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Navy Names New CYBERFOR/NETWARCOM Commanders

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Story Number: NNS100401-22
Release Date: 4/1/2010 2:53:00 PM

From Navy Cyber Forces and Naval Network Warfare Command Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Prospective commanders for Navy Cyber Forces (CYBERFOR) and Naval Network Warfare Command (NETWARCOM) were announced by the chief of naval operations March 31.

Rear Adm. Thomas P. Meek will be assigned as the commander of Navy Cyber Forces, and Rear Adm. Edward H. Deets III will take the helm of Naval Network Warfare Command at a change of command ceremony May 14 at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.

CYBERFOR/NETWARCOM Commander Vice Adm. H. Denby Starling II will retire at the ceremony at the conclusion of 36 years of naval service.

Starling has served as NETWARCOM commander since June, 2007. He assumed command of CYBERFOR at the command's establishment ceremony Jan. 26. CYBERFOR is the Navy's type commander for cryptology/signals intelligence, cyber, electronic warfare, information operations, intelligence, networks and space disciplines.

Meek, an intelligence officer, will report to CYBERFOR from the National Maritime Intelligence Center in Suitland, Md., where he now serves as director.

Deets is currently serving as vice commander at NETWARCOM, and is the leader of the Navy's Information Warfare Officer/Cryptologic Technician Community.

NETWARCOM was established in 2002. The command's mission is to direct the operations and security of the Navy's portion of the Global Information Grid; and to deliver reliable and secure Net-Centric and Space war fighting capabilities in support of strategic, operational, and tactical missions across the Navy.

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