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The United States Navy dates back to what was once Continental Navy, and is larger than the next 13 Naval fleets, worldwide, combined. Below is information on some of the women who serve in the US Navy.

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Rear Admiral Roberta L. Hazard

Rear Admiral Roberta L. Hazard was the third female line officer to be promoted to the rank of Read Admiral in the Navy. Upon her promotion in 1988, she was the highest-ranking woman in the U.S. military. She was also the first woman to command a U.S. Naval Training Command.

Rear Admiral Hazard served as special assistant to the Commander in Chief, Allied Forces Southern Europe, Head of the Women’s Program in the Military Personnel and Training Division, Bureau of Personnel, Commanding officer of Naval Administrative Command, and retired as the Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel, personal Readiness and Community Support in 1992. She also chaired the NATO committee on Women in the Armed Forces.

Rear Admiral Hazard received the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal the Navy Achievement Medal and the national Deference Service Medal during her 32-year career in the Navy.

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Vice Admiral Carol Pottenger

Vice Admiral Carol Pottenger is the Deputy Chief of Staff Capability Development at NATO Headquarters Supreme Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, VA. She is one of the three highest-ranking women in the Navy presently. She has served on the USS Yosemite, USS Yellowstone, and USS Kiska.

She assumed command of USS Shasta in 1996, completing several deployments and in 2001 assumed command of the USS Bridge. During her service on the USS Bridge, through an extended deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, she received the Battle E and the 2002 Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy through re-supplying 10 battle groups, amphibious groups, and numerous coalition ships.

In 2006, she became the first female admiral to command a strike group through assumption of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet/ESG 7 at White Beach, Okinawa. IN 2007, Pottenger earned her PhD in Social Sciences Honoris Causa from Purdue University.

In 2008 she became the commander of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, providing expeditionary combat and combat support to commanders in every theatre of operations

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Vice Admiral Michelle Howard

Vice Admiral Michelle Howard is Deputy Commander, U.S. Fleet Force and is one of the three highest-ranking women in the U.S. Navy presently. She graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982.

She has served on the USS Hunley and USS Lexington, where she received the Winifred Collins award, which is given to one female officer annually for outstanding leadership.

She supported Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Joint Endeavor. In 199, she took command of USS Rushmore, the first African American woman to command a ship in the U.S. Navy.

She has also command Amphibious Squadron Seven, Expeditionary Strike Group Two, and Task Force 151. She has also served in the Joint Staff and OPNAV.

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Vice Admiral Robin Braun

Vice Admiral Robin Braun is the Chief of Navy Reserve and Commander of Navy Reserve Force is one of the three highest-ranking women presently.

She is the first female Chief of the Navy Reserve. Upon her commission in 1980, she was designated a naval aviator and served as an instructor pilot in the T-44 aircraft.

She has served as, as mission commander, aircraft commander, and instructor pilot in fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 3, Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 61, and VR-51.

Subsequent command tours include: Navy Air Logistiss Office, Navy Reserve Carrier Strike Group 10, supporting the USS Harry Truman, and Reconnaissance Wing Five. Vice Admiral Braun became the chief of the Navy Reserve in 2012. .

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Rear Adm. Elizabeth Train

Rear Adm. Elizabeth Train was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and grew up in Virginia and Washington D.C. She graduated from the College of William and Mary and received her commission from Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I. She was designated a Naval Intelligence Officer in 1984, and reported to Patrol Squadron (VP) 19 where she served as the air intelligence officer. During her command tour, Train served as commander, Navy Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center and Center for Naval Intelligence. Train’s operational assignments include duty as deputy assistant chief of staff for Intelligence, Carrier Group Four; assistant chief of staff for Intelligence, Amphibious Group Two; and director for operations, Joint Intelligence Task Force-Combating Terrorism.

Train’s shore assignments include duty as aide to the Director of Naval Intelligence; deputy assistant chief of staff for Intelligence, Commander, U.S. Naval Surface Forces Pacific; operations officer, Joint Intelligence Center, Pacific; executive assistant to the Director for Intelligence, U.S. Pacific Command; deputy assistant chief of staff for Intelligence (Fleet Support) , Commander U.S. Pacific Fleet; director, Intelligence Community Management Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; and executive assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.

In Train’s previous flag assignment she served as director for Intelligence, U.S. Pacific Command.

