Jan Elizabeth Tighe was born on September 16, 1962 in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and raised in Plantation, Florida.
Tighe graduated in 1984 from the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned as a cryptologist. She studied Russian at the Defense Language Institute. She graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, in 2001 with a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics.
Tighe’s previous tours include duty with Naval Security Group Activities in Florida, Virginia, Japan, Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 1 and Naval Information Warfare Activity. She also had staff assignments on the Headquarters of the Pacific Fleet, Naval Security Group, Naval Network Warfare Command; and served as Executive Assistant to Commander, United States Cyber Command. Tighe commanded more than 2,800 multi-service and multi-agency personnel at the National Security Agency/Central Security Service Hawaii in Kunia.
On April 2, 2014 Tighe became the first female commander of a numbered fleet when she assumed command of United States Fleet Cyber Command/Commander, United States Tenth Fleet. She served in the United States Cyber Command Deputy J3; Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) N2N6 director, Decision Superiority; Naval Postgraduate School Interim President; and Deputy Commander, United States Fleet Cyber Command/United States Tenth Fleet.
On July 15, 2016, Tighe assumed duties the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, and the 66th Director of Naval Intelligence.
Tighe retired from active duty in August 2018.
Tighe has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Strike/Flight Air Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Tighe is a member of the Acquisition Professionals Community and holds a Level III Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification in program management.
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