Travis Howard

Travis Howard

Naval Officer


United States Navy

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Enlisted as an Information Systems Technician in 2000.
Applied for Officer Candidate School during my 9th enlisted year.
Worked hard, found great mentors who guided and helped me.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Apple Valley High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Information Technology
Touro University California
graduate
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General
University of Maryland-University College
graduate
Graduate
Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism
University of Maryland-University College
Career

Career

Naval Officer

I am an Information Warfare Officer specializing in telecommunications, networks, and cybersecurity.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Technology
Technology
Government
Government
Accomplishing Goals
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

Leading the Naval network warfare missions in developing tactics and procedures to realize tactical, strategic and business advantages afloat and ashore; Driving interoperability with joint, allied and coalition partners; Optimizing organizational effectiveness through cutting-edge technologies, knowledge management techniques and a culture of innovation; Overseeing the work of enlisted Sailors who serve as specialists in information technology.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Education (B.S. in computer science, M.S. in a STEM field required before promoting to O-5). Training and certification (job-specific training provided, professional certifications such as CompTIA Security+ or ISC2 CISSP are preferred for career enhancement). Milestone qualifications (warfare and professional qualification standards required at each pay grade).

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Become involved in your school's ROTC unit, ask about the information warfare community as an option for commissioning, or seek a Navy officer recruiter in your area to see if you qualify for commissioning through Officer Candidate School.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Information Technology
graduate
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General
graduate
Graduate
Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"The Navy won't select you for commissioning because you attended an online school for your undergraduate degree, not a 'brick and mortar' school with a football team they recognize -a Navy admiral, 2009."

You have nothing to lose by applying and putting your best effort forward, but you have nothing to gain if you don't try.