The son of a naval intelligence officer, Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet received a bachelor’s degree in oceanography from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1989. He received masters and doctoral degrees in oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1991 and 2001 respectively.|
A naval oceanographer, Gallaudet's afloat tours included Oceanographic Unit 5 aboard USNS Harkness, USS Peleliu, USS Kitty Hawk and temporary assignments to the staff of Commander, 6th Fleet aboard USS LaSalle and aboard USNS Bowditch. During these tours, Gallaudet served in Operations Southern Watch, Provide Promise, Sharp Guard, Deny Flight, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. While aboard USNS Bowditch, he participated in the first operational launch and recovery of an undersea glider from a Naval Oceanographic Survey (T-AGS) ship.
Ashore, Gallaudet served with the Naval European Meteorology and Oceanography Center, Rota, Spain; the Naval European Meteorology and Oceanography Detachment, Souda Bay, Greece; the Naval Oceanographic Office and the staffs of the Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command and the oceanographer of the Navy. He was the plank-owner commanding officer of the Naval Oceanography Special Warfare Center and the superintendent of the U.S. Naval Observatory. He also served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations as the deputy oceanographer of the Navy, before assuming command of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command in June 2014. In October 2015, he also assumed the role of Oceanographer of the Navy (OPNAV N2N6E).
Gallaudet wears several decorations, which are all the direct result of the professionalism, loyalty and excellence of the sailors and officers who served with him. His receipt of the 2003 Commander, Naval Air Forces Leadership Award is one such example.