Rear Adm. Heidi Berg

Rear Admiral Berg is the Director of Plans and Policy, J5, at the US Cyber Command. Her previous staff assignments include Airborne SIGINT Requirements Officer and Information Operations Strategy and Policy on the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) Staff; deputy National Intelligence Officer for Military Issues at the National Intelligence Council in Langley, Virginia; Military Advisor to the deputy director of National Intelligence, where she supported daily intelligence briefings to the President, and provided direct intelligence support to the National Security Advisor, National Security Council and Congress; Information Warfare and Foreign Area Officer Division Director (PERS-47) at Navy Personnel Command, Strategic Advisor (OOZ) to the Chief of Naval Operations; and Acting Director, Navy Digital Warfare Office.

Operational tours include Navy Security Group Activity in Rota, Spain, where Berg flew over 1000 hours as a communications intercept evaluator onboard EP-3E aircraft in support of Operations Provide Promise/Sharp-Guard. She served onboard the USS Kidd (DDG 993), Cruiser Destroyer Group 12 onboard the USS Saratoga (CV 60), and the USS Key West (SSN 722) while assigned to NSGA Rota.  She participated in Fleet Staff talks with the post-Soviet Russian Navy in the Mediterranean while at Sixth Fleet aboard the USS LaSalle (AGF 3) in Gaeta, Italy, followed by a tour at RAF Menwith Hill Station, Harrogate, UK. In 2012, Berg deployed to Afghanistan as director of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Red Team at ISAF HQ in Kabul. As director, she led alternative analysis and provided strategic assessments recommendations to the ISAF Commander. Following deployment, Berg served as deputy for Plans and Policy at Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. TENTH Fleet.

Her command tours include the Navy Information Operations Command in Bahrain (2008-2009), where she was responsible for providing theater airborne and surface Signal Intelligence support to IRAQI Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Persian Gulf maritime operations; and the Navy Element Commander of the Defense Intelligence Agency and director of the Joint Military Intelligence Training Center (2013-2015). Her most recent assignment was director of Intelligence, USAFRICOM.

Rear Admiral Berg is a 1991 graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy and received a Master of Philosophy in Modern Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic from St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, United Kingdom, in 2005. Further, she studied Russian at the Defense Language Institute in 1992, and Arabic at the Kalimat Institute in Cairo, Egypt in 2004.