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CDR Danielle Lukich graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in political science, and was commissioned as a Navy Intelligence Officer.  She graduated with distinction from the Naval War College in 2012, and holds a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies. 
CDR Lukich’ s operational assignments began with Sea Control Squadron 24 supporting Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and ENDURING FREEDOM.   She then served as the SEAL Team 7 Intelligence Officer, and deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.  At Navy Special Warfare Development Group, she served as a Squadron Intelligence Officer, and deployed on multiple occasions to both Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM in support of a Joint Special Operations Task Force.
Shore assignments include the White House Situation Room, Joint Special Operations Command Liaison Officer to a nationally-directed Joint Interagency Task Force, Deputy Director of Intelligence for the Joint Reconnaissance and Targeting Force, and assistant officer-in-charge of the Chief of Naval Operations-Intelligence Plot.  CDR Lukich also served as Aide-de-Camp to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Flag Aide to the Chief of Naval Operations.  Her most recent assignment was at Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group developing maritime Cyberspace operations capabilities.
CDR Lukich was awarded the Naval Intelligence Junior Officer of the Year (Deployed) in 2005 and Sea Control Wing Intelligence Officer of Year in 2002. She earned Naval Air Observer Wing qualification while assigned with VS-24.  Her decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (fourth award), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (second award), Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal (second award), and other personal, unit, and campaign awards. She also served as a White House Social Aide.