Lieutenant Commander William D. Brinkmeyer Jr. is a native of Palmdale, CA. He enlisted in the Navy in November 1995. Following graduation from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL, he completed Basic Enlisted Submarine School and Fire Control Technician “A” and “C” schools.
As a Fire Control Technician, his tours included USS LOS ANGELES (SSN 688), where he completed two Western Pacific Deployments, and TRIDENT Training Facility, Bangor, WA. During his time at TRIDENT Training Facility, he served as Information Systems lead instructor, earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Chapman University and was selected to Chief Petty Officer in 2004. As a Chief Fire Control Technician, he served as Network Administrator on USS SANTA FE (SSN 763) and completed a Western Pacific Deployment before being selected to the Navy Officer Candidate Program.
In 2007, LCDR Brinkmeyer completed Officer Candidate School at Officer Training Command, Pensacola, FL and commissioned as an Ensign (Special Duty-Information Warfare; subsequently re-designated Cryptologic Warfare). Following his commission, he reported to Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Hawaii where he served as Direct Support Element Officer in support of CNO-directed special operations, and division officer for Fleet Information Operations Center and Direct Support divisions.
After his tour at NIOC Hawaii, LCDR Brinkmeyer graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA in 2013, where he earned a Master of Science in Cyber Systems and Operations with distinction. He also completed the Naval War College Nonresident Joint Professional Military Education certificate.
Following graduation, LCDR Brinkmeyer completed tours as Tactical Information Warfare Officer and Operations Officer in USS SHOUP (DDG 86), and as Global Signals Analysis Laboratory Project Manager at Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group. Before assuming duties as Executive Officer, LCDR Brinkmeyer served as lead Cyberspace Operations Planner for Commander, Naval Forces Europe and Africa, Commander Sixth Fleet.
His awards include a Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medals (four awards), Navy Achievement Medals (three awards), Good Conduct Medals (three awards) and various unit and service awards.