Dan & Melissa with their sons Austin and Jeff and their families.
Daniel Henkel is a lifelong conservative, decorated combat veteran and family man who shares our traditional values, supports our 2nd Amendment Rights, and the rights of unborn children.
Dan and his wife of 45 years, Melissa, raised four sons in Niceville where each graduated from Niceville High School. They now are grandparents to 11 grandchildren.
Dan retired from the United States Air Force after a 29 ½ year career. After retirement, Dan went to work as a support contractor at Eglin AFB.
Dan & Melissa with their son Gabe and family.
Dan & Melissa with their son Nate and family.
A member of the Niceville City Council since 2008 – and reelected in 2009, 2013 and 2017 -- Dan is a tireless worker and public servant to the people of Niceville. Dan is a leader in providing resources to our police and firefighters, and bringing us more sidewalks, establishing the Niceville Senior Center, improving Turkey Creek Park, and launching the Niceville Public Landing.
Dan has been selected to serve as Mayor Pro Tem three times by his fellow councilmembers. He currently is serving as Mayor Pro Tem, fulfilling the duties of Mayor since the death of Randall Wise, Niceville’s beloved Mayor for nearly 50 years.
Dan earned a BS Degree in History from Arizona State University and MS Degree in International Relations from Troy State University.
Dan was born in Casa Grande, Arizona. He grew up in Mesa and graduated from Mesa High School. He met and married Melissa in 1975. Dan also entered the Air Force for the first time in 1975. He served a four-year enlistment and returned to Arizona in 1979 where he enrolled at Arizona State University.
Dan later decided that the Air Force would be a great career for him and his family, so he requested acceptance into the Air Force ROTC program. Upon graduation, he was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Air Force and went to Mather AFB for Navigator Training.
From there Dan went to Germany for his first flying assignment. After several more assignments, the Air Force brought him to Eglin AFB in 1995, where he was assigned as a Program Manager and Test Director working in the Air Warfare Center.
In 1999 Dan was assigned to Hurlburt Field and AC-130 Gunships. He is a decorated combat veteran with seven tours into the combat zone in support of the Global War on Terrorism with over 570 hours of combat flying.
His staff experience included a tour as the Chief of the Requirements Division for the Plans, Programs, and Requirements Directorate for Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command.
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