Capt. Daniel W. Dwyer relieved Capt. Jeffrey A. Davis as commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8. The ceremony took place at the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Oceana on May 22.
Davis commanded “Team Ocho” since December 2010. During Davis’ tenure, Team Ocho received the 2011 “Jig Dog” Ramage Award, four CVW-8 squadrons earned the Battle “E,” Carrier Airborne Command and Control Squadron 124 earned the Rear Adm. Frank Akers award for the best VAW squadron, and HSM-70 earned the Capt. Arnold J. Isbell and Adm. J. S. Thach trophy singling them out as the best in ASW/ASUW operations.
During the ceremony, Rear Adm. Gregory Nosal, commander, Carrier Strike Group 2, presented Davis with the Legion of Merit. Davis has follow on orders to OPNAV N88 in Washington D.C.
Dywer is a graduate of the California Maritime Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation and a Third Mate’s License in the Merchant Marine. He received his wings of gold in March 1992 in Meridian, Miss. and orders to fly the F/A-18C at NAS Lemoore, Calif.
Dwyer’s tours include commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27,“The Royal Maces,” forward deployed to NAF Atsugi, Japan, flying the F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to CVW-5 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), from May 2006 to August 2007. During his command tour, the Royal Maces were awarded the Commander, Naval Air Forces Battle “E,” the McClusky Award for best attack squadron, Chief of Naval Operations Safety “S,” Commander Strike Fighter Wing Pacific Bruce Carrier Award “Golden Wrench,” and Pacific Fleet Golden Anchor Award for Sailor retention. From March 2008 to March 2009, following training at Fort Bragg N.C., he served as commanding officer of Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Kunar Province, Afghanistan, with a follow on tour at Headquarters International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF), as the director of HQ ISAF PRT Office, overseeing governance and development operations of all 26 PRTs in Afghanistan. From June 2009 to December 2010, he served as the commanding officer of VFA-106, the East Coast F/A-18 Fleet Replacement Squadron at NAS Oceana. Dwyer was selected for major command and reported to CVW-8 in December 2010 as the deputy commander.
During his career, Dwyer has accumulated more than 3,000 flight hours and 1,000 arrested landings on 11 different aircraft carriers. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Air Medal Strike/Flight, Combat Action Ribbon and Battle “E.”
As commander, he will be responsible for combat readiness and operational employment of eight assigned squadrons including 72 aircraft and 2,200 personnel.
CVW-8 returned with the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) carrier strike group from her eight month maiden deployment in December 2011