Rear Adm. W. Davis assumed the duties as vice chief of Information in October 2013. Prior to his current role, he served in several positions, most recently as director, Navy Reserve Chief of Information Headquarters, located at the Pentagon. During his tenure as the unit director, he was mobilized to Afghanistan in 2012, serving as director of Public Affairs for Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435.
Davis, a native of Alabama, graduated from Louisiana State University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. In 1998, Davis earned his Juris Doctor degree graduating with manga cum laude honors from Georgia State University.
Commissioned as a supply corps officer in 1986 through the Navy’s Officer Candidate School, Davis’ initial active-duty assignments include tours as assistant supply officer aboard the battleship USS Missouri (BB 63), and aviation supply officer at Naval Air Station Atlanta. Subsequently, Davis also served as a gun director officer for the five and 16-inch guns aboard the Missouri, deploying to the Persian Gulf for Operation Earnest Will and to the Northern Pacific in support of Cold War operations.
In 1992, Davis was selected for transfer to the public affairs designator. He served as assistant public affairs officer at Commander, Naval Base San Francisco, and then as the public affairs officer (PAO) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). As the Lincoln’s PAO, he deployed to the Persian Gulf for Operation Southern Watch, and to Somalia the same year in support of United Nations peacekeeping missions. In 1994, Davis transferred to the Navy Reserve and was assigned to the Navy Office of Information Southeast in Atlanta.
Davis returned to active duty in 1999 via an interservice transfer to the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He was an honor graduate of the Army Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course. At the rank of major, he served as trial counsel and administrative law attorney in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Reserve Command, and then as ethics counselor at the U.S. Army Forces Command located at Fort McPherson, Georgia.
Upon discharge from the Army in 2001, Davis returned to the Navy Reserve. He has since served as executive officer of Navy Information Bureau Detachment 108 in Atlanta; executive officer of the Naval Media Center Reserve unit in Washington; an individual mobilization augmentee (IMA) at U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) Headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, and at USCENTCOM Forward Headquarters in Qatar; director of Navy Reserve Office of Information U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa / U.S. 6th Fleet in Atlanta; an IMA at U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk; and director of Navy Reserve Chief of Information Headquarters. He is a graduate of basic and senior PAO courses at The Defense Information School.
In his civilian career, Davis serves as the deputy superintendent for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama. The center is the nation’s only weapons of mass destruction training facility for civilians. Prior to his current position, Davis worked as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2002-2014.