Spotlight On Women: Vice Admiral Kelly Aeschbach
Vice Admiral Kelly Aeschbach is a highly decorated naval officer who currently serves as the Commander of Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR). Throughout her extensive career, she has demonstrated exceptional leadership, technical expertise, and a deep commitment to excellence, her country, and the Navy.
VADM Aeschbach began her naval career after graduating from George Washington University in 1990 and received her commission through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. She also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from San Diego State University.
Over the course of her career, she has served in a number of afloat and ashore positions, among those taking part in Operation Enduring Freedom with Carrier Strike Group Nine, holding the position of military fellow at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and commanding Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic. As a flag officer, she has served as deputy director of Intelligence for U.S. Forces–Afghanistan; director of Intelligence for U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska; director of National Maritime Intelligence Integration office; and commander, Office of Naval Intelligence.
Throughout her career, Admiral Aeschbach has received numerous awards and decorations, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal.
VADM Aeschbach is known for her strong work ethic, leadership skills, and ability to connect with people at all levels. She is a natural communicator who is able to build trust and establish relationships with her subordinates, peers, and superiors. In addition, she is a visionary leader who is always looking for new and innovative ways to improve the performance of the Navy and its Information Warfare community.
We think one of the most interesting things about Admiral Aeschbach is her work in ensuring that the Navy’s Information Warfare forces are exceptionally manned, trained and equipped, her leadership has helped to ensure that the Navy can stay in competition and meet the demand for ready Information Warfare forces across the globe.
Vice Admiral Aeschbach is a true asset to the Navy and a role model for all who serve in uniform.
If you attended AFCEA West in San Diego this February Admiral Aeschbach was a keynote speaker for the Navy Information Warfare Theatre, the Women in AFCEA Appreciation Event, and a panelist on "Man, Train, and Equip Perspective: What Are the "Goods" and "Others" on Readiness, Capability, and Capacity?".
Check out NAVIFOR’s Facebook page for coverage of the events-https://www.facebook.com/navalinformationforces.