Welcome to the Wren NJROTC - The Hurricane Navy!!!
Name: Commander T.J. Linardi, United States Navy (Retired)
Address: 905 Wren School Road, Piedmont SC 29673
Classes: Naval Science One (NS1) though Naval Science Four (NS4)
Commander T.J. Linardi graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1992 earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics.
His sea duty assignments include CIC Officer in USS Fairfax County (LST 1193: Auxiliaries/Electrical Officer and the Navy's first Training Officer in USS Yorktown (CG 48); and Chief Engineer in USS PORTER (DDG 78). He served as Executive Officer in USS BULKELEY (DDG 84) from June 2005 to May 2007. BULKELELY was the 2006 ARIZONA Memorial Trophy winner as the most combat ready ship in the Navy. He was the Commanding Officer of the Battle Efficiency Award winner USS JAMES E WILLIAMS (DDG 95) from December 2009 to June 2011.
Ashore, he served as an Instructor/Course Coordinator at the AEGIS Training and Readiness Center (ATRC); DDG Project Officer/Engineering Assessor at the Afloat Training Group Atlantic (PEB/ATG-N82); Executive Assistant/ Instructor in the Department of Seamanship and Navigation and Flag Secretary to the Superintendent at the United States Naval Academy; Pacific Fleet Placement Officer, Navy Personnel Command (PERS 41) and Maritime Branch Head in the Current Operations Directorate at the United States Central Command.
He is a distinguished graduate of the Air War College earning a Master of Arts Degree in Strategic Studies/National Defense. He is also a Distinguished Graduate of Old Dominion University where he earned a Master of Science in Education (M Ed).
His personal awards include Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy/ Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards) and various campaign and service ribbons.
After retiring from the Navy, CDR Linardi took over in October of 2012 as the Senior Naval Science Instructor of the Laurens District High School (LDHS) Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC). In 2014 the LDHS NJROTC unit was awarded the Distinguished Unit with Academic Honors and was the Area 6 (North and South Carolina) Most Improved Unit. In 2016 LDHS NJROTC was again awarded the Distinguished Unit with Academic Honors and was named the Navy League Most Outstanding Unit in Area 6 (North and South Carolina)! In 2017 LDHS NJROTC was again named a Distinguished Unit with Academic Honors, the Navy League Most Outstanding Unit in Area 6 and was the #5 unit in the Nation!