Rear Adm. Kathleen Creighton is a native of Ridgefield, Connecticut, and graduated in 1988 from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s in business administration and was commissioned through the Naval ROTC program. She graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1997 with a Master of Science in Information Technology Management.
Creighton has served in information dominance billets at all levels, afloat and shore, with multiple command and officer in charge assignments.
Shore assignments have included, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic as fleet telecommunications operations center watch officer, operations management officer and officer in charge, Naval Telecommunications Center Breezy Point; Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Europe Central as plans and requirements department head; Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Europe Central, Det. London, as officer in charge; the joint staff, directorate for command, control, communications and computer systems (J6), serving on the director’s action group; Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV), information dominance (N2/N6) as chief of staff, Task Force Cyber Awakening; and the director of command, control, communications and cyber, U.S. Pacific Command.
Fleet assignments have included, flag communications officer to Commander, Carrier Strike Group 2 embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75); assistant chief of staff for C4 to commander, Carrier Strike Group 12 embarked in USS Enterprise where she completed two Fifth Fleet deployments supporting Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom; and N6/Deputy Maritime Operations Center director to Fleet Cyber Command/Commander 10th Fleet.
Creighton commanded both Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Sicily and Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Bahrain.
Creighton is currently serving as the deputy commander of the Joint Force Headquarters – Department of Defense Information Networks (DODIN). In this role, she leads command and control of DODIN operations and defensive cyberspace operations – internal defense measures, synchronizing DODIN defense and synthesizing global intelligence sharing in order to deter adversary attacks and enable power projection, freedom of action, and mission assurance across all warfighting domains.
Creighton has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Commendation Medal (four awards) and the Navy and Marine Achievement Medal (three awards).