Rear Admiral Kathleen Creighton is currently serving as Director For Command, Control, Communications And Cyber, U.S. Pacific Command.
Why did you decide to join/serve the Navy?
I grew up near West Point and went to Army football games each fall. I went to the first parade of the football season in 1976 and saw female cadets march with the Corps of Cadets; I was 10 years old. I asked my father, "Do you think that I could be a cadet?" He said, "absolutely; you can achieve anything you really want, and I will help you." I never forgot that moment. When I was a junior in High School, he helped me apply to several Service Academies and ROTC Scholarships. In the end, I chose the ROTC Scholarship; it was the right call for me. Once I started working in the field of communications and networks, I never considered doing anything else. Leading sailors is a privilege; it energizes me.
Who have your role models or mentors been that have influenced you or helped to guide you?
I've had many mentors. My father as I mentioned above, as well as my husband, a retired Surface Warfare Officer, who ensured that I could have both a Navy career and children. My Commanding Officer at my first operational command who kept expanding my job by giving me more and more responsibility was another important mentor. Finally, my first female Commanding Officer showed me what it looked like for a female officer to lead a large organization.