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.