Rear Adm. Bill Byrne is a native of Pacifica, California, attended the United States Naval Academy and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science in 1987. In 2004 he received a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
He is a surface warfare officer who served aboard USS Cook (FF 1083), USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), USS Vincennes (CG 49), USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and commanded USS Halyburton (FFG 40) and USS Cape St. George (CG 71).
His assignments ashore include aide/flag lieutenant to commander, Naval Forces Marianas, in Guam and several Pentagon tours including resource sponsor for the director, Surface Warfare (OPNAV N86); warfare analyst for the director, Warfare Integration (OPNAV N70); division chief for antiterrorism/force protection programs in the operations directorate of the Joint Staff (J-3); chief of staff for the Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet; and commandant of midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy.
His flag assignments include commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea and Commander Carrier Strike Group 11 embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68). He assumed command of Carrier Strike Group 15 in October 2017.
His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit and the Cheon-Su National Security Medal from the Republic of Korea. In 2015, the National Football Foundation honored Byrne with their Distinguished American Award.