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CHIPS Articles: Colorado Native, Capt. Kelly Aeschbach, puts on First Star

Colorado Native, Capt. Kelly Aeschbach, puts on First Star
By MC1 Rafael Martie, NAVIFOR Public Affairs Office - April-June 2017
SUFFOLK, Va. – Capt. Kelly A. Aeschbach of Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR) in Suffolk, Virginia, promoted to the rank of rear admiral April 7.

Aeschbach is a 1986 graduate of Ledyard High School, Connecticut, graduating from The George Washington University in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in international affairs. Aeschbach received her commission through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps, and was designated a Naval Intelligence Officer after completing the Naval Intelligence Officer Basic Course in Dam Neck, Virginia.

Commander, Naval Information Forces Rear Adm. Matthew J. Kohler presided at the event. “Kelly Aeschbach is the epitome of what the Navy and information warfare expects and needs for today’s warfighting requirements,” said Kohler. “A superb Naval Officer, Kelly has excelled in a wide variety of highly demanding information warfare assignments, and is more than ready to take her skills to the next level as a flag officer.”

After Kohler administered the oath of office to one of the Navy's newest rear admirals, Aeschbach’s father, a retired Navy captain with 30 years of service as a submariner, mother and two sons helped place the star rank insignia on her collars.

“The best part of my career has been the opportunity to work with Sailors, officers and civilians in our Navy and have a positive influence on where their careers have gone and see people you have worked with go on to succeed,” Aeschbach said.

Aeschbach noted that a lot of her success is attributed to her husband Rob, a retired Marine who has supported her career for more than 15 years and takes care of their two boys.

Aeschbach’s selection to flag rank is the culmination of 27 years of leadership experience at sea and ashore. She served at Patrol Squadron (VP) 6, Amphibious Squadron One and Carrier Strike Group Nine. She most recently served as Chief of Staff, Naval Information Forces.

Ashore Aeschbach served at Joint Intelligence Center Pacific in Aiea, Hawaii; Tactical Training Group Pacific in San Diego; Naval Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee; U.S. Naval Forces Europe in London; U.S. Special Operation Command in Tampa, Florida; a military fellow at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in McLean, Virginia; and a member of the staff for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance in Washington, D.C.

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Rear Adm. Kelly A. Aeschbach. Photo by Robert Fluegel/NAVIFOR Public Affairs
Rear Adm. Kelly A. Aeschbach. Photo by Robert Fluegel/NAVIFOR Public Affairs
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