Chief R. Daniel Kühl

Chief R. Daniel Kühl

Naval Science Instructor (NSI), Dockmaster, Sailing Instructor


  • Naval Science Instructor (NSI)
  • Dockmaster
  • Sailing Instructor


AA Criminal Justice
University of Phoenix

Mechanical Engineering/Psychology
Purdue University at Indianapolis


US Navy Chief Master-at-Arms (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) R. Dan S. Kühl, pronounced “Keel”, retired from the Navy Reserve and joined Admiral Farragut Academy in 2018 as a TAC (Teach-Advise-Counsel) Mentor. He is no longer a TAC Mentor but now serves Farragut as a Naval Science Instructor (NSI), Dockmaster, and Sailing Instructor.  

In his Navy career, he most recently served Coastal Riverine Squadron TEN as the Training and Weapons Leading Chief Petty Officer. He is a certified Navy Journeyman Instructor and holds Navy certifications in teaching weapons, tactics, Anti-Terrorism procedures and security.  His other areas of instruction have included Military Bearing, Leadership, SCUBA, and CPR/First Aid. Navy Master at Arms is the Navy’s Law Enforcement, Physical Security, and Anti-Terrorism Specialists.

Chief Kühl obtained his Associate of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Phoenix.  Previously, he had majored in Mechanical Engineering and Psychology at Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis. While at IUPUI, he instructed fellow students in undergraduate level math and calculus while still an undergraduate.  He served as the President of the Student Senate, Vice-President of the Undergraduate Student Body, and President of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers among other positions. He is a firm believer in lifelong learning and is looking forward to continuing his studies once settled into his role at the Academy.

His hobbies include power boating, SCUBA, target shooting, and home improvement projects.  He is moving back to the St. Petersburg area from Winter Garden, FL, where he was honored to serve as an officer in the Masonic Lodge and the Secretary of the City General Pension Board.  He was also the Weapons Instructor and Rangemaster for the Clermont Battalion of Sea Cadets (Ages 8-17). He has one son, Kyle, who served proudly as a US Navy Cryptologist Technician.

Employed since 2018