David C. Danel enlisted in the Marine Corps in July 1993. Upon completion of Recruit Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California he reported to Marine Corps Communication Electronics Schools, Twentynine Palms, California for training as a Radio Telephone Operator. Upon completion of Field Radio Operator’s Course he was assigned to 9th Engineer Support Battalion, Okinawa, Japan for duty. While assigned to 9th ESB Lance Corporal Danel deployed twice to the Korean peninsula in support of the annual training exercise Freedom Banner and twice to Thailand in support of Cobra Gold.
In April of 1996 Lance Corporal Danel was re-assigned to 9th Communications Battalion aboard Camp Pendleton, California. In August of 1996 he was promoted to the rank of Corporal, and a year later in August of 1997 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. While assigned to 9th Communications Battalion he deployed twice to the Western Pacific in support of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable).
In September of 1999 Sergeant Danel was re-assigned to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California for duty as a Drill Instructor. While assigned to 3rd Recruit Training Battalion he completed four cycles as a Junior Drill Instructor, three cycles as a Senior Drill Instructor, and served as a 2nd Degree Martial Arts Instructor Trainer within Instructional Training Company. In May of 2000 Sergeant Danel was promoted to rank of Staff Sergeant.
In October of 2002 Staff Sergeant Danel was assigned to 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force where he deployed in 2003 with Alpha Company in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Upon returning home from deployment SSgt Danel again deployed in support In Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II with 1st Recon BN. During this time SSgt Danel supported and conducted operations during the battle of Fallujah, and operations in Ramadi.
In November of 2004 Staff Sergeant Danel was re-assigned to 1st Force Reconnaissance Company, I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group. He deployed in February of 2006 with 5th Platoon in support of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III, later serving as the Platoon Sergeant for 5th Platoon. Upon re-designation of 1st Force Reconnaissance Company as 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion in October of 2006 Staff Sergeant Danel assumed the duties as Communications Chief for Marine Special Operations Company Bravo. Staff Sergeant Danel was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant in July of 2007. GySgt Danel deployed with Marine Special Operations Company Bravo to Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in the Helmand River Valley of Afghanistan in October 2007 thru 2008 and assumed the duties of Staff Non-Commissioned Officer in charge, and Operations Chief. In 2008 GySgt Danel 3rd Special Forces Group as an Element Leader for Operational Detachment Alpha-3235 with 3rd Special Forces Group in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM during combat operations in Musa Quella. GySgt Danel deployed again in 2010 thru 2011 with Marine Special Operations Company Charlie. GySgt Danel was promoted to his current rank of First Sergeant in March of 2011. First Sergeant Danel reported for duty at the School of Infantry, Infantry Training Bn, Echo Company where he over saw the training over 2000 Infantry Students. First Sergeant Danel was then assigned to Reconnaissance Training Company, Advanced Infantry Training BN where he over saw training for 600 Reconnaissance Marines
First Sergeant Danel’s professional military education includes Recruit Training, Marine Combat Training, Field Radio Operators Course, Radio Systems Chief School, Corporals Course, Infantry Training BN, Staff Noncommissioned Officer’s Academy, Advanced Course, the Martial Arts Instructor Trainer Course (2nd Degree Black Belt Martial Arts Instructor Trainer), U.S. Army Basic Airborne Course, U.S. Navy Survival Evasion Resistance Escape Course, I Marine Expeditionary Force Special Operations Training Group Close Quarters Battle Course, Weapons and Tactics, Close Protection Detail, Special Forces Military Free Fall Parachutist, Special Forces Weapons and Tactics, Advanced SERE, Multi Mission Parachutist, Fast Attack Vehicle off-road driving course, Counter Terrorism Surveillance Course, and the technical counter surveillance course.
First Sergeant Danel’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star in Lieu of second award, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star’s in lieu of third award with the Combat Distinguishing Device. Navy Achievement Medal with four Gold Stars and two Combat Distinguishing Devices, the Combat Action Ribbon with gold star in lieu of second award, and the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal. He is qualified as a Marine Corps Freefall Parachutist.
First Sergeant Danel graduated with a B.A in Organizational management from the American Military University, and is the President, and founder of the Marine Reconnaissance Foundation.
David Retired from the Marine Corps on September 30th, 2013.