Rear Admiral Deborah Haven is currently serving as Commander, Defense Contract Management Agency international.
Why did you decide to join/serve the Navy?
The Navy Reserve offered me an opportunity to serve our country in the uniformed services on a part-time basis while my children were young. When I went back into civilian federal service I found that my Navy career and civilian career as a military logistician were complimentary and allowed me to be more effective in both environments. As an undergraduate business student at the University of Maryland, I thoroughly enjoyed the transportation management course, now referred to as logistics or supply chain management. Logistics is the key element in supporting the Navy's ability to keep the sea lanes open and project power wherever and whenever it is required. There is no better organization to engage in the profession of logistician than the United States Navy.
Who have your role models of mentors been that have influenced you or helped to guide you?
I have served with many, many military professionals and for the most part, they provided guidance and encouragement in every aspect of my professional life. So many leaders pushed me or set me up to excel, challenging me beyond what I thought I was capable of doing. Rear Admirals Patricia Wolf and Sharon Redpath and of course my current boss, General Wendy Masiello were particularly helpful to me both as mentors and as role models.
Please tell us a story about someone, perhaps in your family or otherwise, who has influenced you or challenged you to become more than you ever thought you might.