After commissioning in the Navy in 1969, Dr. William McDaniel served for 30 years in a variety of locations such as Vietnam, Spain, Japan, Korea and Hawaii. He had a total of five commands and assumed command of the Naval Hospital in Charleston, S.C. in 1988, which became a key medical facility during Hurricane Hugo in 1989. He was selected as Rear Admiral in 1989. In June of 1990, he became the surgeon for the U.S. Pacific Command at Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii. In 1992, he assumed command of the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va. and received his second star there in 1993.