Today, Commander Robert Cadena was relieved by Commander Brad D. Melichar as Commanding Officer, Information Warfare Training Group San Diego. Commander Melichar’s biography follows:Commander Brad D. Melichar, USN
Information Warfare Training Group San Diego
A native of Albia, IA, Commander Melichar enlisted in 1991 as an Aviation Electronics Technician serving as an A-6 Intruder plane captain for VA-42 in Virginia Beach, VA and a P3 in flight technician for VP-8 in Brunswick, ME completing one deployment to Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico.
Commander Melichar began his career in the Information Warfare Community as a Cryptologist at Naval Security Group Activity Misawa, Japan as the BULL Ensign. His duties include watch section lead, Chief of Satellite Systems and Analysis, NATOPS Division Officer (DIVO), detachment Officer in Charge (OIC) where he qualified as an Air Observer and Special Evaluator. He was selected by the Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) to attend the Junior Officer Career Cryptologic Career Program (JOCCP).
Commander Melichar reported to Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Maryland, Ft Meade, MD serving as a DIVO and later the Department Head (DH) for N5 where he was responsible for all inbound and out bound Sailors. While in JOCCP, he served on the NSA RED Team, Tailored Access Operations, Office of Target Reconnaissance and Survey, and MINUTEMAN. He made several deployments in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and was selected as OIC of Interrogation Operations for detainee operations in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Commander Melichar then reported to Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) Two forward deployed to Manama, Bahrain. There he served as the Information Operations Planer, Deputy Information Warfare Commander, Cryptologic Resource Coordinator and Senior Battle Watch Captain. While assigned to ESG Two, he was selected to serve as military aide to Rear Admiral Michael Brown and detailed to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
As Military Aide and Special Assistant, Commander Melichar represented DHS requirements in the DOD’s development of non-kinetics targeting process during USCYBERCOM’s Joint Fires Element Coordination Board and worked to align DHS and DoD efforts to strengthen federal government, DoD, public and private sector information systems against nation state cyber threats and vulnerabilities.
Commander Melichar then served on the Joint Staff in the J5 directorate for partnership engagements before taking over as the Executive Officer (XO) of NIOC Menwith Hill, United Kingdom where he oversaw the disestablishment of the command.
Following his XO tour, Commander Melichar reported to Commander, Naval Forces Africa, Commander, Naval Forces Europe and Commander, SIXTH Fleet in Naples, Italy where he served as the senior staff Cryptologist, Force Cryptologist and the Deputy Director (N2A) for Intelligence while executing Operations INHERENT RESOLVE and ODYSSEY LIGHTNING.
Most recently, Commander Melichar served at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command in Hawaii assigned to the J2 directorate serving in the capacity as the Director for Operations, Director for Intelligence Reconnaissance Surveillance and Collections, and Director for Cyber Analysis.
Commander Melichar is a Joint Qualified Officer, attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy and a Masters of Business Administration Degree from the Naval Post Graduate School with a subspecialty in acquisitions.