April 4, 2012
Capt. Dan Uhls (CNW 2007), relieved Capt. Paul A. Stader as commanding officer of USS Hué City (CG 66) during a change of command ceremony held on board the ship on March 29. Rear Adm. Michael G. Manazir, Commander Carrier Strike Group Eight, presided over the event.
A native of Franklin, Kentucky, Uhls graduated from Ole Miss in 1988 with a degree in History and was commissioned via the NROTC program.
His assignments at sea include Damage Control Assistant and Machinery Officer on USS Belknap (CG 26), Air Defense Officer in USS Cape St. George (CG 71), Operations Officer and Chief Engineer on USS LABOON (DDG 58), Executive Officer on USS Kauffman (FFG 59), Chief Staff Officer to Commander Destroyer Squadron SIX/FORTY, Commanding Officer in USS Whirlwind (PC 11), and USS Mitscher (DDG 57). During his Commander Command tours, both USS Whirlwind (PC 11) and USS Mitscher (DDG 57) earned the Battle Effectiveness Award. Uhls served as Air-Defense Commander to Commander United Kingdom Carrier Strike Group (2008-2009) and deployed to the European/Central Command AOR. He has deployed to Central, European, and Southern Command theaters 10 times.
Ashore, he served as Reserve Component Officer Community Manager at the Bureau of Naval Personnel and as the head of Full Time Support Officer Assignments in Navy Personnel Command. Uhls holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies with an emphasis in Asian Security Policy from the Army Command and General Staff College where he graduated highest distinction. Additionally, he holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College where he graduated with highest distinction.
As commanding officer of Hué City, Stader led the ship through an arduous seven-month DSRA, Basic phase training cycle, and one of the most successful INSURV inspections of the past decade. Additionally, his command tour was highlighted by the successful completion of a live fire missile exercise during Hué City’s most recent underway period; the missile exercise was the first of its kind in nearly a decade. Stader has received orders to attend the Joint Forces Command and Staff College in Norfolk, Va.