Major Daniel N. Rubel was born in DeKalb, IL. He graduated from Dekalb High School in May of 1985. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University in January of 1993, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant via the Officer Candidates Course in March of 1995.
Upon completion of The Basic School in 1995, 2ndLt Rubel received orders to NAS Pensacola, FL, for flight training. Following completion of flight training 1stLt Rubel was designated as a Naval Aviator in September, 1997.
In October 1997, he reported to HMT-301 in Kaneohe Bay, HI, for Fleet Replacement Squadron training in the CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter. Joining HMH-362 as an Ugly Angel in February 1998, he served as the Ground Safety Officer, Air Frames Officer, Flight Line Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer, and Logistics Officer.
In March of 2002 Captain Rubel reported to HT-8 aboard Whiting Field in Milton Florida where he served as a Flight Leader in the Operations Department while flying as a Category II instructor and Category III Standardization instructor.
In June of 2005 Major Rubel transferred to the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterrey, CA. He graduated with a Masters of Science in Computer Science in June of 2007. He simultaneously graduated from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College Non-resident Program.
In July of 2007 Major Rubel joined the Computer Science Department at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Classes he taught include Networks, Information Assurance, and Algorithms. He spent his summers conducting Marine Corps training for Midshipmen aboard MCAS New River, MCAS Cherry Point and MCB Camp Lejeune. In his last semester Major Rubel created a new course in Cyber Security that was later used as a prototype for a core curriculum class at the Academy.
Major Rubel returned to MAG-24 in July 2010. He was tasked to be an Individual Augment with 1st Marine Division in Operation Enduring Freedom from September 2010 until March 2011. He was stationed at Camp Leatherneck in the G-3 Air shop as the Air Watch OIC and as Assistant Air Officer when required. Upon his return he was assigned the duties as Executive Officer of HMH-362.
Major Rubel has flown over 2400 mishap free flight hours. He was designated a Night Systems Instructor, Defensive Measures Instructor and Flight Leader in the CH-53D aircraft. His personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star in Lieu of Second Award, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Star in Lieu of Second Award.