Staunton resident and Navy Reserve Lt. Daniel J. Monahan retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve after serving honorably for 30 years. His family, friends and members of the Navy’s Blue Angels attended the September 6 retirement ceremony at the Spirit of St. Louis Airfield in St. Louis, Missouri.
Monahan served as an administrative officer with the Joint Transportation Reserve Unit at Scott Air Force Base. He joined the Navy in 1988 in the delayed entry program and went to boot camp June 18, 1989. After specialty training in Mississippi, he went to San Diego, California to serve aboard the aircraft carrier the USS Independence. He served during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm on this carrier and then went on to serve on the aircraft carriers USS Midway and USS Carl Vincent.
Monahan also deployed to Kuwait during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He began in the enlisted ranks working his way up to yeoman chief petty officer and then earned a commissioning as an administrative officer.
He is the son of Mary Monahan of Gays Mills, Wisconsin, husband of Michelle Monahan of Staunton, father of Nicholas Monahan of Staunton, and son-in-law of Pete And Yvonne Hady of Gays Mills.