Train assumed duty as the director for Intelligence (J2), Joint Staff, in August 2011. As the J2 she advises the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff on intelligence matters and is the national level focal point for intelligence support to Department of Defense (DoD) crisis operations and indications and warning intelligence within DoD.

Train is a naval intelligence officer, joint specialty officer, a specialist in joint and strategic intelligence, and a qualified information dominance corps officer. She is a graduate of the National War College, with a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy, and additionally earned a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College.


Vice Admiral Nanette M. DeRenzi

Vice Admiral DeRenzi is the 42nd judge advocate general (JAG) of the Navy. As the judge advocate general, DeRenzi is the principal military legal counsel to the secretary of the Navy and chief of naval operations, and serves as the Department of Defense representative for Ocean Policy Affairs (REPOPA). As the judge advocate general, she also leads the 2,300 attorneys, enlisted legalmen, and civilian employees of the worldwide Navy JAG Corps community.

Before her appointment to flag rank, DeRenzi began her career as a litigator. She was first a defense counsel and, later, as a trial counsel in Newport, Rhode Island, followed by assignments in appellate defense and civil litigation in Washington, D.C.

She also served as the senior staff judge advocate for Commander, U.S. Southern Command. Prior, she held experience as special assistant for Legal and Legislative Matters to the Secretary of the Navy, legislative counsel for Environmental Programs in the Navy Office of Legislative Affairs and, executive assistant to the JAG. In command, she served as commanding officer, Naval Legal Service Office, North Central.

Vice Admiral DeRenzi is the highest-ranking female in the Judge Advocate General Corps.

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Vice Admiral Ann Rondeau

Vice Adm. Rondeau most recently served as the president, National Defense University (NDU), which is the premier center for Joint Professional Military Education and is under the direction of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Rondeau is warfare qualified, training on both MSC Merchant Marine vessels and U.S. Navy combatants. She holds sub-specialty qualifications in political-military affairs, operations intelligence, operations analysis, strategy and planning, and military transportation.

She has held many senior command positions some being of the Naval Training Center Great Lakes and the first commander of Naval Service Training Command, which was established June 30, 2003. In November 2004, she assumed command of the Naval Personnel Development Command and later became the director of Navy Staff in August 2005. In December 2006, she assumed duties as deputy commander of U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

She was selected to be a White House Fellow, a CNO Strategic Studies Group Fellow and as a permanent member of the Council of Foreign Relations. As president of NDU, she is a member of the board of directors of the U.S. institute for Peace, as well as Department of Defense liaison to the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.

Awards:

  • The Defense Distinguished Service Medal
  • The Distinguished Service Medal
  • The Defense Superior Service Medal
  • The Legion of Merit (4 awards)
  • The Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards)
  • The Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards)
  • Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards)

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Rear Admiral Diane E.H. Webber

Rear Admiral Diane E.H. Webber is deputy commander of the Navy’s Fleet Cyber Command/Deputy Commander at Fort Meade, Maryland. Previously, she was Director of Command and Control Systems at the North American Aerospace Defense Command. She is currently the highest-ranking female Information Professional Officer.

Her earlier assignments included being an oceanographic watch officer at U.S. Naval Facility, Argentina, Newfoundland and commander, Oceanographic Systems, Pacific. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, she commanded U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Bahrain. Webber was assigned to Multi-National Forces, Iraq, as director, Communications and Information Systems (CIS) Coalition Force Plans/Joint Network Control Center (JNCC) and subsequently served as director, Communications Information Systems, 2nd Fleet.

Awards:

  • The Legion of Merit
  • The Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • The Meritorious Service Medal
  • The Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • The Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
  • The Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
  • Numerous unit and campaign awards.

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Rear Admiral Margaret Grun Kibben

Rear Admiral Margaret Grun Kibben is the 18th chaplain of the United States Marine Corps and deputy chief of Navy Chaplains. Kibben was appointed to the Office of the Chief of Navy Chaplains, first serving as the director for Force Structure and Community Management and subsequently as the executive assistant to the chief of Navy Chaplains. She is currently the only female Chaplan admiral.

Rear Admiral Kibben entered active duty in the U.S. Navy in 1986 following studies her studies from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.

Kibben’s Marine Corps assignments have included Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., where she served with Headquarters and Service Battalion, Security Battalion, the Brig, Marine Corps Air Facility and the president’s Helicopter Squadron, HMX-1.

