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Commander Daniel E. Nieves, USN

A native of Dorado, Puerto Rico, Commander Nieves entered the Navy in 1994 as Midshipman Candidate through the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island. In 1995 he received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy and obtained his commission as an Ensign in 1999. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering.

In September 1999, he transferred to NAS Pensacola, Florida to begin his flying career as a Naval Flight Officer (NFO). He then reported to VAW-120 Greyhawks at NAS Norfolk, Virginia for Advanced flight training in the E-2C Hawkeye, earning his NFO Wings in June of 2001.

CDR Nieves reported to the “Sun Kings” of VAW-116 in Point Mugu, California, in December 2001. While with VAW-116, he completed a seven-month WESTPAC deployment supporting Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and IRAQI FREEDOM while embarked with USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64) where he flew over 80 combat hours providing Airborne Battlefield Command and Control (ABC2) in support of coalition forces.

In October 2004, CDR Nieves returned to the “Greyhawks” as an NFO Instructor. Following this shore tour, he then joined the Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) Staff in Atsugi, Japan in May of 2007. There he served as Plans & Exercises Officer and was the subject matter expert for Air Intercept Control and Airborne Early Warning while serving aboard USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) and USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73). During this tour, CDR Nieves completed two WESTPAC deployments and flew multiple missions with the Liberty Bells of VAW-115.

In August 2009, CDR Nieves attended the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island where he graduated with a Masters in Arts, specializing in National Security and Strategic Studies. In August 2010, he reported to the “Black Eagles” of VAW-113 as a Department Head aboard USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) where he led the Administration, Training, and Maintenance departments. While assigned to VAW-113 he also completed an eight-month WESTPAC deployment flying Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) missions in support of Operation TOMODACHI and combat missions supporting coalition forces during Operations NEW DAWN and ENDURING FREEDOM.

CDR Nieves then reported to NATO CAOC Torrejón, Madrid, Spain in December 2012. There he was Recognized Air Picture and Tactical Data Links Section Chief and U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier capabilities subject matter expert.

In December 2015, CDR Nieves reported to COMSEVENTHFLT in Yokosuka, Japan, where he deployed onboard USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19) as the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Plans and Strategy.

CDR Nieves has over 2000 flight hours in three types of aircraft, and over 300 carrier arrested landings. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (2 Strike/Flight), Navy Commendation Medal (Four Awards and a Combat “V”), Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards) and various unit commendations and campaign awards.