Friday, December 9, 2011

Just Promoted Last Week !! Congratulations RADM Leigher!!

Navy Flag Officer Biography

Rear Admiral William E. Leigher

Director of Warfare Integration for Information Dominance (OPNAV N2/N6F)

Rear Admiral William E. Leigher
Rear Adm. Leigher, a native of Appleton, Maine, was commissioned as an ensign at Officer Candidate School, Newport, R.I. in 1981.  He graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and attended the Naval War College, graduating in 1994 with a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.

His initial assignment was aboard USS Thorn (DD 988) as a communications officer. In 1984, he reported to the Surface Warfare Officers School in Newport, R.I., as the fleet communications instructor. In 1987, he was selected for lateral transfer and subsequently designated a naval cryptologic officer. Later in 1987, Leigher was assigned to U.S. Naval Security Group Activity Hanza, Okinawa, Japan, as a division officer responsible for fleet and national signals intelligence operations. In 1990, he was assigned as the staff cryptologist for Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group Two in Charleston, S.C. During this tour, he completed two deployments embarked in USS America (CV 66), which included combat action during Operations Desert Storm, Desert Shield and Southern Watch. In 1992, he was assigned to the Office of Naval Intelligence Detachment, Newport, R.I., as a war-gaming specialist.

In 1995, Leigher was assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Europe in London, England, as the cryptologic operations officer. In 1998, he reported to commander, Naval Security Group Command, Fort Meade, Md., for assignment as deputy director for Information Technology and Communications, and was subsequently assigned to the Pentagon as the executive assistant to the deputy director for Cryptology. In 2002, he reported to the National Security Agency, serving as a Senior Operations Officer in the National Security Operations Center. In July 2004, he reported as the deputy director for Information Operations at Naval Network Warfare Command and subsequently served as the commanding officer Naval Information Operations Command, Norfolk, Va.

Upon his promotion to flag officer in June 2008, he was appointed as the director of Information Operations on the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. In December 2009, he was assigned as deputy commander for U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet. In July 2011, Leigher returned to staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in his current position as, Director of Warfare Integration for Information Dominance, and was promoted in December 2011.

Leigher wears the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (three awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various unit and campaign medals.


Justin Rogers ENS, USN (1170) said...

Let's Go Crypto Navy!!!! It's the little community that could...! I counted four professional areas that seem to be IW related in that RAND study posted a bit ago. That's pretty good for a RL community! In reading the bio, it's so cool how the IDC sends its personnel to some pretty exotic duty stations, i.e. Sicily, UK, Japan, Australia!!

Anonymous said...

Not to make an attempt to take anything away from a distinguished career, but why is that we (the Navy at large) choose to celebrate successes of our superiors vice celebrate those who are up and coming. For example, why isn't this a post of an E5 or and O3 that is a current hot runner? Is it because we choose not to take a risk in the case their career takesa s sudden turn, or is it because we don't honestly know who those individuals are? Regardless of the reason, shame on all of us.

Again, was not an attempt to take away from the RDML or from the blog. I know RDML Leigher personally and he is an outstanding officer and I enjoy reading the blog on a regular basis. Guess I just find the Navy culture somewhat stagnant and out of touch.

Captain - Special Duty Cryptology said...

Anon at 12:07 PM

I would refer you back to

If I know about a hot-running E-1, I will put it in here. Numerous posts on ILTCOHJ about our Sailor superstars.

Anonymous said...


You could have used your space to talk about a great sailor instead of complaining about not recognizing someone. Waisted opportunity.

Anonymous said...

One of the many things I like about this blog is that it covers so many areas: young, old, men, women, good, not so good, military, non military. It's a good read, even an old Soldier and latter stage sexagenarian like me. BZ to the author.