Kibben’s Navy assignments include the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. as the first female chaplain. She was the Chaplain Corps historian at the Chaplain Resource Board and the command chaplain, USS San Diego (AFS 6), in Norfolk, Va.

Kibben was a senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace.

Awards: 

  • The Legion of Merit
  • The Bronze Star
  • The Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars
  • The Navy Commendation Medal with three gold stars

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Rear Admiral Janet R. Donovan 
Rear Admiral Donovan is the Deputy Judge Advocate General for the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

During her initial period of active service, Donovan served as Counsel to the Regional Physical Evaluation Board, and Senior Trial Counsel at Naval Legal Service Office, Great Lakes, Il.; Assistant Staff Judge Advocate to Commander, Naval Surface Forces, U. S. Pacific Fleet; Legal Officer on board USS ACADIA (AD-42); and Staff Judge Advocate to Commander, Amphibious Group 3.

Donovan transitioned to the Reserve Component in 1991. Since then, she has commanded Navy Reserve Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic 206 and Navy Reserve Appellate Review/NAVJAG 113. She also served in a wide variety of commands including United States Forces Korea; Naval Legal Service Office, Washington D.C.; The U S. Naval Academy, and the Office of the Judge Advocate, General Litigation Division.

Among the many staffs with which she served on active duty for special work during her career were NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation; Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic; Commander, Naval Network Warfare Command; Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs; and the Department of Justice/Department of the Navy A-12 Litigation Team.

Rear Admiral Sandra Adams

Rear Admiral Sandra Adams mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan in 2010. Based in Kabul, she served as the senior advisor to an Afghan minister of defense lieutenant general and his staff. Her first flag assignment was as the Reserve deputy commander, Navy Region Midwest. She was selected for her current assignment as the deputy commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command as of October 2012.

Adams transitioned to the Navy Reserve (NR) in 1986 serving with NR Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity Detachment 219, Long Beach, Calif. In 1990, she transferred to Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit 105. The unit was recalled to active duty and deployed to Saudi Arabia for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm where it provided harbor security for the U.S. Army’s logistics seaport.

She served as the commanding officer of five units and on numerous operational staff positions including at Naval Coastal Warfare Group One; NR Navy Command Center Det. 106; NR Commander, Naval Forces Korea Headquarters; and, U.S. Joint Forces Command.


Rear Admiral Christina Alvarado
Rear Adm. Christina Alvarado was the first nurse to command Naval Reserve (NR) Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF) Dallas 1, a commissioned unit whose mission is expeditionary medicine. She led the transformation of the unit and stood up the first Reserve EMF in 2011.

She has worked in the clinical areas of orthopedics, neurosurgery and intensive care. Alvarado became certified in critical care nursing in 1983, and held civilian professional nurse positions at United Hospital, Portchester, New York, Alexandria Hospital and Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.  
Alvarado began her Navy Reserve career as a direct commissioned officer. She was called to active duty from 1990 to 1991 in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and served in the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland. In January 2002, she was again called to active duty in support of Operations Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom. She has held a variety of leadership positions including officer in charge, executive officer, administrative officer and training officer. She served as the executive officer, Operational Health Support Unit Jacksonville, Florida, from 2008 to 2010, and commanding officer of EMF Dallas 1 from 2010 to 2012.

Rear Adm. Annie Andrews
Rear Adm. Annie Andrews assumed command of Navy Recruiting Command Aug. 29, 2013.

As a Navy Human Resources officer her assignments have been in the areas of manpower, personnel, training and education. She served as executive assistant and naval aide to the assistant secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserves Affairs in Washington, D.C., and was a senior fellow on the chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group (SSG XXX) at the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. Andrews most recently served as the director of Total Force Requirements Division (OPNAV N12).

Andrews served as commanding officer of: Boston Military Entrance Processing Station Navy Recruiting District San Francisco, and Recruit Training Command (RTC), Great Lakes.  During her tour at RTC, she led the training efforts of over 100,000 Sailors for duty in the Fleet and was instrumental in the commissioning of the Navy's only immersive simulator trainer, the USS Trayer, also known as Battle Stations 21.

Rear Adm. Babette Bolivar

Rear Admiral Bolivar is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography. She holds a Master of Science in Management from Troy State University.

Bolivar reported to her first tour as the Fleet and Message Center officer/CMS custodian of the U.S. Naval Communications Station, San Miguel, Philippines. She then served on the Secretary of the Navy’s (The Honorable James H. Webb, Jr.) staff as a writer/researcher for the SECNAV’s White House Liaison Office.

