Lt. Col. Dan Isabell hails from Orange County, California. He is a distinguished military graduate from Tarleton State University located in Stephenville, Texas, with a bachelor’s degree in history.
Isabell began his military career on May 9, 1992, as a 16S MANPADS “Stinger” crewmember. Following basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, he attended advance individual training at Fort Bliss, Texas, and was later assigned to 3-3 ADA (5ID) at Fort Polk, Louisiana. In 1994 he was reassigned to 2-5ADA (2AD) at Fort Hood, Texas, and deployed to Guantanamo Naval Base, Cuba, in support of Operation Sea Signal. After receiving an honorable discharge in June 1995, Isabell attended Tarleton State and served as the cadet commander and completed a Bachelor of Arts curriculum. On May 17, 1997, he returned to active duty and reported to Fort Rucker, Alabama. Then upon completion of the Aviation Officer Basic, IERW, and CH-47D AQC, he PCS’ed to Giebelstadt, Germany. He was assigned to 12th Aviation Brigade and served with F/159 “Big Windy” for 36 months as a flight section leader, pol platoon leader, and flight platoon leader. During his service with F Company, he participated in training operations Veneto Rescue (Slovenia) and Victory Strike I (Poland), and later deployed in support of Operation Allied Force to Kosovo in July 1999 (2-1 AVN). He again deployed to Kosovo as a CH-47D detachment commander in support of Operation Joint Guardian (501st AVN) in March 2001. Following the completion of the Aviation Captain’s Career Course, Maintenance Course and the Maintenance Test Pilots course, he returned to Giebelstadt and was assigned to 7-159 AVN. While assigned, he served as the maintenance and later MOPS platoon leader positions and finally as the pc officer. He deployed twice to combat with 7-159 in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Upon returning from Afghanistan, he was reassigned to 1AD and served as the current operations officer and later as the G3 (Air). He volunteered to serve as a military transition team member and following training at Fort Riley, Kansas, deployed in support of the Iraqi surge as the senior advisor to the 2-4-1 Iraqi National Police Battalion while partnered with 2-16 IN “Rangers” and 1-66 AR “Iron Knights” battalions in East Baghdad. Following this deployment, he again returned to Germany and was assigned to 5-158 AVN. While assigned, he served at the battalion S3 and executive officer. He again deployed with TF Ready to Afghanistan (RC-WEST) in 2009/10.
After graduating from the Command and General Staff Course at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, he was assigned to the NATO HQ in Mons, Belgium as the senior budgetary officer to the Supreme Allied Powers Europe commander and commander - US European command at shape.
His awards and decorations include; Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal (2), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation with one Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal with two Stars, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal with two Stars, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (5), NATO Medal with one Star (Kosovo), NATO Medal (Afghanistan), the German Sports Badge, Schutzen Schnur (Silver), Leistiungs Abz (silver), and senior aviator badge. Isabell has been inducted into the Honorable Order of St. Michael (Bronze Award).
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