NR NCDOC (Reserve Unit)
112 Lake View Parkway, Suite 149, Suffolk, VA
Phone: (757) 318-4500
Commander V. James Belanger
CDR V. James Belanger is originally from West Windsor, NJ. He is a graduate of Norwich University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics. In 2010, he earned his Masters of Science in Information Assurance from University of Maryland's University College. He was commissioned in 2001 through NROTC at Norwich University.
After commissioning, he attended flight school in Pensacola, FL. His first tour as a Naval Aviator was with Helicopter Antisubmarine Light Squadron 43 (HSL-43) in NAS North Island, CA. At HSL-43, he deployed aboard the USS Preble (DDG-88) to the Northern Arabian Gulf in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. Following his tour with HSL-43 in 2006, LT Belanger transferred to the Information Professional community and received orders to Commander Task Force 67 (CTF-67) in Sigonella, Italy. While at CTF-67, he was the Task Force C4I/N6 officer, and was a lead communications planner for Maritime Air operations in the 6th Fleet AOR.
In 2011 he separated from active duty, affiliated with the reserves, and received orders to Fleet Cyber Command/Commander 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F). At C10F he filled multiple roles on the staff as the HUNT division officer and the Defensive Cyber Operations Lead for EXERCISE TERMINAL FURY 12.
In January of 2013, as a LCDR, he accepted ADT orders to be the Deputy Director for Operations at the Integrated Broadcast Service Support Office (IBSSO) to help prepare them for a major transition from a legacy architecture to a modernized architecture. While at IBSSO, LCDR Belanger led the IBSSO operations department, IBSSO watch, and tier I and tier II technical support teams.
In December of 2013 he mobilized in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, as part of the ISAF Headquarters Staff in Kabul, Afghanistan. LCDR Belanger filled a critical role as the Operations and Co-ordinations Staff officer for D/Commander Ministerial Advisory Group (DCOM MAG), and then later during the same tour as a J6/Communications Staff Officer. LCDR Belanger demobilized in November of 2014, and returned to FCC/C10F.
In 2015 LCDR Belanger was hand-selected for a one year pilot program to integrate Information Professional officers into non-traditional IP commands. Throughout 2015 he was the Global Maritime Watch division officers for ONI 0566 and broke new ground as the first IP reserve officer to perform an AT period with ONI's SPECTRUM office.
In 2016, Belanger once again returned to FCC/C10F to take a lead role in key project assigned to the reserve unit to assess the Maritime Sealift Command's transition from their legacy NOC infrastructure to an integrated infrastructure with the FLTNOCs. The goal was to assess the status of the project and identify areas of risk to the Navy's FLTNOCs, and make recommendations for the mitigation of high-risk activities during the transition.
CDR Belanger's personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal.
In his civilian career, Mr. Belanger is a contractor with SAIC supporting USCYBERCOM. He holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certifications.