Edward H. Deets
|Edward H. Deets III|
Rear Admiral Edward H. Deets, III
April 25, 1957 |
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1979-|
|Rank||Rear Admiral (upper half)|
|Unit||Naval Network Warfare Command|
|Awards||Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Edward H. "Ned" Deets III is a Rear Admiral (upper half) in the United States Navy. A cryptology and information warfare specialist, Deets is the senior Information Warfare Officer (IWO) in the Navy today[update].
Rear Admiral Deets is a native of Charlottesville, VA. He graduated from Duke University in 1979 where he was commissioned an Ensign via the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps.
Rear Admiral Deets began his Information Warfare Officer career at the Naval Security Group Activity Kunia, HI. There he served as a Direct Support Officer aboard a variety of ships in the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, North Arabian Sea, and the Mediterranean. His next tour was at the Naval Security Group Activity Pyongtaek, Republic of Korea, as the Executive Officer. From there, he was assigned to the staff of Commander in Chief, United States Atlantic Fleet.
In 1991, he reported to Commander, Carrier Group 2 aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) as the Staff Cryptologist. He deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and also participated in several counternarcotics operations on various ships. In 1993, he became the Cryptologic Junior Officer Detailer at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C. Next, he spent two years on the staff of the U.S. Sixth Fleet in Gaeta, Italy, as the Command and Control Warfare Officer. He also attended the National War College at Fort McNair, Washington, D.C., where he graduated with honors in 1998. He served a follow-on joint assignment as the Executive Assistant to the National Security Agency Chief of Staff.
Rear Admiral Deets’ personal awards include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He holds a Master of Science Degree in National Security Strategy with a concentration in Information Strategies.
Deets is the senior leader of the Information Warfare and Cryptologic Technician (1610) communities in the Navy.
Deets attended the National Defense University where he graduated with honors in 1998.
Awards and honors
He is married, with two teenaged sons.