Rear Adm. Deets is a native of Charlottesville, Va. He graduated from Duke University in 1979 where he was commissioned an ensign via the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps.
Deets began his information warfare officer career at the Naval Security Group Activity Kunia, Hawaii. There he served as a direct support officer aboard a variety of ships in the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, North Arabian Sea, and the Mediterranean. His next tour was at the Naval Security Group Activity Pyongtaek, Republic of Korea, as the executive officer. From there, he was assigned to the staff of Commander in Chief, United States Atlantic Fleet.
He was then assigned to Commander, Carrier Group 2 aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) as the staff cryptologist. He deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and also participated in several counternarcotics operations on various ships. Next he became the Cyptologic Junior Officer detailer at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C. He then spent two years on the staff of the U.S. 6th Fleet in Gaeta, Italy, as the command and control warfare officer. He then attended the National War College at Fort McNair, Washington, D.C., where he graduated with honors. He received a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy with a concentration in Information Strategies and served a follow-on joint assignment as the executive assistant to the National Security Agency Chief of Staff.
After completing a tour as commanding officer of the Center for Cryptology, Corry Station, Pensacola, Fla., he assumed duties as vice commander, Naval Network Warfare Command. He assumed command of Naval Network Warfare Command, May 14, 2010.
Deets is the leader of the Information Warfare and Cryptology community and a qualified Information Dominance Warfare officer.