CDR James B. Gateau, USNChief Staff Officer, Naval Computer and Telecommunications
Area Master Station, Pacific
CDR Gateau is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's ROTC program (BS Aeronautical Engineering). After earning his degree and commission in May, 1996, he reported to flight training in Pensacola, FL, finally selecting UH-3H Sea King helicopters and receiving his "Wings of Gold" in March, 1998.
After assignment to the "Fleet Angels" of HC-2 and serving two successful deployments to Bahrain, CDR Gateau was selected for transition to F/A-18C Hornets and completed transition training in Kingsville, TX and Lemoore, CA. Assigned to VFA-147, the "Argonauts," he deployed in support of COMUSSEVENTHFLT aboard the USS Carl Vinson.
Following a safe ejection during a training flight near Guam, CDR Gateau transitioned to the Information Professional Community and accepted orders to the Naval Network and Space Operations Command, in Dahlgren, VA. He has served as Knowledge Manager, Director of Technology Innovation, Deputy Chief of the NAVGNOSC, and NAVGNOSC Technical Director.
CDR Gateau graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School in March, 2007 with a Master of Science in Information Systems and Operations (With Honors, Outstanding Thesis).
CDR Gateau has served in afloat IP tours as Combat Information Systems Officer, USS Nimitz (CVN-68), completing two deployments to the Persian Gulf in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM; and as Carrier Strike Group ONE’s Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for C4I and Knowledge Manager (N6A/KM) embarked in USS CARL VINSON.
At US European Command, CDR Gateau served as Branch Chief for Multinational and Mission Partner Information Sharing and deputy Division Chief for the Chief Information Officer Division and Deputy CIO for USEUCOM. He directed strategy, policy and governance activities for the command and managed the J6 directorate’s $36M annual budget and $20M IT Services Contract.
CDR Gateau's personal and unit awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals, a Navy Achievement Medal earned for rescue operations performed after Gulf Air Flight 72 crashed in Bahrain, a Joint Meritorious Unit Citation, multiple Meritorious Unit Commendations, multiple Battle "E" ribbons, and the GWOT Expeditionary and Service Medals.
CDR Gateau is the winner of the 2010 DoD CIO Award.