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Chief of Staff, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command / U.S. TENTH Fleet
CAPT Christina Hicks is an Information Warfare officer and the daughter of a Navy Chief. She is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Project Management Professional, designated Joint Qualified Officer, a member of Navy's Space Cadre, and holds degrees in Professional Physics, Engineering Management, and Space Systems Operations.
After receiving her commission, Hicks reported to the USS ASHLAND (LSD 48) as the Combat Information Center Officer and earned her Surface Warfare Officer designation. Upon completion of Navy Nuclear Power School, she served on the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) as Reactor Mechanical Division Officer where she deployed to the North Atlantic during SUMMER PULSE '04 and qualified Nuclear Engineering Officer. She later returned to the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) as the Combat Systems Information Officer and deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
Hicks commanded Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command/Task Force 1020 and the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Guam and served as the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations. Other shore assignments include: the Military Ultra High Frequency Strategic Satellite Communications Manager and Aide-de-Camp to the Commander at U.S. Strategic Command; Executive Officer to the Director of Command and Control Communications and Computer Systems, J6, and the Chief of Operations for the Joint Cyber Center at U.S. Central Command; Operations Officer at Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Atlantic; and Military Team Lead and C4I Chief for Joint Collective Training at U.S. Special Operations Command.
Hicks currently serves as the Chief of Staff of Fleet Cyber Command/Navy Space Command/U.S. TENTH Fleet whose mission is to plan, coordinate, integrate, synchronize, direct, and conduct the full spectrum of cyberspace operational activities required to ensure freedom of action across all Navy warfighting domains in, through, and from cyberspace, and to deny the same to adversaries.
She has served on teams that have been recognized with numerous awards to include the 2023 DoN IT Excellence Innovate Award and the 2022 SANS Institute Difference Makers Team of the Year Award and is the recipient of two Legion of Merit Awards. She also received the 2009 Admiral William Adger Moffett Space Systems Award for her contributions to the application of emerging space technologies and the 2016 Sparky Baird Award for the outstanding SIGNAL Magazine article of the year.