Rear Admiral Elizabeth A. Hight graduated Magna Cum Laude from Huntingdon College in 1974 and joined the Navy in March 1977. Upon completing Officer Candidate School in 1977, Admiral Hight reported to Naval Communications Area Master Station WESTPAC, Guam as the High-Frequency Receiver Site Division Officer.
In 1979, she reported to NAS Pensacola where she established the commandís first Human Resources Office. The following year she became the base Public Affairs Officer and was chosen as the U.S. Southern Region Public Affairs Officer of the Year for 1981. In May 1982, she attended the Naval Postgraduate School and received a Master of Science degree in Telecommunications Systems Management. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Chief of Naval Operations Telecommunications Award for leadership and academic achievement.
In 1984, Rear Adm. Hight reported to the CNO staff (OP-094) as the Program Sponsor for the UHF Satellite Communications Program. During her tour, she drafted and instituted UHF waveform standards later adopted by the Joint Chiefs of Staff for all military services and developed the formal requirement for the Navyís third generation UHF communications satellite system. In July 1986, she reported to the U.S. Space Command Directorate of Plans (J5) as a plank-owner, acting as the commandís single point of contact for military satellite communications planning. In February 1988, she was selected as a member of the USSPACECOM Commander-in-Chiefís Group. In this capacity, she developed advocacy presentations on space policy issues, including space-based wide area surveillance and other space support and space control issues.
In July 1989, Rear Adm. Hight reported to Director, Communications Security Material Systems as Executive Officer. During her tenure, she directed major changes in COMSEC accounting procedures to accommodate operational exigencies during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. In July 1991, she was assigned to the Program Executive Officer for Space, Communications and Sensors (PMW-146) where she served as the Assistant Program Manager for Operations. She was responsible for the integration and training of the 75-member Navy, Air Force and contractor operational launch and control team for the UHF Follow-on Communications Satellite Program and supported the constellationís first launch.
In May 1993, Rear Adm. Hight reported to the Fleet Surveillance Support Command as Commanding Officer. While there, she advocated the transition of the Navyís Over the Horizon (OTH) Radar technology to its current role in the nationís War on Drugs. The command was awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation in February 1995. In March 1995, she reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel as the Assistant Branch Head, Fleet Support Assignments Office. Upon completion of that tour in July 1997, Rear Adm. Hight was transferred to the Joint Staff/J6 where she served as the Chief, CINC Operations Division and then as the Executive Assistant to the Director, C4 Systems. Also in 1997, she received an MS degree in Information Systems from The George Washington University. In June, 2000, Rear Adm. Hight reported as the U.S. Space Command Liaison Officer to the U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany.
In July 2001, Rear Adm. Hight reported for duty as Commanding Officer, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic and Program Manager for Mid-Atlantic Region Information Technology. In June 2002, Rear Adm. Hight was selected for promotion to Rear Admiral Lower Half and reported to OPNAV N61 as the Deputy Director for Command, Control, Communications and Computers (N61C).
Rear Adm. Hightís awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (Gold Star in lieu of third award), Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and Air Force Master Space Badge. She is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College.
Updated: 18 March 2005