Timothy J. Keating (born November 16, 1948) is a retired United States Navy admiral. During his career, he served as commander of Carrier Group Five, the U.S. 5th Fleet, the U.S. Northern Command and NORAD, and U.S. Pacific Command. He retired in 2009 after over 38 years of service. He was the first Navy officer to head Northern Command and NORAD.
Keating was born on November 16, 1948 in Dayton, Ohio.
He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1971. Following duty aboard USS Leonard F. Mason (DD-852) in the western Pacific, he completed flight training in August 1973 and was designated as a Naval Aviator. He then served in Attack Squadron 82 (VA-82), flying the A-7 Corsair II, deploying twice to the Mediterranean Sea aboard USS Nimitz (CVN-68).
In September 1978, he joined Attack Squadron 122 (VA-122) at NAS Lemoore, California, and later served with Carrier Air Wing FIFTEEN (CVW-15) as Staff Landing Signal Officer, embarking aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and deploying to the Western Pacific/Indian Ocean.
From May 1982 to July 1984, as Administrative Officer, Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer of Attack Squadron 94 (VA-94), he deployed twice to the Western Pacific aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65). His next assignment was Aide and Flag Lieutenant to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command.
In May 1987, after having transitioned to the F/A-18 Hornet and previously serving as squadron executive office, Keating assumed command of Strike Fighter Squadron 87 (VFA-87) and deployed with Carrier Air Wing EIGHT (CVW-8) aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) to the North Atlantic and to the Mediterranean. After his tour with VFA-87, he served as Head of the Aviation Junior Officer Assignments Branch of the Naval Military Personnel Command in Washington, D.C.. He next served as Deputy Commander, Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN (CVW-17) in January 1991, participating in combat operations in support of Operation Desert Storm from USS Saratoga (CV-60).
Keating then became a Chief of Naval Operations Fellow with the Strategic Studies Group in Newport, Rhode Island. Following duty with the Joint Task Force Southwest Asia in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, he deployed as Deputy Commander, Carrier Air Wing NINE (CVW-9) aboard USS Nimitz (CVN-68) to the Persian Gulf, assuming command of CVW-9 in July 1993. In November 1994, Admiral Keating became Commander of the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center at NAS Fallon, Nevada.
Admiral Keating returned to the Naval Military Personnel Command in September 1995 as Director, Aviation Officer Distribution Division (Pers 43). He then served as the Deputy Director for Operations (Current Operations/J33), with the Operations Directorate of the Joint Staff (JS J-3) in Washington, D.C., from August 1996 until June 1998. He assumed command of Carrier Group Five, home ported in Yokosuka, Japan, in June 1998, embarking aboard both USS Independence (CV-62) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). In September 2000, Admiral Keating reported to OPNAV in Washington as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy and Operations (N3/N5). In February 2002, he assumed command of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and U.S. Fifth Fleet in Manama, Bahrain. From October 13, 2003 to October 21, 2004, Admiral Keating served as the Director, Joint Staff. Admiral Keating commanded of U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) from 5 November 2004 to 23 March 2007. Keating became Commander, U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) on 26 March 2007. He served as ComPac until 19 October 2009, just before his retirement.
Awards and decorations
His awards include:
|Defense Distinguished Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters|
|Navy Distinguished Service Medal with Gold Star|
|Legion of Merit with three Gold Stars|
|Defense Meritorious Service Medal|
|Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star|
|Air Medal with bronze strike/flight numeral 3|
|Navy Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars and Combat "V"|
|Navy Achievement Medal with Silver Award Star|
|Joint Meritorious Unit Award|
|Navy Unit Commendation|
|Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation with 2 bronze service stars|
|Navy "E" Ribbon w/ 2 Battle E devices|
|Navy Expeditionary Medal|
|National Defense Service Medal with 2 bronze service stars|
|Vietnam Service Medal (3 campaign stars)|
|Southwest Asia Service Medal with 3 bronze service stars|
|Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal|
|Global War on Terrorism Service Medal|
|Armed Forces Service Medal|
|Humanitarian Service Medal with 2 bronze service stars|
|Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with 7 service stars|
|Canada Meritorious Service Cross, Military Division|
|Vietnam Campaign Medal|
|Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)|
|Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait)|
|Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal|
He also has over 5,000 flight hours and 1,200 arrested landings.