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Colonel Baker, Daniel (U.S. Army, Retired)
Colonel Daniel Baker enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1970 and later commissioned in 1976 as a Second Lieutenant, Military Intelligence (MI), completing the MI Officer Basic Course at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. His first assignment as a 2LT was serving as the Deputy Officer in Charge (OIC), Detachment I, 201st Army Security Agency (ASA) Company, Wurzburg and then Detachment M, Stuttgart, Germany. He later moved to Augsburg and assumed duties as the Operations Officer of the 201st ASA Company. In February of 1981, Captain Baker returned to Fort Huachuca where he assumed duties as the Branch Chief/ Senior Instructor of the Advanced Individual Training Company, U.S. Army Intelligence Center. He was also the Commanding General's Aide-de Camp and Commander, Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st School Brigade. It is here that he revitalized training and incorporated students in the Officer Basic Course as junior leaders.
In January 1985, he headed to Turkey where he would serve as the OIC of Space Operations (Hippodrome), Field Station Sinop, until January 1986. In February 1986, CPT Baker was assigned to the Pentagon as both Staff Action Officer and the Staff Action Control Officer. In June 1989, Major Baker returned to Germany as the Intelligence Officer to the 2nd Armored Calvary Regiment, Nurnburg Germany. In June 1990, he took command of 502nd MI Company and conducted intelligence operations in support of Operation Desert Storm. In November 1991, he assumed the duties of the Deputy Regimental Executive Officer, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment.
After three years in Germany, Lieutenant Colonel Baker took command of the 124th MI Battalion, 24th Infantry Division (Mech), Fort Stewart, Georgia. As Commander, he built and tested the first Analysis and Control Element in the Army. He pioneered this new MI concept and developed the tactics, techniques, and procedures that became the basis for subsequent Army doctrine.
He left command in June 1994 to attend the National War College at Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. LTC Baker returned to the Pentagon where he held the position of Intelligence Coordination Officer (Europe), J2 Joint Staff/Defense Intelligence Agency for two months before transitioning to the J2's Executive Officer. Fifteen months later he filled the role of J2 Special Assistant for seven months followed directly by the position of the Assistant J2.
In June 1998, Colonel Baker assumed command of the 513th MI Brigade, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, Fort Gordon, Georgia. There he introduced new enduring operational constructs and capabilities, including the Army's first operations level Measurement and Signature Intelligence Exploitation. In July 2000, he became the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence (G2), 3rd U.S. Army/Army Forces Central Command at Fort McPherson, Georgia.
His final assignment was as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Coalition/Joint Forces Land Component Command at Camp Doha, Kuwait for eight months. In December 2002, he retired from active duty after having served honorably for 32 years. He continued his intelligence career as a member of …