Tomorrow Commander Joel A. Yates will be relieved by Commander Brian L. Schulz as Commanding Officer, Navy Information Operations Command Yokosuka.

Command Yates’ significant accomplishments while in command include:

-A major command building project which provided much needed workspace for the only Forward Deployed Naval Forces Cyber Protection Team (555 CPT), facilitating Full Operational Capability of the CPT well ahead of schedule.

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-Full renovation of the Japan Signals Analysis Laboratory (JSAL), including installation of a state-of-the-art laboratory and improved working space which facilitated the rejuvenation of the JSAL, aligning the JSAL mission to improved cryptologic performance in the C7F AOR.

-Flawless execution of vital Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) / USN bilateral relationships in both SIGINT and CYBER.  Significantly enhanced the cooperative analysis of adversary operations in both domains, strengthening the partnership and improving ongoing interactions.

-Drove the development of a Five Year Strategic Plan to improve execution of surface cryptology in the USINDOPACOM AOR.  Developed and implemented the Western Pacific Area Analyst program, which directly addressed significant shortcomings in cryptologic operations in the AOR and leveraged available manpower across the Fleet.

Skipper Yates, you truly made your command and community better.  Congratulations on a successful command tour!

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Commander Yates’ biography follows:

Commander Joel A. Yates, USN
Commanding Officer
Navy Information Operations Command Yokosuka

CDR Yates is a native of Beaverton, MI.  He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January 1988 as a Cryptologic Technician (Collection) CTR.

CDR Yates began his career as a CTR at the NAVAL SECURITY GROUP DETACHMENT ROTA, Spain where he served as a Direct Support Operator aboard ships conducting operations within the Mediterranean Sea and Red Sea.  His next tour of duty took him across the world to NAVAL SECURITY GROUP ACTIVITY MISAWA, Japan where he did analysis and reporting.  From there, he reported to NAVAL SECURITY GROUP ACTIVITY KUNIA, HI to deploy as a Direct Support Supervisor in a variety of ships operating in the Western Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, and Arabian Gulf.  In 1998, he was initiated and promoted to Chief Petty Officer.

In August 2000, CDR Yates was commissioned under the Limited Duty Officer program and assigned to NAVAL SECURITY GROUP ACTIVITY ROTA, Spain to fly as a Special Evaluator aboard EP-3E aircraft.   While there, he flew more than 1300 hours over the former states of Yugoslavia, the Mediterranean and Caribbean Sea.  From there, he was assigned to NAVAL AVIATION SYSTEMS COMMAND PATUXENT RIVER as the Staff Cryptologist where he led a DCNO-tasked team to investigate Navy-wide Information Operations capabilities.  In May 2005, he took command of NAVAL SECURITY GROUP DETACHMENT KANEOHE BAY as the Officer in Charge.  While there, he deployed flight crews who flew over the skies of Iraq, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa, the Philippines, and the Caribbean Sea.  After a rewarding tour in Hawaii, he was assigned to NAVY INFORMATION OPERATIONS COMMAND GEORGIA, where he was the Fleet Information Operations Center Deputy Department Head and the Joint Operations Department Head.  From Georgia, CDR Yates reported as the Executive Officer for NAVY INFORMATION OPERATIONS COMMAND SAN DIEGO.  After his XO tour, he attended the Marine Corps University Command and Staff College where he earned his Master’s degree in Military Studies and completed his phase I Joint Professional Military Education.  From the Marine Corps University, CDR Yates reported as the Cryptologic Warfare Officer Community Manager at THE BUREAU OF NAVAL PERSONNEL COMMAND.  From BUPERs, he reported to NAVY INFORMATION OPERATIONS COMMAND GEORGIA, where he promoted to Commander and served as Team Leader for 107 Combat Mission Team.   Commander Yates assumed command of Navy Information Operations Command Yokosuka in September of 2017.

CDR Yates’ personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with one star, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with a silver star, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with four stars.

Congratulations Commander Yates!!