Bridgeport native completes tour as commanding officer of Naval Submarine

Capt. Daniel Rossler, the dual-hatted commodore of Regional Support Group (RSG) and Naval Submarine Support Facility (NSSF), turned over command to Capt. David Grogan in a traditional change of command ceremony followed by an emotional retirement ceremony held Friday, November 17 at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut.

Rossler, the Navy’s former “Silver Eagle” for being the senior-most Limited Duty Officer (LDO) before being re-designated to take command of RSG/NSSF, called this culminating event “the best day ever” as he spoke of his 41 years of naval service.

“I enlisted for six years as a nuclear electrician and it’s been a long, interesting ride since that day,” he said. “I never thought I’d still be in the Navy today – and honestly the whole journey has been constantly finding new and exciting paths that I had no idea existed until I stepped beyond those comfort zones and discovered those opportunities.”

Rossler, a Connecticut native, was born in the city of Bridgeport and raised in the town of Monroe where he graduated from Masuk High School in 1980 before enlisting in the Navy in November 1982. Rossler’s enlisted and commissioned career has taken him all over the globe to include a tour as Naval Submarine Base New London’s 47th executive officer from 2008-2011.


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