A native of Southern Maryland, Rear
Adm. James Butler enlisted in the Navy in 1982, trained as a Machinist Mate,
and attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in
1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.
He holds Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Naval
Postgraduate School and Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the
Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He
was designated a Cryptologic Warfare Officer in 1989.
At sea, Butler served aboard the
USS MISSISSIPPI (CGN 40) as the Signals Warfare Intelligence Officer. His division conducted Cryptologic,
Electronic Warfare, Command and Control Warfare, and Intelligence Operations in
the Mediterranean in support of Operation Sharp Guard and in the Caribbean in
support of Operation Uphold Democracy.
As a Reservist, he was mobilized
for one year to Headquarters, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) as
the Information Operations Director for both NATO and U.S. Forces Afghanistan
(USFOR A) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Butler’s command tours include Navy
Reserve Naval Information Operations Command Texas and Navy Reserve Naval
Information Operations Command Devens Massachusetts. Post Command he served as Regional Commander,
Naval Information Forces Reserve Southeast leading 32 Reserve Units across
Ashore, he served at the National
Security Agency in Research and Signals Intelligence roles. As a Reservist, he supported engineering and
acquisition programs at the Naval Information Warfare Activity (NIWA). His staff assignments include Deputy Chief
Information Officer for the Naval Network Warfare Command Reserve Staff and Cryptologic
Warfare Community Lead on the Naval Information Forces Reserve Staff.
Personal decorations include the Defense
Meritorious Service Medal and several personal Navy and Joint awards. He had the distinct honor of serving with those
who earned the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO Medal (ISAF), Navy Unit
Commendation, and the Navy Battle ‘E’
Updated: 17 June 2020