Cmdr. Bernard T. "Tom" O'Neill

Commander, Cryptologic Warfare Maritime Activity​ 61 / Commander, Task Group 1060.1

20 September 2020

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VIRIN: 200920-N-MS174-0014
Cmdr. Bernard T. "Tom" O'Neill, a native of Florida, commissioned in 1999 through the Officer Candidate School Program after graduating from Excelsior College in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts and a concentration in Asian studies. He completed a Master of Science in international relations with Troy University in 2004 and a Master of Science in cyber security with Liberty University in 2017. He is also a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College.
After enlisting in 1989 as a cryptologic technician interpretive, he studied Vietnamese and Thai at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. His initial assignments included Naval Security Group Activities in the Philippines, Hawaii, and Maryland. He was designated Naval Aircrew and served in EP-3, ES-3, and special projects aircraft. He also qualified in submarines on USS La Jolla (SSN 701) and was authorized to wear silver dolphins.
After commissioning in 1999, he returned to Naval Security Group Activity (NSGA) Hawaii and served as an operations watch officer and the warfighter signals intelligence integration cell operations officer. He also deployed as a Subsurface Cryptologic Direct Support Officer. His next tour, he served as the Electronic Warfare Officer in USS OKANE (DDG 77) and qualified Officer of the Deck (Underway).
He was designated Master Training Specialist and selected Officer Instructor of the Year during his next tour at Center for Information Dominance. While at Corry Station, he deployed to Iraq in 2007 on individual augmentation in support of Joint Crew Composite Squadron (JCCS) 1. As a counter-radio controlled improvised explosive device expert, he served as a battalion electronic warfare officer embedded with the 115th Brigade Support Battalion and 1st of the 14th Infantry Regiment.
In 2009, he led Navy Information Operations Detachment (NIOD) Groton as the officer in charge. Then, he was assigned to the Pentagon and led a Resources and Technological Assessment Section in support of the Chief of Naval Operations N2/N6F21 operational support branch. The following tour, he served as the command special access program control officer at U.S. Cyber Command. In 2016, he completed a milestone tour as the Commander, Task Force (CTF) 1050 operations officer at Ft. Gordon.

During his last assignment, he served as deputy CTF 1030 and executive officer, Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Norfolk.

Cmdr. O'Neill was awarded the Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, four Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and five Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals.

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