Sherri R. Zimmerman, born in Kentucky, was raised in Waynesboro, Virginia. She enlisted in the Navy in 1993, attended
boot camp in Pensacola, FL, Hospital Corpsman “A” School in San Diego, CA, and
then Mid-Year Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, RI. She graduated from the United States Naval
Academy in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in English, commissioned as a
Zimmerman attended the Navy Cryptologic Division Officer training in Pensacola,
FL. Subsequently, she reported to Naval
Security Group Activity Menwith Hill, Harrogate UK, as Division Officer and an
Operations Watch Officer. In 2002, she
graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, with a Master of
Science in Space Systems Operations, and also completed Joint Professional
Military Education Phase I through the Naval War College. Her payback tour was at SPAWAR Space Field
Activity, Chantilly, VA as Chief of the SIGINT Director’s Action Group, then on
the staff of the Director of the National Reconnaissance Office.
her Department Head tour, she was assigned to the Navy Cyber Defense Operations
Command, Norfolk, Virginia, where she led the Training and Exercise Department,
and as Deputy of Operations. During this
tour she was assigned as an Individual Augmentee to Multi-National Corps Iraq
as an Information Operations Planner for twelve months in Baghdad, Iraq
supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
May of 2009, Commander Zimmerman became the Officer in Charge of the Navy
Information Operations Detachment Chesapeake until the unit’s disestablishment
in December 2011. She has also earned
Masters of Science in Management and Masters of Business Administration degrees
from the University of Maryland. She
completed her O5 milestone tour at U.S. Fleet Forces Command as N24 Fleet
Intelligence, Information Operations, and Electronic Warfare Readiness.
she was assigned to Navy Cyber Forces, in Suffolk, Virginia as the Deputy
Assistant Chief of Staff for Readiness and Modernization (N4) and then as the
Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Readiness (N3).
Zimmerman served as Executive Officer, Navy Information Operations Command
(NIOC) Texas from May 2014 through June 2015, before reporting to NIOC San
Diego to assume Command in July 2015.
to the wear the Information Dominance Warfare Officer (IDWO) pin, she has been
awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious
Service Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint
Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various
service medals and ribbons.