J39 Information Operations Staff

LT Croan is a native of LaFayette, New York and graduated from LaFayette High School in 2001.  She attended Rochester Institute of Technology and played Varsity Women’s Soccer before enlisting in the Navy in September 2002.  She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies from University of Maryland in 2013.  She completed her Master of Science in Information Systems and Certificate of Advanced Study in Information Security Management from Syracuse University in 2023.

As a prior enlisted Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) linguist, she graduated from the Defense Language Institute, Monterey, California, in 2004, where she studied Korean.  Her enlisted assignments include the Navy Information Operations Command Hawaii; Navy Information Operations Command Misawa, Japan; Naval Special Warfare Development Group; Navy Cyber Development Warfare Group.  She earned her commission as a Limited Duty Officer in 2015.

As an officer, LT Croan served at Navy Information Operations Command Hawaii as the N3E Air Operations Department Head.  During her tour she performed duties as the Command Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) Officer, Primary NATOPS Instructor, and Air Combat Training Continuum Special Evaluator Instructor (Level 400). 

She next served at U.S. Fleet Cyber Command / U.S. TENTH Fleet.  During her tour she performed duties as Enterprise Dataflow Operations Manager, Alternate Compensatory Control Measures Program Manager, and Information Operations Planner.  She re-designated to 1810 in June 2019 and executed orders to U.S. Cyber Command in December 2022 where she currently serves in the Special Activities Branch as an Information Operations Planner.

LT Croan has earned the following warfare designations: Information Warfare Officer, Naval Aviation Observer, Enlisted Information Warfare Specialist, Naval Aircrew Warfare Specialist, and Naval Aviation Warfare Specialist.  Her personal decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards).