Rear Adm. Deborah Haven is a native of Philadelphia. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland and holds a Master of Business Administration in Management Science from La Salle University in Philadelphia.
Her previous assignments include: chief of staff, Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA); commanding officer, DCMA International; commanding officer, United States Fleet Forces Logistics Support Unit; commodore, 3rd Navy Expeditionary Logistics Regiment; commander, Task Force 48; commander, Naval Forces Central Command Operational Logistics Det.; commanding officer, Navy Cargo Handling Battalion 9; and officer in charge, Navy Cargo Handling Battalion 10 Norfolk Det.
In March 2012, Haven was mobilized as the chief of staff, Central Command Joint Theater Support Contracting Command in Qatar. Her previous mobilization assignments include: Operation Unified Response at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Operation Iraqi Freedom II, Kuwait. She was also called to active duty during Operation Desert Storm. She is a designated joint qualified officer.
Haven was assigned as director, Joint Reserve Force (J9) for Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The Joint Reserve Force ensures DLA’s reserve component is trained and ready to fulfill global operational requirements.
Her decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards) and various campaign, unit and service awards.
Her civilian experience parallels her Navy career. As deputy director of Maritime Customer Operations, Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Columbus, Ohio, she is responsible for supply chain support for military customers worldwide.