Dan “ARGO” Redgate was commissioned at the Naval Reserve Officers Training Unit at the University of Notre Dame where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering. After completing flight training and earning his wings of gold, he proceeded to F-14 training at NAS Miramar CA. Following qualification in the Tomcat, he joined VF-211 where he made two Western Pacific deployments and was selected to attend the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN). After completing his first operational tour, he became an F-14 Flight Instructor at VF-124, and helped introduce the F-14D to the Fleet. After his instructor tour, ARGO transferred to the world famous VF-11 Red Rippers as the training officer.
While waiting for his Department Head orders, ARGO got his Masters degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey California. Following graduation, he returned to Miramar and VF-11 as a Department Head. During his department head tour, ARGO led both the Maintenance and Operations departments while deployed to the Persian Gulf.
Following his department head tour, ARGO reported to Germany for joint duty as the Navy Liaison officer to Headquarters United States Air Forces in Europe. During this tour ARGO was a select member of the planning team preparing for what became the Operation Allied Force air campaign over Kosovo and Serbia. During the conflict, and the months leading up to it, he provided the critical link between US SIXTH FLEET and US Air Force planning teams. He was also selected to be the head of the Air Force Exercise Branch, responsible for planning all US Air Force exercises in the European Theater.
After his joint tour in Germany, ARGO transferred to VX-23 at NAS Patuxent River MD, where he re-qualified in the F-14 and got his initial qualification in the FA-18. He was both the Operations and Executive officer at VX-23 responsible for the safe and effective test flight operations for 36 different type, model, series of aircraft, including 3 experimental aircraft. While at Patuxent River, ARGO screened for Aviation Command and transferred to the Strike Fighter Weapons School Atlantic where he oversaw the post graduate training for all East Coast F-14 and FA-18 squadrons.
After retiring from active duty, ARGO worked as a consultant and subject matter expert for NAVAIR. He helped develop advanced training systems for Navy aircraft and helped improve training range infrastructure. He led test demonstrations at China Lake and Nellis AFB in support new capabilities to meet F-35 training requirements.
ARGO has over 20 years focusing on training and execution in high risk and high reliability environments. He has over 3000 hours of flight time in 17 US military aircraft and 650 arrested landings. He and his wife Barbara live in Drum Point MD, and have three daughters, Jenna, Sara, and Christie.