Vice Adm. Nora Tyson

U.S. Navy

Commander, combined task force

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Vice Admiral Nora Tyson graduated from Vanderbilt University and received her commission from Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. She earned her wings as a naval flight officer in 1983 and reported to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 4, where she ultimately served three tours at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland, and Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, including one as commanding officer.

Tyson also commanded the 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. Her other commands include commander, Task Force 73/commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific based in Singapore and, most recently, 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 6th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility.

Her other tours at sea include assistant operations officer aboard the training aircraft carrier, USS Lexington (AVT 16), and as navigator aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65).

Her shore tours include service on the Joint Staff as a political-military planner in the Asia-Pacific Division of the Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J-5); as executive assistant for the assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; as director of staff for Commander, Naval Forces Europe/Commander, 6th Fleet; as executive assistant for the Chief of Naval Operations; and as vice director, Joint Staff. Tyson’s last tour was as deputy commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Tyson reported as Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet in July 2015.

Tyson earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Affairs from the U.S. Naval War College in 1995.

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Rear Adm. Koji Manabe

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

Vice commander, combined task force

A native of Kanagawa Prefecture in Honshu-island in 1961, Rear Admiral Manabe graduated from National Defense Academy in 1984.

His sea duty assignments include weapons officer / executive officer in JS SETOGIRI (DD156) in 1999, operations staff officer, Commander Training Squadron in 2000, executive officer in JS KASHIMA (TV3501) in 2001, Commanding Officer in JS MATSUYUKI (DD130) in 2002, chief staff officer, Commander Escort Flotilla One in 2004, Commander Escort Division Three in 2008 and Commander Escort Flotilla Three in 2014.

His shore assignment include Deputy head of personnel Planning Division, Maritime Staff Office in 2007, Deputy head of Operations Division in Joint Staffs In 2009, Director of Operations and Plans Department in Headquarters Sasebo District in 2011 and DOCS (N3) in Self-Defense Fleet in 2013.

He is a graduate of Joint Staff College where he took Joint Advanced Officer course and National Institute for Defense Studies.

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Rear Adm. Russell Allen

U.S. Navy

Combined exercise control group/opposing forces

A native of Southern Illinois, Rear Adm. Russell Allen began his military career in 1978 when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power Program. He graduated from the University of Texas in 1984 and was designated a naval aviator in 1986.

Following pilot training at Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC) 3 in San Diego, California, Allen reported to his first operational assignment as a CH-46 pilot with the “Dragonwhales” of HC-8 at NAS Norfolk. He completed three deployments to the Mediterranean as a vertical replenishment pilot aboard the USNS Saturn (T-AFS-10) and USS Concord (T-AFS-5), and then returned to HC-3 as a flight instructor.

In July 1992, Allen began his tour with the Helicopter Combat Support Special Squadron (HCS) 5 “Firehawks” as a selected Reservist, flying the HH-60H as a Combat SAR and Special Operations mission commander. Mobilized for Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003 while executive officer, he served as deputy commander, Joint Special Operations Air Detachment-Arabian Peninsula. He assumed duties as HCS-5 commanding officer in June 2004 until October 2005 and led the squadron’s second major deployment to Iraq.

Additional command tours include Navy Reserve, Strike Force Training, Pacific and 3rd Fleet Joint Force Maritime Component Commander (JFMCC). Most recently, Allen was commander, Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command and Task Force 77.

Previous staff tours were with U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Joint Contingency Unit, 3rd Fleet JFMCC, Navy Region Southwest Reserve Component Command as deputy commander and 7th Fleet deputy commander from October 2013 to February 2015. Allen reported as deputy commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet in October 2015.

Allen’s military decorations include the Legion of Merit (four), Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (two), Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Battle “E.”

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Rear Adm. Scott Bishop

Royal Canadian Navy

Deputy commander, combined task force

Rear Admiral Scott Bishop is the Director General International Security Policy for the Department of National Defence since July 2015.

Originally from Vancouver, British-Columbia, Rear Admiral Bishop embarked on a naval career by first joining the Naval Reserve at HMCS DISCOVERY in 1983. Two years later, he transferred to the Regular Force and, after completing his initial training, joined HMCS RESTIGOUCHE as a bridge watch-keeping officer.

Early on, Rear Admiral Bishop specialized in navigation, successfully completing both the Destroyer Navigation Officer course and the Maritime Advanced Navigation Officer Course. He served as the Senior Navigation Instructor at the Naval Officer Training Centre, and as the Navigating Officer in HMC Ships CHIGNECTO, MIRAMICHI, QU’APPELLE, and PROVIDER. While in PROVIDER, he participated in OPERATION FORWARD ACTION to enforce UN Sanctions against Haiti.

