Deputy Commander STRIKFORNATO, Rear Admiral James Morley, and the STRIKFORNATO team welcomed Commander, Joint Force Command Norfolk Vice Admiral Daniel Dwyer at Headquarters in Oeiras, Portugal.
During the visit, Vice Admiral Daniel Dwyer was briefed on STRIKFORNATO’s future exercises, initiatives, and vigilance activities, such as Formidable Shield 23 (FOSH 23) and Baltic Operations 23 (BALTOPS 23).
Vice Admiral Dwyer assumed the position of Commander of the Joint Force Command Norfolk in August 2021. He is a career F/A-18 naval aviator and graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), completing eight carrier deployments to the Western Pacific, North Atlantic, Mediterranean and North Arabian Sea, flying over 75 combat missions.
His major staff assignments include director of Regional Outreach (CJ9) NATO Headquarters, Commander, International Security Assistance Force Kabul, Afghanistan, and director of Aviation Officer Distribution (Pers-43) Naval Personnel Command Millington, Tennessee.
As a flag officer, Vice Admiral Dwyer served as the chief of staff (CoS) and assistant chief of staff for Strategy, Resources and Plans (N5) for Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa and for Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet in Naples, Italy, and most recently the Director of Plans and Policy (J5) for U.S. Cyber Command in Fort Meade, Maryland.
STRIKFORNATO, headquartered at Oeiras, Portugal, is a rapidly deployable and scalable headquarters, under the operational command of SACEUR, capable of planning and executing full spectrum joint maritime operations including maritime Ballistic Missile Defence, primarily through integration of U.S. and other nation’s carrier and amphibious forces into NATO operations to provide assurance, deterrence, and collective defence for the Alliance.