Dan grew up in Plymouth and first learned to fly at Plymouth Municipal (C65) in high school. He attended Southern Illinois University where he worked as a flight instructor while earning a degree in Aviation Management. Soon after graduating, he was hired at Express Airlines 1 where he flew as a Jetstream 31 pilot and instructor. During his senior year at SIU and tenure at Express, Dan pursued an Air National Guard slot with the 163rd Fighter Squadron in Fort Wayne, IN. After several years of persistence and determination, he was selected for Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese AFB, Lubbock, Texas. He left Lubbock with newly pinned on Air Force wings and a new bride, Genie, and went on to Luke AFB to learn to fly F-16’s. After returning to Ft Wayne, and becoming proficient in employing the F-16, he flew both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, was night-vision qualified and deployed to Panama to prove night vision tactics in the drug interdiction mission. Dan’s military career ended when he refused to take part in the anthrax vaccination program. Standing on his faith and principles, he testified before the House Government Reform Committee and was granted an Honorable Discharge, Convenience of the Air Force. During that tumultuous time, he was hired at American Airlines where he flew the Fokker F100, MD80, B737, B757, B767 and is currently flying the B787. Fine food is Dan’s other passion in life and through that passion has become an accomplished chef. Dan and his wife Genie have five children and are active members of Crossroads EFC Church.