Dan Coberly - The National Eagle Scout Association

Dan Coberly

Vice President
Executive Officer

Affiliated Council(s)

Dan Coberly (2017)

Dan is an award-winning leader, author, historian, journalist & strategic media consultant.  His company, C-Communications, was a pioneer in the field of Reputation Management.  

     In government & military Dan served at senior/executive levels. He was Senior Adviser for National Communication at the worldwide research & development program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Director, Public Affairs, Huntsville Center, Army Corps of Engineers, supporting $6 Billion in worldwide projects (captured enemy ammunition in Iraq & Afghanistan; unexploded ordnance removals from Former Defense Sites, chemical demilitarization, environmental restoration, installation support, missile defense). He was Executive Officer, Army Space & Missile Defense Command Public Affairs Office supporting NASA’s Army Astronauts.  

     Dan’s active-duty military career spanned nearly thirty years.  A senior public affairs Sergeant Major, he held an extremely rare concurrent direct commission involving military intelligence. He was advanced on the retired list to the rank of Captain with a recall rank of Lt. Colonel. 

     Key nominative special assignments include Senior Army Enlisted Advisor & Press Officer, Centennial Olympic Games Joint Task Force, Atlanta; Media Analyst, Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers Europe; Senior Correspondent/Chief of Bureaus, Pacific Stars & Stripes daily newspapers, Tokyo; Public Affairs Chief, Department of Defense 50th Anniversary Commemoration of Aviation & Women in the Military; Military Liaison,  Hungarian Ministry of Defense; PA Chief, Southern European Task Force (Airborne), Italy; PA Chief, 1st Infantry Division (Fwd); PA Officer, Base Support Battalion, Germany; 21st Theater Support Command, Germany, Hungary, Bosnia, Croatia, Romania, Albania; PA Supervisor, United Nations Command, Korea; Newspaper Program Manager, Forces Command, Atlanta; PA Chief, Army Aviation Center & School, Ft. Rucker, the Military Police & Chemical Schools; Information Liaison: Women’s Army Corps Center & School, Ft. McClellan, Ala. 

    His education includes a master’s degree from Norwich University; Advanced Public Affairs Graduate training, Oklahoma University; Executive Leadership, Alabama A&M University, BS, AS & an honorary doctorate.  He was elected to the Alumni Advisory Board of Excelsior College, New York; currently serves as President, Transatlantic Council, Scouting America; and Executive Officer, National Eagle Scout Association. 

   Dan holds more than 100 awards for excellence in leadership, journalism, video productions, public relations, & community service; plus the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, the Silver Buffalo Award for distinguished service to youth; the Hornaday Gold Medal for distinguished service to conservationthe President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for volunteer service; numerous Thomas Jefferson, Keith L. Ware, Gold Screen, & Blue Pencil Awards for journalism excellence.  In 1999, Dan was U.S. Army Europe’s selection for the NAACP’s Roy Wilkens Service Award for support of women and minorities.  His military awards include the Legion of Merit.  In 2014, Dan was inducted into the U.S. Army Public Affairs Hall of Fame.  His novel, “Man on the Floor!” was considered in first round selections for a Pulitzer Prize in 2018.  

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