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Major General Daniel J. Darnell:

Military Branch:United States Airforce
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Maj. Gen. Daniel J. Darnell is Commander, Space Warfare Center, Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The Space Warfare Center is the centerpiece of the Air Force Space Command's efforts to fully integrate space into the daily operational Air Force. The center develops new techniques and procedures to apply space-based capabilities to military training, exercises, plans and operations in support of Department of Defense front-line warfighters. General Darnell also provides general officer oversight of the Air Force Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities and Air Force Space Battlelab programs.
General Darnell earned a bachelor's degree in history from the Virginia Military Institute, and received his commission after completing the Air Force ROTC program as a distinguished graduate. He was equally honored after completing undergraduate pilot training, and has commanded at the flight, squadron, group and wing levels. The general has served on the Joint Staff, and was the commander and leader of the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds.
General Darnell is a command pilot with more than 4,500 flying hours, primarily in the F-15A/B/C/D and F-16C/D.
1975 Bachelor of Arts degree in history, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington
1983 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
1984 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
1995 National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
1995 Master of Science degree in national security policy, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
1. April 1976 - April 1977, student, undergraduate pilot training, Reese AFB, Texas
2. May 1977 - June 1977, student, fighter lead-in training, Holloman AFB, N.M.
3. July 1977 - December 1977, student, F-15 Replacement Training Unit, Luke AFB, Ariz.
4. January 1978 - October 1979, F-15 pilot, 7th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Holloman AFB, N.M.
5. October 1979 - February 1982, F-15 pilot, flight examiner and F-15 aerial demonstration pilot, 44th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan
6. March 1982 - June 1982, student, F-15 Fighter Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, Nev.
7. July 1982 - June 1983, weapons officer, 44th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan
8. June 1983 - April 1986, Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, later, Chief of Weapons and Tactics, 318th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, McChord AFB, Wash.
9. May 1986 - June 1989, flight commander, later, Chief, Aerial Attack Department, later, assistant operations officer, F-15 Division, U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
10. July 1989 - July 1991, Chief of Weapons and Tactics, Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley AFB, Va.
11. July 1991 - October 1991, student, F-16 Fighter Training Unit, Luke AFB, Ariz.
12. January 1992 - January 1994, Commander and Leader, U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, Nellis AFB, Nev.
13. January 1994 - June 1994, Chief of Staff, 57th Fighter Wing, Nellis AFB, Nev.
14. July 1994 - June 1995, student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
15. June 1995 - May 1997, Assistant Division Chief, Forces Division, later, Chief, European Division, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
16. May 1997 - November 1998, Commander, 12th Operations Group, Randolph AFB, Texas
17. November 1998 - January 2000, Commander, 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw AFB, S.C.
18. January 2000 - June 2001, Commander, 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano AB, Italy
19. June 2001 - June 2003, Commander, 57th Wing, Nellis AFB, Nev.
20. June 2003 - present, Commander, Space Warfare Center, Schriever AFB, Colo.
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 4,500
Aircraft flown: F-15A/B/C/D and F-16C/D
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Second Lieutenant May 15, 1975
First Lieutenant Dec. 10, 1977
Captain Dec. 10, 1979
Major May 1, 1986
Lieutenant Colonel Feb. 1, 1991
Colonel Feb. 1, 1995
Brigadier General Aug. 1, 2001
Major General June 1, 2005


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