Commanding Officer - Captain Daniel Scott Cave
Captain Dan Cave was born in Cumberland, MD and grew up in Connellsville, PA. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1986 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering. Upon completion of Aviation Officer Candidate School, he was commissioned an Ensign in 1987. He earned his “Wings of Gold” and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1988.CAPT Cave reported to the Grim Reapers of VF-101 at NAS Oceana in 1988 for initial training in the F-14 Tomcat. Upon completion of the FRS, he reported to the Tophatters of VF-14 in 1989. He deployed in USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) in support of Operations DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM. During his tour, he graduated from the Naval Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) at NAS Miramar.
In 1992, CAPT Cave reported back to VF-101 as an instructor for the F-14 serving as Tactics Phase Leader. In 1985, he reported to the Black Aces of VF-41 as Training Officer. He deployed in USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) in support of Operation DELIBERATE FORCE in Bosnia Herzegovina and Operation SOUTHERN WATCH.
In 1996, CAPT Cave reported to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC) at NAS Fallon, NV as an Air Wing Training Instructor and Air-to-Ground Branch Head. In 1998, he returned to VF-14 as department head serving as the Maintenance Officer and Administrative Officer. He deployed in USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN071) in support of Operation ALLIED FORCE in Kosovo and Operation SOUTHERN WATCH.
CAPT Cave briefly reported to Supreme Allied Command Atlantic (SACLANT) in Norfolk, VA in 2001. While serving there, he was selected as the Navy Aide de Camp to the Commandant of the Marine Corps in Washington, DC. In 2002, CAPT Cave reported to the National War College at Fort McNair, Washington, DC. He graduated in 2003 with a Masters of Science degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
In July of 2004, CAPT Cave reported as Executive Officer of VF-213. He assumed command of the BLACKLIONS in October of 2005. During his command tour, the squadron deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and the final F-14 deployment. Upon return, the squadron transitioned to the F/A-18F Super Hornet. From February of 2007 until January of 2009, CAPT Cave served as an Observer/Trainer with the Deployable Training Team, Joint Warfighting Center, United States Joint Forces Command in Suffolk, VA. In August of 2009, CAPT Cave joined the Badman of Carrier Air Wing FIVE as Deputy Commander, and assumed command in January 2011. In September of 2012, he reported to United States Fleet Forces Command and served as the Deputy Director, Fleet Capabilities, Requirements, Concepts and Experimentation.
CAPT Cave has accumulated over 4600 flight hours and 1100 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, two individual Air Medals with Combat “V”, eight Strike Flight Air Medals, six Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (three with Combat “V”), four Navy Achievement Medals and various other personal and unit awards. He is married to the former Traci Coffman of Connellsville, PA. They have two children, Nathan and Taylor.