Women's History Month: Vice Admiral Jan Tighe
Navy leaders and pioneers
"From the Revolutionary War to current conflicts, women have played a crucial role in the security of our nation and the success of the U.S. Navy. Join us as we celebrate Women's History Month by profiling women leaders and pioneers across the Navy."
Q: Why did you decide to join/serve the Navy?
A: When I was a sophomore in High School, I learned about the military academies and the fact that they were looking for candidates that were well balanced across academics, athletics, and other extra-curricular or community activities. That piqued my interest. But what cinched it was the U.S. Naval Academy summer seminar I attended before my senior year. I learned about the Navy, and USNA's mission to develop midshipmen morally, mentally and physically. I knew then that the Navy was for me, and I never looked back. I didn't even apply to any other universities.
But it's been a few years since 16-year-old Jan Chinn decided to attend the U.S. Naval Academy. Since I did not come from a military family, maybe a more telling question would be: Why did I stay in the Navy? I believe there are three main factors. First, I chose a field of work that I love, and our sailors are fantastic. Second, I had great opportunity to grow and develop as a leader across the breadth of our missions and through educational opportunities that directly prepared me to fight in the electromagnetic spectrum and cyberspace. Third, in each job I knew the work was important, and that I was making a difference for our navy and nation.