Lieutenant Commander Timothy Byars
Lieutenant Commander Byars assumed duties as Executive Officer, Port Security Unit (PSU) 305, Fort Eustis, Virginia in February 2018. He is responsible for leading an expeditionary unit supporting national security, defense, and disaster relief operations for the Coast Guard and Naval Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) during OCONUS missions and forward deployments.
Prior to reporting onboard PSU 305, he was assigned as the Academics Chief and Instructor for the Officer Candidate School (OCS) in New London, CT. His previous assignments include tours at Personnel Service Center Reserve Personnel Management Division, PSU 301 in Cape Cod, MA, and Sector Southeastern New England. Lieutenant Commander Byars also served as the Operations Officer for PSU 301 while deployed to Joint Task Force Guantanamo from 2013-2014. Prior to joining the United States Coast Guard, he was enlisted in the United States Army for eight years where he served as an infantryman and participated in Operations Desert Storm and Shield.
Lieutenant Commander Byars earned his Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from James Madison University. In his civilian capacity, Lieutenant Commander Byars has been a high school math teacher and coach since 1996 in both Virginia and Connecticut.
His awards include two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, one Army Commendation Medal, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, one Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various other personal and unit awards. Lieutenant Commander Byars has earned his Port Security Unit Insignia and Combat Infantryman’s Badge.