In 1995, Rear Admiral Bishop attended a yearlong warfare course for future Operations Room Officers, after which he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander and posted to HMCS VANCOUVER as the ship’s Combat Officer. In 1998, he was assigned similar duties at Sea Training Pacific.

In 2000, he was appointed Executive Officer in HMCS ATHABASKAN. After being promoted to the rank of Commander in 2003 and completing a tour of duty in National Defence Headquarters, he was selected to command the frigate, HMCS HALIFAX in 2005. HALIFAX deployed with NATO’s Standing Naval Maritime Group One and participated in OPERATION ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR, NATO’s maritime contribution to the campaign against terrorism.

In 2011, he deployed on OPERATION UNIFIED PROTECTOR as the Chief of Current Operations in the Combined Joint Task Force Headquarters to enforce NATO’s no-fly-zone and embargo against Libya.

His most recent command appointments have been Commander Maritime Operations Group Five, Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific, and Commander Canadian Fleet Atlantic.

Over his career, Rear Admiral Bishop has worked in many staff appointments, including: desk officer for Canadian Armed Forces operations in the Balkans; Director of Strategic Communications in the naval staff; a member of the Chief of Defence Staff’s capability action teams; Director of Transformation and Strategic Planning for the Chief of Force Development; Special Advisor to the Chief of Defence Staff; and Director of Operations with the Strategic Joint Staff.

Rear Admiral Bishop holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and is a graduate of the US Navy’s Naval War College. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Military Merit in 2011.

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Brig. Gen. Blaise Frawley

Royal Canadian Air Force

Combined forces air component commander

Brigadier General Blaise Frawley is the Deputy Commander of 1 Canadian Air Division in Winnipeg. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1985 and upon completion of pilot training, CF-5 Fighter lead-in training and the CF-18 operational training unit, he proceeded to 425 Sqn in Bagotville.

Brigadier General Frawley’s flying experience includes two operational tours on 425 Squadron as well as a two-year F/A-18 exchange with the United States Marine Corps in El Toro, California. He has also completed three tours as a CF-18 instructor pilot at 410 Squadron.

Brigadier General Frawley’s staff experience includes Chief of Plans, Training and Evaluation at Wing Operations in Bagotville, three years on the Air Staff in Ottawa at the Directorate of Aerospace Requirements, and two years as A3 Fighter at 1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters. His deployment experience consists of flying combat missions over the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Kosovo as part of Operation Allied Force in the spring of 1999, four-months as Executive Officer of the Task Force Aviano National Command Element at Vicenza, Italy, and eleven-months as the Air Mobility Division Deputy Director, 609th Combined Air and Space Operations Centre at Al Udeid Airbase, Qatar.

Brigadier General Frawley’s command tours include Commanding Officer of 410 Tactical Fighter / Operational Training Squadron in Cold Lake, and Commander of both 17 Wing and the Air Force Training Centre in Winnipeg.

During his many operational and instructional flying tours, Brigadier General Frawley has accumulated over 3000 hours on the F-18 Hornet. He is a graduate of the Fighter Weapons Instructor and the Fighter Electronic Warfare Advanced Radar courses. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Toronto, and the United States Air Force ‘Air War College’ at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. He holds a Bachelors of Military Arts and Sciences from the Royal Military College of Canada, and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the United States Air Force Air University.

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Commodore Malcom Wise

Royal Australian Navy

Combined forces maritime component commander

Commodore Malcolm K. M. Wise, OAM RAN joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in 1985 from Mackay Queensland, and after one year at the Royal Australian Naval College at HMAS Creswell (Jervis Bay), was posted to the Australian Defence Force Academy (Canberra) in its inaugural year. There he completed his degree studies in 1987, graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Oceanography). After returning to the Naval College in 1998, he was awarded the “Royal Australian Naval College Jubilee Year Graduates Memorial Sword” upon graduation.

On promotion to Sub-Lieutenant, he proceeded on exchange to Canada where he was awarded his Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate (BWC) in HMCS Qu’APPELLE (Esquimalt) in 1990, before returning to Australia in November of the same year for six months in HMAS Jervis Bay (Sydney). After completing the “Intermediate Navigation Course”, Lieutenant Wise joined HMAS Whyalla (Cairns) as Navigating Officer in May 1991. Having spent 2 years in Whyalla, he assumed Command of HMAS Balikpapan (Darwin) in October 1993. From there he joined HMAS Sydney (Sydney) as Navigating Officer for 1996 and in 1997 completed the RAN “Long Navigation Course” receiving the New Zealand prize for Navigation.

