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News | Sept. 18, 2020

US Fleet Cyber Command, US Navy Space Command welcome new VADM

By Petty Officer 2nd Class William Sykes U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. Navy Space/U.S. 10th Fleet Public Affairs

Vice Adm. Ross Myers relieved Vice Adm. Timothy “T.J.” White as commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. Navy Space/U.S. 10th Fleet, during a change of command ceremony Sept. 18 at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Myers most recently served as the deputy commander of U.S. Cyber Command. White retired after more than 33 years of service.

Gen. Paul Nakasone, commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, was the ceremony's presiding officer. He commended White’s exceptional work and leadership while in command.

“T.J. has led Fleet Cyber and 10th Fleet with purpose and focus,” Nakasone said. “I truly value his leadership, his work and his thoughtfulness. During his tenure at Fleet Cyber, T.J.’s leadership and influence greatly expanded the Navy’s ability to conduct cyberspace operations. He provided inspirational and visionary leadership to a staff of more than 600 military, civilian and contractor personnel as well as over 16,000 persons at 24 commands throughout the globe.”

White praised the men and women of Fleet Cyber Command for their exceptional work.

“It is and always has been about the people,” White said. “You make it happen. It has been a singularly awesome experience to see you in action and a privilege to be a part of your team.”

White also expressed his confidence in Myers becoming the next commander of FCC/C10F.

“I could not be more pleased than to turn the deck over to Vice Adm. Ross Myers,” White said. “He brings a storied career, an extended horizon view and leadership to ensure that Fleet Cyber Command, 10th Fleet, Navy Space and Joint Force Head Quarters-Cyber are in place and postured to transition from ‘be prepared to’ to ‘on order’. Ross, I’m looking forward to seeing your continued success as you steer this fleet into the future.”

Myers is the sixth flag officer selected to command the Navy’s newest fleet, which reports directly to the Chief of Naval Operations as an Echelon II command and is responsible for Navy information network operations, offensive and defensive cyberspace operations, space operations and signals intelligence. As such, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command serves as the Navy component command to U.S. Cyber Command, the Navy space component to U.S. Space Command, and the Navy’s Service Cryptologic Component Commander under the National Security Agency/Central Security Service.

“To the men and women of Fleet Cyber, 10th Fleet, Navy Space Command and Joint Forces Headquarters, I am honored and humbled to take the helm with such an esteemed fighting force,” Myers said. “I look forward to serving with you.”

A career naval aviator, Myers has led at the squadron, air wing and carrier strike group level. He has also served as the deputy director for Joint Staff Global Operations, executive assistant to the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as the vice deputy director for nuclear, homeland defense and current operations. He was also director of plans and policy and then chief of staff prior to being named deputy commander of U.S. Cyber Command.

FCC is responsible for Navy information network operations, offensive and defensive cyberspace operations, space operations, and signals intelligence. Comprised of more than 14,000 Sailors, Reservists and civilians stationed across the world, C10F is the operational arm of FCC and executes its mission through a task force structure similar to other warfare commanders. In this role, C10F provides support of Navy and joint missions in cyber/networks, cryptologic/signals intelligence and space.