Captain Daniel J. Keeler, USN
USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT
Capt. Dan Keeler is a native of Long Beach, California. In 1998, he graduated with merit from the United States Naval Academy with a degree in political science. Following flight training in Pensacola, Florida, and Corpus Christi, Texas, he was designated a naval aviator in 2000. Keeler received his master's degree in business administration from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2006 and completed naval nuclear power training in 2019.
Keeler’s operational assignments include tours with Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Five (HC-5), USS Peleliu (LHA 5) and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Twenty One (HSC-21). He commanded Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Four (HSC-4). During these tours, Keeler completed six deployments aboard the USS Essex (LHD 2), USNS Niagara Falls (T-AFS 3), USNS Concord, (T-AFS 5), USS Peleliu (LHA 5), USS George Washington (CVN 73), and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). During his department head tour, he also completed one deployment as officer-in-charge of the 2515th Naval Air Ambulance Detachment in Camp Buehring, Kuwait. During those deployments, he participated in Operations Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, and Enduring Freedom. He has accumulated over 2,700 flight hours, primarily in MH-60S.
Keeler's shore assignments include tours as a Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) instructor pilot at Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Three (HSC-3) and as a protocol officer to the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin E. Dempsey. He completed a Federal Executive Fellowship at the Brookings Institution in 2018.
Keeler currently serves as Executive Officer aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) homeported in San Diego, CA.
Keeler’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (strike/flight), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards) as well as numerous campaign and unit awards.