Rear Adm. Joey Tynch is a native of North Carolina and graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He was commissioned through Aviation Officer Candidate School in July of 1988.
Tynch has over 4,300 flight hours in the H-60. His aviation assignments include quality assurance officer (QAO) at Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 2; Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot and QAO at HS-10; Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 combat search and rescue officer; officer in charge and Sea Hawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor (SWTI) at Pacific Fleet HS Weapons and Tactics Unit and SWTI and maintenance officer at HS-6.
Shore tours include National War College and Secretary of the Joint Staff (SJS) where he also played a key role in the inter-agency training for the civilian surge in Afghanistan during 2009-2010 and in the fall of 2011, he returned to Afghanistan to assess and report on the security, stability and governance of the eastern border provinces to assist the Headquarters International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) campaign plan. While on the Office of Chief of Naval Operations staff, he served as executive assistant to the director of the Navy Staff and Deputy Director of the Navy Staff.
He has completed three tours as commanding officer starting with HS-8, 2006-2007, in Afghanistan as commander of Provincial Reconstruction Team, Kunar Province, 2008-2009 and as captain of USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) in Sasebo, Japan, 2013-2015.
In August 2016, he reported to Allied Joint Force Command, Naples, Italy, where he currently serves as assistant chief of staff for Operations (J3).
His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medals, Navy Commendation, and Achievement Medals, the Combat Action Ribbon, Army Combat Action Badge, and various unit and campaign decorations. He was selected as the Naval Helicopter Association’s (NHA) Instructor Pilot of the Year in 1998 and the NHA’s Pilot of the Year in 2005.