LIEUTENANT COMMANDER Colin G. Larkins, USN
Lieutenant Commander Colin G. Larkins, USN was commissioned from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. He soon reported to naval Technical Training Center, Corry Station in Pensacola, FL for Naval Cryptologic Officer Basic Course. Upon completion he was assigned to Naval Security Group (NSGA) Fort Gordon, Georgia as National Security Agency/Cryptologic Security Service (NSA/CSS) Senior Watch Officer. During this assignment he deployed to Iraq at CSG Baghdad as a Watch Officer. He also qualified as a Battle Watch Captain and Direct Support Officer (DSO) and completed three deployments.
In 2007, Lieutenant Commander Larkins transferred to Navy Information Operations Command Misawa, Japan as an Airborne Cryptologic Direct Support Element Officer to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron ONE (VQ-1) and TWO (VQ-2) during Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and mission supporting SEVENTH Fleet and United States Pacific Command (USPACOM). He also qualified as Naval Air Observer and served as Operations Department Head. Following NIOC Misawa, Lieutenant Commander Larkins matriculated to Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, CA where he earned his Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering as well as his Command and Staff Diploma from the Naval War College for Phase One of Joint Professional Military Education.
Lieutenant Commander Larkins was then assigned to Expeditionary Strike Group THREE (ESG-3) where he served as the Deputy Information Warfare Commander. He received is Space Operations Officer qualification and command qualification in 2014.
In December 2014, Lieutenant Commander Larkins reported to Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Texas as the NSA/CSS Operations Officer and Cyber Lead. During this tour, he made a professional move to become the Deputy Chief, of Mission Engagement, Requirements and Assessments and initiated the Cryptologic Assessments Program.
Among his personal awards, decorations include Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star and Navy Achievement Medial in addition to various campaign and unit awards.
NIOC Whidbey Island is an Echelon IV command reporting to NAVIFOR in support of US Navy Fleet Cyber Command/10th Fleet
Last reviewed: Sep 12, 2017