Rear Admiral Willie Metts is a native of Danville, Georgia. He graduated from Savannah State University in 1985 and was commissioned via the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps.
Metts assumed his current position as director for Intelligence, United States Pacific Command, in August 2013. Previous flag officer assignments include: deputy director of Tailored Access Operations, National Security Agency and director for Intelligence, United States Cyber Command.
Metts' operational assignments include USS Thomas C. Hart (FF 1092) and USS Thomas S. Gates (CG 51), as a surface warfare officer completing three deployments to the Mediterranean and Red Sea. Following selection as an information warfare officer, he was assigned to Commander, Carrier Strike Group 2 as Cryptologic Resource coordinator, embarked on USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in Norfolk. During this assignment, he completed the maiden deployment of Truman to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf.
Major assignments ashore include program operations director at Naval Security Group Command Detachment Potomac, in Washington D.C.; Naval Security Group department head and executive officer at Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Guam; deputy director, Collections and Information Acquisition, United States Pacific Command; special assistant to Commander U.S. Pacific Fleet; commanding officer, Navy Information Operations Command, Hawaii; and, division director, Information Dominance Corps and Foreign Area Assignments at Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tennessee.
Metts has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Savannah State University, a Master of Science degree in Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) from the Naval Post Graduate School, a Master of Arts degree in National Security Studies and Strategic Planning from the Naval War College, and he completed the Harvard University Senior Executive Fellows Program.
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit (three awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and various service and joint expeditionary medals and ribbons.