Bolivar served in various leadership positions, including as the commanding officer of USS Salvor (ARS 52), commanding officer of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) ONE, and officer-in-charge of Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Electronic Warfare (CREW) Program while deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom’s Counter-I ED Task Force, Task Force Paladin.

Bolivar also has extensive leadership experience ashore. More recently, she assumed command of Joint Region Marianas in August 2014. Her other hats include: U.S. PACOM / Defense Representative Guam-CNMI-FSM-ROP; Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas; and Commander, Task Force West.


Rear Adm. Paula Brown
Rear Adm. Paula Brown, a Washington native, graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of the Pacific, Stockton, California, and was a direct commission to the Civil Engineer Corps in July 1982. She reported to active duty in Washington D.C. from October 1982 through December 1986. Brown affiliated with the Navy Reserves in 1988.  

Her command tours include commanding officer of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 18 from 1999-2001 when the battalion was awarded the Pacific Battle E, and commander, First Naval Construction Regiment, Port Hueneme, California, from 2003 -2005. Mobilized as the commander, 30th Naval Construction Regiment (rear) for seven months in Pearl Harbor with the Pacific Seabees, and then served as commander, 30th Naval Construction Regiment (forward) in Iraq from September 2005 to March 2006.  

Returning from her Operation Iraqi Freedom deployment, she became the commanding officer, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, contingency officer in charge of construction, then served as deputy chief of staff for Engineering, commander Naval Forces Korea. Brown served a six-month active duty tour as vice commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific in 2009. Her first flag officer assignment was as the deputy commander, First Naval Construction Division. Her current assignment is deputy commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command and deputy chief of the Civil Engineers.

Rear Adm. Priscilla Coe
Rear Adm. Priscilla Coe is a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina who holds a Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the State University of Buffalo, School of Dentistry in Buffalo, New York.

Receiving initial orders to Navy Dental Clinic, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, she served two years in this command prior to being transferred to the Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune as the staff dental officer.

Coe transitioned to the Navy Reserve (NR) in 1988 and served with NR Naval Dental Clinic Camp Lejeune Det 107. After a five month active duty for special work assignment at the Naval Training Center, Orlando, Florida, she opened a private general dentistry practice in Naples, Florida, in 1990. She served as the commanding officer of four units to include NR Naval Hospital Jacksonville Det 1108;  NR Naval Dental Clinic Pensacola Det 108; Collecting and Clearing Company Bravo, 4th Medical Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group (4th FSSG); and 4th Dental Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group.

She has served in numerous staff positions including administrative officer, 4th Medical Battalion, 4th FSSG; Staff Dental Officer, Readiness Command Southwest; and deputy chief of Staff (Reserve Component), Navy Medicine National Capital Area.

Rear Adm. Allie Coetzee
Rear Admiral Allie Coetzee became the Acting Director, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP) March 2015 after reporting to DPAP in September 2013 as the Deputy Director for Contingency Contracting.  Prior to that she served as the Executive Director, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Acquisition and Procurement), for two years. As Deputy Director for Contingency Contracting, she was responsible for DoD contract policy issues affecting deployed forces, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, and disaster relief.

Her active duty sea assignments include USS Jason (AR 8) as disbursing/sales/stock control/repair supply officer; USNS Mercy (T- AH 19) as food service officer during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm; and USS Mount Hood (AE 29) as department head. Her active duty shore assignments include Navy Regional Contracting Center, San Diego, as a Navy acquisition contracting officer; and Naval Hospital, Oakland, Calif., as assistant director for Logistics.

Coetzee left active duty and joined the Navy Reserve in 1993. Her reserve assignments include five command tours, among others.  
She also mobilized in support of the Global War on Terrorism from September 2001 to February 2002, and again as deputy J4/chief contingency contracting officer for Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa from December 2005 to February 2007.

Rear Adm. Kathleen M. Creighton 
Rear Admiral Creighton, a native of Ridgefield, Connecticut, graduated in 1988 from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and was commissioned through the NROTC program. She graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1997 with a Master of Science in Information Technology Management.  Creighton has served in information dominance billets at all levels, afloat and shore, with multiple command and officer in charge assignments.

Creighton has had numerous fleet and shore assignments. She has also commanded both Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Sicily and Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Bahrain.

