CAPT. Harold T. Cole, USN
Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command
Captain Cole is a native of Enterprise, Alabama, and graduate of Auburn University, where he received a
Bachelor of Arts in History and commission in June 1996, via Auburn University NROTC. Following
graduation, he reported to Pensacola, Florida, in July 1996, where he completed Cryptologic Officer
training at Naval Technical Training Center, Corry Station. His first assignment in the community was
fleet support division officer at Naval Security Group Activity, Pensacola, from 1997 to 2001, where he
was responsible for conducting computer network operations for Navy fleet and shore commands.
Additional assignments included Computer Network Vulnerability Analyst in the Information Assurance
Directorate of the National Security Agency, and department head in Naval Security Group Activity, Fort
Meade, Maryland, from 2001 to 2005. In 2005, Captain Cole transferred to USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65),
Norfolk, Virginia, where he served as the ship’s Information Warfare Officer and OS Division Officer. He
completed one deployment with the “BIG E” in 2006, to the 6th, 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility.
Captain Cole transferred to Navy Information Operations Command Georgia in 2007, where he served as
the Joint Operations Department Head and Tailored Access Operations Military Deputy, leading Sailors
working in NSA/CSS Georgia.
His senior leadership and staff assignments include duty on the Chief of Naval Operations Staff (OPNAV)
in the Electronic and Cyber Warfare Division (N2N6F3), as Assistant Branch Chief for the Cyber Warfare
Branch, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; Deputy Information Warfare Commander/N39 for Carrier Strike
Group ELEVEN, Everett, Washington, where he deployed onboard USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) to the U.S.
Pacific and Central Command areas of responsibility; Executive Officer of Navy Information Operations
Command Georgia; as Executive Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command / U.S. TENTH
Fleet, Fort Meade, Maryland, and most recently as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Readiness at Naval
Information Forces, Suffolk, Virginia. Captain Cole currently serves as Commanding Officer, Navy Cyber
Defense Operations Command and Commander, Task Force 1020.
Captain Cole’s decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Meritorious
Service Medal (four awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal and
various service and campaign awards. He has earned Master’s Degrees in Information Assurance from
Capitol College, and Strategic Studies from the United States Air Force Air War College.