LEUT Wise completed the RAN “Principal Warfare Officer’s (PWO) Course” in the latter half of the same year and in January 1998 joined HMAS Success (Sydney) as Operations Officer. During this period Success deployed to East Timor on active service in response to the East Timor Crisis in 1999. In 2000 he assumed duties as the Port Services Manager for Sydney Harbour, where he qualified as a Naval Pilot (Nuclear) and supported harbour operations for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. In October 2001 LCDR Wise joined HMAS Darwin (Perth) as Executive Officer. He was promoted to Commander on 1 January 2003. During his tenure as Executive Officer, Darwin deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of the War in Iraq over a seven-month period in 2002/2003. On return from the Arabian Gulf Commander Wise was appointed Master Attendant based in Sydney. Commander Wise was awarded a “Medal of the Order of Australia” (OAM) for his service as the Executive Officer of Darwin during the Iraq War in September 2003.

Commander Wise assumed Command of HMAS Ballarat in December 2005 and again deployed to the Arabian Gulf while in Command. On completion of his Command in June 2007, he was selected for the Naval Command College (NCC) International Officers program at the US Naval War College in Newport Rhode Island. After the college, Commander Wise completed follow on study at Salve Regina University, graduating with a Masters of International relations in December 2008. He was promoted to Captain on 1 January 2009 and after serving in Canberra in a capability development role, he assumed Command of HMAS Perth (III) in 2011. Perth was the first of the Anzac class frigates to undergo the ASMD Upgrade. He then assumed duties as Surface Combatant Group Capability Manager for three years. He was promoted to Commodore and appointed as Commodore Warfare on 25 January 2016.

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Commodore James Gilmour

Royal New Zealand Navy

Combined forces amphibious component commander

Commodore Gilmour is an officer in the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) whose 31 year career has included: ship navigation, helicopter aviation, senior staff appointments, major fleet unit command, Deputy Maritime Component Commander, senior staff training, and most recently; directorship of New Zealand Defence Force capability delivery. He was Commander Combined Task Force 151 between July and October 2011. This Task Force is responsible for counter piracy operations in the South Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and the Somali Basin.

Joining the RNZN in 1985 Commodore Gilmour spent the next five years conducting operational training including bridge watch keeping, helicopter approach control officer and navigational training. In 1989 he was appointed as the Navigating Officer of Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ship WAIKATO (FFH55).

Commodore Gilmour was selected for pilot training in 1990 and spent the next 14 years engaged in aviation related roles including; exchange with Royal New Zealand Air force’s No. 3 Squadron, Flight Commander of HMNZ Ships WAIKATO and WELLINGTON (FFH69) where he completed a tour within the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Desert Shield in 1995. His career in aviation included a posting to the Royal Australian Navy’s 723 Squadron as a Helicopter Flying Instructor before returning to New Zealand and assuming command of the RNZN’s helicopter support squadron (formerly Naval Support Flight, now known as No. 6 Squadron RNZAF). During his term he oversaw the introduction to service of the SH2G(NZ) Super Seasprite helicopter.

After his time in command of the Naval Support Squadron, Commodore Gilmour was posted to Naval Headquarters where he assumed the duties of: Director of Naval Capability Requirements and Director Naval Aviation. During this period he was heavily involved with Project Protector which ultimately saw the introduction to service of seven new ships in the RNZN including the Multi-Role Vessel HMNZS CANTERBURY.

Commodore Gilmour was posted to secondments to Task Group and Task Force staff appointments including: SO1 N5 (lead long term planner) to the Maritime Component Commander for Exercise Suman Protector in Penang Malaysia and as Chief of Staff to the Commander Task Force for the Royal Australian Navy’s annual Fleet Concentration Period.

He completed the Royal Navy’s Maritime Warfare Course in 2008 which concentrated on development of maritime operational and tactical planning.

Commodore Gilmour commanded HMNZS CANTERBURY (L421) for two and a half years where he oversaw the introduction to service of the ship’s amphibious and aviation capabilities. This period included numerous periods where the ship was deployed for exercises and operations where he assumed the duties of Commander Amphibious Task Force. CANTERBURY, under his command was involved in several HADR operations including; the Samoan Tsunami Relief and the response operation to the Canterbury (Christchurch) earthquake.

Commodore Gilmour was posted as the Captain Fleet Operational Support for the RNZN (a role that includes deputising for the Maritime Component Commander) in 2011 and was responsible for operational standards and was the RNZN deployable tactical commander.

He completed tertiary studies at the Australian Defence Force Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies which is associated with Deakin University in 2014 and took up the role of Director of Programme Delivery in 2015 and was responsible for, amongst other things, the introduction into service of new Defence Force capabilities.

Commodore Gilmour is currently the New Zealand Defence Force’s Maritime Component Commander.

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