CDR Adkisson is a 2012 Graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a MS in Information Technology Strategy, a 2010 JPME II Joint Forces Staff College graduate, a 2008 graduate of the Air Command and Staff College with a MS in Military and Operational Science, a 2004 graduate from the University of Maryland, with a BA in Psychology, and a 1988 graduate of the National Security Agency, National Cryptologic School. He enlisted in 1983 as a Cryptologic Technician, Interpretive (CTI), Russian Language, and graduated Defense Language Institute, Monterey CA. in 1985.
Commander James W. Adkisson III (USN/1810)
CDR Adkisson’s enlisted service was from 1983 – 1996 and culminated as a Chief Petty Officer. His shore duty included Naval Information Operations Command (NIOC) Misawa Japan, Naval field Station, Diogenes Station, Sinop Turkey, NIOD Barbers Point HI, and NIOD Monterey CA. His afloat tours included five fast attack submarines; two surface combatants; two special reconnaissance squadrons with which he accrued over 1500 flight hours, including over 400 combat flight hours; and a deployment with a Special Operations Team in USNS OBSERVATION ISLAND (T-AGM-23).
CDR Adkisson was commissioned, October 1996 as a Cryptology Officer, now Information Warfare Officer. His shore tours include NIOC Bahrain, NIOSD FOUR Molesworth, United Kingdom, Commander Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor Hawaii, and U.S Africa Command, Stuttgart Germany. His Afloat tours include USS NORMANDY, with GEORGE WASHINGTON Carrier Strike Group (CSG), USS ARLEIGH BURKE, with EISENHOWER CSG, and the Staff of JOHN C. STENNIS Strike Group. Combat and combat support tours include three deployments to the Arabian Gulf, Adriatic Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Pacific; 50 airborne reconnaissance missions ISO Operation Iraqi Freedom and CSG early warning support; 14 deployments covering over 2,800 miles of convoy operations ISO of Joint Special Operations Command mission requirements; and one year deployed as an Electronic Warfare Officer (EWO), Joint CREW Composite Squadron ONE, with US Army 402nd and 431st Civil Affairs Battalion, COB SPEICHER, Tikrit, Iraq.
CDR Adkisson also served as OIC, Defense Resource Management Initiative, US Embassy, Kampala, Uganda participating in the Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009 and other operations including Odyssey Dawn, Lightning Thunder, and Time Sensitive Targeting Missions. His commissioned duties include: Division Officer and Officer of the Deck afloat; Operations Department Head; Communications Evaluator airborne; OIC for Special Operations Support; Assistant Director for Influence Operations; Combat Battalion and Brigade EWO; Branch Chief, Information Operations Intelligence and cyber Integration; and Deputy Information Warfare Commander / Asst Chief of Staff for Information Operations.
CDR Adkisson’s professional qualifications include: Fully Joint Qualified Officer, the Naval Air Crewman warfare pin; Surface Warfare Officer pin; Air Observer Warfare pin; and Information Dominance Corps Warfare pin. His awards include: Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Combat Air Medal (with one bronze star), Navy Commendation Medal (5), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal, and various other campaign medals, ribbons, and Flag Commendations. He was also recognized for career achievement in Cryptology and Information Warfare as the 2015 Captain Joseph J. Rocheford Leadership Award recipient.