Dan Whisnant enlisted in the Marines and entered boot camp at Marine Corps
Recruit Depot San Diego in October 1987.
deploying with two Marine Expeditionary Units and deploying in support of
Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and six years as an enlisted Marine, Sergeant
Whisnant was selected for the Meritorious Commissioning Program in June 1994,
and was commissioned in December 1994. His
first assignment was with the 24th MEU as the MEU’s Counterintelligence Officer. After multiple assignments overseas in Bosnia
and Haiti over the next four years, 1stLt Whisnant decided to join the Marine
Reserves and finish his college degree at the Illinois Institute of Technology
in Chicago, IL where he received a BS in Manufacturing Technology &
Management in December 2000.
January 1999, Captain Whisnant joined 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines in Chicago and
held the following billets: Scout Sniper Platoon Commander, Platoon Commander,
Company G, and Company Executive Officer, Company G. In December 2003, he
assumed the duties of the Battalion’s Intelligence Officer during the battalion’s
mobilization and deployment to Iraq in 2004 and 2005 in support of Operation
Iraqi Freedom II-2.
August 2005, he transferred to 1st Battalion, 24th Marines where he served as
the Company Commander for Company A in Grand Rapids, MI. During his tour he mobilized
and deployed the company to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 05-07.2.
In December 2008, he transferred back to 2/24 to serve as the Battalion
Executive Officer. He was then assigned to serve on the Chairman Joint Chiefs
of Staff within the J-3 as a Global Operations Officer before selection to
serve as the Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion, 25th Marines in April 2011.
During his tour as the Battalion Commander of 2/25 he was given the opportunity
to also serve as the Commanding Officer of the Special Purpose Marine Air
Ground Task Force – Africa 13.2 rotation and deployed with over 150 Marines to
Sicily, Italy to support operations in over 10 different countries on the
continent of Africa to include security at the US Embassy, Tripoli, Libya. He
gave up command of 2/25 in August 2013 to serve as the Executive Officer of 25th
Marine Regiment in Boston, MA. He then transferred to the MSTP IMA Det in
Quantico, VA to serve as the Director of Operations. In 2016, he was selected
to serve as the Deputy Commander of 25th Marine Regiment.
personal decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint
Meritorious Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Navy & Marine
Corps Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Navy & Marine Corps
Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and Good Conduct Medal.
military schools Col Whisnant has completed include the U.S. Army War College
(non-resident), where he received a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies, and
the Marine Corps Command & Staff College. He is currently enrolled at the
Joint Forces Staff College and will graduate in Sep 2017.