Rear Adm. McCabe is the daughter of a career Naval officer who settled in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. She is a 1988 graduate of Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Finance). Upon commissioning via Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps, she served at the Fleet Numerical Oceanography Center, Monterey, California and Joint Tactical C3 Agency, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. In 2007 she transitioned into the Navy Reserve (NR), and was redesignated a Human Resource Officer (HR).
Reserve assignments include NR Naval Activity United Kingdom Detachment , Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Combined Naval Costal Warfare Unit, Seattle, Washington;Naval Construction Force (NCF) Support Unit Three Detachment Bravo, Fort Jackson, South Carolina as officer in charge (OIC) and Third Regiment, Atlanta, Georgia; and telecommunication tours with Mediterranean Detachment Columbia, South Carolina as executive officer (XO) and Atlantic Detachment Norfolk, Virginia as commanding officer (CO). As CO for Washington, District of Columbia Detachment, she stood up the NR Naval Network Warfare Command Computer Network Defense unit in Little Creek, Virginia.
Staff assignments include NR Commander Navy Region Mid-Atlantic ROC as XO and twice with NR Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Operations & Plans, formerly NR Navy Command Center Detachment 106, as Navy department watch officer and crisis action team officer from the outset of Operation Enduring Freedom; and a decade later as deputy chief staff officer (CSO) and CSO. Additional CNO tours were Study OIC, NR CNO Management Analysis and CO, NR CNO N1 Navy Total Force.
McCabe’s previous activations include North Atlantic Treaty Organization Training Mission-Afghanistan, as the senior advisor to Afghan National Security Forces Recruiting and Retention and Naval Sea Systems Command as Wounded Warrior Program director.
Flag assignments directly support the Navy’s Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education domain to recruit, develop, assign and retain Sailors, as director (OPNAV N13), reserve director (N13A) and acting director, 21st Century Sailor Office (OPNAV N17). She is a certified Senior Human Resources Professional, Level II JQS, a graduate of the Naval War College and the Joint Forces Staff College, and previously served on the Navy Reserve Policy Board and the HR Executive Board.
Personal recognitions include the Bronze Star, Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist badge, and various personal decorations. She is most proud to have served with shipmates who, together, earned the Joint Meritorious Unit Award and Meritorious Unit Commendation.