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.