William D. Byrne Jr.
|Birth name||William Declan Byrne Jr.|
|Service/||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1987–present (33–34 years)|
|Commands held|| U.S. Naval Forces Korea |
Carrier Strike Group 11
Carrier Strike Group 15
USS Cape St. George
|Awards|| Defense Superior Service Medal |
Legion of Merit (5)
William Declan Byrne Jr. is a United States Navy rear admiral who serves as director of warfare development (N72) in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.He previously served as the vice director of the Joint Staff. Byrne also served as the 85th Commandant of Midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy from May 2013 to June 2015.
Byrne attended the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1987 with a B.S. degree in Political Science. While there, he was a record-setting starting quarterback for three football seasons.Byrne later earned an M.S. degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 2004.
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|Surface Warfare Officer Pin|
|Defense Superior Service Medal|
|Legion of Merit with four gold award stars||Meritorious Service Medal with two award stars||Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three award stars|
|Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal||Joint Meritorious Unit Award||Navy Unit Commendation|
|Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation||Navy "E" Ribbon with two Wreathed Battle E devices||Navy Expeditionary Medal|
|National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star||Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal||Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal|
|Global War on Terrorism Service Medal||Korea Defense Service Medal||Humanitarian Service Medal|
|Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with six service stars||Naval Reserve Sea Service Ribbon||Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon with two service stars|
|Navy Accession Training Service Ribbon||Order of National Security Merit, Cheonsu Medal (Korea)||Navy Expert Pistol Shot Ribbon|
|Command at Sea insignia|
|Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge|
In 2015, Byrne was selected as a co-recipient of the Distinguished American Award by the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame.
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Robert E. Clark II
| Commandant of Midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy |
Stephen E. Liszewski
| Commander of United States Naval Forces Korea |
Charles Cooper II
Ross A. Myers
| Commander of Carrier Strike Group 15 |
Glen D. VanHerck
| Vice Director of the Joint Staff |
George M. Wikoff
| Director of the Joint Staff |
Andrew P. Poppas
James S. Bynum
| Director of Warfare Integration of the United States Navy |