CDR Owen Schoolsky is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia in September 1989. He enlisted in the Navy as a CTR in February 1991 and was commissioned an Ensign in October 1996 and designated as a Cryptologic Officer.
Upon commissioning in October 1996, he received orders to the National Security Agency (NSA), serving as the Team Chief for the Balkans 24 hour watch in the National Security Operation Center (NSOC). Follow-on tour was to the USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD-6) as the Ship Signals Exploitation Space (SSES) Officer reporting onboard in April 2000. As the SSES Officer and CRC he led, trained, and managed 46 Sailors and Marines into a Joint cryptologic team, supporting initial strike operations in Afghanistan and the Arabian Gulf. Additionally, while onboard BONHOMME RICHARD, he was successful in qualifying as a surface warfare officer, standing watches as an OOD (u/w) and CICWO.
In July 2002 CDR Schoolsky reported to the Naval Post Graduate School where he earned an MS degree in Information Systems Technology and completed Phase I of JPME. After graduating in July 2004 he reported to Naval Special Warfare Group ONE (NSWG-1) as the Tactical Information Operations Department Head supporting combat operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Joint Operations Area (JOA) in the Pacific. His concentrated area of focus was towards Active Electronic Warfare (EW) and Computer Network Operations at the tactical level directly in support of Joint SOF mission sets, and/or by, with and through host and partner nations.
In January 2007, he reported to Expeditionary Strike Group THREE (ESG-3) where he was immediately deployed to Fifth Fleet as CRC for multiple Combined Task Forces supporting counter piracy, amphibious operations, defense of the oil platforms, as well as NAVCENT’s counter-terrorism cell. Upon completion of ESG-3’s deployment he provided direct executive level support to the senior Admiral on staff as the principle cryptologic and information operations advisor in all aspects of manning, training, and equipping for over 60 surface combatant platforms operating in the Pacific Theater and the Middle East.
From July 2010 to June 2012 CDR Schoolsky was assigned to the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA as the Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics Program Officer as well as supporting the stand-up of the MS in Cyber Systems Operations curriculum. He was then assigned to Naval Special Warfare Command where he is served as the N39/Force Tactical Information Operations (TIO) Officer supporting Navy and Joint SOF operations world-wide. On 11 July 2014 he assumed his new duties as Executive Officer, Navy Information Operations Command Maryland.
CDR Schoolsky’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (x4), Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (x3).