LTC Dan Henzie began serving as Director of the International Technology Center for the Southern Pacific region, US Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM) and US Standardization Representative to Australia and New Zealand under the ABCANZ Armies Program in February 2018. He is focused on collaboration in research, development and acquisition programs to enhance interoperability, build partner capacity, and facilitate security cooperation with countries in the South Pacific Region.
Henzie is a native of Coal City Illinois. He received his commission thru the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at Western Illinois University in May 1997. He is a graduate of the US Army Aviation Officer Basic Course, Initial Entry Rotary Wing Pilot Course, CH-47D/CH-47F Aircraft Qualification Courses, Army Aviation Captains Career Course, CH-47D/CH-47F Instructor Pilot Courses, Army Acquisition Basic/Advanced Courses and the US Army Command and General Staff Course. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Alabama at Huntsville.
Henzie deployed in support of OIF 1 in February 2003. He flew numerous combat missions as a CH-47D pilot-in-command during this year-long deployment. Henzie held several different leadership/command positions in Forces Command (FORSCOM) and Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) prior to joining the Army Acquisition Corps in 2009. As an Acquisition Officer he served with the Defense Contract Management Agency – Boeing, Philadelphia where he was responsible for oversight of production and acceptance of US Army and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) CH-47F and MH-47G aircraft.
Subsequently he was assigned to Program Executive Office, Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama as Assistant Product Manager for CH-47F Production (2014-2015), Next Generation (Block II) CH-47F Development (2015-2016), and Russian Mi-17 Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) in support of Afghan Air Force and Afghan Special Mission Wing Mi-17 fleet sustainment (2016-2017). He deployed to Afghanistan several times in support of Mi-17 sustainment duties.
His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal (4 awards – 1 with V device) and other Army and NATO commendations and awards. He is a US Army Airborne School graduate and a Senior Army Aviator, rated in the OH‐58, CH-47D, CH‐47F, and MH-47G.
Henzie’s wife, Charisma, is a former CH-47 pilot. They have two daughters, Carissa (11) and Caitlyn (14).