Center For Information Warfare Training
Captain Nicholas E. Andrews II
Commanding Officer
Center For Information Warfare Training

Commanding Officer

Capt. Nicholas E. Andrews II, a native of Durham, North Carolina, graduated Boston University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. He earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is also a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College.

Andrews was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida, in August of 1994. Following commissioning, he entered flight training and was designated a naval aviator in 1996 and joined the information professional officer corps in 2006.

His operational assignments include Patrol Squadron (VP) 4, where he served as a patrol plane commander; the commissioning crew of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as the anti-submarine warfare officer and a tactical action officer; flag communications officer for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12 where he served as U.S. Naval Forces Central Command's Task Force 50 battle watch captain; information technology deputy and knowledge manager for CSG 9; and information warfare commander for the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group.

Additionally, he deployed as an individual augmentee to Baghdad, Iraq, where he served as Iraqi information and communications technology infrastructure branch officer and knowledge and information management branch officer for the directorate of communication and information systems at Multi-National Forces Iraq.

Ashore, he served as administrative officer for Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 2; deputy of command, control, communications, computers and intelligence plans (C4I) at U.S. Pacific Fleet; policy and compliance division head for Navy Cyber Forces; and executive officer for the Naval Satellite Operations Center.

Andrews assumes command of the Center for Information Warfare Training, headquartered in Pensacola, Florida, in May 2018.

His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various other unit and campaign awards.

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Cmdr. Jeffrey Buschmann
Executive Officer
Center For Information Warfare Training

Executive Officer

Raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Cmdr. Jeffrey Buschmann graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1997. He received his commission after graduating with distinction from Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida, in 1998. He earned a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in 2005.

Buschmann’s first operational assignment was aboard USS Wadsworth (FFG 9) as the first lieutenant. After earning his qualification as a surface warfare officer, he transferred to Special Boat Team (SBT 22) where he served in a variety of operational leadership assignments. After graduating from NPS, he reported to U.S. 7th Fleet as Joint Task Force (JTF) 515’s operations officer.

While serving at JTF 515, he was selected for redesignation as an intelligence officer. Following graduation from Naval Intelligence Officer Basic Course, he was assigned to U.S. Pacific Command’s Joint Intelligence Operations Center, where he served as Korea Division’s maritime chief and the Combating Terrorism Division’s chief of operations and plans.

In 2008, Buschmann was assigned to Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG) as the Intelligence Directorate’s operations officer. In 2010, he was assigned to Tactical Development and Evaluation Squadron 5 as director for intelligence.

Following back-to-back sea duty assignments, Buschmann transferred to Navy Personnel Command as the placement branch chief for the information warfare and foreign area officer communities (PERS 474), where he oversaw officer placement for over 2,400 billets.

In 2014, Buschmann was assigned as the director for intelligence at NSWDG.

Buschmann assumed the duties of executive officer at the Center for Information Warfare Training, Pensacola, Florida, in June 2017.

A qualified information warfare officer, Buschmann’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (seven awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), Combat Action Ribbon, and Presidential Unit Citation (three awards). In addition to his military awards, he received the Rear Adm. Edwin T. Layton leadership award, and the Naval Intelligence Foundation award for excellence in operational intelligence support to the fleet.

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Mr. James E. Hagy
Executive Director
Center For Information Warfare Training

Executive Director

James Hagy began civilian service as the executive director for the Center for Information Warfare Training in March 2018, after a 40-year active-duty Navy career, retiring as a captain.

Enlisting in 1974, Hagy’s Navy career began at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Illinois, followed by Cryptologic Technician (Collection) Class “A” School Pensacola, Florida, and assignments to Naval Security Group Activities in Japan, Guam, Spain and Virginia. He promoted to chief petty officer in 1986 while underway aboard USS Iowa (BB 61).

He received his commission as a limited duty officer in 1987 and subsequently served with: Naval Security Group Activity Galeta Island, Republic of Panama, as assistant operations officer and special security officer; USS Arthur W. Radford (DD 968) as electronic warfare officer, qualifying as a surface warfare officer; Personnel Exchange Program with the Royal Australian Navy aboard HMAS Albatross, New South Wales, Australia, in the electronic warfare support section; division officer of Cryptologic Technician Class “A” and “C” Schools onboard Naval Technical Training Center Pensacola, Florida; Amphibious Group 2 staff, Norfolk, Virginia, as amphibious task force cryptologic resource coordinator; officer in charge and mission director of U.S. Naval Detachment, Combined Support Group, Alice Springs, Australia; U.S. Fleet Forces Command Norfolk, Virginia as deputy director of fleet cryptology, and assistant deputy director of information warfare; deputy director of Naval Security Group Atlantic; Navy Personnel Command as cryptologic warfare officer senior detailer and community manager; commanding officer, Navy Information Operations Command Hawaii; U.S. Pacific Fleet as director, JTF-519 cyberspace operations and deputy director, intelligence and information warfare; and U.S. Pacific Command Joint Intelligence Operations Command.

Hagy holds a Master of Arts in Leadership and Management and Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Liberty University.

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MCPO (IW/SW) Michael P. Bates
Command Master Chief
Center For Information Warfare Training

Command Master Chief

Command Master Chief Michael P. Bates, a native of New Orleans, joined the Navy in February 1995. Following basic training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, he completed Data Systems Technician “A” School at Great Lakes in 1996. Bates later earned an associate degree in Science/Technical Studies from Excelsior College; is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 158, Command Master Chief Course; and attended the Naval Postgraduate School’s Navy Senior Leader Seminar. He is designated a specialist in surface and information warfare and afloat training.

Bates served as a data systems technician and fire controlman until he was selected for the Command Master Chief Program in 2011.

His assignments include USS Spruance (DD 963) as Combat Electronics Division leading petty officer; Southeast Regional Maintenance Center as Weapons Deck leading petty officer; USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) as Weapons Department leading chief petty officer; Afloat Training Group Mayport as Surface Combat Systems Department leading chief petty officer; and USS Underwood (FFG 36) and USS Vicksburg (CG 69) as command master chief. He conducted six extended overseas deployments to 4th, 5th, and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of national tasking, NATO operations and various campaigns.

Bates assumed the duties as command master chief of Center for Information Warfare Training on May 26, 2015.

His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (six awards), Good Conduct Medal (six awards), Military Outstanding Voluntary Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and various unit and campaign awards.

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