Cmdr. Layfield

Commanding Officer, Naval Information Warfare Training Group (NIWTG) Norfolk

20 September 2020 Cmdr. Layfield is a native of Americus, Georgia, and a prior Marine. He entered the U.S. Navy through the Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program in 2000 at Southern Polytechnic State University where he earned a B.S. in civil engineering technology. He was commissioned as a cryptologic officer in 2003.
His first assignment was at Naval Security Group Activity, Pensacola, Florida, as the senior operations watch officer. During that tour, he also served as the direct support cryptologic officer aboard USS Barry (DDG 52) conducting cryptologic operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR). In 2004, Cmdr. Layfield reported as the signals warfare officer aboard USS Mustin (DDG 89) where he completed a Western Pacific deployment. He also served as a safety officer, special security officer, and VBSS security team leader where he successful led boardings within the U.S. 5th Fleet (C5F) AOR. After this afloat tour, he earned his Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Cmdr. Layfield was detailed to Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Suitland in Maryland. There he served as the subsurface Cryptologic Carry-On Program contracting officer representative where he managed two contracts valued at $150 million. He led a diverse group of military, civilian, and contractor personnel engaged in system development, technical guidance, and operations and maintenance for 126 worldwide deployable subsurface cryptologic systems.
From 2011 to 2013 then Cmdr. Layfield completed his milestone as the Cryptologic Resource Coordinator (CRC) and the deputy information warfare commander at Commander, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11 embarked aboard USS Essex (LHD 2) and USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), where he completed five deployments within the U.S. 7th Fleet AOR. From there he reported to Corry Station as the N71 and lead CRC course instructor. 

In 2014, he was selected as the Information Warfare Training Command Corry Station’s executive officer, where he led the largest command in the information warfare training domain responsible for 38 courses of instruction encompassing training 2,200 joint service students daily. In 2016, he was selected as a fellow on the SECNAV Tours with Industry with Apple, Inc. There he served as an engineering program manager in wireless design developing the 10th anniversary iPhone.

Cmdr. Layfield’s most recent tour was the FIRES director for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet. There he was in charge of the TLAM, SAP, STO and information operations cells where his team planned and executed kinetic and non-kinetic strikes throughout that extremely active and volatile AOR.

His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2).

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