Navy Biography

Rear Admiral Heidi Berg

Director, J2, U.S. Africa Command

Rear Admiral Heidi Berg

Rear Adm. Berg was born in LaCrosse, Wisconsin and was raised in Oakton, Virginia.  She is a 1991 graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy and was commissioned as a Cryptologist.  She studied Russian at the Defense Language Institute in 1992, and Arabic at the Kalimat Institute in Cairo, Egypt in 2004.  Berg received a Master of Philosophy in Modern Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic from St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, UK, in 2005.

Operational tours include Navy Security Group Activity, Rota, Spain, where Berg flew over 1000 hours as a communications intercept evaluator onboard EP-3E aircraft in support of Operations Provide Promise/Sharp Guard.  She served onboard the USS Kidd (DDG 993), Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 12; USS Sartoga (CV 60), and USS Key West (SSN 722) while assigned to Naval Security Group Activity Rota, Spain.  She participated in fleet staff talks with the post-Soviet Russian Navy in the Mediterranean while at Sixth Fleet aboard USS LaSalle (AGF 3) in Gaeta, Italy, followed by a tour at Royal Air Force Menwith Hill Station, Harrogate, UK.  In 2012, Berg deployed to Afghanistan as director of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Red Team at ISAF Headquarters in Kabul.  As director, she led alternative analysis and provided strategic assessments recommendations to the ISAF Commander.  Following deployment, Berg served as the deputy Plans and Policy at Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. Tenth Fleet.

Berg’s command tours include the Navy Information Operations Command in Bahrain (2008-2009), where she was responsible for providing theater airborne and surface signals intelligence (SIGINT) support to Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Persian Gulf maritime operations; and the Navy Element Commander of the Defense Intelligence Agency and Director of the Joint Military Intelligence Training Center (2013-2015).  Her first Flag assignment is the Director of Intelligence (J2), U.S. Africa Command.

Staff assignments include airborne SIGINT requirements officer and information operations strategy and policy on the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) Staff; deputy national intelligence officer for Military Issues at the National Intelligence Council in Langley, Virginia; military advisor to the Deputy Director of National Intelligence, where she supported daily intelligence briefings to the President, and provided direct intelligence support to the National Security Advisor, National Security Council and Congress; information warfare and foreign area officer division director (PERS-47) at Navy Personnel Command, strategic advisor (OOZ) to the Chief of Naval Operations; and acting director, Digital Warfare Office.

Berg has been awarded various personal, campaign, unit and service awards. 


Updated: 28 January 2019