Commanding Officer, Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1
Lieutenant Colonel Daniel A. Weber

Lieutenant Colonel Weber graduated from Saint Bonaventure University and was commissioned in May of 2002.  He completed Naval Aviation training at NAS Whiting Field, Florida where he earned his wings of gold. 

He reported to HMM(T)-164 completing CH-46E Sea Knight training aboard Camp Pendleton, California before joining his first operational squadron,  the “Dragons” of HMM-265 in Okinawa, Japan in 2005.  He was certified there as a Night Systems Instructor, accumulated over 1,000 total flight hours, served for a year with the 31st MEU, and worked as both the aviation safety officer and the quality assurance officer. 

In 2009, he became a Forward Air Controller and joined 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (5th ANGLICO) in Okinawa and completed a combat tour to Afghanistan where he served alongside the British 4th Royal Artillery Regiment, 1st Scotts Guards, among other units then in Helmand Province.

  In 2010, Captain Weber joined Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Atlantic aboard Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) Little Creek, Virginia where he trained Joint Terminal Attack Controllers and Forward Air Controllers.  He was certified as a Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) while there.

In 2012, Captain Weber was selected to transition to Unmanned Aircraft Systems and in 2013, he joined the “Nightowls” of VMU-2 in Cherry Point, North Carolina where he flew the RQ-7B, RQ-7Bv2 Shadow, and RQ-21A Blackjack aircraft.  He served as the maintenance officer, executive officer, and led detachments that performed initial operational testing of the RQ-21A alongside VX-1 ashore, from 29 Palms, and afloat from east and west coast based San Antonio class ships.

  Major Weber again graduated WTI and subsequently joined Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) in Yuma, Arizona where he served as the UAS Division Head and then as the Aviation Development, Tactics and Evaluation Department’s Air Reconnaissance and UAS expert.  He transitioned to the MQ-9A and supported global Group 5 UAS operations and RQ-21A training at MAWTS-1.

 Lieutenant Colonel Weber has a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in History, both from Saint Bonaventure University.

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing