Member Spotlight: Get to Know Daniel Deptula

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Propeller Club Member: Daniel Deptula
Company Name: City of Jacksonville, Emergency Preparedness Division

Where are you from/hometown?
Punta Gorda, FL

If not Jacksonville, how long have you lived in Jacksonville? 
6 months

Briefly explain your job and major responsibilities:
I work at Emergency Preparedness Division for City of Jacksonville supporting the Director of Emergency Management and  Emergency Operations Center operations, but remain open to employment in the maritime transportation sector.

How long have you worked at your current job?
2 1/2 Months

Any prior employment you’d like to share?
I recently “retired” from active duty after 25 years with the Coast Guard. I spent 2 years at sea, 10+ years in marine safety/emergency management and 10+ years in maritime security/law enforcement. In my spare time I was a whitewater rafting guide in CA, VA and WV.

If you went to college, where did you go and what was your major/minor/degree?
US Coast Guard Academy class of 1993 (B.S. Marine Science); US Naval War College class of 2006 (M.A. National Security Policy); US National War College class of 2016 (M.S. National Security Strategy).

How long have you been a member of the Propeller Club?
Since September of last year.

Why did you join the club? Please also include your favorite thing about the Propeller Club.
I joined because Jeff Dixon told me to…kidding. Though he did advise me to join after I told him I was retiring from active duty to the Jacksonville, FL area. So far my favorite thing about the Propeller Club was how friendly and helpful everyone has been to me as a new member. I like the opportunities to network and seek opportunities to get more involved in this group and the Port of Jacksonville.

What is your favorite Propeller Club event?
The member social.

Family/Significant Other/Pets?
Joyce (wife), Danny (son), Qella and Romeo (German shepherds)

What is your proudest moment/achievement?
I was selected as Class President of my National War College class (just to get in the school was an honor).

What is something unique about you that you’d like to share…hobby/hidden talent/award?
I was once on America’s Funniest Home Videos, of which my hidden talent was discovered.