Rear Admiral John Watkins was born in San Francisco and raised
in San Diego, California. He is a 1991 graduate of the University of San Diego
where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and was commissioned
through the NROTC program. He joined U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. TENTH Fleet
as the Chief of Staff in April 2019, and promoted into his current flag rank in
He was originally a surface warfare officer serving as an
engineering officer aboard USS Ingersoll (DD 990). Following his initial sea
tour, Watkins attended the Naval Postgraduate School obtaining a Master of
Science degree in Information Technology Management in addition to laterally
transferring into the Information Professional community in 2000.
Rear Admiral Watkins’ staff assignments include Naval Space
Command, Naval Satellite Operations Center, United States Indo-Pacific Command,
Commander Naval Surface Forces, Chief of Naval Operations N2/N6 Directorate,
assistant chief of staff for C4I, N6, U.S. 3rd Fleet, and the Chief Staff
Officer for Naval Information Forces West.
His operational tours include assignments as executive officer
USS Coronado (AGF 11) forward deployed in support of U.S. 7th Fleet, assistant
chief of staff for C4I, N6, Expeditionary Strike Group 3 forward deployed to
Commander U.S. 5th Fleet, and as information warfare commander and assistant
chief of staff for C4I, N6, Carrier Strike Group 9 embarked aboard USS Ronald
Reagan (CVN 76) and USS George Washington (CVN 73).
command tours include Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station San Diego,
Navy Information Operations Command Texas, and the Naval Information
Warfighting Development Center.