CDR Deborah Fermo is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Aviator. After graduating from the USNA in 1995, she spent 9 years as a pilot of the SH60F/HH60H aircraft where she served as an Anti-Submarine Warfare and Combat Search and Rescue pilot during operational deployments to Europe and the Middle East. In addition to serving as a flight leader and mission commander, CDR Fermo has also held numerous leadership positions ashore, including serving as a Naval Academy accessions and training officer and the Associate Chair of the English Department, and as an action officer planning Individual Augmentation missions for U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, VA. In her current position, CDR Fermo is a recalled Navy Reservist and serves as a Senior Instructor in the English Department of the United States Naval Academy (USNA). In 2014, she co-founded the Naval Academy Women’s Network, a network that empowers and equips Midshipmen to navigate their careers as leaders through increased opportunities for engagement, education, and experiences with officers and graduates. The establishment of the Naval Academy Women’s Network has incentivized numerous other programs to promote gender equality at USNA and in the Fleet. CDR Fermo holds a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College and lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with her husband, also a pilot in the U.S. Navy, and their three children.