Lieutenant Colonel Dan Whisnant enlisted in the Marines and entered boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in October 1987.
After 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.
In 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.
In 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 in order to support operations in over 10 different countries on the continent of Africa. He gave up command of 2/25 in August 2013 to serve as the Executive Officer of 25th Marine Regiment in Boston, MA.
His 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 (3d award).
The military schools LtCol Whisnant has completed include Marine Corps Command & Staff College & Amphibious Warfare School. He is currently attending the Army War College Distance Education Program and graduates in July 2016.
He resides in Asheville, NC with his wife, Michele who he has been married to for 28 years. Their daughter, Kierstan, resides in Asheville, NC. Their son, Tyler, daughter-in-law, Kristie, and two grand-daughters, Kinsey and Savannah, reside in Raleigh, NC. In his civilian capacity, he is the Director of Government Sales for CONMED Corporation where he leads the sales efforts to all VA hospitals in the US and DoD medical treatment facilities worldwide.