LtCol Dane L. Howell
Lieutenant Colonel Dane L. Howell was born in Medford, Oregon, and graduated from Bartlett High School in Anchorage, Alaska, class of 1990. Following graduation from California State University Sacramento, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology, he was accepted as a candidate in the United States Marine Corps' Officer Candidates Course. He earned his commission as a Second Lieutenant in April 1997.
Then Second Lieutenant Howell attended The Basic School with Charlie Company in 1997. Upon the completion of training, he was selected for Military Occupational Specialty 0302, Infantry Officer, and accordingly attended the Infantry Officer's Course (IOC) for increased selection and indoctrination training. Following graduation from IOC, he executed orders to Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, 29 Palms, CA, as a Platoon Commander for 3d Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. He deployed as part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) in 1999.
Shortly after return to 29 Palms, he submitted for and was accepted to the Marine Fleet Accession program. In April 2001, he reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, FL, for flight training. After training at Vance Air Force Base, OK, and NAS Whiting Field, FL, he was designated a Naval Aviator in May 2002 and slated for follow-on AH-1W Cobra training. From January 2002 until September 2002 he trained at HMT-303 "Atlas" aboard Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, CA.
In November 2002, Lieutenant Colonel Howell reported to the "Vipers" of HMLA-169, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 39. While at the Vipers, he served as the squadron Ground Training Officer, Human Affairs Officer, Airframes Officer-In-Charge and Assistant Operations Officer. During this time, he executed three separate deployments with the Vipers as AH-1W Aircraft Commander, Flight Leader and Night Systems Instructor in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In October 2006, he reported back to HMLA/T-303 "Atlas" to serve as an AH-1W Instructor Pilot, Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization Evaluator, and Aircraft Maintenance Officer. In December 2009 he executed a Permanent Change of Assignment to HMLA-469 "Vengeance" to serve as Operations Officer and senior flight leader/instructor. In 2010, he was chosen as senior AH-1W pilot on a Pacific deployment with the 31st MEU. In 2011 he was chosen to fulfill the duties as Special Operations Command Central's Operation Officer - Forward in Southwest Asia in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn thus concluding his decade of service with MAG-39.
Upon return from his deployment to Southwest Asia, Lieutenant Colonel Howell was then selected for assignment to the Joint Staff, J-7 to serve as a Joint Observer/Trainer within the Deployable Training Team. During this tour he deployed worldwide on training teams providing training and guidance to Combatant Command, Joint Task Force and Component Command Commanders and staffs.
Lieutenant Colonel Howell's personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Two Air Medals with "V" - Individual Action, Air Medal with 14 for Strike/Flight, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal. He is married to Gail Howell and has three children, Macen, Thomas, and Trevor.