Capt. Dan S. Catlin
Capt. Dan “OJ” Catlin is a native of La Porte, Texas. He was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the United States Air Force after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations. He was designated a Naval Aviator in May 2003 after completing an inter-service transfer to the United States Navy.
Catlin’s Fleet assignments include operational tours with Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 “Argonauts”, VFA-113 “Stingers”, and VFA-81 “Sunliners.” During these assignments, he flew numerous combat missions in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, New Dawn, and Inherent Resolve.
Shore duty assignments for Catlin include an instructor tour with VFA-122 “Flying Eagles”, NATO Allied Maritime Command in Northwood, England, and command of VFA-106 “Gladiators.” While assigned to VFA-122, he served as a super hornet tactical demonstration team pilot. Following his first command tour, he earned a Master’s Degree in National Security Strategy from the prestigious National War College in Washington D.C.
Catlin was the recipient of the 2008 Instructor Pilot of the Year Award and was recognized as the recipient of the 2016 Commander, Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic Navy and Marine Corps Association O-5 Leadership Award. He has accumulated over 3,200 flight hours in various models of F/A-18 aircraft and over 750 arrested carrier landings. He humbly credits his various personal and unit awards to the outstanding men and women he has had the privilege of serving with throughout his career.