|CAPT Daniel A. Nowicki
Commanding Officer (June 2018 - September 2019)
Captain Daniel A. Nowicki was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated in 1995 from the United States Naval Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in oceanography. He completed flight training in Corpus Christi, Texas and Pensacola, Florida where he was designated a naval aviator in 1997.
Operationally, he was first assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 43 flying the SH-60B Seahawk helicopter and deployed with detachments on board USS PRINCETON (CG 59) and USS DE WERT (FFG 45). From 2004 to 2005 he served as the safety officer on USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA 3) which deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and won both the Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award and Battle “E” Award.
He completed his department head tour as a member of HSL-51 in Atsugi, Japan. As part of the forward deployed naval force, he led a detachment on board USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) and deployed with Carrier Air Wing 5 in the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean and later served as the HSL-51 maintenance officer.
From February 2012 to June 2014, Nowicki served as the executive officer and commanding officer of HSL-37 stationed at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. During his tour, the ‘Easyriders’ transitioned to Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) 37 and operated both the SH-60B and MH-60R as a composite squadron. The ‘Easyriders’ also won the Golden Wrench Award for maintenance excellence, the Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award and Battle “E” Award.
Other assignments include duty as a flight instructor at Helicopter Training Squadron 8; training department head at HSM-41; staff officer at Joint Functional Component Command Global Strike; United States Strategic Command in Omaha, Nebraska; and deputy operations officer at Naval Air Forces Pacific from July 2014 to July 2016. After serving as executive officer from August 2016 through June 2018, Nowicki assumed command of USS AMERICA (LHA 6).
Nowicki earned a masters of education degree in leadership and management from the University of West Florida and is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College. He has flown over 3,000 flight hours and his personal decorations including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and various other personal and unit awards.