The Mission of Scabbard and Blade
To jointly strengthen, lead, and connect all aspiring military officers with leaders of today.
We aspire to provide unparalleled leadership and interaction between both military services here at Texas Tech University.
Lt Col Dan J. Whannell
Lieutenant Colonel Dan J. Whannell is the Commander of Detachment 820 and Professor of Aerospace Studies for Texas Tech University. Lieutenant Colonel Whannell graduated from the University of Portland in 1992, earning a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Prior to his assignment to Texas Tech University, Lieutenant Colonel Whannell was the Executive Officer for Headquarters Air Combat Command Director of Intelligence. His previous assignments also include time as Senior Military Training Advisor for North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) operations and time on the Headquarters Air staff at the Pentagon.