Lt. Cmdr. Towns, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, began his naval service in 1991 as an enlisted electronic warfare (EW) technician, and eventually earned the rank of chief petty officer. In 2006, he commissioned as limited duty officer, and in 2011, selected as a Navy cryptologic warfare officer. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management and a Master of Arts in Defense and Strategic Studies focusing on Eurasia.
His operational tours include service as an EW technician aboard USS Barry (DDG 52); EW leading chief petty officer aboard USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81); assistant EW officer for the staff of Carrier Strike Group 8 embarked aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69); Ship’s Signals Exploitation Space division officer aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7); and cryptologic resource coordinator for the staff of Carrier Strike Group 4.
Towns deployed in support of Operations Sharp Guard, Deny Flight, Southern Watch, and Iraqi Freedom in various roles including combat systems, air defense and surface warfare coordinator. He also served as the tactical action officer and common tactical picture officer for Amphibious Squadron 4 of Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and Commander Task Force 50.
Ashore, Towns served as an EW “A” school instructor and qualified as a Master Training Specialist at Naval Technical Training Center Corry Station, Pensacola, Florida; resource mission manager and operations officer for Navy Information Operations Command Colorado at the Aerospace Data Facility, Buckley Air Force Base; cryptologist for commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic where he managed afloat cryptologic and EW readiness for all of naval aviation; and cryptologic warfare junior officer detailer for Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tennessee.
He reported to Information Warfare Training Command San Diego as executive officer in June 2019.
In addition to various campaign, service, and unit awards, Towns’ personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards).
Last Updated: 14 October 2020