CDR Donald Tyer
CDR Donald Tyer was born and raised in Washington, NC. In 1987, he graduated from Washington High School and departed for U.S. Navy Enlisted Basic Training in Orlando, FL.
After basic training, he volunteered for a special assignment involving motion sickness and G-force testing at the Naval Biodynamics Laboratory located on the NASA base in New Orleans, LA. At the end of this tour as an YN2, he was selected to attend the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) Program and transferred to San Diego, CA.
Upon successful completion of BOOST, he transferred to Tulane University in New Orleans, LA and graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degree with a major in Mechanical Engineering.
His first afloat tour after completing the Basic Qualification Course (BQC) at the Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, GA was as the Commissioning Disbursing/Sales Officer of USS OAK HILL (LSD 51) homeported at NAB Little Creek, Virginia Beach, VA. During this tour he participated in TWA Flight 800 Salvage Operations and completed both Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf deployments.
Next, he transferred to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit TWO (EOD MU 2) based at NAB Little Creek, Virginia Beach, VA. As Supply/Materiel Department Head of the largest EOD unit on the East Coast, he managed 5 major divisions, ensured the Command’s information technology network was prepared for “Y2K”, and acted as the Disaster Preparedness Officer for two hurricane evacuations.
In May 2000, he was selected to report to the U.S. Naval Academy as the Flag Supply Officer. This Protocol/Aide/Staff Supply Officer job is on the personal staff of the Superintendent who as a Vice Admiral acts similarly as the President of a University. During this tour, his primary duties included maintaining and presenting the largest of all Flag-level Personal Living Quarters, the historic Buchanan House, while additionally overseeing all logistical matters relating to any official event where the Superintendent was entertaining.
After next completing the Supply Officer Department Head Course, in 2003 he assumed duties as Supply Officer of USS O’KANE (DDG 77) homeported at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI. During that tour he completed two combat deployments in the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf supporting OPERATIONS IRAQI & ENDURING FREEDOM. His ship earned the Pacific Fleet “Battle E” Efficiency Award and his Supply Department earned consecutive “Blue Es” for Logistical Excellence.
He graduated in September 2007 from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA earning a Master of Science Degree in Operations Research (Joint Operational Logistics).
Next, he returned to Hawaii and completed a tour at the U.S. Pacific Command working in the Logistics, Engineering and Security Assistance Directorate (J4). His responsibilities included Multinational Logistics, Disaster Relief Logistics Operations Planning, and lastly, as the Deputy Director of the PACOM Deployment and Distribution Operations Center.
In August 2010, CDR Tyer assumed Command of DLA Maritime Pearl Harbor. His 100 person unit is collocated with the 5,000 person Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. The unit’s mission is to provide all Supply, Storage and Distribution (SS&D) services to the shipyard. Currently 11 surface ships and 19 submarines are homeported at Pearl Harbor.
Commander Tyer’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards) and various other personal/campaign awards.