Lieutenant Colonel Dan Hurd
Lieutenant Colonel Dan Hurd graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer. Following the Infantry Officer Basic Course and Ranger School, he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and Company Commander in 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, in the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, NY.
Dan joined the 3rd Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment in Fort Benning, GA, in 2010 and served as the Assistant Operations Officer and the Alpha Company Commander. He then transitioned to the Regimental Special Troops Battalion and assumed command of the Regimental Selection and Training Company, where he managed assessment, selection, and training for all personnel joining the 75th Ranger Regiment.
In 2014, Dan attended Harvard University as a Downing Scholar from the Combating Terrorism Center. After completing a Masters in Public Policy, he returned to Fort Benning and served as the Operations Officer and Executive Officer for the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade as the unit normalized the gender integration of Ranger School. In his most recent assignment, Dan served as faculty in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy and taught courses on international relations, European politics, and homeland security.
Dan has spent over forty months deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. His awards and decorations include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Combat and Expert Infantryman’s Badges, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Ranger Tab. He and his wife, Molly, have two sons, Samuel and Benjamin.