Rear Admiral Daniel L. Kloeppel (Retired), a native of St. Louis, started his Navy career as an ensign in 1970 after completing NROTC training at Northwestern University. Two years later Radm Kloeppel was designated a naval aviator and served seven years of active duty before transitioning to the Naval Reserve. He flew, among other aircraft, the A-4, the A-7 and the F/A-18. On July 20, 2002 Radm Kloeppel was placed in command of the Naval Air Force Reserve consisting of 4 Wings and 38 squadrons. On October 2, 2004 he retired after more than 34 years of commissioned service in the Navy.
He is a graduate of Executive and Reserve Component programs at the Naval War College, Naval Postgraduate School, National Defense University, and Harvard University. Radm Kloeppel has received many awards for his service in the military. They include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal and The Defense Superior Service Medal.
Radm Kloeppel has been a commercial pilot since 1977, serving with Ozark, Trans World and American Airlines. He has accumulated over 20,000 hours of flight time and is qualified as an International Captain on the B-767 aircraft. He is currently the president of DK Consulting, assisting clients with military and government contracts.
He is a member of the Naval Reserve Association, Reserve Officer’s Association, Military Officer’s Association, Association of Navel Aviation, the U.S. Navy League, and the Phi Delta Theta Alumni Association.
He serves on the Boards of the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network, The Pinnacle Foundation, and St. Mary’s High School. Radm Kloeppel is a former president of the Illinois Alpha Chapter of Phi Delta Theta at Northwestern University and became a member of the Phi Delta Theta Educational Foundation Board of Trustees in 2007.