Dan McConnell joined The Cohen Group following nine years of service in the US Army where he held various leadership positions on operational assignments worldwide. His most recent assignment was in the United States Army Special Operations Command, where Mr. McConnell commanded a company and a detachment in the 4th Psychological Operations Group. In 2010-2011, he was responsible for training and advising the Afghan Special Forces in an effort to build the Afghan Army's capacity to conduct information operations. Additionally, he led a detachment to Port-au-Prince in response to the earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010.
Earlier, Mr. McConnell served as an infantry officer in the Army's 10th Mountain Division, deploying twice to Baghdad, Iraq. In 2006-2007, he deployed during the surge as the human resources officer for an infantry task force where he was responsible for all personnel issues, postal operations, and the coordination of media engagements for the unit. In 2005, Mr. McConnell served as an infantry platoon leader, responsible for the planning, coordination, and execution of all combat missions executed by the platoon.
Mr. McConnell received a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2014 where he concentrated in international and global affairs. Mr. McConnell is also a 2003 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he received a BS in Operations Research. He has been awarded two Bronze Star Medals for service in both Iraq and Afghanistan, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, and two Army Achievement Medals.