Rear Adm. Nancy Norton is a native of Oregon and graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science in General Science. She was commissioned in 1987 as a general unrestricted line officer through Officer Candidate School. Norton earned a Master of Science in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, where she was the President’s Honor Graduate. She served as a fellow on Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Strategic Studies Group XXXII.
As an information professional, Norton has served in information warfare billets at all levels, afloat and ashore. Early assignments were at Naval Communications Area Master Station Eastern Pacific in Hawaii and Naval Telecommunications Center, Fallon, Nevada, where she was the officer in charge. She served two tours directing cyber security programs for U.S. Pacific Command, Pacific Fleet and commanded Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Bahrain during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Norton served afloat as command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) officer on the staff of Commander, Cruiser/Destroyer Group 12 aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65), completing the 2001 deployment to the Arabian Gulf and North Arabian Sea supporting Operation Enduring Freedom immediately following 9/11. She later served on the staff of Commander, Naval Forces Europe and Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet where she was responsible for all fleet command, control, communications and computers (C4) issues, afloat and ashore.
Headquarters assignments include: Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) N6; the lead for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) for the Navy’s 2008 Quadrennial Defense Review office; and deputy director for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in the newly established N2N6. She served as executive assistant to the vice chief of naval operations, then the chief of naval operations from 2010 to 2012 and most recently as the director, Command, Control, Communications and Cyber Directorate, U.S. Pacific Command. Currently, Norton is serving as the director of Warfare Integration for Information Warfare.
Norton is the recipient of various personal and campaign awards including the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal and Meritorious Service Medal (two awards). Additionally, she is a recipient of a Navy League Award, Young AFCEAN Award, Copernicus Award and the National Security Agency’s Frank B. Rowlett Award for personal achievement in Information Security.