Capt. Richard W. Daniel, son of Don and Gerry Daniel of Mason County, took command of Maritime Expeditionary Security Group (MESG)-1, Imperial Beach, Ca at a change of command ceremony at Naval Outlying Landing Field August 21. Rear Adm. Carol Pottenger, Commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, was the guest speaker.
The U.S. Navy’s Maritime Expeditionary Security Force’s (MESF) primary mission is deployable, landward and seaward anti-terrorism and force protection in support of fleet forces around the world. These missions include harbor and homeland defense, coastal surveillance, and other special missions. The 3500 MESG-1 Sailors are assigned to five subordinate Security Squadrons and make up specialized units deploying worldwide to detect, deter, and defend an area, unit, or High Value Asset (HVA). Recent deployment locations include the United States, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Spain and Egypt.
This is Capt. Daniel’s fourth command assignment in his twenty eight year career. He has served as Commanding Officer of USS Thach (FFG-43), Commanding Officer of Training Support Center San Diego and most recently as Commander, Maritime Prepositioning Ships Squadron THREE in the Marianas Islands.
A descendant of the Pleuenneke-Kothmann settlers in Mason County, Daniel is a 1981 graduate of Texas A&M where he received his commission in the U.S Navy. He is a qualified Surface Warfare Officer, serving on numerous ships to include the USS Robert E. Peary (FF 1073), USS New Jersey (BB 62), USS Merrill (DD 976), USS Arkansas (CGN 41) and the USS Stethem (DDG 63). He’s served on operational staffs including Commander, U.S THIRD Fleet and the NIMITZ Carrier Strike Group.
Capt. Daniel is a distinguished graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, Monetery, Ca. with a Masters of Science in Systems Technology, a Post Masters Federal Fellow in International Law at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Medford, Ma., and a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College curriculum in Joint and Combined Warfighting.