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Profile: Navy Rear Adm. Elizabeth Train

Elizabeth Train

Navy Rear Adm. Elizabeth Train is director for intelligence for the Joint Staff, where she advises the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on intelligence matters and acts as the national level focal point for intelligence support to Defense Department crisis operations and indications and warning intelligence within DoD.

The 28-year veteran assumed this role in August 2011 following service as director of intelligence at U.S. Pacific Command.

According to the Navy, she is a naval intelligence officer, joint specialty officer, a specialist in joint and strategic intelligence and a qualified information dominance corps officer.

Train’s shore assignments include duty as aide to the director of Naval Intelligence; deputy assistant chief of staff for intelligence to the commander of U.S. Naval Surface Forces Pacific; operations officer at Joint Intelligence Center Pacific; executive assistant to the director for intelligence at U.S. Pacific Command; deputy assistant chief of staff for intelligence-fleet support to the commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet; director of the intelligence community management division within the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; and executive assistant to the director of Naval Intelligence within the CNO’s office.

During her command tour, she served as commander of the Navy Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center and the Center for Naval Intelligence.

Her operational assignments have included service as deputy assistant chief of staff for intelligence in Carrier Group Four; assistant chief of staff for intelligence in Amphibious Group Two; and director for operations for the Joint Intelligence Task Force-Combating Terrorism.

She graduated from the College of William and Mary and received her commission from Officer Candidate School in Newport R.I. She first reported to Patrol Squadron 19 in 1984 as a naval intelligence officer and served as the squadron’s air intelligence officer.

Train also holds two masters degrees, with one from the National War College in national security strategy, and the other in strategic intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College.

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