Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet, USN
Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command
The son of a Naval Intelligence officer, Rear Admiral Gallaudet received a bachelor’s degree in oceanography from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1989. He received master’s and doctoral degrees in oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1991 and 2001 respectively.
A Naval Oceanographer, Rear Adm. Gallaudet's afloat tours included Oceanographic Unit Five aboard USNS Harkness, USS Peleliu, USS Kitty Hawk, and temporary assignments to the staff of Commander Sixth Fleet aboard USS LaSalle and USNS Bowditch. During these tours, Rear Adm. Gallaudet served in Operations Southern Watch, Provide Promise, Sharp Guard, Deny Flight, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. While on USNS Bowditch, he participated in the first operational launch and recovery of an undersea glider from a Naval Oceanographic Survey (T-AGS) ship.
Ashore, Gallaudet served with the Naval European Meteorology and Oceanography Center, Rota, Spain; the Naval European Meteorology and Oceanography Detachment, Souda Bay, Greece; the Naval Oceanographic Office, and the staffs of the Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command and the Oceanographer of the Navy. He was the plank-owner commanding officer of the Naval Oceanography Special Warfare Center and the Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Observatory. He also served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations as the deputy oceanographer of the Navy, before assuming command of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command in June 2014.
Gallaudet wears several decorations, which are all the direct result of the professionalism, loyalty and excellence of the Sailors and officers who served with him. His receipt of the 2003 Commander, Naval Air Forces Leadership Award is one such example.