Vice Adm. Nora Tyson is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, and a graduate of Vanderbilt University. She received her commissioned through Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, and earned her naval aviation wings in 1983. She is a 1995 graduate of the U.S. Naval War College with a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Affairs.
Tyson reported to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 4 in 1983, where she ultimately served three tours at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, and Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, including one as commanding officer.
Tyson’s operational assignments include assistant operations officer aboard the training aircraft carrier, USS Lexington (AVT 16), navigator aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65), commander, amphibious assault ship, USS Bataan (LHD 5), leading the Navy’s contributions to disaster relief efforts on the U.S. Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and deploying twice to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, commander, Task Force 73, commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific based in Singapore, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2, where she led the USS George H.W. Bush Strike Group on its maiden deployment in support of operations in both U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
Her shore assignments include political military planner in the Asia-Pacific Division of Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J-5) of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), executive assistant for the assistant to the chairman of JCS; director of staff for Commander, Naval Forces Europe/Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet; executive assistant for the Chief of Naval Operations; and vice director, JCS, deputy commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
Tyson served her last assignment as commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet from July 2015 to September 2017.