Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis announced Nov. 30 that the president nominated Navy Rear Adm. Nancy A. Norton for appointment to the rank of vice admiral, and for assignment as director, Defense Information Systems Agency; and commander, Joint Forces Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Network, Fort Meade, Maryland. Norton is currently serving as vice director, Defense Information Systems Agency, Fort Meade, Maryland.
As vice director of the Defense Information Systems Agency, Norton helps to lead a global organization of military, civilian and contract personnel who plan, develop, deliver and operate joint, interoperable, command and control capabilities and a global enterprise infrastructure in direct support of the resident, secretary of defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, combatant commanders, Department of Defense components and other mission partners across the full spectrum of operations.
Rear Adm. Nancy Norton joined DISA in August, and took an immediate interest in how the agency communicates with mission partners.
To ensure DISA is sharing information on a regular basis, Norton established “The Drumbeat” as a mechanism to highlight what’s new and what’s on the horizon with DISA products, support and services; address mutual concerns; and share success stories. The admiral encouraged stakeholders to provide feedback to the Mission Partner Engagement Team.
Norton has served in information warfare billets at all levels, including Naval Communications Area Master Station Eastern Pacific in Hawaii and Naval Telecommunications Center, Fallon, Nevada, as the officer in charge. She directed cyber security for U.S. Pacific Command and Pacific Fleet and commanded Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Bahrain during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Norton served afloat as flag communications officer on the staff of Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 12 aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and on the staff of Commander, Naval Forces Europe and Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet where she was responsible for all fleet command, control, communications and computers (C4) issues afloat and ashore.
Headquarters assignments include Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) N6; Navy’s 2008 Quadrennial Defense Review office; and deputy director for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. She served as executive assistant to the vice chief of naval operations, then the chief of naval operations. As a flag officer she served as the director, Command, Control, Communications and Cyber Directorate, U.S. Pacific Command, and most recently as the director of warfare integration for information warfare (OPNAV N2N6F).
Norton is the recipient of various personal and campaign awards including the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit. Additionally, she is a recipient of a Navy League Award, Young AFCEAN Award, Copernicus Award and the National Security Agency’s Frank B. Rowlett Award for personal achievement in Information Security.
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