Rear Adm. William Wheeler III, commander of the U.S. Navy‘s patrol and reconnaissance group, will assume a new role as director of plans and policy, J5, at the U.S. Cyber Command in Fort Meade, Md.
Navy Secretary Richard Spencer and Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations announced Friday Wheeler’s new assignment.
Wheeler previously worked as deputy commander of the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa in Djibouti and as executive assistant to the Joint Staff director as well as to the commander of the U.S. Naval Forces in Europe and Africa.
The career naval flight officer also served in various maritime patrol and reconnaissance tours.
His service awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal.