Vice Admiral Jan Tighe is currently serving as Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and Commander, U.S. 10TH Fleet.
Why did you decide to join/serve the Navy?
When I was a sophomore in High School, I learned about the military academies and the fact that they were looking for candidates that were well balanced across academics, athletics, and other extra-curricular or community activities. That piqued my interest. But what cinched it was the U.S. Naval Academy summer seminar I attended before my senior year. I learned about the Navy, and USNA's mission to develop midshipmen morally, mentally and physically. I knew then that the Navy was for me, and I never looked back. I didn't even apply to any other universities.
But it's been a few years since 16-year-old Jan Chinn decided to attend the U.S. Naval Academy. Since I did not come from a military family, maybe a more telling question would be: Why did I stay in the Navy? I believe there are three main factors. First, I chose a field of work that I love, and our sailors are fantastic. Second, I had great opportunity to grow and develop as a leader across the breadth of our missions and through educational opportunities that directly prepared me to fight in the electromagnetic spectrum and cyberspace. Third, in each job I knew the work was important, and that I was making a difference for our navy and nation.