Debra S. DelVecchio was born in Ankara, Turkey, the daughter of a Navy cryptologist serving overseas.  She grew up in Gulf Breeze, FL and attended Spring Hill College, in Mobile, AL where she graduated in 1986 with a BS in Mathematics.  Upon graduation, Debra attended Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Newport, RI and began her Navy career as a cryptologist.

As an Ensign, and after graduation of the Cryptologic Division Officer Course (CDOC), she served at Naval Security Group Activity (NSGA) Misawa, Japan as Division Officer of the site’s largest Division, and later served as an Operations Watch Officer, leading a 24-hour watch section.

Her next tour of duty was at the National Security Agency (NSA) where she participated in the Junior Officer Cryptologic Career Program (JOCCP).  There, she studied over 1500 hours of cryptologic academic coursework and served in four diverse operational work centers. 

While at NSA, Debra was requested, by-name, to work for the NSA Deputy Director for Operations (DDO), RADM Charles Clark.  She worked directly for RADM Clark serving as an assistant aide for eight months.

Her next assignment, from 1992 – 1995, she served as the Navy Officer in Charge (OIC) at Bad Aibling, Germany.  Concurrently, she served as a deputy branch chief in operations.

Returning to NSA, she established a new 24 hour watch floor operation within a larger office and then served as the collection manager for that larger office.  In the late 1990s she was detailed to Commander, Naval Security Group Headquarters and served as Deputy in the Information Operations Cell where she successfully led a team to invest in areas such as Policy and Computer Operations. She finished that headquarters tour as the Aide (or loop) to the Commander, Naval Security Group, a position she thoroughly enjoyed.

In 2003 Debra moved to Menwith Hill Station, in North Yorkshire, England and served as the Commanding Officer of the Navy coupled with an operations position. 

Her final assignment was at the Pentagon where she concluded her career as Deputy, National Capital Region Defense (NCRDEF) for NSA.   In 2006, she retired after more than 20 years of active duty service.

After her Navy retirement Debra joined the Applied Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University (ARL-PSU) and served as a senior program manager for over 16 years leading the development of valuable tools and techniques for the military, Intelligence Community and DoD. 

Debra is married to Michael Del Vecchio, and they have twins.