U.S.Â Navy Rear Adm. Michael Gilday, current director of operations at theÂ U.S. Cyber Command, has been nominated to serveÂ as commander of the militaryÂ branch’s Fleet Cyber CommandÂ that operates as theÂ Tenth Fleet.
Defense SecretaryÂ Ashton Carter said TuesdayÂ that President Barack Obama hass also endorsed GildayÂ for promotion to the rank of vice admiral.
If confirmed by Senate, Gilday would lead the command thatÂ supports the Navy’s networks, cryptologic and signals intelligence, information operations, space, electronic warfare and cyber technologiesÂ at sea and onshore.
He previouslyÂ worked forÂ theÂ Bureau of Naval Personnel, the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations’ strategic plans and policy directorate and the Office ofÂ the Vice Chief of Naval Operations.
GildayÂ also served as naval aide to the U.S. president, executive assistant to the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, director of operationsÂ at NATOâs Joint Force Command in Lisbon, Portugal, and chief of staff for Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO.
He also previouslyÂ commanded theÂ USS Higgins,Â USS Benfold,Â Destroyer Squadron 7 andÂ Carrier Strike Group 8 as well asÂ served aboard theÂ USS GettysburgÂ during Operation Desert Fox,Â USS PrincetonÂ during Desert Shield/Storm and USS ChandlerÂ during the Iran-Iraq War.