A native of Weymouth, Mass., Rear Adm. Klein was commissioned in May 1981 upon graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy. She earned her Master of Education from the University of Southern Maine in 1999.
A naval flight officer, Klein's operational assignments include multiple tours with the "Ironmen" of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Three; forward-deployed USS Kitty Hawk Battle Group Staff as N6 during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom; and chief of staff for the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Strike Group.
Command and leadership assignments include command of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Three, where the Ironmen won the Battle "E" for Efficiency and the Maintenance Excellence Award; Commander, Task Force 124 and Strategic Communications Wing One; and 82nd Commandant of Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy. She most recently commanded forward-deployed Expeditionary Strike Group Five as well as Task Force 64 providing strike assets during Operation Odyssey Dawn.
Klein’s shore assignments include the staff of commander, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; aviation officer detailer at the Naval Military Personnel Command; the Presidential Contingency Plans Directorate of the White House Military Office; serving on Senator Olympia Snowe's staff as a Brookings Legislative fellow; and as operations director at Naval Network Warfare Command.
Klein currently serves as chief of staff, U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) where she directs operations and defense of specified Department of Defense information networks. It prepares to, and when directed, conducts military cyberspace operations in order to enable and ensure freedom of action in cyberspace, and deny that freedom to adversaries.
Klein has over 4,500 flight hours in the EC-130 and the E-6. Awards include the Legion of Merit (five awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.