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Director for Intelligence, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (J2)

Rear Admiral Tom Henderschedt, U.S. Navy

Rear Adm. Thomas M. Henderschedt is a native of Allentown, Pennsylvania and is currently Director for Intelligence (J2), U.S. Indo-Pacific Command in Honolulu, Hawaii. He holds an International Affairs degree from George Washington University, and Master’s degrees from the Army Command and General Staff College and Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) (China Studies). While at SAIS he was the Navy’s 2012-2013 Samuel Eliot Morison Scholar, and examined the U.S.-PRC military to military relationship in the context of the Chinese political system.

Initial tours were aboard USS Helena (SSN-725), and as an exchange officer in the Royal Navy assigned to Faslane, Scotland.

Following lateral transfer to special duty officer-intelligence, all follow-on tours have been Indo-Pacific focused. Operational tours include Carrier Strike Group 3, and U.S. 7th Fleet.

Ashore he served at the Joint Intelligence Center, Pacific; the Office of Naval Intelligence; and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Overseas Henderschedt served as the Navy liaison at the American Institute in Taiwan, and three attaché tours in China: assistant naval attaché (2006- 2009), naval attaché (2016-2020), and defense attaché in Beijing, People’s Republic of China.

Henderschedt is qualified in submarines and information dominance and is a recipient of the Rear Admiral Edwin Layton award for leadership in Naval Intelligence.


(as of July 2022)