Carrier Strike Group Eleven

Commander, CSG 11

Chief of Staff

Commander, CSG 11: Rear Admiral William D. Byrne, Jr.

Rear Adm. Bill Byrne, a native of Pacifica, California, attended the United States Naval Academy and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science in 1987. In 2004 he received a Master of Arts in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

His sea assignments include gunnery officer and main propulsion assistant aboard USS Cook (FF 1083), anti-submarine warfare officer aboard USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), weapons officer and combat systems officer aboard USS Vincennes (CG 49) and executive officer aboard USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55).

Byrne commanded USS Halyburton (FFG 40) and USS Cape St. George (CG 71).

His assignments ashore include aide/flag lieutenant to Commander, Naval Forces Marianas, in Guam and several Pentagon tours including resource sponsor for the Director, Surface Warfare (OPNAV N86), warfare analyst for the Director, Warfare Integration (OPNAV N70), division chief for Antiterrorism/Force Protection programs in the Operations Directorate of the Joint Staff (J-3), chief of staff for the Commander, U.S. Third Fleet, and commandant of midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Byrne most recently served as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea. He assumed command of Carrier Strike Group 11 on 14 September 2016.

His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Cheon-Su National Security Medal from the Republic of Korea. In 2015, the National Football Foundation honored Byrne with their Outstanding American Award.

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Chief of Staff: Commander James Harney

CDR James Harney is a native of Nicholasville, Kentucky and earned his commission in 1996 from the United States Naval Academy.

His assignments at sea include Commanding and Executive Officer of USS RUSSELL (DDG 59), commissioning Damage Control Assistant aboard USS ROSS (DDG 71), CIC Officer aboard USS PETERSON (DD 969), Operations Officer aboard USS MCFAUL (DDG 74), and Operations Officer aboard USS CHOSIN (CG 65). During these operational tours, he completed deployments and missions in support of Operations Allied Force, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom.

Ashore, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School; Served as Surface Warfare Officer, Second Tour Department Head Detailer, Bureau of Naval Personnel, PERS-41; Maritime Operations Planner in the Standing Joint Force Headquarters; Joint Operations Center Team Chief in the Operations Directorate (J3) of U.S. Africa Command, and Commanding Officer, Afloat Training Group Mayport.

Commander Harney’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (3 awards), and various service campaign and unit decorations.

Commander Harney holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master of Science in Computer Science (Modeling and Simulation focus) from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and completed his Joint Service education at the Armed Forces Staff College.

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