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Rear Admiral Daniel McNeil (Retired)

Dan McNeil was born in London, Ontario. He joined the navy in 1970 and graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts.  Later he completed a Masters degree in military history.

During his career, Dan commanded three warships: HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS PROTECTEUR and HMCS HURON.  On the administrative side, beginning in 1995 as the Director of Maritime Force Development, Dan and his staff took on the divestiture of naval harbours from Transport Canada. Promoted to Commodore in July 2000, he was responsible for Canadian Forces 'business planning' and 'capital investment' until he was seconded to the Foreign and Defence Policy Secretariat in the Privy Council Office in 2002. McNeil was promoted Rear Admiral in 2003 and assumed the position of Senior Defence Policy Advisor in the Privy Council Office. In 2004, he was appointed Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic and with the re-organization of National Defence Headquarters and the Canadian Forces he became the first "Commander Joint Task Force Atlantic" in 2005.

Dan retired from the Canadian Forces in September of 2006 after 36 years of service. The Elgin Military Museum initiated Project Ojibwa in late 2009 and it wasn't long before Dan was volunteering his expertise and took on the role of Senior Naval Advisor providing invaluable advice and expertise to help advance the Project. In October 2010, McNeil, a resident of Port Stanley, Ontario, was elected councillor for Ward 1 in the Municipality of Central Elgin.  Following the sudden death of Alan Montgomery in November 2011, the position of Project Coordinator became vacant and the Elgin Military Museum was pleased to announce in January 2012, that Dan McNeil would assume this role.