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Captain Paul Dale

Commanding Officer, NAWS China Lake

Captain Dale is a 1994 graduate of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.  He earned his Surface Warfare Officer designation then subsequently earned selection for lateral transfer followed ultimately by Naval Flight Officer wings in 1998.

Captain Dale’s command tour occurred from February 2012 to May 2013 as Commanding Officer of VAW-116, the “Sun Kings”, located at Naval Base Ventura County flying the E-2C Hawkeye 2000.

His at-sea tours prior to his Command tour involved duties on an Aegis Cruiser and two E-2C squadrons.

Ashore Captain Dale served as a Hawkeye Weapons and Tactics Instructor at Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC) in Fallon, NV.  He also attended the US Naval War College Newport Rhode Island.  Joint duty occurred as a member of the NORTHMCOM J3 directorate Colorado Springs Colorado.  His assignment prior to NAWSCL was as the N6 / Carrier Airborne Early Warning Weapons School (CAEWWS) Department Head at the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center (NAWDC), which was previously known as NSAWC, located in Fallon, NV. 

Captain Dale’s decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal Strike/Flight, and Battle E. He has accumulated nearly 2700 E-2 flight hours and 575 carrier arrested landings on three different aircraft carriers.


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