Lieutenant Commander Cayanne McFarlane
Lieutenant Commander Cayanne “Peppers” McFarlane is a native of Fairbanks, Alaska. She graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and commissioned as a Cryptologic Warfare Officer in 2006. She obtained a Master of Science in Cyber Systems and Operations from the Naval Postgraduate School in December 2016.
She assumed her present duties as the Executive Officer at Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Sicily in December 2019.
Ashore, she has served at Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Texas 2006-2009 as Deputy Department Head, Security Operations Center Watch Officer, Command Legal Officer; NIOC Colorado 2011-2015 as Command Training Department Head, Foreign Instrumentation Signals Intelligence Branch Chief, Navy Tactical Customer Engagement Officer-in-Charge (OIC), HEO Satellite Collection Manager, and Command Legal Officer; USINDOPACOM Joint Information Operations Center 2016-2018 as Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance SIGINT Chief, Joint Mission Management Element-Hawaii OIC, Deputy Chief Cyber Analysis Division, Deputy Chief Executive Engagement, and IWO Program Coordinator.
Afloat, she has served onboard the USS FARRAGUT (DDG 99) 2009-2011 as the ship’s Information Warfare Officer, Electronic Warfare Officer, Command Special Security Officer, Planning Board for Training Coordinator, and Sexual Assault Prevention Response Coordinator. While onboard, she completed a seven-month Anti-Piracy Campaign deployment and qualified as Officer of the Deck, Combat Information Center Watch Officer, Surface Warfare Officer, and Information Dominance Warfare Officer.
Her deployments include Joint Task Force-Guantanamo Bay 2007-2008 as the Current Operations Assistant OIC and Joint Intelligence Group Detainee Movement Operations Representative; USS KEARSARGE (LHD-3) in support of Operation CONTINUING PROMISE 2008; and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM 2012-2013 as the Cryptologic Support Team 20 OIC in support of Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan (7th and 3rd Group Special Forces). Additionally, she is a qualified Space Cadre member holding the VS6 AQD.
Lieutenant Commander McFarlane has been awarded numerous personal and unit awards, to include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Award, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.