Women Warriors

Deborah Loewer, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy

Deborah A. Loewer is from Springfield, Ohio. In 1976, Loewer received her Bachelor of Science degree in Theoretical Mathematics and Computer Science from Wright State University. She was selected as an Olmsted Scholar and studied at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California and the Goethe Institute in Stuttgart, Germany. Upon graduation, she went on to earn her Ph.D. in International Law from the University of Kiel in Kiel, Germany, in 1986.

Loewer was commissioned as an ensign on 17 December 17, 1976 after graduating as the top ranking female student and second in her class of 110 students at the Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Newport, Rhode Island. She was the first female battalion commander at Naval Officer Candidate School.

From 1976 until March 1979, she served as the U.S. Navy’s Pay and Allowance Functional Manager at the Bureau of Naval Personnel (PERS-3) in Washington, D.C.

She was selected to be one of the first women officers in Surface Warfare and attended Surface Warfare Officer Basic Course in Newport, Rhode Island from April to June 1979, graduating number one in her class.

As one of the first women officers assigned to shipboard duty, then-Lieutenant, junior grade Loewer served on the destroyer tender USS Yosemite (AD-19) as Electrical Division Officer, Operations Officer, Navigator and Administrative Officer. While permanently assigned to Yosemite, Loewer served for several months on the staff of the Commander of Naval Surface Force Atlantic as design architect for shipboard computer systems.

Further assignments included a tour on the destroyer tender USS Yellowstone (AD-41) in July 1987, where as a lieutenant commander Loewer served as engineer and executive officer, and on board the fleet oiler USS Monongahela (AO-178), where she served as Executive Officer.

In February 1990, she reported to USS Monongahela (AO-178) and served as Executive Officer. In October 1991, Loewer returned to Washington, D.C., for duty on the Navy Staff as a long range strategic planner in the Strategic Concepts Branch (N513).

She served as Commander of the ammunition ship USS Mount Baker (AE-34) from November 1993 to August 1995. From 1995 to 1997 Loewer was the military assistant to Deputy Secretary of Defense John P. White, then from January 1997 to July 1998 she became Senior Military Assistant to Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, and from December 1998 to July 2000 she became Captain of the fleet oiler USS Camden (AOE-2).

A year later, she assumed duties as Director, White House Situation Room and Director, Systems and Technical Planning Staff. She was selected for rear admiral (lower half) while she was in this position. She became Vice Commander of the Military Sealift Command in July 2003, headquartered in Washington, D.C. as such, Rear Admiral Loewer was second-in-command of a global transportation agency with a workforce of more than 8,000 and a fleet of more than 120 active ships whose primary mission is to move U.S. military cargo for deployed U.S. forces.

In 2001, she became the first warfare qualified woman promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral in U.S. military history. In May 2001, she assumed duties as Director, White House Situation Room and Director, Systems and Technical Planning Staff. On September 11, 2001, between 8:46 a.m. and 8:55 a.m., Loewer was traveling in President George W. Bush’s motorcade toward Emma E. Booker Elementary School when she learned of the first crash of an airplane into the World Trade Center from her deputy in the Situation Room at the White House. According to some reports, as soon as the motorcade reached the school, Loewer ran from her car to Bush’s car, and informed Bush.

From July 2003 to January 2005, Loewer served as vice commander, Military Sealift Command. Loewer became the commander of Mine Warfare Command on 13 January 2005.

Though now retired, she continues to contribute to the defense of our nation as Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary for Intelligence & Analysis, the Chief Intelligence Officer, at the Department of Homeland Security.

She is Rear Admiral (RDML) Deborah A. Loewer, USN Retired.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

https://www.navy.mil/navydata/bios/bio.asp?bioID=182

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deborah_Loewer

https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/diversity/women-in-the-navy/navy-women-of-courage-and-intelligence.html

Back To Blog
  • Need Assistance?

    Here to Serve You


    We understand the obstacles and unique challenges women veterans face and are here to assist you.

    Get Help
  • Other Inquiries

    Contact

  • Get News & Updates

    Subscribe

  • Meet Terisa Toussaint. She is a Marine and is curr Meet Terisa Toussaint. She is a Marine and is currently a student at John Jay College studying international criminal justice with a goal to eventually join a “three-letter” federal agency. 

“After receiving the opportunity to deploy to Iraq and Kuwait, I’ve worked directly with the men and women who fought on the front lines. That’s something I’m truly proud of.”

Learn more:
https://www.jjay.cuny.edu/news/salute-service-veteran-terisa-toussaint-constructs-career-security

#UnitedStatesMarineCorps #USMarineCorps #MarineCorps #USMC #Marines #Marine
    The Women’s Initiative Team (WIT), an official D The Women’s Initiative Team (WIT), an official Department of the Air Force Barrier Analysis Working Group (DAFBAWG), had the first meeting of its newly established 432nd Wing chapter here Oct. 26, 2022.

The meeting was the first of its kind at the base, and marks a significant step forward in getting the needs of female service members addressed on a local level.

The WIT is one of seven teams under DAFBAWG, aligned under the Secretary of the Air Force’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion (SAF/ODI). It is composed of volunteers dedicated to identifying and eliminating barriers to women’s service in the Department of the Air Force and Department of Defense while building a community of leadership and a network of allies and support agencies.