Creighton is currently serving as the director for Command, Control, Communications and Cyber, U.S. Pacific Command.

Rear Adm. Dawn Cutler
Rear Adm. Dawn Cutler is a native of Portland, Oregon. She is currently serving as the U.S. Navy’s Chief of Information. Cutler is the principal spokeswoman for the Department of the Navy and provides strategic counsel to the Secretary of the Navy and the Chief of Naval Operations. She leads the Navy’s public affairs community consisting of more than 2,500 active and reserve officer, enlisted and civilian communication professionals.

Cutler reported to her first tour as the public affairs, administrative and maintenance administrative officer for Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 1 in San Diego. She then served as the public affairs/protocol officer for commander, Naval Security Group Activity, Edzell, Scotland; and in 1994, she was assigned as the administrative department head for commander, Helicopter Antisubmarine Warfare Wing, Pacific, San Diego. In 1995, she was accepted for lateral transfer to the Public Affairs community.

Rear Adm. Sandy Daniels
Rear Adm. Sandy Daniels graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in June 1980 and was designated as a naval aviator in January 1982. Her aviation assignments included Oceanographic Research Squadron (VXN) 8 where she flew specially configured research P-3 Orions worldwide and the Naval Research Laboratory where she flew research missions. While there, she was also the military liaison to the Space Science Division earning her space operations subspecialty designation.

Daniels held numerous billets in the Navy Reserve Space Program, including units supporting the National Reconnaissance Office, Naval Space Command, OPNAV N6, and United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM). She served as director, Navy Space & Network Warfare Program from October 2005 to September 2007.

Her first flag assignment was as the Reserve assistant, Communication Networks on the Chief of Naval Operations’ staff (N6R). She later served as director, Warfare Integration on the Chief of Naval Operations’ staff (N6F), deputy commander of USSTRATCOM’s Joint Functional Component Command for Space, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, senior advisor for Space to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance (OPNAV N2/N6) and reserve deputy Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Daniels reported to Patrol and Reconnaissance Group/Patrol and Reconnaissance Group Pacific, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, in February 2015.

Rear Adm. Lisa Franchetti
Rear Admiral Lisa Franchetti is a native of Rochester, New York. She was commissioned in 1985 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Program at Northwestern University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism.

Franchetti commanded USS Ross (DDG 71), and had the opportunity to represent the United States at the 60th Anniversary of D-Day commemoration during a deployment to the Mediterranean and the Horn of Africa/Gulf of Oman. She was also the Commodore of Destroyer Squadron 21 embarked with the USS John C. Stennis, and served as the Commander of Pacific Partnership 2010, embarked on USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

Her assignments ashore include commanding officer, Naval Reserve Center Central Point, Oregon; aide to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations; protocol officer for the Commander, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; 4th Battalion officer at the U.S. Naval Academy; division chief, Joint Concept Development and Experimentation, on the Joint Staff, J7; and military assistant to the Secretary of the Navy.

Rear Adm. Katherine Gregory

Rear Admiral Katherine Gregory assumed duties as commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command and chief of civil engineers on Oct. 26, 2012.

Previously, Gregory served as commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific and the Pacific Fleet civil engineer. Her other facilities assignments include tours in Yokosuka, Japan; Naples, Italy; San Francisco; Adak, Alaska; and Pearl Harbor. She has also had staff tours in Washington, D.C., serving as the Seabee action officer and Chief of Naval Operations Overseas Bases planning and action officer.

Within the Naval Construction Force (Seabees), she has served with Amphibious Construction Battalion One; Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) One; commanding officer of NMCB 133; commander of the 30th Naval Construction Regiment; and chief of staff for the First Naval Construction Division. Throughout her Seabee tours, she deployed to the Western Pacific, Mediterranean, Iraq and Haiti.


Rear Adm. Alma Grocki
Rear Admiral Alma Grocki (nee Lau) was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was the first woman from Hawaii appointed to the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree. She completed her Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.

While stationed at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, she was the Ship Superintendent for several surface ships, and senior Ship Superintendent for numerous submarine availabilities, and became the first woman officer to accompany her boat on post-availability sea trials.

Grocki transferred to the Navy Reserve in 1988. She held many commanding officer assignments before becoming a Plankowner and the first National Director for the SurgeMain program.

