Lt. Cmdr. Wadington, a native of Libertyville, Illinois, enlisted in the Navy in 1994. Upon graduation from basic training, he attended and completed Radioman “A” School in Great Lakes, Illinois. He also completed Advanced Network Analyst “C” School, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Network Security from University of Maryland University College and a Master of Science in Network Operations and Technology from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.
In 2003, he was promoted to chief petty officer, commissioned through the limited duty officer program in 2008, and redesignated as an information professional (IP) officer in 2014.
Wadington completed Joint Professional Military Education Phase 1 and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and Security+ certified. Additionally, he qualified as a communications watch officer; combat information center watch officer; officer of the deck (underway); surface warfare officer; information warfare officer; staff tactical action officer; and IP advanced.
His operational assignments include USS Cushing (DD 985); USS Shoup (DDG 86); USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) as automated data processing officer and communications officer; individual augmentee to Afghanistan as a signal instructor for the Afghan National Army; USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as combat systems information officer; and Commander, Destroyer Squadron 21 as N6 department head and staff director.
Ashore, he served at Naval Computer and Telecommunication Station (NCTS) Puget Sound; NCTS Naples, Italy, as Joint Fleet Telecommujnications Operations Center watch officer, One-Net Theater Network Operations Security Center director, and network security department head; and Ship Repair Facility-Joint Repair Maintenance Facility at Yokosuka, Japan, where he provided command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) fleet technical support.
Wadington reported as executive officer of Information Warfare Training Command Virginia Beach in July 2020.
His personal decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), Good Conduct Medal (five awards), as well as several campaign and service awards.
Last Updated: 29 December 2020