Lieutenant Wesley McDaniel is a native of Lubbock, Texas and attended Lubbock Christian University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice in 2011. After working in Law Enforcement for over eight years, he was selected to attend OCS in Newport, Rhode Island, where he was commissioned an Ensign in January 2014.
After receiving his commission, LT McDaniel received orders to MCM CREW DOMINANT onboard the USS CHAMPION (MCM-4), home ported in San Diego, CA. While on the CHAMPION, he served as the Electrical Officer, the Engineering Training Officer, the Assistant Chief Engineer, and eventually the Training Officer for the command.
LT McDaniel’s second Division Officer tour was onboard the USS SOMERSET (LPD-25), home ported in San Diego, CA, where he served as the Assistant First Lieutenant. LT McDaniel was with the SOMERSET on her 8-month maiden deployment through the Sulu Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, and the Persian Gulf.
In May of 2018 LT McDaniel reported to the University of Oklahoma NROTC unit as an Assistant Professor of Naval Science. Here he teaches Naval Operations and Seamanship as well as Chart Navigation, and serves as the Freshman/Sophomore advisor to the Midshipman Battalion.
LT McDaniel’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.