Grocki currently serves on active duty as Director, Fleet Maintenance, U.S. Pacific Fleet, leading and directing maintenance efforts and programs for Pacific Fleet surface ship and submarine assets to support COMPACFLT’s warfighter mission.  She is also assigned as the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Deputy Chief of Staff for Reserve Affairs.

In her civilian career, she has worked for CACI Dynamic Systems, Inc. as a deputy program manager for shipyard training projects, a member of the NAVSEA Dry Dock Audit team and a senior engineer assisting Fleet Maintenance Information Technology programs. She also serves as a volunteer Blue & Gold officer (BGO) for the U.S. Naval Academy, and the BGO Area Coordinator (AC) for Hawaii and the Western Pacific.

Rear Adm. Deborah Haven
Rear Admiral Deborah Haven is assigned as the commander of Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) International, dispersed over 26 countries, executing the Department of the Defense’s International contract administration business and logistics performance oversight of more than 8,600 contracts valued in excess of $128 billion dollars. She is also responsible for DCMA’s Contingency Contracting Administration Services mission in direct support of U.S. Central Command theater operations.

In March 2012, Haven was mobilized for six months as the Chief of Staff Central Command Joint Theater Support Contracting Command in Qatar. Previous mobilization assignments include Operation Unified Response at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Operation Iraqi Freedom II (Kuwait). She was also called to active duty during Operation Desert Storm.

In her civilian career, Haven was deputy director of Maritime Customer Operations, Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime in Columbus, Ohio; she was responsible for supply chain support for military customers worldwide.

Rear Adm. Valerie K. Huegel
Rear Admiral Valerie K. Huegel, SC, USN is currently serving as the commander, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group (NAVELSG).

While on active duty, she served as fuels, stock control and aviation supply support division officer, Naval Station Adak, Alaska; and as material and aviation supply support division officer, Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida.

Huegel transitioned to the Navy Reserve in 1986. Her reserve assignments include three command tours at NR Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Norfolk; Navy Cargo Handling Battalion 13, Gulfport, Mississippi; and Navy Supply Center, Pensacola, Florida. She mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from October 2008 to January 2011, where she served as the director of Logistics (CJ4) for the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, Djibouti, and Africa.  

Her previous flag assignment was Deputy Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command Global Logistics Support (NAVSUP GLS) in San Diego.

In her civilian career, Huegel has served in various leadership positions within the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Rear Adm. Mary Jackson
Rear Admiral Mary Jackson hails from Wimberley, Texas. She graduated from St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas, and entered the United States Naval Academy in July 1984. She graduated with the Class of 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics with an emphasis in Oceanography. Jackson earned a graduate degree from George Washington University in Engineering Management and is qualified as a joint specialty officer.

At sea, Jackson has served on ships in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets with deployed operations in the Atlantic, Caribbean, Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and Western Pacific areas of operation. Jackson commanded USS McFaul (DDG 74) serving as the Flagship for CTF 158 and CDS 50 in the Arabian Gulf and North Arabian Sea /Gulf of Oman.

Her assignments ashore include seamanship and navigation instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy; theater air and missile defense officer (J85) at US Joint Forces Command, flag secretary to commander, Naval Surface Forces, Atlantic Fleet; and head, surface junior officer assignments (PERS 412) at Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee. Jackson served as executive officer at Naval Station Norfolk and subsequently commanded Naval Station Norfolk. Most recently, she served as chief of staff to commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. Rear Admiral Jackson assumed command of Navy Region Southeast on July 18, 2014.

Rear Adm. Cindy Jaynes
Rear Admiral Cindy Jaynes is serving as program executive officer for Air Anti-Submarine Warfare, Assault and Special Mission Programs (PEO(A)). She has oversight responsibility for 10 program offices and seven ACAT I major acquisition programs.

Operational tours include Training Squadron 86 (VT-86) in Pensacola, Florida; Patrol Squadron 5 (VP-5) in Jacksonville, Florida; Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department, Mayport, Florida; Commander Helicopter Wings Atlantic, Jacksonville, Florida; Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department, Diego Garcia; and officer-in-charge Commander, Strike Fighter Wing Pacific, Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Detachment in Lemoore, California.

Jaynes’ acquisition tours include Naval Aviation Engineering Service Unit (NAESU) in Philadelphia; deputy assistant Program Manager Systems Engineering for PMA-290, P-3 & EP-3 Program Office; F/A-18 Program Integrator Defense Contract Management Command Northrop Grumman, El Segundo, California; Assistant Program Manager Logistics for PMA-265, F/A-18 & EA-18G Program Office; and PMA-265 F/A-18 Deputy Program Manager Fleet Support.

