Lieutenant Commander Zach McKeehan is a native of Central Point, Oregon. He enlisted in the Navy in September 1990 as a submarine Fire Control Technician (Guns). He studied Computer Science at Chapman University and completed a Master of Science in Computer Science at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.
Lieutenant Commander McKeehan’s enlisted tours include USS NEVADA (SSBN-733), TRIDENT Intermediate Maintenance Facility and USS GEORGIA (SSBN-729) in Bangor, WA. While serving in GEORGIA in August of 2000, he was selected for Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a Cryptologist in November of 2000.
LCDR McKeehan’s first assignment as a cryptologist was at Naval Security Group Activity, Fort George G. Meade, MD where he served as a Direct Support Officer deploying onboard Naval combatants and as Division Officer of the Maritime Cryptologic Database Facility. He then reported to USS LASSEN (DDG-82) as the Information Warfare Officer and Electronic Warfare Officer in August 2004. LCDR McKeehan reported for duty as IWO/EWO with the USS HOWARD (DDG 83) in August 2005, where he completed qualifications as Surface Warfare Officer. In September 2008, he reported to the IO cell at U.S. THIRD Fleet following assignment at the Naval Postgraduate School and was selected to serve as Flag Lieutenant to the Commander from June 2009 through July 2011. He was then assigned to the Naval Mine and Anti-submarine Warfare Command where he served as the Information Warfare Coordinator.