Captain Dan Cobian is a native of San Diego, CA. Enlisting as an Electronics Technician (Submarine) in 1988, he served onboard USS HADDOCK (SSN 621) where he was accepted into the BOOST commissioning program. He graduated in 1996 from the University of San Diego with a Bachelors degree in Business Economics and later from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, where he earned a Masters in Financial Management.
Sea tours include Auxiliaries and Electrical Officer in USS FORT FISHER (LSD 40), Main Propulsion Assistant and Fire Control Officer in USS PRINCETON (CG 59), Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer in USS STETHEM (DDG 63) and Executive Officer and Commanding Officer in USS SPRUANCE (DDG 111).
Ashore, CAPT Cobian has served as the Executive Assistant to the Director, Maritime Domain Awareness (OPNAV N5MDA), Executive Assistant to the Director, Strategy and Policy (OPNAV N5), and then as the Navy Fellow at RAND Corporation in Washington DC (Federal Executive Fellowship Program), Deputy Executive Assistant, Flag Secretary and Flag Aide to the Commander at Commander Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet; and as the Headquarters N5 (Doctrine and Tactics) Branch Head and then Executive Assistant to the Commander Naval Surface and Mine Warfare Development Center (SMWDC).
CAPT Cobian’s personal awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (4 awards), and various campaign and unit awards.