She assumed command of PMA-202, Aircrew Systems in June 2006. Under her command, PMA-202 won the 2007 NAVAIR Commander’s National Award for Program Management. She assumed command of PMA-213, Naval Air Traffic Management Systems in 2007. In July 2011, she reported as NAVAIR Assistant Commander for Logistics and Industrial Operations and in August 2012 became the Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers responsible for seven Fleet Readiness Centers engaged in aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul services for the Naval Aviation Enterprise.

Rear Adm. Margaret Klein
A native of Weymouth, Massachusetts, Rear Admiral Margaret Klein was commissioned in May 1981 upon graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy. She earned her Master of Education from the University of Southern Maine in 1999.

A naval flight officer, Klein's operational assignments include multiple tours with the "Ironmen" of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 3; forward-deployed USS Kitty Hawk Battle Group Staff as N6 during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom; and chief of staff for the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Strike Group.

Among her many leadership assignments, she commanded forward-deployed Expeditionary Strike Group 5 as well as Task Force 64 providing strike assets during Operation Odyssey Dawn.

Klein’s staff assignments include Naval Air Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Naval Military Personnel Command; White House Military Office; Brookings Legislative Fellow for Senator Olympia Snowe; operations director, Naval Network Warfare Command, Chief of Staff, U.S. Cyber Command; and most recently as Chief of Staff, J5, on the Joint Staff.

Klein currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense for Military Professionalism.

Rear Adm. Nancy Norton
Rear Admiral Nancy Norton is a native of Oregon and graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science in General Science. She was commissioned in 1987 as a general unrestricted line officer through Officer Candidate School.

As an information professional, Norton has served in information dominance billets at all levels, afloat and ashore. Norton served afloat as command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) officer on the staff of commander, Cruiser/Destroyer Group 12 aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65), completing the 2001 deployment to the North Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea, Arabian Gulf and North Arabian Sea supporting Operation Enduring Freedom immediately following 9/11. She later served as the deputy director for Knowledge Management on the staff of commander, Naval Forces Europe and commander, U.S. 6th Fleet where she was responsible for all Fleet C4 issues afloat and ashore, and the Maritime Domain Awareness program in Europe and Africa as the J6 for Joint Task Force Lebanon in 2006.

She served as executive assistant to the vice chief of Naval Operations and, then, the chief of Naval Operations from 2010 to 2012, and most recently as the director, Command, Control, Communications and Cyber Directorate, U.S. Pacific Command. Currently, Norton is serving as the director of Warfare Integration for Information Dominance.

Rear Adm. Cynthia Thebaud

A Connecticut native, Rear Admiral Cynthia Thebaud graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She also holds a Master of Arts in Security Policy Studies from The George Washington University, is an honors graduate of the Naval War College, and is qualified joint specialty officer.

At sea, Thebaud has served in ships in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets with deployed operations in the Western Pacific, Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean, Horn of Africa, Central America, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, and Gulf of Guinea/West Africa areas of operation. As the commanding officer in USS Decatur (DDG 73), she deployed to the Middle East as part of the Navy’s initial Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG 1) in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. She subsequently commanded Destroyer Squadron 60 where, in addition to serving as the 6th Fleet surface combatant force commander (CTF 65), she also commanded two multi-national African Partnership Station deployments focused on maritime security capacity-building in West and Central Africa. Most recently, on July 17, 2014 she assumed the duties of commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 2.

Ashore, her assignments have included commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific and commander, Task Force 73; chief operating officer, Naval Education and Training Command; policy branch chief (N512) on the Chief of Naval Operations staff; director, Division of Professional Development at the U.S. Naval Academy; and chief, Southeast Asia Division in the Joint Staff, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J-5).


Rear Adm. Jan Tighe
Vice Admiral Jan Tighe was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and raised in Plantation, Florida. In April 2014, she assumed duties as the commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command / U.S. 10th Fleet.

