Command Master Chief Dee Allen is the Command Master Chief of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F) and will become Navy’s most senior enlisted woman later this year.
FCC/C10F is joining the rest of the Navy and the nation in celebrating Women’s History month during the month of March. The theme of this year’s Women’s History Month observance is "Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination."
“It is important for us to take the time to reflect on and express gratitude to the many trailblazing women throughout our history who, in the face of overwhelming adversity, broke down barriers to help remake the world as it should be,” said Allen.
A native of Birmingham, Ala., Allen enlisted in the Navy in 1986 as an undesignated seaman recruit and was selected to attend Cryptologic Technician Administrative "A" School in Pensacola, Fla. Now, as the Navy’s most senior enlisted woman, Allen says her success is attributed to mentorship she’s received over the years.
“I’ve been blessed to have mentors in my career, like Fleet Master Chief Susan Whitman and Fleet Master Chief April Beldo,” she said. “They encouraged me to be persistent and pursue opportunities like becoming a Command Master Chief.”
In 2008 Allen reported to the Office of the Chief of Naval Personnel Staff where she served as the Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Office of Women's Policy.
“Throughout my career I’ve seen the military go through extraordinary changes as they work to incorporate women more fully into its work force,” said Allen. “Each step we’ve made along the way has come with challenges, but the progress we’ve made is undeniable.”
Allen said she believes we still have a lot of work to do to continue to grow as a service. Currently, twenty percent of the Navy's enlisted force is women, including eight percent of all senior and master chiefs. Nineteen percent of the officer force and 10 percent of all admirals are comprised of women. Allen said she pays close attention to the amount of senior leadership that is made up of women and would like to see more representation.
“All of the sacrifices and achievements of the women we honor during Women’s History Month each year remind us that change is not inevitable. It requires a dedication to our ideals; open minds from both those who preside over the status quo and those who wish to change it.”
Since its establishment, FCC/C10F has grown into an operational force composed of more than 16,000 Active and Reserve Sailors and civilians organized into 29 active commands, 40 Cyber Mission Force units, and 29 reserve commands around the globe. FCC serves as the Navy component command to U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Cyber Command, and the Navy's Service Cryptologic Component commander under the National Security Agency/Central Security Service. C10F, the operational arm of FCC, executes its mission through a task force structure similar to other warfare commanders. In this role, C10F provides support of Navy and joint missions in cyber/networks, cryptologic/signals intelligence and space.
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