NORFOLK (NNS) -- Capt. Kelly A. Aeschbach relieved Capt. Danelle M. Barrett as commanding officer, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic (NCTAMS LANT) during a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Sept. 4.
Barrett, who assumed command of NCTAMS LANT in Aug. 2011, led 2,700 personnel in 18 subordinate commands.
"I thank you for continuing to surprise me and impress me with your energy, your ingenuity, your teamwork, your tenacity and your exceptional dedication, and most important your ability to make good ideas a better reality for the Navy," Barrett said.
Rear Adm. Gretchen S. Herbert, Commander, Navy Cyber Forces, was the guest speaker and presented Barrett with the Legion of Merit for her exceptionally meritorious service from Aug. 2011 to Sept. 2013.
Barrett graduated from Boston University in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in history where she received her commission from the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in a ceremony aboard USS Constitution. She holds master's degrees in management, national security/strategic studies, human resources development, and information management.
In Dec. 2000, Barrett was personally selected by the Vice Chief of Naval Operations to be on a seven-person task force to develop the transformational way ahead for Navy operational and business processes through web enablement. Barrett worked on TASK FORCE WEB from Oct. 2001 to Aug. 2003.
Her more recent assignments include: Information Operations Planner and Knowledge Manager, Standing Joint Force Headquarters, U.S. Pacific Command; Assistant Chief of Staff for Command and Control, Communications, Computers and Combat Systems (C5), Commander Carrier Strike Group Two; Information Professional Senior Officer Detailer, Commander, Navy Personnel Command.
Aeschbach graduated from The George Washington University in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in international affairs and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. She earned a master's degree in business administration from San Diego State University. Her previous assignment was as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for information dominance (OPNAV N2/N6).
NCTAMS LANT brings decision superiority to operational forces and denies it to the enemy; provides the operational platform for information - secure and reliable, classified and unclassified voice, messaging, video and data telecommunications to U.S. Naval, Joint, Interagency and Coalition operating forces worldwide.
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