Captain Byrne serves as Deputy Commander, Joint Base Charleston and Commanding Officer, Naval Support Activity Charleston. The command’s primary duties are to provide unsurpassed installation support to over 60 DoD and Federal agencies, servicing a total population of over 86,500 Airmen, Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, civilians, dependents and retirees on Joint Base Charleston
A native of Oakdale, New York, CAPT Byrne graduated from State University of New York Maritime College where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. Following graduation he was commissioned as an Ensign, United States Navy, in May of 1991.
Following initial training, he reported aboard USS FLYING FISH (SSN 673), where he qualified in submarines and served in various Division Officer positions. Subsequent sea tours included USS TENNESSEE (SSBN 734) (GOLD) as Navigation/Operations Officer, USS HELENA (SSN 725) as Executive Officer, as well as USS ALASKA (SSBN 732) (BLUE) and USS LOUISIANA (SSBN 743) (BLUE) as Commanding Officer. During his command tour onboard ALASKA, the ship was awarded the Submarine Squadron Twenty Battle "E" and the CDRUSSTRATCOM Omaha Trophy for both 2011 and 2012. CAPT Byrne has deployed to the Northern Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea, Western Atlantic and Western Pacific in addition to completing ten Strategic Deterrence Patrols.
While ashore, CAPT Byrne served on the OPNAV staff as a Program Manager for the Navy’s Deep Submergence and Submarine Rescue Programs; on the BUPERS staff as the Assistant Nuclear Officer Community Manager/Submarine Officer Community Manager; as a GWOT Operational Planner on the staff of United States Special Operations Command; as Deputy on the Submarine Squadron Seventeen staff; and most recently as Commanding Officer of Naval Nuclear Power Training Command. Designated as a Joint Services Officer, he holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.
CAPT Byrne’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards) as well as various unit and campaign level awards.