Tighe’s previous tours include duty with Naval Security Group Activities in Florida, Virginia, Japan, VQ-1 and Naval Information Warfare Activity. She also had staff assignments on the Headquarters of the Pacific Fleet, Naval Security Group, Naval Network Warfare Command, and served as executive assistant to Commander, U.S. Cyber Command. Tighe commanded more than 2,800 multi-service and multi-agency personnel at the National Security Agency/Central Security Service Hawaii in Kunia. As a flag officer, Tighe served as U.S. Cyber Command Deputy J3; OPNAV N2N6 director, Decision Superiority; Naval Postgraduate School interim president;  and deputy commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command / U.S. 10th Fleet.

Tighe wears both the Information Dominance Warfare pin and Naval Aviation Observer wings, earned while deployed as an airborne special evaluator aboard VQ-1 EP-3E aircraft in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Shield/Storm. She is also a member of the Acquisition Professionals Community and holds a Level III Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification in Program Management.

Rear Adm. Nora Tyson
A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Vice Admiral Nora Tyson graduated from Vanderbilt University and received her commission from Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. She earned her wings as a naval flight officer in 1983 and reported to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ4), where she ultimately served three tours at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland, and Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, including one as commanding officer.

Tyson also commanded the amphibious assault ship, USS Bataan (LHD 5), leading the Navy’s contributions to disaster relief efforts on the U.S. Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and deploying twice to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. More recently, as commander of Carrier Strike Group 2 she led the USS George H.W. Bush Strike Group on its maiden deployment in support of operations in both 6th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility.

Her shore tours include service on the Joint Staff as a political-military planner in the Asia-Pacific Division of the Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J-5); as executive assistant for the assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; as director of staff for Commander, Naval Forces Europe/Commander, 6th Fleet; as executive assistant for the Chief of Naval Operations; and as vice director, Joint Staff.

Tyson reported as deputy commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, in July 2013.

Rear Adm. Linda Wackerman
Rear Admiral Linda Wackerman grew up in Key Biscayne, Florida. She is a graduate from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado, and was commissioned from Aviation Officer Candidate School in September 1986. She was designated a Naval Aviator in Oct. of 1987.

Her active duty tours include HC-3, the Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS); and first fleet tour assignment with HC-11, NASNI, California where she flew and instructed in the H-46D and deployed to WESTPAC. Wackerman was assigned to shore duty with VT-6 and the Instructor Training Unit, NAS Whiting Field, Florida, where she instructed flight training in the T-34C Mentor.

Full Time Support (FTS) officer duty includes Assistant Reserve Program director for 2,300 reservists where she flew and instructed in the UC-12B; and VR-52, where she flew and instructed in the C-9B/DC-9 both located at NAS JRB Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Wackerman became a Selected Reservist with VR-52 in June 1999. Wackerman served as commanding officer of VR-52 where the squadron was awarded Operational and Maintenance awards for performance; and she mobilized for eleven months in support of the Global War on Terror.

She was assigned as Navy Emergency Preparedness liaison officer (NEPLO) for the state of Pennsylvania and Deputy Lead for the NEPLO Program at Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC). She served as the commander, NR CNIC NEPLO leading the NEPLO Program. She is currently assigned as reserve deputy director, Assessment Division, OPNAV N81R.

She is a 757/767 International First Officer with American Airlines where she has accumulated over 5,400 military flight hours and 7,000 civilian flight hours.

Rear Adm. Elaine Wagner
Rear Admiral Elaine Wagner grew up in southern Indiana and attended Butler University (B.A., 1976) and Indiana University School of Dentistry (D.D.S., 1980). She completed her Pediatric Dentistry residency at Riley Children’s Hospital, Indianapolis in 1982. She was commissioned and reported to Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, 29 Palms, California, in December 1983. In July 1987, she became the Pediatric Dentistry department head at the 32nd Street Dental Clinic, San Diego.

She has served as clinic director, Branch Dental Clinic, Washington Navy Yard and director of Surgical Services and director of Women’s, Children’s and Community Health at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland. Wagner’s next assignment was as the executive officer at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Florida, followed by her first tour as commanding officer, Naval Hospital Beaufort, South Carolina, in 2006. In 2008, she reported as commanding officer, Expeditionary Medical Facility Kuwait and, in 2009, commanding officer of Naval Health Care New England. In August 2010, she assumed the duties as the director, Medical Resources Plans and Policy Division, OPNAV code N931and chief, Navy Dental Corps. From September 2011 to April 2014, she served as the commander of Navy Medicine East and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, and as Director of the Tidewater enhanced Multi-Service Market.  Wagner currently serves as Deputy Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Wounded, Ill and Injured.