Rear Admiral Margaret Klein is currently serving as Senior Advisor To The Secretary Of Defense For Military Professionalism.
Why did you decide to join/serve the Navy?
As a young girl, I had a desire to fly. My dad was a private pilot and we lived near a Reserve Air Station. I jumped at the chance to attend USNA when it opened to women since I wanted to serve in the Active component and when I was in high school, the Services were all getting smaller and Reserve-only duty was a reality after NROTC.
Who have your role models or mentors been that have influenced you or helped to guide you?
I was most influenced in my early years by three CDRs. CDR Pete Koch was my boss at CNAL. He taught me how to be value-added on a staff. Then-CDR Tim Keating included me on his team of detailers and welcomed me into what was then the brotherhood of naval aviation. He helped pave the way for me to serve aboard the USS Kitty Hawk on my first at-sea assignment by putting in a good word for me when I had yet to serve at sea. Lastly, then-CDR John Keilty was a CO of mine during my Dept Head tour. He inspired me to grow as a Dept Head, he continued to inspire me during my CO tour and taught me patience. There are many more, but those three were first and I can't say I would have stayed Navy without their influence.