 interoperability, and expanding Cyber access throughout the European area of responsibility.

CDR August reported to TACRON ELEVEN (VTC-11) as Executive Officer in May 2014 and assumed command in June 2015. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), and numerous unit and campaign awards. He has accumulated over 2,500 flight hours in the P-3 and T-34.
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