Captain Rachel Velasco-Lind is the current Acting Deputy Chief of the Central Security Service. In this role, she oversees the military cryptology system, manages the relationship between the Central Security Service and the Service Cryptologic Elements and ensures military capabilities to fulfill the National Cryptologic Strategy.
Captain Velasco-Lind was first commissioned as an Ensign through Officer Candidate School in 1996. She completed Surface Warfare Officer School and then reported to the USS Blue Ridge where she served as First Division Officer and Navigator and then served on the USS Kinkaid as the Combat Information Center Officer and Navigator. While serving on the USS Kinkaid she earned her Tactical Action Officer Qualification.
In 2000, she received a Master's degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Information Systems and Operations. While in school she was redesignated as a Special Duty Officer (Cryptology). She reported to the US Naval Security Group in Japan where she served as the Mission Technologies Department Head.
In 2005 Captain Velasco-Lind was selected as the Navy Fellow for the National Security Agency/Central Security Service Director's Fellowship Program. She then deployed as a Forward Deployed Officer-in-Charge in a Counterterrorism Intelligence Fusion Cell in support of sensitive operations. The then returned to the NSA/CSS and served as a subject matter expert for counterterrorism. She then served on the Chief of Naval Operations Staff in N2N6's Concepts, Strategies and Integration Division before being selected as Executive Officer for NIOC Maryland.
Captain Velasco-Lind is highly decorated, her awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, two Joint Service Commendation Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.