|CDR Danielle C. Defant
Danielle C. DeFant is a native of Oceanside, California and lived at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina until she enlisted in the Navy upon graduation from North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, NC, in 1991. She completed enlisted tours onboard USS HUNLEY (AS 31) and USS SHENANDOAH (AD 44), advancing to Yeoman Second Class and earning her enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualification. Danielle graduated from Old Dominion University through the Enlisted Education Advancement Program (EEAP) in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and was commissioned through Officer Candidate School, Pensacola, Pensacola, FL, in May 1999.
Following commissioning, she was temporarily assigned to the Office of the Comptroller in Washington, DC before attending Surface Warfare Officer School (SWOS), Newport, Rhode Island. Upon graduation from SWOS, she reported on board USS VELLA GULF (CG 72) as Damage Control Assistant (DCA) in June 2000. She reported to USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG 58), homeported in Mayport, FL in August 2002, where she served as Auxiliaries Officer until March 2004.
Commander DeFant reported to Washington DC in April 2004, where she served as Customer Advocate and BRAC Coordinator, Naval Support Activity, Washington. She also completed a Masters in International Policy and Practice from The George Washington University during this tour. Upon her departure from Washington DC and completion of Department Head training in Newport, RI, she reported to USS CHAFEE (DDG 90) as Chief Engineer until November 2008. She completed another tour as Chief Engineer onboard USS PRINCETON (CG 59) in San Diego, CO from March 2009 to September 2010. She was selected as Defense Fellow and was assigned to the office of Senator Jack Reed, Rhode Island.
After completing a Global War on Terrorism Support Assignment at US European Command’s Interagency Planning, she currently serves as the Navy’s Officer Promotion and Policy Planner in OPNAV N131. Commander DeFant’s personal awards include Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (5 awards) and Good Conduct Medal (2 awards). She currently resides in San Diego, CA.