Learn more:
https://www.creech.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/3231923/womens-initiative-team-chapter-debuts-at-432nd-wing/
    “Most people do not realize, though the number o “Most people do not realize, though the number of women serving in the military is increasing, we still serve with very few women, so when you transition out, you do not necessarily organically fall into a natural network of other women veterans...Through our various programs and activities, we are also connecting women with one another, which they are able to build a support system.”

Foundation for Women Warriors provides women veterans with connections to other women veterans and mentors to strengthen their community, support system, and chances of successfully transitioning out of the military into their civilian life. 

Learn more:
https://eccalifornian.com/warriors-foundation-has-evolved-over-100-years-with-same-mission-aiding-women/
.
.
.
.
#FoundationForWomenWarriors #FFWW #WomenWarriors #HonorHerService #EmpowerHerFuture #Nonprofit #WomensHistory #MilitaryHistory #WomenVeterans #WomanVeteran #FemaleVeterans #FemaleVeteran #Veteran #Veterans #VeteransDay #USMilitary #Military #AirForce #Army #CoastGuard #MarineCorps #Navy #USArmedForces #ThankYouForYourService
    We are getting closer to our goal! Donate today du We are getting closer to our goal! Donate today during #GivingTuesday to double your impact and empower the lives of women veterans and their children.

With the support of our community, we have been able to enhance the personal and economic wellbeing of women veterans and their children making our veterans truly feel their country and communities recognizes their sacrifices and contributions.

Donate now! 
link in bio or visit: https://foundationforwomenwarriors.org/donations/
.
.
.
.
#GivingTuesday #GivingTuesday2022 #GivingTuesdayMilitary #FoundationforWomenWarriors #FFWW #WomenVeterans #WomanVeteran #FemaleVeterans #FemaleVeteran #MilitaryVeterans #WomenInTheMilitary #MilitaryWomen #AIrForce #Army #CoastGuard #MarineCorps #Navy #SpaceForce #ThankYourForYourService
    Giving Tuesday isn’t over, and you still have a Giving Tuesday isn’t over, and you still have a chance to double the impact of your donation. 

See what our team, which includes a Army, Navy, and Marine Corps veteran, says about our work. (link in bio)
https://foundationforwomenwarriors.org/honoring-san-diego-women-veterans/

Double your gift now! (link in bio)
https://foundationforwomenwarriors.org/donations/

.
.
.
#GivingTuesday #GivingTuesday2022 #GivingTuesdayMilitary #FoundationforWomenWarriors #FFWW #WomenVeterans #WomanVeteran #FemaleVeterans #FemaleVeteran #MilitaryVeterans #WomenInTheMilitary #MilitaryWomen #USArmy #ArmyVeteran #USNavy #Navy #NavyVeteran #MarineCorps #MarineCorpsVeteran #ThankYourForYourService
    How will your donation help? It will help a woman How will your donation help? It will help a woman veteran successfully transition out of the military. 
 
Kristen is a Navy veteran, single mom, and a research assistant. She experienced hardships similar to what many women veterans face when they transition out of the military. 
 
She shared her story, the support she found with Foundation for Women Warriors, and reminded other women veterans that we are here to help. 
 
Watch to learn more about Kristen’s story. (link in bio)
https://foundationforwomenwarriors.org/ffww-making-a-difference-for-women-veterans/

You can help a woman veteran successfully transition out of the military by making an investment today! (link in bio)
https://foundationforwomenwarriors.org/donations/
.
.
.
.
#GivingTuesday2022 #GivingTuesdayMilitary #CyberMonday #CyberMondaySale #FoundationforWomenWarriors #FFWW #WomenVeterans #WomanVeteran #FemaleVeterans #FemaleVeteran #MilitaryVeterans #WomenInTheMilitary #MilitaryWomen #USNavy #Navy #WomenInTheNavy #ThankYourForYourService
    Today, you can make an impact by joining our missi Today, you can make an impact by joining our mission to honor and empower the lives of women veterans and their children. 
 
“Foundation For Women Warriors has been an outstanding resource for me, I am very thankful for being a part of the programs this organization has offered. The amazing workshops and services they provide make us women veterans feel stronger and are critical during our transition out of the military. More women veterans need places to support them, and this organization is doing just that!” - Navy Veteran 
 
Your donation today will have double the impact! All donations will be matched up to $10,000, thanks to an anonymous donor.

Donate by clicking the link in our bio or visit:
https://foundationforwomenwarriors.org/donations/
.
.
.
.
.
#GivingTuesday #GivingTuesday2022 #GivingTuesdayMilitary #FoundationforWomenWarriors #FFWW #WomenVeterans #WomanVeteran #FemaleVeterans #FemaleVeteran #MilitaryVeterans #WomenInTheMilitary #MilitaryWomen @givingtuesday
    #GivingTuesday starts now! Join the worldwide even #GivingTuesday starts now! Join the worldwide event by supporting our mission to honor and empower our nation’s women veterans. 

Click the link in our bio or visit the link below to donate today or learn more about FFWW:
foundationforwomenwarriors.org/donations/
.
.
.

#GivingTuesday2022 #GivingTuesdayMilitary #CyberMonday #CyberMondaySale #FoundationforWomenWarriors #FFWW #WomenVeterans #WomanVeteran #FemaleVeterans #FemaleVeteran #MilitaryVeterans #WomenInTheMilitary #MilitaryWomen @givingtuesday